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In telecommunications, a voice operated switch, also known as VOX or Voice Operated
eXchange, is a switch that operates when sound over a certain threshold is detected.
It is usually used to turn on a transmitter or recorder when someone speaks and turn it
off when they stop speaking. It is used instead of a push-to-talk button on transmitters or
to save storage space on recording devices. On cell phones, it is used to save battery
life. On Intercom Systems that use a speaker in a room as both and speaker and a Mic
will often use VOX on the main console to switch the audio direction when a
conversation is going on. The circuitry usually includes a delay that leaves the circuit
activated for a short time after the sound stops. This keeps the circuit from turning off
during short pauses in speech.
There are pros and cons to choosing VOX as opposed to other methods as a triggering
device. In recordings, the first second or so of information may be lost because the noise
level must be checked before the recording is initiated. Ambient noise may also trigger
recording of unwanted background noise. Cell phones, two way radios, phone recorders,
and tape recorders often have VOX as an option.
In audio recording and sound reinforcement, the term 'vox' may be used as an
abbreviation for 'voice', 'vocal track', or 'vocal channel', primarily because it is the
nominative case of "voice" in Latin.
If you intend on using VOX as your T/R source, refer to the radios user manual for
correctly setting your VOX parameters
1. ^ Newton, Harry (2004). Newton's Telecom Dictionary. CMP books. pp. 901.