Allen & Heath's XB-14 console
Agoura Hills, CA (April 21, 2009)--Allen & Heath's XB-14 console is equipped with features specifically for broadcasters, including Telco inputs for telephone callers, mic fader start sensing for external connection and internal automatic muting of the speaker outputs, stereo channel start/cue outputs for CD deck transport control, multiple headphone outputs, and an additional stereo bus (Mix B).
"We have been approached by many customers who are producing program-based material for broadcast, who can't find a mixer with the right functionality to suit their budget," said designer Mike Griffin. "There is a host of new media opportunities these days, such as podcasting, open-access broadcast, internet broadcast, even YouTube, which people want to explore, and the XB-14 is crammed with features to cater for a variety of these applications."
The XB-14 has four mic/line channels, four stereo channels and two Telco telephone communication channels, with 3-band EQ on the mono channels and 2-band EQ on the Telco and stereo channels. The mono mic/line channels have fader start logic switching, which reportedly enables them to control external equipment or automatically mute the speaker outputs to prevent acoustic feedback in localized or self-operated applications. Individual channels can also be remotely muted via the 15-way D connector. The stereo channels have "start and cue" logic outputs to connect to external equipment such as CD players. The Telco channels have a clean feed comms facility for easy communication between the presenter and the cued caller.
There is a single aux bus for external effects processing, recording or auditioning, and a separate "Mix B" stereo bus for recording an independent mix to the main program mix, or creating a clean feed source with selected channels. The XB-14 also has USB connectivity for interfacing with PC/MAC to access computer-based audio files and content management systems, while simultaneously outputting program, aux or Mix B feeds in digital format.
Separate headphone monitor mixes can be created for operator, presenter or guests, so the engineer can check levels and cue sources while the presenter or guest can listen to a different source. The engineer/producer can also communicate to the studio using the "Talk" feature, or off-air to telephone callers. There is a facility for remote control of channel mutes from the studio using the remote interface connectors, which is targeted for studio-situated "cough" mute switches.
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