If you’ve shopped for a small live audio mixer lately, you know there are some great choices out there. Some of these boards are so good, you might be tempted to use one to produce radio content. Unfortunately, several essential radio features are missing from these products, and up to now, getting these features meant buying a mixer designed especially for radio. Enter the Talkshow Gadget.
The Talkshow Gadget adds useful broadcast features to your live mixer. LED illuminated buttons give you instant activation and deactivation of four microphones, allowing you to get the mix right, then leave the faders in place. You also now have speaker volume control and a second input for listening to an external source. Your monitor speakers will mute automatically to prevent feedback when any mic is hot. And speaking of hot mics, the Talkshow Gadget even provides logic to illuminate an ON AIR signs or mic arm tallies to let everyone know you’re on the air.
Now, with one of those cool little live mixers and your Talkshow Gadget, you’re ready to host your own radio show! At a fraction of the price of a purpose-built radio mixer. You’re welcome.
The audio signal path is completely passive, with sealed switches and gold-contact relays. The pushbuttons have long-life LED illumination. On the logic connector, dry relay contacts are provided which activate when the monitors mute to drive an ON AIR sign or lamp to alert others that microphones are live. A mute override logic signal is provided for each microphone if you do not wish it to mute the monitors.