My Wireless Tools and problem solvers!

My Wireless Tools and problem solvers!

A short list of the tools I use most with my wireless/RF challenges. I try to update this list often (stay up to date!).

Spectrum Analyzers / Scanners

RF Explorer (amazon) (Search Ebay)

TrunkTracker3

Antenna Amplifier

Shure UA830USV in-line antenna amplifier

Passive RF splitters and pads

Mini-Circuits 2 way

Shure UA221 Passive Antenna Splitter/Combiner Kit

RF Pad

Antennas

Shure “paddle” Antenna

Helical Antenna (be sure to check frequency range.)

Wire!

http://thewireman.com/coax.html

Need some great coax wire? I recommend #118!

Easy tool from Times Microwave to quickly calculate cable loss of MANY different brands and types of coax!

Baking Pans!

Aluminum baking pans sized for your wireless packs and microphones!

In addition to my favorite wireless tools, Here are of my favorite and most helpful wireless/RF resources I mentioned recently in the Live Sound Summit Webinar hosted by Nathan Lively of Sound Design Live.

Of course staying close here and subscribing to my YouTube channel is a good start…

Software and online calculators:

Shure Wireless Workbench Coordination software.

600 Mhz is being activated every day! This map shows you where!

http://www.procato.com/calculator-wavelength-frequency/

Easy web tool to calculate wavelength (and fraction of) of any frequency. Great for audio AND RF!

https://www.pasternack.com/t-calculator-fspl.aspx

Another great calculator to help with free space loss!

https://www.shure.com/americas/support/tools/wireless-frequency-finder

Need to know if you have the right Shure gear for the location? Find out fast with this tool!

https://ff.audiotechnica.com/using/wireless/compat/index.html

Quick ‘n dirty intermod calculator from Audio Technica!

Tips and Best Practices!

http://cleanwirelessaudio.com/

Excellent resources and also a wonderful app to help calculate many common RF challenges.

https://www.rfvenue.com/blog/2015/08/25/four-proven-strategies-for-fighting-video-wall-rf-interference

The group over at RF Venue have really put together some great products yet also offer very helpful short blog posts on common RF challenges and best practices.

http://www.professionalwireless.com/product/uhf-in-line-filter-new-range/

Professional Wireless has been the game a long time and deservedly so. Aside from offering powerful software and coordination services, they offer perfect tools to help with those more difficult days.

http://www.bestaudio.com/?bnc=1&rsn=noOb&fromProt=&lng=

Whoa, You Can’t Do That!

Wonderful resources and services from some of the best in the biz!

http://blog.shure.com/avoid-these-five-mistakes-in-wireless/

Great collection of tips and best practices from Shure!

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite RF/Wireless Links

In addition to my favorite wireless tools, Here are of my favorite and most helpful wireless/RF resources I mentioned recently in the Live Sound Summit Webinar hosted by Nathan Lively of Sound Design Live.

Of course staying close here and subscribing to my YouTube channel is a good start…

Software and online calculators:

Shure Wireless Workbench Coordination software.

600 Mhz is being activated every day! This map shows you where!

http://www.procato.com/calculator-wavelength-frequency/

Easy web tool to calculate wavelength (and fraction of) of any frequency. Great for audio AND RF!

https://www.pasternack.com/t-calculator-fspl.aspx

Another great calculator to help with free space loss!

https://www.shure.com/americas/support/tools/wireless-frequency-finder

Need to know if you have the right Shure gear for the location? Find out fast with this tool!

https://ff.audiotechnica.com/using/wireless/compat/index.html

Quick ‘n dirty intermod calculator from Audio Technica!

Wire!

http://thewireman.com/coax.html

Need some great coax wire? I recommend #118!

Easy tool from Times Microwave to quickly calculate cable loss of MANY different brands and types of coax!

