There is a stigma about the complicated nature of the use of wireless microphones and their radio frequencies, but they are fun to use once you know the basics. Primarily, only use RF when there are no other options. Check the requirements of the venue as it pertains to the frequencies or bands permitted. Always have the correct tools on hand, just because a transmitter and receiver can pick each other up does not mean they are compatible. Compression and expansion, also known as compansion, correctness is critical. Other important devices include a handheld scanner and an antenna combiner. With all of the sound variables that can come up in a system, it is important to have the correct settings on your devices.
- When one goes to shows and festivals that seem somewhat complex there is usually an RF technician that is managing things at the background.
- The author states that he is not an RF boffin but he has 20 years of experience in the field and wants to share some useful advice.
- He states that while on the stage some performers or band members have the need to be very mobile so the microphone used for them is a wireless monitor.
“While RF often gets referred to as a “dark art,” in truth it’s a science which, approached systematically, can actually be quite enjoyable in a nerdy kind of way!”