Radial Engineering used the 119th AES convention to introduce the DM-1 HotShot, a combination microphone signal splitter and mute switch that allows the vocalist to depress a foot switch to mute his mic and redirect the signal to the monitoring system and/or intercom.
Designed specifically for dynamic microphones, the DM-1 HotShot is a simple passive device that features an XLR input, momentary foot switch and two XLR outputs designated 'main' and 'monitor'. The microphone connects to the input and the main output connects to the sound system as usual. The monitor output is connected to the monitor desk where the monitor engineer can route the signal to the musicians on-stage monitoring systems and if desired, to the technical crew.
Should a problem occur; a change of song during a set; or a level require adjustment, the vocalist need merely depress his HotShot foot switch and he is now able to converse in confidence.
Suggested retail price is $75 USD.