Consume Spectrum Responsibly

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On August 15, 2016
In the live production industry, we like to think that our use of wireless spectrum on events, take precedence over other users. This thinking is grounded in the desire to deliver a perfect production to our clients and audience. Reliable wireless microphones and in ear monitors are particularly critical for a successful event. However, the […]
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Did we get Safety Right?

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On August 15, 2016
When I started in this industry (gulp) 30 years ago, little importance was placed on workplace safety. Instead, it was expected that common-sense was all that was needed. Nowadays we have the opposite. There is no expectation that there will be any common-sense on a workers part, instead relying on procedures detailed in safe work […]
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Must Have Own ABN

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On July 1, 2016
Our industry relies on a large and thriving casual workforce. With the advent of social media, it has never been easier to quickly find good crew. Indeed Facebook has a couple of great groups for finding workers. A common feature of the ads in these groups is “Must have own ABN”. What does that mean […]
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The Green Bible, the Gospel according to Bob.

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On June 15, 2016
Bob McCarthy is unequivocally recognised as a world leading authority on Sound System Optimization. His book, Sound Systems: Design and Optimization has universally been regarded as the definitive reference since its first release in 2006. Colloquially known as the “Green Bible”, (a reference to it’s green cover), the 500+ page tome is packed with information […]
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The TOD Scam!

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On June 1, 2016
Nowadays, it is common for a major venue or hotel to outsource audiovisual services for events within their building. This is sensible. It reduces the logistics for the venue as less equipment is moving in and out of the hotel, and the hotel has control over the AV operation within their complex. It also creates […]
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The Common Man’s Spectrum Analysis with RF Explorer

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On May 1, 2016
Getting wireless microphones to work reliably is getting more challenging and will continue to be so. The simple fact of the matter is that productions demand more and more channels of a spectrum resource that is increasingly becoming incredibly crowded. Our thirst for mobile internet needs spectrum, lot’s of it. If we look to the […]
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Review – DPA d:screet SC4098

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On April 15, 2016
Good lectern microphones are of critical importance for those events where speech is the primary source. I’ve been looking to upgrade from the ubiquitous Shure MX412 or Countryman Isomax 4’s so I loaned a pair of DPA SC4098 Supercardiod microphones and toured with them on a recent roadshow. The 4098’s are part of DPA’s miniature […]
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