[AG-TECH] Mute button

S.Booth spb at epcc.ed.ac.uk
Mon Mar 18 10:38:37 CST 2002

On Mon, 18 Mar 2002, Marty Hoag wrote:

>    I know that Boston University has table mics with an on/off button.
> I was toying with that idea (it gives the user direct control at the
> point of pick-up).  But there is a learning curve as evidenced in
> a demo of the room to a group of people last week.  
>    I've been told by audio people in the past that they prefer to 
> control all the audio so people don't "forget" to turn it on or off.  
> Of course that is a bit different situation than the AG so I'd be 
> interested to hear how the mute button fits with the AG design 
> point of "always on" audio (subject to interpretations of what 
> that means ;-).

We are using ceiling mics so a single mute button makes more sense.

Our local ISDN suite has a mute button and we sort of miss something
similar in the AG room for the pre/post meeting conversations allong the
lines of "Are we all ready to start?" and 
"Well was that meeting worth the time?"
It is also a shared use room and its would be nice if we could ensure the
mics are not live without having to log on as a node operator.
Actually now I think about it maybe its the mics active light that I am
really missing.

 "always on" implies no operator present so a simple mute switch becomes
more desirable. 


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