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FCC 600MHz Wireless Notice - the final word

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Today, we received information from Shure that tells the final story of the FCC 600MHz incentive auctions pretty well, and very definitively. 

Sennheiser, Shure and Audio-Technica have all stopped offering systems in the 600MHz range, and we started down that road a couple years ago on our own.  We are now following the FCC mandate that we add the following disclaimer to our point-of-sale materials.  As of earlier in 2017, there is no option to order a 600MHz wireless microphone system from our website, and our team has been instructed to tell you about the hazards over the phone. 


CONSUMER ALERT

This particular wireless microphone device operates in portions of the 617-652 MHz or 663-698 MHz frequencies. Beginning in 2017, these frequencies are being transitioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the 600 MHz service to meet increasing demand for wireless broadband services. Users of this device must cease operating on these frequencies no later than July 13, 2020. In addition, users of this device may be required to cease operations earlier than that date if their operations could cause harmful interference to a 600 MHz service licensee's wireless operations on these frequencies. For more information, visit the FCC's wireless microphone website at www.fcc.gov/wireless-microphones-guide or call the FCC at 1- 888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC).


The primary takeaway is that as of July 13, 2020, use of wireless microphones in those ranges must be stopped, and if a licensed user (think T-mobile, Dish Networks, Comcast) begins testing or use prior to that date, that you are also required to yield to that user.  Add to that the fact that your wireless systems will not work in the face of that testing and/or use. 

If you have 600MHz wireless systems in use currently, it's time to plan for these upcoming changes.  Please let us know your questions. We can help you select new systems for the future.

 

Soundcraft Si Impact - double your channel count, FREE

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Soundcraft Si Impact HD

FREE Soundcraft Si Impact 2.0 Firmware Update Doubles Total Channels to Mix!

This is exactly why you buy a digital audio console.  In its continual quest to provide more value to Soundcraft customers, we are happy to announce a free update to the Si Impact that doubles your total channels to mix from 40 to 80!

A Greater Impact

• Now you can combine the 40 mix inputs on the Si Impact console plus all 32 USB inputs for 72 total channels to mix.

• Add one Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i or 16i as additional input sources to get up to 64 mic channels to mix. Or, add a second MADI option card and two Mini Stagebox units to select from up to 96 microphone preamps, 136 total inputs and 80 channels to mix.

• Add the Dante option card and work with 64 Dante channels to mix.

Existing Soundcraft Si Impact owners can upgrade their mix capabilities by downloading the free firmware update here:

Click here to DOWNLOAD NOW

   

AKG 600MHz Wireless Trade-In Program

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873ad90e 35d5 4150 868d 62b03a9bca43AKG is giving you the opportunity to TRADE IN any qualifying* complete, working 600MHz wireless system and save up to $350 per channel when STEPPING UP to select AKG wireless sets by trading in obsolete 600 MHz systems before April 30, 2018.

*Please see www.akg.com/pro/600 for eligibility details.

 

 

AKG 600MHz Wireless Trade-In Process

1. Purchase your new qualifying AKG wireless system from us.
2. Download and fill in AKG Rebate Form.
3. Firmly tape the Rebate Authorization Label from your Rebate Form to a single carton and send us your old qualifying wireless system along with your form, your original dated store receipt, and the UPC label from your new AKG wireless system. Please note AKG is unable to accept any packages without the Rebate Authorization Label!
4. Receive a check in the mail in 8-10 weeks! AKG USA 600MHz Wireless Trade-In Process

Please contact us at 800-747-7301 if you have any questions.

   

The best way to connect your computer audio to your audio mixer.

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focusrite scarlett 2i2 rightI did it.  After too much messing around with cables and computer direct boxes of different types, I broke down and bought a USB audio interface for our church's presentation computer (ProPresenter, PowerPoint, etc.) in order to replace the PC direct box used to connect the unbalanced stereo audio signal from the computer's headphone output to the balanced input on the audio mixer. 

No matter what we did with the new all-in-one computer (one that someone else picked out), the self-noise at the headphone jack (its only analog audio output) was simply more than I could bear.  When playing music, the noise was not noticeable, but between songs (no matter the gain staging), anyone could hear just a bit of constant "hashy" noise, if they listened for it. 

Some people blame this type of noise on electrical grounding, some on radio frequency noise from spinning hard drives, some describe it as clock noise.  Whatever caused it in this case, it's not something that could be addressed by converting the unbalanced signal to a balanced line with a direct box, by proper system grounding, or by anything conventional, so I gave in and spent some of our fiercely-guarded budget money, and the noise is gone. 

There are lots of USB audio interfaces out there, but everywhere I look lately (even in places where we didn't sell them), we see the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 or other Focusrite variants.  The Scarlett 2i2 is a 2x2 USB audio interface that can be used to play back or to record audio.  In most cases, people buy USB interfaces in order to record, but in this application, stereo playback is what we're after.  And the Scarlett 2i2 does it really well. 

We use the 2i2 for our SMAART system analysis setups, for recording and for playback.  Focusrite interfaces are the perfect partner for Pro Tools, so Scarlett 2i2 comes with Pro Tools | First recording software, as well as Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples so you can start recording straight away. As you’d expect, it works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC.  It's a handy device, for sure.  And at $149.99, it may just be exactly what you need.

Get more information or order online here.  Or call us anytime. 

 

   

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By the way, the M-400 is stinkin' awesome!  I always knew it could do this stuff, but I've never seen it in action.  I set the loaner board up, stuck in my thumb drive, loaded my settings, and bam, there they were!

Every tweak, every name, every setting, all right there!

Just thought I'd share that with you!

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