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Patching a phone into a Mackie board in V/O booth

Hi, all! I'm a tech-challenged home voice-over guy. I have a Mackie board in the booth with me, but the phantom power for my mic actually comes from a separate Grace Design mic preamp outside. For "old school" phone patch, is there a way to connect either a corded phone directly, or via a Gentner MicroTel box, into the Mackie mixer for two way phone conversation with a client? (Not all clients wanna go the Skype route and I'm concerned about wireless always working) Many thanks for any help. If this doesn't work, I'll buy another simple corded phone with a headset jack.


Boswell Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:28

Could you clarify whether you want the phone conversation to go through the mixer or you want to connect the phone to the phone line in a standard way and simply record the sent and received voices? Are you hoping the booth microphone (model?) could replace the phone handset microphone during the conversation?

It's a tricky area to get both right electrically and stay legal.

RickA Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:09

Thanks for the super fast reply, "Boswell"! Booth mic is a Neumann TLM 103, btw. If there is a way to route the call through the Mackie board and/or the Gentner Micro-Tel box so that I just wear my booth headphones and speak to the client through the Neumann, that's ideal. And: I don't need to record the the listener, if that helps.

dvdhawk Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:40

Then I'd take the example from the manual, for Recording Interviews, and add your mic-pre between the mic and the mic input jack. Then rather than going out to a tape recorder as shown, I'd take that Aux Out to your Mackie mixer. (Making sure I was using a shielded, mono 1/8" to 1/4" cable) At that point you can plug your headphone into the Mackie, or into the Gentner - whichever you prefer.