IMPORTANT: It is very important to note that this post was created in October 2008. Since this time, I no longer recommend the JK Audio Telephone Interface Device, except only as a last resort. Since 2008, Skype's ability to dial out to a telephone line has improved greatly in its reliability. Today, I recommend that you first try using Skype for bringing guests into your podcasts via the telephone. If you want to learn more about how to do this, I encourage you to check out my tutorial called “Podcaster's Guide To Recording Co-Hosts, Guests & Podcast Interviews. You can find this tutorial on my products page.
Below this line is the original post from 2008
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When I do telephone interviews for my podcast, I use the JK Audio Broadcast Host to get from my phone line into my mixer. This device allows me to take a single analog telephone line and patch the audio to and from that phone line to my mixer. Basically turning my mixer into the “handset” of the phone. I'm very happy with this solution.
I actually shared how I use this device in my Inside The Studio: Equipment Setup & Podcast Workflow Video Tutorial Series. I am happy to provide the portion of this video tutorial series shows how I hook up the JK Audio Broadcast Host below.
Inside The Studio Tutorial Part 3 of 7
(Note: Audio Quality Is MUCH Higher In Downloadable Version)
I hope the above video gives you an idea of the level of quality put into this video tutorial series. If you like what you see above and would like to see the rest of the tutorial series that includes ALL OF MY EQUIPMENT and my complete, step by step, podcast workflow, Please CLICK HERE FOR THE TUTORIAL PAGE.
Recently, I received a question from a client who wanted to know if he could use the Broadcast Host to hook up to his ISDN line. The answer is “no” because it is not an analog phone system. I called JK Audio and asked them what they have for this and they told me about the JK Audio InKeeper PBX.
It turns out that the InKeeper PBX is “exactly the same” as the Broadcast Host except that the connection to the phone line happens at the point of the “handset connection” of a standard telephone. This means that the phone is doing the translation from digital to analog signal and the InKeeper PBX plugs in where you would normally plug in the handset and the handset plugs into the InKeeper PBX. (See Diagram Below) (Note: this does not work with phones where the “dial pad” is in the handset).
Now, what is awesome about this is that with the handset being the point of connection, this means you could have a “multi-line” phone system, hence the name PBX, where you can switch back and forth between multiple phone lines, just like you would do if you were simply using the phone's handset switching to another line. This is going to fill the need of many of my clients who want to be able to use multiple phone lines to allow for a queue of callers waiting. This also allows for someone on another extension to “pre-screen” those calls as well.
Here's the diagram of how you could set this up: (However, I would recommend using the Compressor/Limiter/Gate as demonstrated in the embedded video above).
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