Matrix: Can I use ports 33 to 36 on the Pico frame for voice recordings?

Question:  I understand that ports 33 to 36 on the Eclipse Pico can't be used for panels or interfaces. Could they be used to provide a port for listening to a Virtual Party Line, e.g. to record a partyline conversation on a server?

Answer:  Ports 33 to 36 on the Pico frame are unintelligent 4-wire portsonly.  That is why they don’t support Eclipse Panels and interface cards,these ports don’t have RS-422 data the panels and interfaces need to hand shake with.  To activate these ports go to the matrix hardware screen in ECS and declare the port as a “Direct” in the port designation column and assign a talk/ listen label name to the port and apply the change to the frame with ECS using a frame reset to “wake up” the port. 

These ports can be used to support balanced line level 4-wire connections to various 3rdparty devices such as mixing consoles, public address amplifiers, wireless intercom systems (WBS-670/680, CellCom or Tempest 2400 for example). These ports can also be used to route audio from the frame to a recording device (PC hard drive for example). 

In order to route the audio from the frame (panels and interfaces) to one of these ports for recording purposes make the port a fixed member of a party-line.  Assign as permanent members to this PL any other interfaces needing to be recorded (ports assigned to wireless is a good example).  Any panels talking to this same PL via their talk PL keys will also have their audio routed to the recording port as well. 

Other ways to route audio to this recording port include using forced listens from the source port to the destination port.  This creates a permanent crosspoint from the recording source to the recording destination.  Forced listens can be found in the ECS local advanced menu. 

Creating audio routes in ECS can also be used, simply create the route (source to destination) andassign the route to a control label, assign the control label to a panel directly or stack the label to an existing key and the key activation opens the route to the recording port.