“It’s paramount that we provide young, talented minds with access to a university education,” said Donald J. Reaves, Ph.D., chancellor of WSSU. “To increase the number of scholarships we are awarding, we need the support of our communities, alumni, members of the faith community and other friends of the university to support scholarships.”
“One of my strategic goals is to improve the student experience,” Chancellor Reaves continued. “A way to do that is to provide the financial assistance deserving students need.”
To assist in that effort, WSSU hosted an evening of musical enjoyment featuring GRAMMY® award-winning songstress, Patti Austin on campus in the Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium. Along with performing classic R&B and jazz numbers, Austin also performed with the WSSU Burke Singers under the direction of D’Walla Simmons Burke, director of choral programs at WSSU. To complete the evening.
CareySound technology on display at WSSU concert.
It was a beautiful
weekend for an outdoor concert at the beach as
CareySound hit the road for Barefoot Landing in
North Myrtle Beach this last weekend for the Annual
Taste Of The Coast Festival. The festival a
production of Risen Christ Lutheran School and the
proceeds go to the school. Area restaurants had
booths set up so that you could sample the many
different types of cuisine they offer, and there
were fun and games for the whole family to enjoy
while they spent the day together.
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We also got to preview
the new Version 2.0 software for the M-400 console.
This is the second major feature upgrade for the
system since it was first introduced less than a
year ago. The new upgrade adds an onboard real time
audio analyzer, parametric EQs and 6 new effect
engines plus more advancements to the work flow. We
were told to expect the software to be available by
next week and we will be contacting all of our
V-Mix customers for appointments for this free
upgrade. It’s exciting to see the rapid growth of
this digital platform and announcements of more
products in the system later in the year.
It was also announced
that Cakewalk Software is now a completely owned
subsidiary of Roland and the newest version of
their Sonar 8 REAC recording system for the V-Mix
is shipping and has come down in price. Also
Cakewalk has introduced a comprehensive new
hardware DAW interface called the V-Studio 700.
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ideal music production environment, Cakewalk and
Roland have built the ultimate DAW system
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Dear SoundMan, I read your review of the Big E ribbon mic, and had a question. How Does the Big E hold up in the aspect of durability? I know that ribbon mics are typically quite delicate and wanted to know if this was any different. Thanks - ZD
We have been getting lots of feedback (no pun intended) about the Big E and I thought this was a good one so I contacted the designer Rick Earl for an answer and this was his response;
Glad to hear you’re interested in the microphone, I’m also glad to see you wanting to pursue a career in the industry, we need more good people.
Ribbon mics in general have the reputation for being delicate, although some of it is exaggerated. The weakest part of the microphone is the ribbon itself. The Big E has a 4 micron thick ribbon, many have a 2 micron or less. A strong blast of air, say from a kick drum could possibly tear or break the ribbon. I know many people are touring with mics like Royer and in fact, they have a LIVE model that has a thicker (4 Micron) ribbon. As far as the Big E is concerned, I have beat on it to test the suspension and have used it in almost every situation except kick drum. I do not put a bag over it when I move it and sometimes just toss it in the back seat when I take it places. So far no damage.
This is JUST THE PROTOTYPE! Although the motor design is pretty final, I am still perfecting the ribbon manufacturing process. I do have a double grill design that does reduce “wind” directly on the element and that would continue in any future designs or modifications. When the ribbon process is perfected, hopefully I will be able to do a complete set of tests, including max SPL.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Although several early references document the use of radio microphones beginning around 1948, it was an American electrical engineer by the name of Raymond Litke that invented and patented the first lavalier radio microphone in 1957 for use in classroom communication at San Jose State College. It was first brought to market by VEGA in 1960 and was used by the broadcast media that same year for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Wireless microphones did not come into popular widespread use until the mid 1970’s until John Nady (who founded NADY Systems) pioneered their use in the music industry. He was also the first to add a compander circuit that offered audio performance and dynamic range that came close to that of a wired microphone. Their use then spread quickly through the entertainment and broadcast industries.
