The Smyles Comm-biner is a quality stereo audio interface that combines production audio and walkie-talkie audio so both can be monitored via headphones. It is particularly suited to the world of reality and documentary production but is useful in any situation where walkie-talkies must be monitored as well as production audio.
What are the advantages of the Smyles Comm-biner?
- No need to block one ear with an uncomfortable surveillance tube, compromising the sound of your headphone in that ear - both ears are open and so you hear normally and "in stereo". And if you use in-ear monitors you don't have to improvise to try to get the surveillance tube AND your in-ear monitor in the same ear.
- It can be used with any input source from professional mixer/recorder or camera to IFB receiver, iPod or iPad.
- Use your own headphones, IEMs or earbuds.
- You select the walkie-talkie feed to left, right or both ears.
- No surveillance tube to clog up - but the transducer and tube are included for those times you don't want to wear headphones... such as at lunch time.
- Stereo-mono switch: In STEREO mode you have normal stereo monitoring of production audio with the walkie-talkie feeding left, right or both channels. In MONO mode the stereo input is mixed to mono and with the walkie is fed only to the left channel - useful for camera operators who want to wear only a single mono earpiece. Additionally, the "ring" of the headphone jack is lifted so a mini mono plug will not short out the right channel feed.
- The signal chain is completely passive - no power is needed.