Studio Technologies MODEL-72
Level/Meter Interface


The Model 72 Level Meter/Interface is a compact, portable device that plugs directly into an IFB or intercom circuit and provides two useful functions: audio level meters and line-level audio outputs. IFB (interruptible foldback) circuits are used in broadcast applications, providing one or two channels of talent cue audio. Intercom circuits are used by production personnel, supplying one or two channels of “party-line” communications.

Two 5-segment LED meters allow direct observation of the audio signal levels present on the connected IFB or intercom circuit. The display range is optimized for the signal levels found on typical “wet” (DC with audio) IFB and intercom circuits, rather than traditional “VU” scaling.

Two audio outputs provide transformer-coupled “dry” signals, one output associated with each IFB or intercom channel. These pro-audio-quality outputs are useful for a variety of production and testing applications. For example, the outputs can serve as the interface between a traditional “wet” IFB system and a wireless in-ear monitor or IFB system. The Model 72’s outputs can also be connected to line-level inputs on an audio console, allowing IFB or intercom audio signals to be combined and/or routed to other local or remote talent or production personnel cue systems. Other applications may arise where an amplified speaker needs to be used to monitor an IFB or intercom circuit. The Model 72’s audio outputs will make achieving this fast and simple.

Power for the Model 72 is provided by the connected IFB or intercom circuit. Active circuitry ensures accurate level metering and excellent audio performance. The compact device is housed in a rugged aluminum enclosure. All inputs and outputs interface using industry-standard 3-pin male and female XLR-type connectors. The connectors are manufactured by Neutrik® and feature gold-plated contacts and metal housings.

The Model 72 is compatible with virtually all single- and dual-channel IFB and intercom circuits used in broadcast, theatrical, and industrial applications. IFB circuits, typically provided by Studio Technologies’ IFB interface units or the Telex®/RTS® 4000-series, can be directly connected. Industry-standard party-line intercom circuits are also compatible. Whether a single-channel system from Clear-Com® or a dual-channel TW-series system from Telex/RTS, direct connection to the Model 72 is supported.

The Model 72 provides both 3-pin male and female XLR-type connectors for direct interconnection with IFB and intercom circuits. The connector’s pins are wired in parallel, allowing compatibility with interconnecting cables having male or female connectors. The two connectors can also serve as a “loop through” function. Pin 1 of the connectors is used as a common point for both DC power and audio signals. Pin 2 of the connectors is always used for DC power, typically in the range of 25 to 30 volts. With dual-channel IFB or intercom circuits pin 2 is also used to carry one of the two audio signals, typically designated as channel 1. (This audio signal is superimposed onto the DC voltage.) Pin 3 is always used to carry an audio signal but never DC power. In dual-channel IFB or intercom systems pin 3 typically carries channel 2 audio. In single-channel intercom systems pin 3 carries the one and only audio signal.


  • General Audio:
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHZ, ±0.5 dB
    Distortion(THD+N): 0.02%, measured at 1 kHz, –10 dBu in/+4 dBu out
    S/NRatio: 93 dB, referenced to –10 dBu in/+4 dBu out
  • Connectors:
    IFB/Intercom Input: 3-pin male and female XLR-type
    Audio Outputs:3-pin male XLR-type
  • IFB/Intercom Input:
    Type: single- or dual-channel, unbalanced (pin 1common; pin 2 DC (or DC with audio); pin 3 audio)
    Impedance: 20 k ohms,nominal
    Level: –10 dBu, nominal
    Compatibility: virtually all single- and dual-channel IFBand intercom circuits
  • Audio Outputs:
    Type: balanced, transformer-coupled with seriescapacitors and isolation resistors
    Impedance: 600 ohms, nominal
    NominalLevel: +4 dBu, measured with –10 dBu IFB/intercom input level
    MaximumLevel: +16 dBu into 2 k ohms
    Gain: 14 dB, input-to-output
  • Power Requirement: 22-32 Vdc, 42 mA (provided byIFB/intercom input)
  • Dimensions (Overall):
    4.2 inches wide (10.7 cm)
    2.0 inches high (5.1cm)
    4.7 inches deep (11.9 cm)
  • Weight: 0.8 pounds (0.35 kg)
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