Radio Practice and Politics - Mixing Benches

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Setting Up Phone Interviews in the Mixing Benches

Both Mixing Benches have phones installed. The call-in # is listed on the top of the phone. For outgoing long distance calls please purchase a phone card in advance.

Patchbay Setup

  1. Remove all existed patch cords from the patchbay.
  2. Patch Phone Hybrid Out (C15) > Mic/Line Input 2 (B16) .
  3. Patch Aux Send 1 (A21) > Hybrid In (D15), this sends the local talent to the caller.

JK Audio Phone Interface Setup

  1. Turn the From Phone knob all the way down.
  2. Turn the Separation knob all the way up.
  3. Turn the From Line knob to 12 o'clock.
  4. Turn the Send knob all the way up.
  5. When dialing a call, set the toggle mode to Norm, and after connecting a call, set to Off Hook' mode and hangup the handset.

Mixer Setup

Make sure the Mixer is normalized before starting.

  1. Plug headphones into the mixer, set headphone volume level to 12 o'clock.
  2. Plug a microphone (SM57 or 58 works well) into channel 1 of the mixer.
  3. Make sure that the Main Mix button in the source section is pressed down.
  4. On channel 1, turn Aux Send 1 knob to 12 o'clock.
  5. Turn up the Master Aux 1 Send knob to 12 o'clock.
  6. Hard pan left channel 1 (local speaker), hard pan right channel 2 (caller).
  7. Set the master channel faders to unity (this controls the overall output volume to the computer).
  8. Set trim levels on both channels. Adjust the trim knob until it peaks (red peak light will turn on) and then turn the trim down a bit. Speak into the mic on channel one, and use the dial tone for the phone on channel two.
  9. Bring up the individual faders on channel 1 and 2 so that they are relatively the same volume level.

Audacity Setup

Record directly into Audacity with the local speaker on the left channel, and the caller on the right.

  1. Turn on the power switch on the desk.
  2. Log in to the Computer
  3. Create a project folder with your name in the Storage Drive.
  4. Launch Audacity from the dock, and go to File > Save Project As , and save into the folder on the Storage Drive.
  5. At the bottom left corner of Audacity, make sure that the project sample rate is set to 48kHz or higher.
  6. Make a practice recording to set levels, press record on the top left of the window.
  7. Record levels should be set using the slider to almost maximum level, and instead use the main output channel faders on the mixer to adjust incoming signal levels.
  8. After recording save and label recording and backup materials to a server.