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Talkback

SSL Live consoles have two Talkback channels, each with two inputs and two types of output, allowing you to run two independent Talkback systems. For example, you might use Talkback Channel 1 for a backstage cue speaker and Talkback Channel 2 to speak to musicians' in-ear monitors.

Both Talkback channels have full channel controls with full signal processing.

Basic Talkback control is available in the Talkback area in the top right corner of the Master Tile (shown left).
Turn the TB1 and TB2 encoders to change the fader level of the Talkback channels;

Press the encoders to mute the Talkback channels.

The two Talkback output types can be summarised as follows:

Talkback Outputs

The main Talkback Outputs (see above right) are used to feed remote speakers or headphones which may not have any other audio routed to it, such as a backstage cue speaker or another engineer's headphones.

Main Talkback Outputs are switched on and off using the OUT 1 and OUT 2 buttons in the Master Tile's Talkback area.

Aux Injection

You can send Talkback to individual Aux buses (see left). Talkback sends to Auxes are activated using the TB IN button in the Aux Channel's Fader/TB Quick Controls, as described further down this page.

Activating Talkback Inputs

The two inputs to each Talkback channel are switched in and out from the channel's Detail dialogue:

A page similar to that shown below will appear (press the Input/Routing button if a different dialogue page is shown):

Controls for the two inputs are located in either side of the dialogue. Each have full input configuration controls, as found in Input Channel Input detail dialogues, introduced in Detail View section.

In addition, each input has a large Input IN button which switches the input in and out. (The buttons are lit blue when the input is in).

Routing Talkback Inputs and Outputs

The XLR inputs under the console's arm rest are available for Talkback microphones; the left side is hard-wired to local input A15 (on the back of the console) and the right to local input A16. In the template showfiles, these inputs are routed to Input A of Talkback channels 1 and 2 respectively, and a signal generator is routed to Input B (but switched out of circuit by default).

You should avoid plugging sources into an XLR input on the back of the console if a source is also plugged into the arm rest input which is hard-wired to it, as this will result in degraded audio performance.

Routing is performed in the Detail Dialogues of the Talkback Channels (Input/Routing page). To change the source for Input A press the Route Input A button and use the standard Routing dialogue which appears (see the Routing section for details). For Input B, use the Route Input B button. Main Talkback Outputs (activated by the on-screen TALKBACK OUT button or OUT 1/OUT 2 button in the Talkback section of the Master Tile) are routed using the Route Output button.
Use the Output Feed button below the Route Output button to choose where in the signal path the output should be sourced from: Post Trim, Pre Fader, Post Fader or Post All. This does not affect the Aux sends, which are always sourced Post All processing.

Sending to Aux Buses

By default, both Talkback channels are routed to all Aux buses, with their send gain set to 0 dB.

This can be changed with the standard Aux Send controls in the Talkback Channel, using the Quick Controls, Detail dialogue, or Control Tile.

Note: Auxes added to your Console Configuration will have their sends from both Talkback channels automatically switched IN and turned up to 0 dB.

Talkback to Auxes can then be individually enabled within each Aux bus.

To access these controls, press the Fader/TB Assigner button for the relevant Aux.

You can now press the TB button to the left of the on-screen fader in the Channel View section, or the TB to Aux button in the Fader/TB Detail Dialogue, to activate or deactivate the Talkback injection.

TB to Aux can also be activated from the Quick Controls Fader section. Press the Aux's Fader Tile Quick Control encoder (or double-tap the on-screen encoder) to toggle the Quick Control page between the Aux's main Fader and Talkback controls.

A TB Dim control is also included which allows the main Aux signal to be attenuated while TB to Aux is engaged. Each Aux has its own TB Dim level, meaning each mix can be tailored according to the artist's preferences.

Talkback can be injected into multiple Auxes simulataneously; simply enable TB to Aux for the desired Auxes.

Individual TB to Aux functions can also be assigned to user keys for quick access. Refer to the User Keys options page for further details.

TB to Aux functions on hardware keys will latch on if pressed for a short time or engage momentarily if pressed and held, automatically disengaging when the key is released.

Note: The TB to Aux enabled state is transitory, meaning it is not stored in showfiles or scenes. This prevents the Talkback mics from being accidentally left switched on to Auxes. The TB Dim level is stored in showfiles.

Talkback Groups

Ten Talkback Groups are provided, to which any number of Auxes can be assigned, allowing Talkback to be injected into multiple Auxes from a single button or user key.

The same Aux can be assigned to multiple Talkback Groups, e.g. a singer's Aux mix could be included in both 'Band' and 'Backing Vocals' TB Groups. Talkback to each Aux will be switched on when any of the assigned Talkback Groups are switched on. Talkback will be switched off when all assigned Talkback Groups are switched off. The individual TB to Aux functions can still be used to toggle individual TB to Aux sends while they are assigned to a Talkback Group.

To assign Auxes to a Talkback Group, navigate to the Aux's Fader/TB Detail View page and engage one or more of the ten buttons in the TB Groups section. See also the Talkback Groups described below.

Once configured, TB Groups can be assigned to user keys for quick access. Refer to the User Keys options page for further details.

TB Group functions on hardware keys will latch on if pressed for a short time or engage momentarily if pressed and held, automatically disengaging when the key is released.

Talkback Groups page

The Talkback Groups page can be used to view, name, assign to and engage Talkback Groups. Access is from MENU > Setup > Talkback Groups.

The top half of the page contains Talkback Group controls. Press & hold the TB Group Assign button to engage assign mode. Use the Select keys on the Fader Tiles to assign Auxes to the selected Talkback Group. A range of Auxes can be selected by pressing the first and last Select keys in the desired range. Press the TB Group Assign button again to exit assign mode.

Double-tap the name field (defaults to "Group N") to enter a user-defined name for the Talkback Group. This will be used when assigning the TB Group to user keys.

Below the name field is a list of all Auxes assigned to each TB Group. This list can be swiped to scroll if a large number of Auxes is assigned to a single group.

A TB Group IN button is also provided, allowing Talkback to be injected into all of the Auxes listed in each group.

The lower half of the page contains the Detail View for the Selected path. This can be used to view any path's processing and routing details, as in the Channel View screen.

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