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Glensound Talent Box To Lauch At NAB

Glensound developed the commentary box concept in the 1980s and have led the field with single unit workstations (IO on the commentary box itself), and two unit systems connected by a long length of coax (IO on a separate box) ever since. Glensound have watched and acknowledged the development of requirements in the commentary product area. Once again, Glensound have advanced commentary system design into a new segment with a commentary box that offers facilities and feature combinations not available elsewhere. This new functionality will evolve the way broadcast engineers can utilise commentary systems. Glensound introduce the Talent Box.

The Talent Box has developed as an evolution of the market leading single box commentary system, the GS-CU001B which has acted as a perfect foundation for the new functions exhibited in the Talent box. Even so, there is still extensive life in the GS-CU001B and it will continue in the Glensound range.

Commentator Remote Controls – A Commentary First

Glensound’s design of two main commentary positions plus a third guest position has been adopted as the norm in single unit commentary. The Glensound design makes sense. It is not always desirable to have three commentators with independent controls on the main panel as physical space for the commentators can be limited. The Talent Box simply lifts these space constraints.

With the Talent Box, each of the three commentary positions has an external remote control that connects to the main unit via USB. The Talent Box Remote has identical controls to the main unit so the commentator can move away several metres and still adjust their incoming audio feeds, turn their mic on/off (or cough), and operate the three talk back buttons.

The two main commentary positions plus guest design is practical, but it does mean that the guest position does not get control of their own monitoring sources, or their own talkback buttons. Using a Talent Box Remote, gives this full functionality to the third commentary/guest position.

Talent Box Linking Via The ‘CMBus’ – A Commentary First

Single unit commentary has only ever accommodated up to three commentators. Some of Glensound’s twin box systems can accommodate four commentator’s, but that’s the limit. The Talent Box features the CMBus. This allows multiple Talent Boxes to link their three main busses – programme, talk back and monitoring. What this means in practice is that in linking the units, a large number of commentators can be added to a single mixed programme output – easily accommodating over 30 commentators if required.

Connections are only made to one Talent Box for mixed programme output, the monitoring inputs and the bi-directional talk back circuits. This is then available on any connected unit. Commentators connect their mic/line inputs to each individual Talent Box, and the CMBus routes all of the audio.

It is unlikely that any broadcast will ever require 30 commentators on one programme, but the CMBus link does offer new possibilities with 6 contributors to a programme now being simply achievable. The extra positions are not necessarily commentators but can now easily be used by producers, statisticians, or anyone else that needs to contribute to the commentators or just monitor the commentary system. This function is particularly useful if used in conjunction with the Talent Box Remotes.

Remote Control Of Mics & Gain – A Single Unit Commentary First

An internet connection on the Talent Box allows an engineer to remotely control the on/off and gain levels of each commentator via a web browser interface. This is a function only previously available on high spec digital systems and it has never been available on a single box unit before. It will offer welcome control to the engineer.

And there’s more…

Digital or analogue IO, gain control of programme and talk back levels, engineer security of settings, digital line ident, soft headphone switching, dual channel international sound, and if the Talent Box Remotes are not used, the USB sockets can even be used to charge a mobile phone!

The Talent Box is a real evolution of the single unit commentary box and now occupies a product segment all of its own. A product segment that broadcast engineers will be interested to find out more about.

Click for more information on the Glensound Talent Box.

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