RF Explorer to manage wireless!

Nicholas Radina Red Rocks

This summer I’m headed out again to spend a few months turing knobs for my O.A.R. friends playing a ton of shows here in the U.S. Yet this time around, we will be joining big talents Train as well as Natasha Beddingfield — a great line up!

A bit different this summer

Usually I’m coordinating around 30+ channels of wireless daily. This breaks down to around 20 or so inputs (instruments and vocals) and 12 channels of IEM’s/ears plus spare packs as well as backup frequencies.

Nicholas Radina Guitar Straps

When O.A.R. is the headliner, much more control can be realized in regards to wireless. I often will coordinate wireless for the opening/support act also.

I’ll write a detailed post soon of how I generally coordinate using Shure’s Wireless Workbench, yet in the meantime this video briefly explains my workflow.

Working together

One difference this summer and this format is O.A.R. will be performing after Natasha and before Train which means there will be plenty of wireless to navigate each day.

A common courtesy with multiple band bills is acts will turn off their respective wireless when another act is on. This practice is quite helpful, and many times, essential.

Yet time is never on our side and being able to get a jump start on wireless coordination earlier in the day can be a huge help. In addition, often changeover times are brief and much can happen in those sacred minutes leading up to showtime. Being able to confirm your wireless is good ahead of time without stepping on another act is crucial.

Get to work early

I’ve found that being able to scan in realtime during an acts sound check can be quite reveling and helpful for my own coordination. Often my own gear will not be in place quite yet to perform a proper hardware scan. Using a tool such as the  the affordable [amazon_textlink asin=’B01EWSJP7Y’ text=’RF Explorer’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8579365a-3144-11e7-b450-115e156f68a7′] can be quite a powerful compromise.

Nicholas Radina RF Explorer

Using this hardware scanner along with the free (PC only) and very powerful RF Explorer Software gives you the ability to see the RF environment in realtime plus export the data into Wireless Workbench!

Here is a wonderful tutorial by fellow sound nerd, Diogo Nunes Pereira on how to properly load [amazon_textlink asin=’B01EWSJP7Y’ text=’RF Explorer’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6dc91af9-3145-11e7-a72e-efec096be40a’] data into Wireless Workbench.

In the weeks ahead, I’ll detail a bit more of my process in an effort to help you be more comfortable tuning in Tokyo! In the meantime, check out the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01EWSJP7Y’ text=’RF Explorer’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ddb401cd-3147-11e7-ac10-f54061f8353c’]!


New live sound classes!

By popular demand, I’m developing a series of smaller hands-on classes covering one specific topic such as:

  • Wireless/RF
  • Monitor mixing
  • FOH mixing
  • Live Sound for Musicians
  • Digital and analog console training.

If helpful to you, fill out the short form below and I’ll keep you in the loop on when registration will be open!

 

Take control of your multiple keyboards on stage!

If you play multiple keyboards, a common challenge is not having enough control over your monitor levels and the FOH mix. My solution may just help you!

I want control!

It can be quite challenging having to rely on changing your monitor levels at the PA mixer usually on the other side of the stage or relying on your busy sound engineer. (if  you even get your own monitor mix!)

The big, heavy keyboard amp

Often multiple keyboards may be going into a keyboard amp such as the [amazon_textlink asin=’B0002D0OP6′ text=’Roland KC350′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’75fc1635-1563-11e7-8d2c-5b843d039615′]. The KC350, and the like,  allows you to mix your keyboard levels, provide one “mix” to a line output and speaker in one convenient package. YET, if you would like to have control over the volume of each keyboard in your monitor, you need to find another solution.

Your own tiny mixer!

