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An In-Depth Look at Wireless Audio for The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park

This May, The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park opened with a six week run of The Tempest, starring Sam Waterson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and continues July…


RF Venue Co-Founder Robert Crowley Talks Product Design

Meet Bob Crowley, RF Venue co-founder, and a man of varied scientific and entrepreneurial laurels. Some of you may remember Bob from the days of Crowley & Tripp microphones. Besides…


Common Sources of Interference in Small Venues

Small venues offer an abundance of errant charms. Funky seating, graffitied bathrooms, folk art: they are the authentic backdrops to stages where real music is played. Unfortunately, they also may…


Don't Let Rehearsals Fool Your Wireless Microphone

Too often, we receive worried calls from techs or FOH engineers that go a little something like this: “We set up and coordinated our wireless during rehearsals on Tuesday, but…


Visualizing Directional and Nearfield Antennas in Central Park

To compare the effects of two different types of antennas (and the effectiveness of the RF Spotlight at reducing sources of interference), we traveled to New York City in search…


Five Wireless Microphone Mistakes That Are as Common as They Are Avoidable

They’ve happened to the best of us. After paging through stacks of manuals, phoning and perhaps yelling at manufacturer technical support lines, and checking and re-checking dozens of options…


Reduce, Reuse, Rejoice: The Magic of Frequency Reuse

Take a good look at this photograph. What do you see? Besides the telecom employee flashing sign of the horns for some reason from hundreds of feet in the air,…


Eliminating Man-made Interference

This post is the final in a series on understanding, finding, and mitigating interference for operators of wireless audio equipment.  So, if you’ve read the previous four installments…


Making Use of the Capture Effect

When two signals on the same frequency are processed through a frequency modulated (FM) receiver, only the stronger in amplitude of the two signals is heard. Electrical engineers call this…


The Anatomy of Wireless Microphone Signal Drop-outs

Wireless microphone drop-outs are immediately obvious. Like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about obscenity in 1964, “I know it when I see it,” we know a drop-out when we…