These FM radio based transmitters were quickly replaced by crystal controlled fixed frequency VHF units that used unused TV channels. It was really a challenge to travel with these radios because you had to take extra systems to ensure a clear signal. However the output of the transmitter was significantly stronger and more stable than the FM radios they replaced. Further improvements were made by adding a second antenna to the receiver to help prevent dropouts from phase cancelation. Current wirelesses operate in the UHF frequency band, again sharing the bandwidth with the local TV stations. They use a frequency synthesis circuit that allows the flexible selection of frequencies giving some units a couple of thousand channels to build a clear reliable wireless system. It is these systems that have precipitated the huge expansion in the use of wireless systems allowing many transmitters to be used in close proximity to each other.
So, what’s all the fuss about?
The latest issue trust upon us is courtesy of none other than our Federal government, who in their ultimate wisdom have decided that we can’t live without digital television. So what exactly does this have to do with my wireless mic you may ask? Well, those seemingly essential audio tools that so many of us have come to rely on have been sharing the same airways that TV stations use for over the air broadcast. And unless you’ve had your head in the sand you should have noticed all of hoopla surrounding the switch from analogue to digital TV. It is this transition to digital TV that has put wireless microphone use in the spotlight.
Licenses are required to use wireless microphones on vacant TV channels in the United States. This application of a wireless device falls under the Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) rules. Since their inception, wireless microphones have essentially operated as unlicensed pirate radio stations, except for less than 1,000 devices in the entire US that have applied for and been granted licenses. The tens of thousands of unlicensed transmitters in daily use have been largely overlooked by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) who is responsible for code enforcement and only rarely shutdown or prosecuted. In the shadow of the stealth growth of wireless microphone usage, the neglect of the FCC to make the rules clear and their lack of enforcement, the benign use of this unused bandwidth has grown from a novelty to a huge community of users that rely on their wireless microphones.
So here’s the first problem
The FCC has sold the rights to the unused frequency spectrum that will be abandoned when TV stations turn off their analogue signals. So hence forth, Broadcast Auxiliary Services, such as your wireless microphones, will not be allowed to use the 698 - 806 MHz portion of the spectrum due to their auction of the 700 MHz band to buyers with really deep pockets. (We are talking Billions here.) So if you have any wireless transmitters operating in that space they have been effectively EOL’d (end of life) by the FCC.
There is still some discussion among the players in this drama as to the fate of the remaining TV spectrum. The discussion revolves around who will be granted access to this “white space” (the area between active TV channels) under existing BAS rules. Among those fighting for access is the entertainment & broadcast industries and high speed internet access, the outcome of which has yet to be determined. Complicating this issue is a new requirement that these new transmitters employ, yet to be proven, new technology that includes GPS location, spectrum-sensing, and location database access.
So what’s a wireless microphone user to do?
These regulations represent a moving target as to when they will be implemented and what the new rules will actually be. Nothing has been finalized yet and remember that this is a political issue and is subject to the whims of our government.
- Go out and by bunch of new expensive gear?
- Stake-out your wireless territory and try to get licensed?
- Run up the pirate radio flag and continue with business as usual?
- Go back to using wire?
A successful wireless strategy requires the combination of all four.
- For the immediate future go ahead and continue to run the pirate flag. Your current wirelesses have worked for the last 30 years and are not going to suddenly self-destruct. The FCC isn’t adding a platoon of new enforcement officers to jail offenders. It’s the same old “if no one complains, no foul” as it has been for the foreseeable future.
- Ultimately if you are using you’re wireless in a fixed location you should probably put a claim in to protect your airwaves by applying for a license. This will insure that if it does come down to a fight you are on the right side.
- See if any of your current wireless mics operate in the 700 MHz band. I would not replace them yet if they are still in good shape and working but I would start a fund to replace them when they break. You will no longer be able to get them fixed.
- This is a good time to seriously evaluate if you really need a wireless solution. Wired microphones still deliver superior performance to their wireless counterparts and they cost much less.
- If you decide that you need to purchase new equipment this is no time to buy a cheep wireless microphone. It’s becoming a crowded field and only high end wirelesses have the flexibility and performance to have the best chance of survival.
- And definitely seek the advice of a trusted professional wireless provider.