I know a lot of people here are looking for a cheap solution that may work out for everyone without having to use expensive Inline Patches and maybe even parts around your house. This is an alternative to VOIP soft-phones.
This is a guide that focuses on not using the Virtual Audio Cables
, that guide will be made separate, please do not post items about Virtual Audio Cables in this thread.
, get a phone that has a headset jack. This includes cellphones, cordless phones and even some VOIP phones now have them. This headset jack will be the solution you need to jack into your mixer.
, lets look at what we need to do to get this to work:
Mix Without Phone:
- Throw in Music, Sound FX, Jingles, Microphone
- Send it out to the Phone (If Possible)
Mix Audio With Phone:
- Put caller's voice in to mix
- Make sure this is not leaked to the phone input, or feedback will loop
, there are a few ways to get this working:
Many mixers have a CUE buss and an AIR buss (Or outs from 1-4) which are completely separate. You could have the CUE not patch the phone and listen to that with the phone.
In this case, a cable will need to be made:
You will need a cable that has a 1/16" stereo jack on one end and split out to RCA jacks on the other (White/Red). The white will be the audio out from the phone and the red will be the audio needing to go into the phone.
In this case, the white would go into your Air In and the Red would go to your Cue Out.
Lets say your board doesn't have a CUE or any way for you to tap into the audio. Most boards have a headphone jack and a way to monitor channels. Make sure to not monitor the channel that has the telephone person on it on your mixer, it will give a feedback loop.
If none of these solutions work for you, then there is a plug you can get from Verizon. This has the microphone built right into the unit and is a standard plug that works in many phones (cordless and cellular), including my Sidekick 3.
Search for: 30969
Product Name: Stereo Adapter 2.5 mm to 3.5 mm with Call Answer/End Button
To get this situated, you will need this cable and a 1/8" stereo to RCA. You only need the white RCA jack, but make sure it is stereo. This cable broadcasts in stereo by default if you have a mixer that does that.
I attached this cable to the foam on my microphone and zip-tied it onto the microphone so it didn't slip off.
- When you talk into the mic, the person on the telephone can hear you nice and loud.
- Easy to set up with any phone that allows a 1/16" jack.
Con: They can only hear you, not the music on station.
This con is the only downside to this method. Though most radio stations don't allow you to hear the live music cues, only hear the station when they put you on hold. So you're not really missing nothing in getting this cord, though options A and B are more fancy.
Chris Haslage, Founderhttp://www.studiohits.com/
Proud SAM Broadcaster user and beta tester since 1999!