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Reflections on NAMM ‘17, Faulty Synthesizers, and Gear Lust

Those of you faithful Audio Gloss readers may notice a different name attached to this post. As the world swirls with changes, today feels like as good of a time…


Audio Gloss is BACK

Imagine the above image of the space shuttle Discovery returning to Cape Canaveral to the unstoppable pulse of your favorite classic rock anthem with the overdriven whine of a rhythm…


Bernie Beaudry: “The Definition of Tough”

Almost exactly two months ago, a 328 lb defensive lineman ran out of a paper mâche tube filled with purple smoke, and knocked Bernard Beaudry off his feet and onto…


Why Live Events Matter

The spectrum we use—the UHF broadcast band—is going away, and the devices we operate—analog FM radios—are ill-equipped for the digital and database controlled ecosystems they are…


Vintage Vega Wireless Microphone Ads from the '70s and '80s

This Saturday I spent a few hours browsing the meticulously organized files found at the sound industry's archives: the Audio History Library & Museum. We are building a basic historical…


RF Venue Gets a New Tagline—and Website

RF Venue debuted a new tagline yesterday: "Radiate Success" Catchy, right? Our products help audio professionals find success by resonating and radiating radio frequency energy in unique and effective ways.…


Journey to the Center Conductor

A few days back we got an email from an engineer in Spain about whether our RF Optix fiber optic remote antenna system is compatible with a so-called “leaky coax”…


What We Learned From Our 2015 Survey

Last week, we sent a survey to RF Venue customers and Audio Gloss subscribers. Nearly a thousand people responded—far more than we expected—with all kinds of interesting information…


What is Squelch?

Wireless microphones are designed with squelch circuits to mute audio when the receiver loses or cannot find the transmitter’s signal. Squelch circuits are necessary because receivers (especially analog ones)…


Paddle Antennas are 50 Years Old; It’s Time for Something Better.

Years ago, while RF Venue was in early stages of R&D, we spent a lot of time in the field observing wireless mic systems and how they and…