Boom Cable System with Talkback v2

Compatible with a large variety of mixers and recorders, including:

  • Sound Devices CL-9, 552 and 442;
  • Cooper 208, 106 and 306;
  • Mackie;
  • Yamaha 0V96;
  • Zaxcom Deva and Fusion recorders, Mix-12,
  • and many more.

(NOTE: Because the PSC Solice and Sonosax mixers have externally activated communication circuitry, they should use the “BOOM BOX SXST” described at bottom of page.)

Features

  • BOOM BOXv2 employs a chasis-mount connection to extension cables*
  • Headphone amplifier accepts balanced line level or stereo headphone signals for boom operator monitoring
  • Boom operator volume control
  • Talkback mic input accepts electret condenser or dynamic microphones
  • Low battery Warning
  • Internal preamp for boom operator’s headset talkback mic.
  • Push-To-Talk button sends the boom operator’s talkback mic at line level to the mixing mixer
  • Provides the boom operator with “side tone” so they hear their own voice during talkback
  • Single 9V battery compartment for all-day use

*The BOOM BOXv2 chasis-mount connector is female vs. the male connector on the pigtail of the original BOOM BOX design. The BCSV2ADPT is required to adapt gender of older Boom Cable System extension cables to the new BOOM BOXv2.

System Basics:

  • BOOM BOXv2 worn on the boom operators belt which contains a mic preamp for the talkback mic, headphone amp, volume control, PTT (push-to-talk), power ON indicator LED, and 9V battery compartment
  • Starquad extension cables with locking 8-pin “quick release” connectors at each end
  • A connector “fan-out” for adapting the boom cable extensions to the mixer or recorder
  • Headset with talkback mic (modified Sony MDR-7506)

Versatile

The Boom Cable System’s modular nature provides more options for use. For example, if an extension cable is accidentally cut by the dolly track, simply remove or replace only that section; there’s no need to replace the entire boom cable system. If more length is needed so the boom operator can relocate, they simply disconnect their box and add another extension. If the cart needs to be moved further away, simply disconnect the extension from the cart and add another extension. Because the Remote Audio Boom Cable System uses a Starquad pair within the extensions exclusively for the boom mic, induced noise is not a concern even when adding several hundred feet of cable. The ability to add an extension when needed also means that there’s no need to bring out several hundred feet of cable when fifty or seventy-five will do just fine. Often, when two booms are in use, their necessary cable lengths are different. In this case, if a sound department has two complete systems, one boom operator can use extensions unused by the other. Extensions can also be fitted with XLR adapters turning them into high-quality, two-pair audio snakes.

Construction

The BOOM BOXv2 is made of heavy-gauge powder-coated aluminum and has a belt clip and an XLR input for the boom mic. The BOOM BOXv2 uses a TA5 jack for input from talkback headsets equipped with the boom operators talkback microphone (BCSHSEBC) and also has ¼-inch headphone jack as well as an XLR mic input for use with other headphones and talkback microphones. BOOM BOXv2 has a PTT (push-to-talk) button and an 8-pin, Neutricon connector for attaching to extension cables. The BOOM BOXv2 houses a 9-volt battery compartment to power the headphone amplifier and the talkback mic preamplifier (boosting the talkback mic to line level).

Cables

The extensions are made from flexible yet rugged, two-pair, Canare Starquad cable. The mixer-end fan-outs are available, terminated to connect with a variety of mixers and recorders with talkback capability. All connections within the cables are carefully soldered and protected via high-quality rubber and mesh sheathing.

Operation

When the pushbutton on the top of the Boom Box is pressed, the signal from the talkback microphone on the boom operator’s headset is amplified and sent down the boom cable extension to the mixer’s COM input as a balanced line-level signal. It also simultaneously mixes with the monitor signal from the mixer so the boom operator hears their own voice (“side tone”). This makes it comfortable and easy for the boom operator to speak quietly, as needed on the production set.

When the PTT button is not pressed, the talkback line is shorted. This short-circuit condition keeps the mixer’s talkback circuit quiet, so that it can be left ON in the mixer’s headphones, even while recording, always available for the boom op to speak when needed.

The BCSV2ADPT is required to adapt gender of older Boom Cable System Cables to the new BOOM BOXv2.

BCSBBV2

Item #: BCSBBV2

BOOM BOXv2 User Guide (158K PDF)

The BOOM BOXv2 is the latest refinement to Remote Audio’s popular talkback system for boom operators.

New Features:

  • Overall headphone level control for the boom-op
  • Balanced line or stereo headphone level input
  • Balanced line-level talkback mic output
  • Battery status indicator LED
  • TA5 connector for Remote Audio headphones with Talkback
  • Support for dynamic or electret talkback microphones
  • Neutricon 8-pin female input for extension cables
  • 3-pin XLR female for boom input
  • 3-pin XLR female and ¼” input for most common headsets as well as a TA5 female input for Remote Audio’s modified Sony MDR-7506 headphones equipped with talkback mic

BCSV2ADPT
Adapts older Boom Cable System Version 1 cables to the new BCSBBV2. 8-pin Neutricon male to 8-pin Neutricon male.