Tips and Best Practices!

http://cleanwirelessaudio.com/

Excellent resources and also a wonderful app to help calculate many common RF challenges.

https://www.rfvenue.com/blog/2015/08/25/four-proven-strategies-for-fighting-video-wall-rf-interference

The group over at RF Venue have really put together some great products yet also offer very helpful short blog posts on common RF challenges and best practices.

http://www.professionalwireless.com/product/uhf-in-line-filter-new-range/

Professional Wireless has been the game a long time and deservedly so. Aside from offering powerful software and coordination services, they offer perfect tools to help with those more difficult days.

http://www.bestaudio.com/?bnc=1&rsn=noOb&fromProt=&lng=

Whoa, You Can’t Do That!

Wonderful resources and services from some of the best in the biz!

http://blog.shure.com/avoid-these-five-mistakes-in-wireless/

Great collection of tips and best practices from Shure!

 

 

Live Sound Webinar!

A great opportunity to learn a BUNCH of sound goodies by some of the industries best leaders! The Live Sound Summit Webinar! PLUS you can do this from your couch! I’ll be presenting, too! Mention the code “SUMMIT30” for $30 OFF! Big thanks to Nathan of Sound Design Live!

Looking for some live sound resources, tips and tricks?

 

Presonus Quantum Thunderbolt Interface Review

This past month I had the opportunity to review the Presonus Quantum 2 Thunderbolt Interface for Live Sound International / ProSoundWeb.com.

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to demo the Quantum with good friend and excellent engineer, Brian Lloyd of TinyDoor Studio’s in Cincinnati. One of Brian’s many venue’s is Cincinnati’s beautiful looking, sounding and newly renovated Memorial Hall.

A quiet Sunday afternoon offered a nice opportunity for me to record a few of my own ideas as well as a chance for Brian to A/B some microphones. Showing up with a nylon string guitar, floor tom and my 10-string Puerto Rican Cuatro we got to work. Brian had a handful of mics including the Josephson C42, Townsend Labs L22, Sennheiser MKH40 and Royer 121.

Here is a video of the Presonus Quantum 2 in action!

Test your IEM’s for blown driver fast!

A common challenge when trying to troubleshoot your own or others in ear monitors is the inability to hear individual drivers in order to test for blown drivers.

Simply play some pink noise or music and probe the holes to verify all drivers are working properly. Easy. Quick. Affordable.

Order your IEM Listening Tube now!

Radina IEM Listening TubeRadina IEM Listening Tube

 

Learn monitor mixing and career tips with Nicholas Radina!

Big thanks to Nathan Lively of Sound Design Live for the opportunity to share my career, gear and knob turning advice. I address a few of my monitor mixing tips, learning to say no in order to do more of the work you WANT to do, wireless coordination and IEM tips as well as a little history on my career path. Plus some cowbell smacking music interludes on the podcast! Enjoy! Interested in my additional live sound tips and tricks?

5 Tips to Help Solve Your Live Sound Challenges

My recent article for CincyMusic.com covers 5 Tips to Help Solve Your Live Sound Challenges! Great for musicians, performers, band leaders and sound engineers!

I quickly cover:

  • How to reduce feedback,
  • Why the back of the microphone is just as important as the front
  • Where to put your monitor wedges
  • How to know what frequency ranges to adjust
  • How to set up your wireless mics for no interference
  • How to prepare a stage plot and input list

Start solving your sound challenges so you can have a better show tonight! Check out the article “5 Tips to Help Solve Your Live Sound Challenges” at CincyMusic.com

Looking for more live sound tips?

Sound Nerd Gift Guide!

Do you have a “sound nerd” in your life and need to find a few perfect nerdy gifts? I’m here to help!

All of these recommendations I’ve personally used with great success. In fact, many of these items remain on my own Amazon wish list! I can’t tell you how often I needed a sharpie and some board tape! My post “What’s in my Live Sound Bag” also has some additional ideas, too!

I’ve linked to Amazon to make it easy! (let me know if you ordered from this list and I’ll mail you a free sticker of your choice!)

One-on-one workshop with me!

