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  1. venuetech

    venuetech Well-Known Member

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    A story in Wired

    “The shift is especially difficult because this is the second time in less than 10 years that wireless mics are being evicted from their frequency home. A decade ago, many wireless mics were designed to operate in the 700 MHz band. But in 2010 the FCC auctioned off much of that range for wireless broadband and public-safety uses, forcing out many wireless mics. Many theaters then spent tens of thousands of dollars on new gear, only now to be told that they have to purchase new gear again.”

    https://www.wired.com/story/wireles...paign=The+Local+TV+Consolidation+Race+Is+Here

    Many of the comments appear clueless.
     
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    Which comments in particular are you talking about as being clueless? Seems like a pretty accurate article.
     
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    The article is great. The Comments are just... 'precious', as my Grandmother used to say. I find this one particular insightful:

    "You’re not supposed to need mics in the theater. The situation may feel grossly unfair, but almost no one putting on a play before the turn of the century would have thought a mic was a necessity. Also: I hate sports, but this is nowhere near the same as needing good helmets for football players."
     
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    Are there reader comments that I don't see that require subscribing?
     
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    At the very bottom of the article there is a plus sign in a circle right next to it is text that says "show comments" it's gray and hard to see.
     
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    Ok I should have said “some” rather than “many”.
    (Am feeling orange today)


    “Do wireless mics really need their own protocol? Can't they just use wifi or some other more general standard?”
     
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    Got it. Thank you.
     
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    @venuetech @Van I LOVE it! In the same vein as no one thought parachutes were useful before Wilbur and Orville dragged their danged flying machines off the edges of cliffs. I guess the same rational can be applied to seat belts, air bags and life preservers.
    As your Grandmother said: "Precious! Just precious!" I strongly suspect your Grandmother and I would've got along well. I also suspect we'd have 'pooed, pooed' condoms too, but then you'dve known her better.
    Thanks for the giggles.
    Toodleoo!
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    “Before the turn of the century “
    I can assure that fellow many were using wireless mics at the turn of the century. 1999/2000
     
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    Going back a century more (1899/1900) mics were not available. Many could not perform in theater because they didn't have the voice of foghorn-leghorn. Many more in the audience simply couldn't hear the show. Have we become too dependent on microphones? Well maybe. Can a lot of very talented people perform on stage now that wouldn't have been able to back then? Defiantly. Is the average audience member now able to hear the show? Defiantly. Now, who really needs indoor plumbing? ;)
     
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    @JD I suspect the same people who spell 'Definitely' as "Defiantly" may appreciate the convenience of indoor plumbing. In the age of the internet, can the 'paperless privy' be far behind. Shades of @Janelle 's DMX controlled coffee perc' and networked USB Porta-Potties'!
    Toodleoo!
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    In the early/mid 70’s the drama teacher would block the show in the first week. then move out into mid house for the remaining weeks of rehearsals.(1300 seats) There he would day after day shout “PROJECT “ “I can’t hear you” “enunciate “ “use your stomach “, Countless times Day after Day, that’s how we got by. Along with the help of the usher club seating everyone close to the stage. These days I can’t get a director off the stage till tech week. And I cannot get that director to ask their actors to develop any sort of air pressure with their voice. They might say project a few times in their notes, but Few will have the stamina to do so for an entire performance.
     
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    Ah yes! This is the downside of technology! It is a double edged sword. Just because we CAN do something, doesn't mean we should stop teaching!
    I recently did a show in which I was singing in a room of about 60 people. Tragically, I bumped the mute switch on my own pack right as I went out to do the number. No turning back, so I belted it out as hard as I could, remembering "Project! Project!" Yea, it came out ok, wouldn't have worked in a larger room. It was a reminder that we shouldn't become TOO dependent on these modern miracles.
    AND to wrap these things back to their original topic- Given the trend of the FCC on wireless, we may all find ourselves back in the Shakespeare days back at the Globe theater in a few years! ;)
     
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    @JD Understood and appreciated although in today's and future ages all of the paying patrons will be able to hear and see the performers via their wrist TV's and eye-ball tracking holographic glasses thus we may no longer require IMAG, projection and / or point source cabinets, subs and line arrays. Who knows, we may have butt-shakers in every seat to augment 'smell-O-vision.
    Toodleoo!
    Ron Hebbard
     
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    I was thinking that we go to lip syncing like all the big music acts. Maybe we could go back to the Greek chorus and wear megaphone masks.
     
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    Having worked with many rock bands on the road, I hope we forgo the "smell-O-vision" !
     
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    I think this is a well stated article.
     

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