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Whirlwind Micmute PPD Latching Switch-On/Switch-Off Audio Switch (Desktop)

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Product Highlights
  • Convenient Desktop Design
  • Metal Housing
  • Indicating Rocker Switch

The Micmute PPD from Whirlwind is a compact desktop-style on/off switch that provides quick and easy control of a mic or line audio signal. The rugged metal housing offers XLR input and output connectors for wide compatibility. The indicating rocker switch will toggle between on and off states, blocking and passing audio alternately with each switch. In the "on" state, the switch shows a red bar. A blue LED illuminates when a mic is live and a signal is passing through the box, and is not functional when phantom power is not present. The Micmute is entirely passive, requiring no power.

Compact desktop design with a rugged metal housing
XLR input and output connectors for wide compatibility
Accepts mic and line level signals
The indicating rocker switch will toggle between on and off states, blocking and passing audio alternately with each switch. In the "on" state, the switch shows a red bar
A blue LED illuminates when the connected input is providing phantom power and a signal is passing through the Micmute. The LED does not function if phantom power is not present
Entirely passive design, no power required
Construction Metal
Connectors 1 x XLR Female Input
1 x XLR Male Output
Whirlwind Micmute PPD Latching Switch-On/Switch-Off Audio Switch (Desktop)
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    WhirlwindMicmute PPD Latching Switch-On/Switch-Off Audio Switch (Desktop)
     
    4.5

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    4.0

    Performs as advertised.

    By Teemac

    from Sydney Australia

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Whirlwind Micmute PPD Latching Switch-On/Switch-Off Audio Switch (Desktop):

    No complaints about the performance of this audio switch. I would offer a suggestion that a 3 position switch to replace the dual action ON/OFF to incorporate a momentary mute action as well

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    5.0

    Solid And Simple

    By Ron M

    from Sydney, Australia

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Ergonomic
    • Won't Slip

    Cons

    • Slight Clicks

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Live Announcers
    • PA Systems
    • Sports Arenas

    Comments about Whirlwind Micmute PPD Latching Switch-On/Switch-Off Audio Switch (Desktop):

    These boxes seem expensive, UNTIL

    a) You compare them to the opposition and

    b) You actually use them.

    I've used many similar products over my forty-odd years as a (mostly live) Sound Supervisor/Audio Director.

    Most need to be fed batteries and are nowhere near as rugged.

    Given the pressures that attend live announcing, I also feel that those which "feature" the option of radical changes to control functions via dip-switches invite catastrophic contributions from unseen fingers.

    Whirlwind's "one bulletproof box, one function" philosophy sits really well with me.

    Sadly, they'd probably refuse to design one large enough to accommodate the in-laws...

    ...Still, there's no harm in dreaming...

    The PPD's brilliant blue "on air" LED doesn't require batteries when phantom powered mics are involved, yet the fact that dynamic mics prevent its illumination is (equally brilliantly) mitigated by the rocker switch's "survival red" indicator. This creates confidence as well as being (literally) foolproof.

    You'll have noticed that I've reported them to be not TOTALLY free of "clicks".

    This is due to Whirlwind's technique of switching "off" by shorting both "legs" of the mic output, being pins 2 & 3. They do this to guarantee the maximum absence of noise from a line that's wending its way back to an "open" mic input.

    To my mind, these slight switching clicks from the MicMute boxes only makes them unsuitable for the quietest of situations, such as (for example) a late night talk show, or when the mic in question is for hosting the broadcast of a fine music program, ...situations that are almost invariably operated from a console anyway.

    I can, however, unequivocally attest that (when it comes to providing P.A. systems for live events) I've found them to be the simplest, most rugged and most dependable method of protecting announcers from attacks of the dreaded "foot in mouth" disease.

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