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- Recommended backup audio bridge provider
- Halley, Weddell Sea, Antarctica
- The broadband Internet service from the Antarctic ISP (Coldcast) can be unreliable on Sunday mornings.
- We've had it drop a couple times. For sure, you'll want to have an audio backup in place.
- South Star Communications offers a great satellite phone audio bridge backup.
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United States and Canada
Using a mixer between the Communicator and the meetinghouse audio system
How to obtain acceptable audio for the Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator out of the Satellite cabinet using a mixer in between the Communicator and house audio system.
(All settings and functions are based on a Mackie 402 mixer and the LDS/MECP wiring kit available through Poll Sound. Total cost of these two items is reportedly just under $200. Poll Sound is at: 4026 South Main, Salt Lake City, UT 84107. Phone number is: 801 261-2500.)
A stake center satellite TV system usually includes equipment to create a TV signal for the chapel. This is so a TV set can be put into perimeter rooms like the Primary and Relief Society rooms. These rooms can be used for either overflow seating, cry room functions or a second language need.
This arrangement feeds the sound from the chapel sound system into a mixer. This enables you to better control the audio levels for the Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator.
- In the satellite TV equipment rack, locate the chapel or camera modulator (Note: This is the equipment that creates the TV channel and is called a modulator.)
- Find the audio input to this modulator (usually on the back). Unplug the audio cable that feeds the camera modulator (input). Plug the male end of the Y cable into the modulator.
- Plug the cable you just unplugged from the modulator into one leg of the Y cable.
- Find a new cable from the kit that has an RCA cable on one end and a ¼ inch headphone connector on the other end. The RCA end of the cable plugs into the empty leg on the RCA Y cable. The other end of this cable goes toward the mixer and connects to audio input 1 on the mixer.
- NOTE: With these connections made, you are now ready to set up the gain or volume of the first input stage.
- With someone talking at the pulpit in a normal volume, find the knob (labeled GAIN) up by the input connector. This knob adjusts the first stage gain trim. Look down at the bottom of the mixer near the channel volume knob. Just up and right of the knob is a little red LED. Adjust the (GAIN) knob until this light turns on with speech, and then turn it clockwise a bit until it NEVER comes on.
- NOTE: Whenever this light is on, the sound is distorted. Generally, once you adjust this gain trim knob you will never need to do it again. However, if you get a really loud speaker at the pulpit, and this light turns on, then turn the trim knob down a bit and leave it there after the loud talker is finished.
- On the mixer, just above the input control knob is a push button. This either separates or combines the input signals. For the stake conference function, the input signals need to be combined. When someone is talking in the chapel, you can test this by turning the volume control (bottom knob) up. If both VU meters respond then the button is in the correct position. If only the left VU meter lights up, then push this button to combine the channels. Both VU meters should respond and be the same.
Connections to the Communicator
For our stake conference setup, let's assume that the Left output from the mixer feeds the Webcast Communicator and the Right output feeds the telephone backup device. (The audio back is addressed later.)
The items that you have not used yet include:
- a cable with a 1/4 inch male on one end and a XLR (3 pin mic connector) male (with pins) on the other end.
- a cable with a XLR female (holes) to 1/8 inch stereo earphone male.
- 30 dB pad
- A cable with a 1/4 inch male on each end.
- An Emtec EJ-R and phone coiled handset cord
- Find cable 1 (1/4 inch male to XLR male) plug the 1/4 inch end into the Left output on the mixer.
- Find the 30 dB pad and plug this into the end of the cable you just hooked up in step 1 above.
- Find cable 2 (XLR female to 1/8 inch stereo) and plug this into the 30 dB pad.
- Plug the stereo cable into the LINE input (light blue jack) on the back of the communicator.
NOTE: You now have audio from the sound system connected to the Webcast communicator. You have also connected a mixer so that you can see the volume of the sound being transmitted and adjust it to be proper.
For normal operations, you should adjust the volume knob for channel 1 on the mixer so that the LED’s on the VU meter come up to the 0 level and not above that or the audio will be distorted at the receive sights.
FINAL NOTE: Normal operations for an event will require you to adjust the input knob when a new speaker starts, or when music is presented. RARELY will you ever be able to “set it and forget it”.
How to set up a telephone backup
Phone Backup connections (In case the Internet ever fails during an event.)
- Find the cable that has two 1/4 inch connectors.
- One end goes into the 1/4 inch cable connects to the jack on the mixer labeled Right Out – the other end plugs into the EJ-R
- The EJ-R connects to the telephone in the handset line.
Some documents have been created to help local units in Europe manage webcast events:
- This guide provides helpful information and details for successfully setting up a webcast in the Europe Area. This documentation was designed around the Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator and it reflects a webcast kit that was assembled by the Europe Area office for local Church units in that area of the world.
- Webcast wiring schemes