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How to use AEQ’s Talent

So you've got a new Talent, now what?

Talent offers flexible and comprehensive connectivity. 

  • Supports low or high-impedance headphones.
  • Compatible with Dynamic or condenser micro-phones,  as it can provide Phantom power supply.
  • Local audio, return from the station or a mix of both  can be listened into the headphones.
  • Wide Dynamic range.
  • It can also receive audio from a stereo line input, summed  to an additional Bluetooth signal.
  • Sends different audio mixings to the headphones and  auxiliary line output or Bluetooth.
  • Several people can bring their TALENTs to an event and  connect them in cascade.

Remotely control your Talent via either:

– Control Phoenix, for Windows PC, allows for detailed configuration and remote operation. Through the Internet you can control a fleet of codecs, so the commentator doesn’t need to operate them.

– TALENT Pilot, an app for Apple or Android Smart devices, allows the commentator to operate the device, make calls and configure many of its features.

How to establish a connection:

Congratulations on your new Talent! Let us talk you through how to make your first call.

Firstly, install the control app (TALENT Pilot) on your device (e.g mobile phone or tablet) and connect your talent via Bluetooth. 

          

Next, connect the device to an IP network with Internet Access. Plug in your microphone & headphones, and power it up. In order to send audio to the station you will require an internet connection, either ADSL/NBN, 3G/4G/5G, Wifi via an external modem/router. TALENT obtains its IP configuration automatically by default. If DHCP is not available, use the control App IP settings menu.

Choose which operation mode you prefer (RTP or SIP) and get the address (IP:port or URI, respectively) the call needs to be directed to.

– If using SIP, decide the proxy server, obtain credentials for it and register TALENT. This can be done from the App, but if  the server has never been used before you will need to define it first using the ControlPhoenix software via PC.

– If using RTP, use the studio’s (static) public IP and open an UDP port in the studio router (this is required only once).

Finally, adjust audio levels and routing (front panel or APP), or simply activate your MIC and dial the destination using the App. You can place the call either via the app or with the call key on the front panel. And that’s it! You are broadcasting!

You can test your TALENT by connecting to AEQ’s 24/7 codec. 

In SIP mode (TALENT registered in sip.aeq.es):

Dial: phoenixMaster@sip.aeq.es (or just phoenixMaster)

(Warning: it will only receive calls from a device registered in the same Proxy SIP  server. TALENT is, the default, and the contact is stored in the call book.

In RTP mode:

Dial: 178.239.208.179:5008  (this is also in the factory default call book)

(SmartRTP -> the test unit automatically adapts to the encoding algorithm you call in,  and will answer and return audio by itself)

Once connected, you will receive some music in the quality you decide.

Bluetooth

A very flexible audio routing system has  been developed, including line I/O and  Bluetooth connectivity.

 For music: Audio transmission from the terminal to TALENT using A2DP 1.3.1. profile with  high-quality SBC and AAC codecs. Play audio back using Apps such as audio players, Spotify, Whatsapp audio  notes, etc. 

For telephony: Bidirectional audio transmission using HFP v1.7 profile (Hands Free Profile), with  G.722 (voice-HD) equivalent quality. Can be used with phone calls and messaging (Whatsapp, etc.), conferencing  (Zoom) or communications (Skype…) applications.

Send voice + external audio

Make your program live from home and enrich it using external  audio sources.

Using your Bluetooth audio connection and/or line input, you can  connect TALENT to your mobile pone and mix audio from:

  • Audio players, files or streaming music.
  • Voice notes.
  • Pre-recorded and edited audio cuts.

Microphone audio is mixed with that received from the phone or external audio device and is compressed  and sent via IP to the studio console with excellent quality.

The local audio mix (Program) can also be sent to the phone or audio device for recording, even mixed  with the studio return signal.

Live interviews

Remotely interview a third person while you send your program  to the studio.

Thanks to Bluetooth, you can connect TALENT to your mobile phone and make live interviews using:

  • Plain GSM calls.
  • Using apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom and others, providing better quality for the interviewee voice.

The interviewee voice is mixed with TALENT’s microphone and is compressed and sent via IP to the studio console with excellent quality.

TALENT’s microphone, on the other hand, is sent clean to the phone to easily maintain a conversation, although studio feedback can also be provided to the interviewee.

Commentary

Make your program from a live event:
Using Bluetooth connectivity or an auxiliary input, you can send your chronicle from the microphone and mix it with the venue’s PA feed. Also, taking advantage of many easy-to-obtain Apps, you can even use your phone as an additional wireless interview microphone or to capture binaural ambient audio (see application notes)

Use an external modem to get mobile connectivity and you will no longer depend on a fixed Internet access.

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