As Radial CEO, Peter Janis, explains, "With more and more recording happening in smaller studios, the need for a simple talk-back system has become evident. Yes, there are other cue systems on the market, but most either have too many features, are too costly, or are too large. The Studio-Q manages to do it all in a super compact design."
The Studio-Q begins with a simple cue switch that turns on the built-in microphone or the 'producer' mic XLR input. Each mic is equipped with an individual trim control along with a master mic volume. These can also be remotely activated using a remote JR1 mute footswitch. Once depressed, the signal is routed to the studio headphone system while it automatically shunts the program to the desired level. The program signal path is balanced for easy integration with any console, and features a fully variable level control on the front panel.
Connecting audio to the Studio-Q is straightforward with balanced 1/4" TRS program inputs and outputs. The external mic input features a standard XLR for a dynamic microphone, while the JR1 remote connects via 1/4" jack. An additional 'remote out' 1/4" jack allows to send a dry contact signal to an external device when the talkback switch is depressed. This can also be set to carry DC power and accommodate a remotely powered LED beacon to attract attention when the artist isn’t wearing headphones or is in the middle of a take.
Following Radial’s pedigree for robust manufacturing, the Studio-Q is made from heavy 14-gauge steel for added durability and shielding against stray magnetic fields. A compact chassis size reduces the footprint on your desktop, with rubber feet that protect the work surface while keeping it firmly in place. The Studio-Q is powered by a 15VDC supply which may be locked in place using a cable clamp.
Another gem of a product from Radial, now available for USD $259.99.