SoundNerdsUnite Live Sound Workshop--Cincinnati
SoundNerdsUnite Live Sound Workshop–Cincinnati

I started Sound Nerds Unite as resource of live sound tips and techniques I’ve gathered over my career. Teaching and mentoring via group and one-on-one workshops is one of my passions! Maybe your Sound Nerd would benefit!

Stickers!

Sound Nerds Unite Sticker

Why didn’t I think of this sooner? Just $3 each. Order 3 or more and I’ll throw in a free sticker of your choice! Order now for FREE Christmas delivery.

 

A proper case!

The Pelican 1510.  Small yet roomy enough for all of these goodies. Plus it has wheels and perfect for that extra step needed to get on that drum riser. Opt for the lid organizer to keep your kit tight!

 

It’s MINE!

I can’t tell you how many items I’ve lost along the way. Give yourself a better chance! Try the P-Touch labeler.

Ear plugs.

I always have a handful of good ole’ 3M "foamies" for myself and friends, yet this set stays with you at all times and sounds quite a bit better!

Headphones

Simply essential. Two types to consider: Over-the-Ear and In-Ears (IEM). In-Ears are great for loud environments or a step up from Apple buds. I’ve gone through many over-the-ear models and have settled on two: The Sony MDR7506 or Shure SH840. For IEMS’s, try the Shure SE-215 or less expensive MEE audio M6 PRO.

Microphones!

If you spend any time with your sound nerd, the discussion on microphones can run deep! I’ll keep it simple here and recommend a few workhorses: Shure SM58 and for easy home recording, the Rode NT-USB.

Sharpies!

Essential. Although once loaned to another, human, the Sharpie will magically disappear. Save money and buy your Sharpies in the 12-count boxes. Using the “twin tip” is pretty helpful, too.

Tape!

Four varieties that find endless uses! Gaff tape, spike tape, console tape and electrical tape. (And no, Duct-Tape will never be on this list!)

Audio Problem Solvers!

Adapters, adapters, adapters! I won’t go into detail why turnarounds, y-cables, ground lift / pads , “ipod cable” and a cable tester are essential. Just trust me!

Tools!

Screwdriver, pliers and a soldering iron will handle many challenges!

Shirts!

Yes, I know. You may assume we only wear black YET we’re quite fashion conscious. Here’s a few fun ideas.

Magazine Subscriptions!

I grew up reading all things sound nerdy via magazines. Mix Magazine, Recording Magazine and Electronic Musician were some of my favorites (and not available on Kindle!). There are also some wonderful FREE subscriptions from Tape-Op and Live Sound International!

Need more ideas?

Just a taste into the world of “gear”! If you need some more ideas, check out this post!

Nicholas Radina’s essential live sound gear that goes to every gig.

 


 

 

Waves F6 review re-cap

Recently I wrote a quick review of the Waves F6 plugin for ProSoundWeb/LiveSound International Magazine.

This plugin seems to quite easily marry both fully parametric eq and frequency dependent compression in one nice, easy to use interface.

Waves F6 Nicholas Radina ProSoundWeb
Waves F6 Plugin Interface

Some key features:

  • M/S band mode for mid/side processing
  • Compression and expansion
  • Split/Wide side chain modes for processing flexibility
  • Internal and external side chain h Low CPU consumption
  • Zero latency
  • Parallel processing
  • Side chain solo

Waves F6 Screenshot Nicholas Radina

Check out the thorough user manual.

A great walkthrough of some key features of the Waves F6 by mix engineer Brad Divens.

Have you tried the Waves F6? Let me know what you think!

Watch my wireless coordination steps!

Do your wireless microphones, wireless guitars or IEM’s dropout unexpectedly or make strange sounds or static? Proper scanning and frequency choice (coordination) is key!

Watch my quick 2 minute video explaining my workflow using Shure’s free Wireless Workbench software, PSM1000 and UR4D’s.

A few quick tips for wireless success:

  • Antennas have line of sight and away from walls and metal
  • IEM antennas are in front of receiving (wireless mics and packs) antennas.
  • If unable to use coordination software, be sure to stay within the coordinated “GROUPS” of your respective wireless unit(s).