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Use the TRIM to optimize signal level to the outputs. The TRIM control will not affect the level of the LOOP THRU output.

Exo-Pod™ Using & Applications

The following is a quick look at how you would use the Radial Exo-Pod in common situations. Complete details about the many features built into the Radial Exo-Pod and information on connecting it to your system can be found in the user guide.
(PDF download).

Making Connections

The Exo-Pod is a passive device. This means that it does not require any power to make it work. You simply connect a balanced line level audio output from a mixing desk or microphone preamp to the XLR-F input connector and it will automatically distribute the signal to ten balanced XLR-M outputs and four mini 3.5mm connections. The XLR outputs are balanced following the AES standard with pin-1 (ground), pin-2 (+) and pin-3 (-). The mini 3.5mm is dual mono with the tip and ring sharing the same signal. Any output may be connected to unbalanced destinations using a balanced to unbalanced cable. Connected this way will reduce the output by approximately 6dB.

Each of the outputs is transformer isolated to eliminate ground loops and noise. These are supplemented with ground lift switches on each output for further noise abatement. Simply connect your line level source to the input and the output to various video cameras, portable recorders, tablets or mobile phones.

Note - Use of a stereo plug is recommended. Using a mono mini plug will reduce the signal level about 20dB.

Using the Exo-Pod

Managing signal levels

The Exo-Pod is designed to be fed from either the line level input from a mixing desk or the extra powerful output from the Radial mPress press box. A trim control at the input allows you to adjust the signal level to suit either mic or line level devices. If connecting line level devices, begin with the TRIM turned fully clockwise (maximum output level). For mic level recording devices, start with the TRIM at 12 o'clock and turn down as needed. Connect all of the destinations (video cameras, hand held recorders and so on) and run audio through your mixer and the Exo-Pod to test. If the recording devices are distorting or overdriven, you can reduce the output by adjusting the trim control to suit.

Eliminatinng Noise

Noise inducing ground loops most often occur when the audio ground and electrical ground interact. Each of the Exo-Pod outputs are transformer isolated in order to reduce hum and buzz caused by ground loops. Ground lift switches can also be engaged to further abate noise should it be encountered.

Expanding your system

Depending on what type of source you are using to drive the Exo-Pod, you can daisy-chain two or more together to expand the outputs from 14 to 28 or more using the LOOP THRU connection. +4dBu will drive two Exo-Pods in series. +24dBu will drive up to four Exo-Pods in series. Note that as you increase the number of outputs, you are increasing the demands on the source. This means that you may have to compensate by increasing the output from your mixer and increase the sensitivity (input levels) on the recorders in the press gallery.

When using the Exo-Pod with the Radial mPress, as many as four Exo-Pods may be connected in series as the mPress is outfitted with special high output drivers for this purpose.