Henry Engineering Sportscaster Audio Control System

BH #HESPORTSCSTR • MFR #SC
Henry Engineering Sportscaster Audio Control System
Key Features
  • For Sporting Events
  • Mixer & Router for Announcers & More
  • Route Crowd Noise, Field Reporters, Etc.
  • Switch Audio between On-Air & Intercom
Designed to integrate with other Henry Engineering products such as the Sports Pod, the Henry Engineering SportsCaster is an audio control system for coordinating a sporting event for radio or video broadcasting. It may only take up 1 RU of rackmount space, but the SportsCaster boasts a panoply of controls and connections for on-air talent and behind-the-scenes players alike. Use the SportsCaster to coordinate between announcers, color commentators, spotters, field reporters, camera operators, crowd microphones, and more.
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Henry Engineering Sportscaster Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Designed for Use with the Sports Pod
  • 3Producer Control over Field Reporters & Camera Operators
  • 4Comprehensive Talkback Routing
  • 5Headphone Controls for Those in the Field
  • 6Comprehensive Headphone Controls for the Producer
  • 7Intercom Functions
  • 8A Panoply of Connections
  • 9Suitable for the Following Operations

Designed to integrate with other Henry Engineering products such as the Sports Pod, the Henry Engineering SportsCaster is an audio control system for coordinating a sporting event for radio or video broadcasting. It may only take up 1 RU of rackmount space, but the SportsCaster boasts a panoply of controls and connections for on-air talent and behind-the-scenes players alike. Use the SportsCaster to coordinate between announcers, color commentators, spotters, field reporters, camera operators, crowd microphones, and more.

Designed for Use with the Sports Pod

On the front of the unit, you'll notice a section for Sports Pods, complete with level pots and mute switches. These controls allow the mixer to balance the voices of up to three on-air announcers or mute them, if they should go off on a dangerous tangent. The announcers route their Sports Pods (available separately) into this section so that the mixer can balance their signals.

Producer Control over Field Reporters & Camera Operators

The SportsCaster provides control sections for the field reporter and two auxiliary channels; the aux channels can be used for crowd-noise, PA system announcers, and other applicable audio sources. These can be switched between the full "program" mix (what everyone will hear on air) and a cue mix, for behind-the-scenes directives, if need be.

Comprehensive Talkback Routing

In the Talkback section, you'll notice three different switches: Pods, Field, and Cam. Pressing one of these buttons will route talkback audio to the announcers, field reporter, or camera operators respectively, effectively allowing the producer to address anyone individually with the push of a finger.

Headphone Controls for Those in the Field

For the camera operators and field reporter, a three-knob mixing section is provided. This lets the producer control the level of the communications, program, and cue mixes fed to the headphones of those in the field.

Comprehensive Headphone Controls for the Producer

The Producer gets another headphone-mixing section, with three level controls for the intercom, cue mix, and overall program. Below these knobs are three L-C-R pan switches, which let the producer pan different people to different parts of the audio spectrum. Thus, the producer can choose to put the overall program mix in the center, while the intercom only comes through the left headphone. To the right of this section are connections for the producer's headphones and talkback microphone. A talkback level knob rounds out the front-panel controls.

Intercom Functions

The SportsCaster offers a two-way intercom between the producer and announcers, and between the producer and the field reporter. A Cross-Comm feature allows three-way intercom between all three when it's necessary for the announcers to coordinate directly with the field reporter.

A Panoply of Connections

The rear of the unit offers eight XLR inputs and three XLR outputs, all of which correspond to the various players involved (announcer, field reporter, overall program, etc). Controls for mic and line-level are on hand, as are three 3.5mm Mic Remote inputs for the Sports Pod. Using a standard Cat 5 cable, you can also route audio from a Sports Pod directly into the SportsCaster, daisy-chaining the other two Sports Pods into the first one.

Suitable for the Following Operations

  • Talent-mic audio mixing
  • Talent-headphone audio distribution
  • Talkback-/Intercom-Mic facility for producer
  • Duplex intercom between Producer and Talent
  • Producer headphone audio mixing
  • Headphone mix for field reporter and camera operators
  • Field-reporter headphone output
  • Duplex intercom between producer and field reporter
  • Party-line intercom between producer/talent/field reporter
  • Camera-operator headphone output
  • Talkback from producer to camera operators
  • Inputs for crowd mic, PA announcer, etc.
  • Cue bus to audition auxiliary sources
  • Main Program output to air or streaming
UPC: 602573016398

Henry Engineering Sportscaster Specs

Audio Connections8 x XLR Inputs
3 x XLR Outputs
3 x 3.5 mm Outputs
Input TypeMic Inputs 1 through 3: 20 kOhms, Balanced, 0 dBu
Field Input: 20 kOhms, Balanced, 0 dBu (Line), or -50 dBu (Mic)
Auxiliary Input 1: 20 kOhms, Balanced, 0 dBu (Line), or -50 dBu (Mic)
Auxiliary Input 2: 20 kOhms, Balanced, 0 dBu
Local Input: 20 kOhms, Balanced, 0 dBu
Return Input: 20 kOhms, Balanced, 0 dBu
Output TypeXLR Program Output: Balanced, +4 dBu, Lo-Z
Field Output: Balanced, +4 dBu (Line) or -50 dBu (Mic), Lo-Z
Camera Output: Balanced, +4 dBu (Line) or -50 dBu (Mic), Lo-Z
3.5 mm Program Output (Tip): Unbalanced, -10 dBu, 5 kOhms
3.5 mm Cue Output (Ring): Unbalanced, -10 dBu, 5 kOhms
Headphones: 24 Ohms or Higher, Stereo
Link Input/OutputRJ45: Headphone Audio and Power to Sports Pods
ControlOn/Off Control of Sports Pods Mics
Power Input12W, 115 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz
Rackmount Space1 RU
DimensionsDepth: 6.0" / 15.2 cm
Weight5.0 lb / 2.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.115 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20.5 x 9.5 x 2.3"
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