This solution simply submixes all keyboards using a small, inexpensive mixer, such as the [amazon_textlink asin=’B0027B41P0′ text=’Behringer Xenyx 1002b’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’03e70a9a-1566-11e7-84b3-4ba6aa0337b8′]. This solution would combine each of your keyboards and send one mono (or a stereo) line to the FOH mixer and a separate line to a powered speaker for the your individual mix. This monitor mix is independent of the levels going to FOH — excellent! Just be sure whichever mixer you choose has at least one prefader aux send and as many line-inputs as you need. (tip: depending on your keyboards, you may be able to simply add a little [amazon_textlink asin=’B003CEXPSA’ text=’velcro’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’55af0712-156a-11e7-9488-71db1e53846b’] to the mixer and keyboard to keep the mixer handy and secure!)

Hear yourself!

Add a nice powered speaker like the [amazon_textlink asin=’B00CE0VLXO’ text=’Electro-Voice ZLX12P’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6fd0d79d-1564-11e7-abb3-7940afa31df4′]  or the smaller powerhouse, [amazon_textlink asin=’B0037WGVTC’ text=’Electro-Voice ZXA1′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cca04dec-1564-11e7-b3d0-6ba7fc86c9fe’] and you have a powerful, small and lightweight solution to keep you in control of your mix! Hear even better by using a simple speaker/amp stand like the [amazon_textlink asin=’B00HWRDSVM’ text=’Gator Combo Amp Stand’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’531fb701-156f-11e7-bba5-bbba54de8661′].

Tip, you could also add your own vocal microphone line to your mixer but throw a simple [amazon_textlink asin=’B000068O59′ text=’XLR “y-cable”‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’38f33600-1566-11e7-999c-f36d70f6dbcd’] (one side to the FOH mixer, the other to your mixer!)


New live sound classes!

By popular demand, I’m developing a series of smaller hands-on classes covering one specific topic such as:

  • Wireless/RF
  • Monitor mixing
  • FOH mixing
  • Live Sound for Musicians
  • Digital and analog console training.

If helpful to you, fill out the short form below and I’ll keep you in the loop on when registration will be open!

Small Portable Sound System Recommendations!

A common scenario: You need to perform, talk or play music outside and need a sound system to help everyone hear but there is no power outlet in sight! I have a solution for you!

Batteries to the rescue!

Battery powered speakers of the past were never loud enough, weighted a ton due to the battery, and hardly lasted very long. With advances is battery technologies and power amplifier design, you now have many more robust, lighter, longer lasting and louder solutions! Plus, you can plug them in when power ins’t an issue!

For the musician, DJ or public event speaker, this little  package can be an easy turn-key solution for your situation!

  • Battery powered speaker like the [amazon_textlink asin=’B00EMDNLKC’ text=’BEHRINGER EUROPORT MPA40BT-PRO’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8adbec9d-1646-11e7-8bbe-ad9dfba32881′]
  • The Samson Expedition XP106wDE is PERFECT for fitness instructors! Comes complete with wireless headset mic, bluetooth connectivity for music playback and it can run on a battery! And Just 16 lbs!
  • A step up, yet not battery powered is the [amazon_textlink asin=’B00IN2WHYE’ text=’Mackie SRM350v3′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’51285fd1-d4bc-11e7-b10b-71ed389033e9′]
  • Lightweight, high-quality speaker stand like a [amazon_textlink asin=’B00BMUMJLK’ text=’Gator Speaker Stand.’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e9f356fa-1646-11e7-a961-675d806a535c’]
  • Switched wired mic like the legendary[amazon_textlink asin=’B00GI2L1RK’ text=’ Shure SM58′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2f6b2dea-d4bd-11e7-8583-f3ae6e012b50′]
  • Don’t forget an [amazon_textlink asin=’B073ZMWHZJ’ text=’extension cord’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’60ab83ba-d4bd-11e7-9b9e-07dd0649006b’] and “[amazon_textlink asin=’B019D048XC’ text=’Aux Cable’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’76b96be0-d4bd-11e7-bea1-b11a6456153f’]”.

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New live sound classes!

By popular demand, I’m developing a series of smaller hands-on classes covering one specific topic such as:

  • Wireless/RF
  • Monitor mixing
  • FOH mixing
  • Live Sound for Musicians
  • Digital and analog console training.

If helpful to you, fill out the short form below and I’ll keep you in the loop on when registration will be open!