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Whoa, You Can’t Do That!

Common wireless system mistakes that can lead to intermodulation products that cause RF interference... One of the main causes of RF (radio frequency) interference is intermodulation products created by our own wireless equipment. In this piece, I will outline some of...

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Wireless On The Road

Wireless on the road. A day in the life of an RF technician for a large concert tour... It’s 9 am and I’ve just tumbled off the bus into today’s venue, a.k.a., “The Naming Rights Arena,” another stop on the five-month, 59-city Rock This Country tour by Shania Twain...

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The “Other Things” With Wireless Systems

Success in working with wireless in the live world is about far more than coordinating frequencies... the other things with wireless systems. When deploying wireless, whether it’s a single system or several, and whether it’s for a tour, a one-off, a broadcast, at a...

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Eyes On The Mics

Organizing wireless system hardware and keeping track of it at busy shows/events. So, you’ve done your scan, frequency coordination, antenna placement, walk-around and war-gaming tests, and everything works. All of your wireless transmitters are resting comfortably in...

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Foolproof Festival Patch

“Why not put the mics where the people are going to end up?” Detailing a straightforward approach... When I was coming up through the ranks at a sound company in the early 1980s, I did a lot of folk festivals. Within a few years I went from mixing a small satellite...

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Front Lines: RF FAQ

Successfully collaborating with a wireless frequency coordinator and understanding the reasons you may need one. As the use of wireless systems continues to grow and the available wireless spectrum continues to shrink, the need for someone to coordinate all of that...

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Step-By-Step RF

A logical approach for tracking down common wireless system and related problems. For many in pro audio, working with wireless systems is still thought to be a “nightmare” filled with peril, an accident waiting to happen, and so on. In actual fact, wireless systems...

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Road Stories


Road Stories #2

Not all of the sound? You’re ripping us off! (Another strange but true tale from "back in the day") In 1980 I was working for a band, doing sound…and lights…and some backline…from front of house. During the 11 months I was with them, the band completed a successful...

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Road Stories #3: Where’s The Kick?

Another audio adventure long ago in the Great White North, this one right in the heart of downtown Toronto on a cold winter night... Much has been made over the years about the difficulty of winter touring in Canada. What with long drives on empty snow- and...

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Road Stories #4: Fielding Questions From The Keen Kid

“What do you think I have to do to get him to send me out on the really big shows with the big concert rigs?” In the early 1990s I was serving as a maintenance tech in a large recording studio complex when I got a call from the sound company I’d worked for in the...

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Road Stories #5

We value your feedback. At 6 o’clock one fine Saturday morning in 1994, my bedside phone rang. It was the crew booker for the sound company I was managing at the time. One of our freelancers had spent the night in ER with his girlfriend, who’d been in a car accident....

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