Dealing with the next wireless mic apocolypse

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Member Since: May 11, 2002

I run sound at a church and do some events that use a couple wireless mics all in the 500mhz and 600mhz frequency bands. We dodged the previous auction but the 600mhz band is the one we use with our Audio Technica ATW-somethingsomething wireless mics.

I was wondering what the future of wireless mics looks like? Are we going to some sort of local network audio? How reliable are those? ...and what are some good devices/brands? Or other solutions?

My concern with the 2.4ghz mics is that it apparently only allows for 80 something-ish networks, which sounds great... but that frequency range includes wifi and bluetooth which will frequency hop.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 29, 2015 08:18 am

I have been sort of interested in this since open mic night a year or two ago when the hosts sat and mixed the sound system from the bar, on their ipad, while having a drink.

How cool is that? Wireless mics, transmitting to some interface that the iPad controls the volumes of...pretty neat.

There are now (and have been for a while) recording apps for iOS and Android, networked devices, bluetooth devices...but you are right, would 2.4 and 5 gHz suffer due to interference or collision?

Still, it's a neat technology that is pretty cool to see develop.

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