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Angry Audio Failsafe Gadget

Angry Audio


Failsafe Gadget Silence sensor and backup audio switcher

$379.00 $399.00
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Dead air is every broadcasters worst nightmare. Equipment fails, lightning strikes, humans make mistakes. And for some reason, dead air often favors the dead of night. Unless you really enjoy those unplanned trips to kick Murphy out of the studio, you might consider a less sleep-depriving way to deal with off-air emergencies. We would like to introduce you to the Failsafe Gadget

The Failsafe Gadget is a simple stereo A/B switch. Normally, the Main (A) source is fed to the output. A sophisticated sensor monitors the Main source constantly. If silence is detected, the Backup (B) source is switched to the output. The user can select whether the unit will switch back to Main if the audio returns, or whether it should remain on Backup until manually switched.

Connect your studio to the Main input and send the output to your transmission system. Backup audio sources might be a second computer, a looping CD player, even an iPod shuffling a playlist. In addition to audio switching, a logic output from the Failsafe Gadget can activate a device or alarm if silence is detected. Logic inputs are provided to remote the switching, or reset the Gadget.

A recessed rotary switch allows you to set the threshold of the silence sensor. Another rotary switch gives you control over the duration of the silence before the sensor takes action. Dynamic programming with a relaxed pace may want lower thresholds and longer delays, while compressed and tight programming may tolerate higher thresholds and shorter delays. The idea is to set the threshold and delay so that normal gaps and quiet passages will not trigger the sensor.

A bicolor LED gives clear status of the audio. Green is normal, above threshold. Some red flashing is normal during quiet passages and transitions, but if it stays red for awhile, a silence event is underway. A front-panel sensor bypass switch lets you put the Failsafe Gadget in manual mode; perfect for formats that only need backup during automated segments.

The Failsafe Gadgets audio switching path is completely passive, using sealed relays with gold contacts. The enclosure is powder-coated steel. The power supply is internal (no wall wart). All components are premium, selected for performance and longevity. And like every other Angry Audio product, the Failsafe Gadget is completely immune to RF interference.

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  • Main Features:
  • Illuminated switches to select main/backup and show status
  • If audio falls below the preset threshold, it is considered “silence.”
  • Silence indicator.
  • Turn sensor off to use gadget manually.
  • How many seconds of “silence” before the logic switches to backup.
  • After switching, the gadget can remain on backup until manually reset, or it can return to main when healthy audio returns
  • Powder-coated steel enclosure
  • All switching is passive via sealed gold-contact relays.
  • Built-in power supply with 2 meter cord. No wall wart.
  • A (main) input is monitored by sensor.
  • Superior-quality components throughout.
  • Logic connector provides remote switching of A/B, remote reset, and dry contacts for status.
  • Specifications:
  • Power and Environmental:
  • North American Version 115VAC 60 Hz, NEMA 5-15P power plug
  • European Version 230VAC 50HZ, CEE 7/7 power plug
  • Power Consumption 3VA
  • Operating Temperature 0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
  • Storage Temperature -20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)
  • Relative Humidity 0% to 90% non-condensing
  • Cooling Venting Chassis (fanless)
  • Width x depth x height 8.5 x 6.25 x 1.70 in., 21.6 x 16 x 4.32 cm.
  • Weight 3.5 pounds, 1.6 kilograms