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Success With Wireless

Wireless microphones are not difficult to use, but they do require a slightly different approach than for other types of audio equipment. The differences can be as small as remembering to keep spare batteries on hand, to as significant as making certain that wireless frequencies don't conflict with each other.

With wireless, preparation is the key to success. Following the suggestions below will go a long way towards ensuring trouble-free operation and making wireless use easy and enjoyable.

  • Before you start, have a clear idea of what you want to do. Different applications may require different hardware - a body-pack transmitter as opposed to a handheld transmitter, for example.

  • Decide if your equipment is appropriate. If interference problems are likely or there will be many wireless systems present, more sophisticated wireless systems might be necessary.

  • Use diversity systems unless the range is short, the area is uncrowded and the situation is straightforward.

  • Check to make certain that all necessary supplies and accessories are on hand, such as extra batteries, special microphones, audio cables, power strips, a spare microphone, remote antennas, RF cables, etc.

  • If using only one wireless system, make certain that its frequency is appropriate to avoid the TV channels operating in the area.

  • If several wireless systems will be used, special precautions and procedures might be necessary. Check Quick Tips - Using More Than One Wireless System for more information.

  • Prevention is, by far, the best solution to interference problems. Review Quick Tips - Avoiding Interference for tips and suggestions.

  • If there is any doubt about the condition of a battery, replace it. Use only high-quality alkaline batteries and make certain that used batteries are never mixed with new ones.

  • Take special effort to adjust audio levels properly, otherwise there is an increased risk of audio problems. Consult the user manual included with your wireless system for details.

  • Always thoroughly check out the wireless equipment - if possible, exactly where the system will be used - well before the actual performance or presentation. Pay particular attention to the possibility of acoustic feedback, interference, and audio level or sound quality problems.

  • If interference problems should happen to arise, try to take an orderly and systematic approach to finding a solution. This type of problem can be very confusing and it is easy to get off track. Check Quick Tips - Avoiding Interference and Resolving Interference Problems for suggestions.

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