Mixer Fan-Outs

Version 2 mixer fan-outs will not work with the previous BOOM BOX version 1 configuration. Version 1 fan-outs are still available for purchase as special order items. Call for pricing and availability.

BCSMFV2
Mixer End Pigtail for miscellaneous mixers 8-pin Neutricon male to ¼ TRS plug and two 3-pin male XLR’s 3 feet (18 inch fan).

BCSMFV2CL9
Mixer End Fan-out for Sound Devices CL-9 8 pin Neutricon male to two 3 pin male XLR’s and one TA3F 3 feet (18 inch fan).

BCSMFV2552
Mixer End Fan-out for Sound Devices 552 8-pin Neutricon male to 3-pin male XLR and two 1/8 TRS connectors 3 feet (18 inch fan).

BCSMFV2442
Mixer End Fan-out for Sound Devices 442 8-pin Neutricon male to one 1/8 male, two TA3F connectors, and one XLR3M 3 feet (18 inch fan).

BCSMFV2DEVA
Mixer End Fan-out for Zaxcom Deva. 8-pin Neutricon male to two 3-pin XLR males and one 3-pin XLR female. 3 feet (18 inch fan).

BCSMFV2NOMAD
Boom Box v2 mixer fan for Zaxcom Nomad. Neutricon male to XLR3M, TA5F and 3.5mm TRS plug. 3 feet with 18 inch fan.

Extension Cables

BCSV2ADPT
Adapts older Boom Cable System Version 1 cables to the new 8-pin Neutricon male to 8-pin Neutricon male SPECIAL ORDER ONLY. Please allow 2-4 business days before shipment.

BCSX75
75’ Starquad Extension
8-pin Neutricon male to 8-pin Neutricon female

BCSX50

BCSX50
50’ Starquad Extension 8-pin
Neutricon male to 8-pin Neutricon female

BCSX25

BCSX25
25’ Starquad Extension 8-pin Neutricon male to 8-pin Neutricon female
SPECIAL ORDER ONLY. Please allow 2-4 business days before shipment.

BCSX125

BCSX125
125’ Starquad Extension
SPECIAL ORDER ONLY. Please allow 2-4 business days before shipment.

BCSXLRAD
XLR Adapter Set Turns Starquad extension into 2 pair snake.

Headsets with Talkback Mic

BCSHSEBC

BCSHSEBC
Sony MDR-7506 modified headphones equipped with electret talkback mic Coiled cable. For use with Remote Audio Boom Cable System w/TB. Also usable with the Remote Audio Deva Slate Mic modification

BCSADEB

BCSADEB
Adapter cable for BCSHSEBC headsets
TA5M Y to 1/8 TRS male & TA5F
Includes 1/4 inch headphone adapter and LAVPS power supply
9 inches

BCSHSDBC

BCSHSDBC
Sony MDR-7506 modified Headset with talk-back dynamic microphone
Coiled cable
For use with Remote Audio Boom Cable System w/TB

BCSADDB

BCSADDB
Adapter Y cable for BCSHSDBC headsets
Enables BCSHSDBC to be used directly with a mixer, separately from the Boom Cable system
TA5M Y to 1/8 TRS male & XLR 3-pin male
Includes 1/4 inch headphone adapter
9 inches

BCSADNOMAD
Breakout cable for Remote Audio electret talkback headsets into Zaxcom Nomad. TA5M to 3.5mm TRS unimatch plug and 3.5mm TS plug. Includes 1/4 inch adapter. 9 inches.

Sonosax Configuration

BCSBBSXST-E
For use with Electret talkback mic equipped headsets
Designed specifically for the Sonosax SX-ST, ES-64 and PSC Solice mixers

BCSBBSXST-D
For use with Dynamic talkback mic equipped headsets
Designed specifically for the Sonosax SX-ST, ES-64 and PSC Solice mixers

BCSMFSXST
Mixer End Fan-out for Boom Cable System with Talkback, for use with Sonosax SXST and ES64. 8-pin Neutricon feeds a 1/4 jack and (2) XLR3M.

BCSHSSXEBC
Sony MDR-7506 modified headphones equipped with electret talkback mic Coiled cable
Terminates to XLR5-M
For use with Boom Cable System w/TB for SONOSAX
SPECIAL ORDER ONLY. Please allow 5-7 business days before shipment.

BCSHSSXDBC
Sony MDR-7506 modified headphones equipped with dynamic talkback mic Coiled cable
Terminates to XLR5-M
For use with Boom Cable System w/TB for SONOSAX
SPECIAL ORDER ONLY. Please allow 5-7 business days before shipment.