I just returned from a festival that, for a reason I can't understand, has no com between FOH, monitors and recording. I have my own com for me and my stage tech, but I decided to try something different this year in addition to my usual com.
We used an IEM for my stage tech, Steve Fisher. I fed the control room output plus a mic to the IEM. It worked very well. I could solo a problem channel and Steve could hear the signal while solving the problems that came up (wind noise, grounding issues, bad snake lines).
iirc, there was 1000+ ft of cat5e and 1000+ ft of cat3 in the hallway.
I did not have a chance to discuss my role with the principals this year. I came in with a little of everything.
Clear com x 4 (a step or three above EONS and 57's) for house, production, remote and monitors
one multi function scanner/printer/copier
video cameras with remote motion control
802.11b/a/g wireless + (2) repeaters/boosters
soldering station / cable testers
six of every type of battery!
and on and on....
If it's the same festival I was at (highly unlikely: did I bump into you? ), I did little or no interaction with the local sound crew/company, and boy o boy, you missed a flow of poetry on Sunday night over at Rodney's place.
Neat Idea!! I would add a tech talkback and camera too, like a combat com system, everything on a set of eye glasses or in a headband. Camera over one ear, mic on a gooseneckand the in ear thing. 3 body packs, receiving-transmitting station at the stage box.
How did you mix in the mic or was it just the normal TB or slate?
If you've only got 1 guy to talk to it sounds great, can you get more audio on one band?
I've been thinking about running 2way radio from the stage box to a fixed station at the control room but haven't started looking yet. I'll be working at one place that is radio silent between the different spaces I have to work in and record. The radio mic and IEM are already set up for pro audio levels and connections. How simply could a complicated com network be made with these devices? The solo is especially nice.
We have sent program to our standard comm system plenty of times. But, I like the solo idea a lot. I cannot wait to try it out. I will use my Studio Comm's dub out feature to send program or the (solo) monitor out of the console. Switching back and forth will be no sweat. Very cool idea -- Thanks!
We have added a bunch of wireless comms to our inventory. That's two 2 channel wireless comms per system making it a total of 8 drops available. It's enough to run each truck with a couple of extra drops as backup.
I met this film sound guy that had a pair of video eyeglasses. I've also seen a video tape operator using a similar system. He was able to view his router or any of the decks and their menus via this setup. Very cool system. I always wanted to try it out, especially on a portable gig.