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A comparison of the current TV frequency allocations (upper bands) and a possible repacking scenario (lower bands), where seven TV stations go off the air and four others are relocated. Illustration courtesy Joe Ciaudelli
A comparison of the current TV frequency allocations (upper bands) and a possible repacking scenario (lower bands), where seven TV stations go off the air and four others are relocated. Illustration courtesy Joe Ciaudelli

Cleaner Air for Wireless Users

Steve LaCerra
Theory and Practice

More Changes Afoot in the FCC’s Frequency Allocation Program

Back in 2008, when the FCC auctioned the 700 MHz portion of the UHF band (698 to 806 MHz), the audio industry took a huge hit on our ability to use wireless devices. Operation of wireless mics was prohibited in the 700 MHz region, a part of the UHF spectrum we had come to rely upon quite a bit. Vacating that space has put tremendous pressure on manufacturers to push wireless audio technology at an accelerated rate, and they certainly have responded with developments in alternate frequency bands, digital wireless technology and even re-examining the VHF band, which we had all but abandoned long ago.

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The DPA d:vote 4099P piano miking system — with its magnetic mounts — offer a versatile palette of placement options.
The DPA d:vote 4099P piano miking system — with its magnetic mounts — offer a versatile palette of placement options.

Piano Miking

Vince Lepore
Sound Sanctuary

Miking and mixing piano is one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of mixing audio at a house of worship. Over the decade that I’ve been working in churches, I’ve experimented with numerous different techniques for capturing the piano and ultimately placing it into my mixes. Add a comment

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

Opinions

Baker Lee
FOH at Large

“Well, opinions are like a**holes. Everybody has one,” is a quote by Harry Callahan in the 1988 movie The Dead Pool. Another version of this quote is, “Well, opinions are like a**holes. Everybody has one and most of them stink,” and lastly the best selling author Simone Elkeles embellished the quote to read: “Opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one, but they think each others’ stink.” While there are a few more versions of the same quote, I have opted to leave them out, since none of them serve to enlighten us any further than the snarky gems previously stated.
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