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Old September 23rd, 2018, 05:40 PM   #1
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Commentator Units

Just wondering if anybody has any good suggestions for Commentators units. I need two commentators and a guest. I have looked at Prospect, Glensound and sonifex. Anybody know of any cheaper solutions?
Perhaps something that can be interfaced with a Mac or PC.
Also I need to integrate it with our existing Datavieo iTC-100 talkback systems.
Thanks in advance for help or ideas.

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Old September 24th, 2018, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: Commentator Units

Glensound is the best for me and what we use at SKY and on most of the OB's I have worked on, there are others but I haven't found one to best the Glensound.

I presume by interface with a a computer you are looking at USB or IP but they tend to be larger systems like AEQ that we use on the Olympics or Lawo that is used on the World Cup etc.

If you want a real budget option then look at a Yamaha mixer and I have used a MX12 for basic coms set-ups as it has four mic inputs with basic compressors and enough busing and auxe's to bodge an incoming talkback feed or IFB but you may need to add on other kit if you want a lazy talkback system from the commentators.
The Yamaha desks are great value but you can also turn channels off for reverse feeds to auxes only or use the groups to feed headphone amps etc.

I am away from the old Yamaha at the moment but could send you details at the end of next week if you need more info?
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Old September 25th, 2018, 04:20 AM   #3
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Re: Commentator Units

Thanks for a reply Gary. Iíll have a look at the mixer option. I had considered it.
Itís for a live stream. Iím working with commentators who arenít used to TV or livestream.
I really only need to talk to them to Q them as we are operating from a mini OB unit. Iím trying to incorporate our Data Video talkback System but commentators would have Audio Texhnic BHSP1 headsets on.
Iíd love to get an idea how you Ďbodgeí the Yamaha desk. Lol
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Old September 25th, 2018, 07:25 PM   #4
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I use Studio Technologies units exclusively. For analog the Model 210, but have migrated over to Dante now with Models 206 or 216. Very clean audio circuits and takes physical abuse well.

If those are too pricey, check out the Whirlwind THS series of boxes.
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Old October 21st, 2018, 06:00 AM   #5
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Hi and sorry for the delay but here is a pic of the Yamaha desk I used for pres and commentary for Abu Dhabi media premiership production:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...sb6qaylyj.jpeg

I can't recall the full details but it looks like I had two mic IFB's (lazy T/B?) and an incoming IFB talkback feed then one going back out via an aux, I also had international sound FX coming in to add to the commentary but also used the sub grouping to do an on pass mix of coms and FX and a clean FX for tracks 3+4.
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