Press splitters are used to avoid the unsightly clutter that results at events such as press conferences, when every broadcasting organisation present tries to erect a microphone directly in front of the speaker, precisely where the cameramen would rather they did not. The splitter takes a small number of inputs from microphones or the local mixer and distributes the signal to a large number of outputs for use by the media. AudioPressBox offer a comprehensive range of active and passive types in stage box, floor-box, desktop, rack and wall mounting formats as well as portable, cased, splitters and kits.
For a very limited number of broadcasters and journalists it may be possible to provide a set of outputs using multiple microphone splitters. However, this technique quickly increases the load on a microphone to the point where the signal quality is affected. A dedicated conference splitter will reduce clutter, be more reliable and prevent inter-action between the connections made by the different members of the media. Alternative terms for press splitter include 'conference splitter', 'presidential bridge', 'press box', 'multi box' and 'press distribution amplifier'.
The stagebox types are built in steel boxes, designed to be placed on the floor. On the upper surface there are a number of XLR outputs with adjacent microphone-line level switches where applicable. Two XLR connectors provide input and loop out.
These are supplied with a flush-mounting box, dimensions 153x98x70mm, to fit into the wall. Individual XLR outputs, with mic/line switches where included, are on the outer plate. Two 3-pin Phoenix style connectors on the side provide either input and input-link or inputs A and B.
On-wall types are built in a surface-fixing, metal box. Individual XLR outputs, with mic/line switches where included, are on the outer plate. Two 3-pin Phoenix style connectors provide either input and input-link or inputs A and B.
The floor-box type is a metal tray, designed to be let into the floor. Individual XLR outputs with mic/line switches are on a sloping panel. Two 3-pin Phoenix style connectors provide inputs A and B.
The APB-024 R-EX is a 2U high, rack mounting case with individual XLR outputs and mic/line switches on the front. The rear has two pairs of XLR connectors providing input and loop-out for A and B inputs.
[Note (1): These models may driven by a mixer with low output impedance. (2): These models must be fed by a drive unit, since a mixer is unlikely to have sufficient output.]
The RC 3.5 -1 cable is intended for use between the mic or mic/line outputs of the splitters and expander units and recording equipment with 3.5mm jack inputs, microphone or line level, regardless of the stereo or mono configuration. The 3-pin female XLR contains electronic circuitry to provide level and impedance matching and DC blocking. The cable is 1.5m long.
The RC 3.5 - 8 is an eight-way cable which provides eight channels of the same functionality and is 3 metres long. It consists of an eight pair multi-pair cable, broken out into eight tails at each end.