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Recommend a paging system....

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Tim Weaver:
Ok, I've got a problem I need to solve and since my background is concert production and touring I have no idea what I'm looking for here.

I need a simple paging system that will have a wall mounted input and selector that allows a person at that panel to talk to three different rooms.



Right now I have a shure CB mic going through a rotary switch into 3 different channels on an X32, then aux outputs to the three rooms. When it works it's fine, but this X32 is used by an untrained staff, and they are always messing things up which kills the paging system. Also the rotary switch isn't working for me. And finally the Shure CB mic isn't quite as robust as I hoped it would be.

What should I be searching for? I want this to be standalone and robust and easy to use.

Tim Weaver:
Also, if it could do 6 discrete outputs that would be cool. Not necessary, but cool. These 3 classrooms all have airwalls. Maybe someday in the future they'll split them up, but right now it's just the three.....

David Sturzenbecher:
Seems like a easy task for a basic free wire DSP from the likes of q-sys, symmetrix, BSS, etc.  not sure if there is a dedicated box that would do this out there.


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Tim Weaver:

--- Quote from: David Sturzenbecher on January 17, 2022, 08:34:37 PM ---Seems like a easy task for a basic free wire DSP from the likes of q-sys, symmetrix, BSS, etc.  not sure if there is a dedicated box that would do this out there.


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Hmm. I have an under-utilized Atlas Bluebridge downstairs in the same building. And I happen to have some leftover Dante enabled ceiling speakers.....

Caleb Dueck:

--- Quote from: David Sturzenbecher on January 17, 2022, 08:34:37 PM ---Seems like a easy task for a basic free wire DSP from the likes of q-sys, symmetrix, BSS, etc.  not sure if there is a dedicated box that would do this out there.

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This.  QSys even has wall stations for this type of application.

Agreed there should be zero 'stuff' to get broken or misused, a la X32.  Walk up to the wall-mounted mic, push button or touch screen virtual button, talk. 

Plus this allows for ducking background music, compression, EQ.  And if you go with something like QSys - the sky's the limit on how much you can do, with room combine, audio routing and processing, control over video and lighting, etc. 

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