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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • Wireless Microphone Frequency Checker now Live on EAV

    EAV have just launched their wireless microphone frequency checker. This online feature will allow users to gain all the information they need to be confident their current wireless systems or potential new wireless systems are future proof from the 2012 frequency changes.

    By filling in the quick 8 question form, the EAV team will get back to you within one working day with all the info you will need regarding your systems. We will let you know which frequency bands are available for you to use in your area, which license (if any) would be suitable for you and whether your current systems will be usable past December 2012.

    We are encouraging all wireless microphone users to take the two minutes it takes to fill in the form to do so. Whether you already have your systems or you are looking in to replacing your radio mics, we could offer some advice that may save you some cash or at least put your mind at rest that you are spending your money on the right equipment.

    We are being asked many questions recently regarding wireless mics and the frequency changes such as;

    • Will my current radio microphones work past 2012?
    • Can I add more wireless microphones to my current set up?
    • What frequency should I be running my wireless microphones on?
    • Do the wireless microphone changes affect my systems?
    • Do I need to buy a license?
    • Do I need to buy new wireless microphones because of the changes?
    • Should I use a Fixed Site License or the Channel 38 license?

    By using the form above, we will be able to answer these types of questions for you. Click this link to view the wireless microphone frequency checker

  • Update on Wireless Microphone Frequencies

    We have just had an update from JFMG that the current wireless microphone frequency bands of 550-606MHz (channels 31 to 37) that were planned for auction later this year will not be auctioned off at this time. The email states the following

    “Use of the 600 MHz band was due to finish at the end of 2012 for PMSE because of the planned auction of the band. Following recent international developments relating to the possible future use of spectrum that neighbours with the 600 MHz band, Ofcom will not be proceeding with this auction for the time being.

    Therefore, in the absence of a 2012 award, Ofcom has decided that PMSE can continue using the spectrum until it is released for an alternative use. Consequently, access to the band 550 – 606 MHz for PMSE will continue until at least 1st April 2013 and might carry on beyond that time subject to Ofcom’s conclusions about the approach to releasing this band. JFMG will continue to issue 12-month licences but with a condition allowing for revocation with a minimum of six months’ notice. “

    This band is directly below channel 38 which is the new shared band for people on the move. Channel 70, the free to use band, will continue to be free. As far as we have been told, channels 61-69 will still be going from PMSE use in December of this year.

    EAV Pro Audio are one of the UK’s biggest sellers of Wireless microphone units and are happy to chat about your wireless needs. If you are unsure of which frequencies you should be using, just give us a call.

  • Update on Aerobics and Fitness Wireless Microphones

    We did a small blog a few weeks ago that spoke about wireless microphones for aerobics and sports use. Since that blog, we have tested two new radio mic systems that are designed specifically for this area. We touched on the Samson Airline 77 aerobics wireless system previously however since then, the fitness centre we tested these in have really taken a shine to them and there are talks of supplying all their stores with these systems. The difference between the Airline 77 and other wireless headset systems is that the 77 has not bodypack, which takes away the need for the cable which links the headset to the bodypack. This is usually the place where a wireless microphone system will start to fail. The 77 system has the transmitter built into the headset. The unit was tested in spinning classes, dance classes and standard aerobics classes and they loved them. The second system is also by Samson and is called the Airline Micro. It incorporates the same idea of having the transmitter in built-in to the actual headset but this time the headset is actually a mini-ear piece. Think Bluetooth headset and you will not be far wrong. It really is a mini system and you will be amazed at its size. The Fitness center found that these systems were great for spinning and active (in terms of head moving) but did prefer the safety of the 77 system. That being said, we tested the headset at our offices and jumped around, ran around and generally acted like crazy fools and the headset never fell off our ears. We have just made a dedicated page for fitness pro audio. Take a look at our recommendations. Otherwise, our standard wireless microphone page is as jam packed as always with cracking deals.

  • Profesional Audio Equipment For The Fitness World

    Since EAV started to work closely with one of the UK major fitness chains, we have started to look in to product that fit nicely in to the fitness world. For gym instructors, aerobics teachers and whole fitness centres, there are a wide range of Pro AV products that were designed for the active world you guys are in. Because of this, EAV have put up a new page that shows nine products that we have supplied in to the fitness market and had amazing feedback from. We have looked at what we think are the key areas of fitness audio and picked three products from wireless headset systems, through to portable PA systems and finally general playback devices. Take a look at the full Fitness Audio Equipment page. If you are part of a fitness team then give us a call with what equipment you require to make your classes go with a bang – 0845 125 9409

  • Behringer X32 Digital Mixer - Professional Mixing Console

    EAV pro Audio have just received an email from our suppliers at Behringer regarding the new digital mixing desk that is about to land in the UK called the Behringer X32. Now let’s be honest, Behringer are not renowned for high end pro audio equipment however, this desk has been developed in conjunction with their sister companies MIDAS and KLARK TEKNIK who are very much known for their quality and professional high end audio products.

    This desk has not landed in the UK yet so we cannot comment on our experience with the mixer however, looking at the videos on our product page and the specs of the Behringer X32, we can say that we are excited about it and actually think this could be the product to watch in 2012. The expected shipping dates for this is late May/ early June and this came from the UK Behringer representative only this morning.

    So, let’s take a look at some of the key specs

    • 32-channel total recall digital mixer with fully programmable high-end mic preamps and 16 mix buses, configurable as subgroups
    • Main LCR and all 16 mix buses featuring inserts, 6-band parametric EQ's and dynamics processing
    • 16 analog XLR outputs plus 6 additional line in/outputs, 2 phones connectors and a talkback section with integrated or external mic
    • 48-channel digital snake ready* via AES50 ports featuring KLARK TEKNIK’s SuperMAC networking capability for ultra-low jitter and latency
    • Built-in expansion port for Firewire/USB/ADAT card* featuring standalone 16-channel recorder or other networking interfaces
    • Virtual FX rack featuring 8 true-stereo FX slots for high-end simulations of famous outboard gear such as KLARK TEKNIK DN780, EMT250 etc. (included)
    • Ultra-high power 32-Bit floating-point DSP features "unlimited" dynamic range, no internal overload and near-zero latency between in and outputs
    • 6 mute groups and 8 DCA groups on 8 dedicated 100 mm motorized faders
    • Super-easy user interface and dedicated channel strip section with direct access controls for intuitive workflow
    • High-resolution 7" color TFT with associated controls and individual RGB backlit graphic LCD's in every channel
    • 25 motorized 100 mm faders, extensive channel strip plus dedicated user-definable control section
    • USB flash connector providing file storage for uncompressed recordings plus show presets and system updates
    • Connectivity for BEHRINGER's P-16 Personal Monitoring System*, AES/EBU stereo digital output and MIDI
    • 6 independent matrix mix buses featuring inserts, 6-band parametric EQ's and dynamics processing
    • Adjustable line delays available on all physical in and outputs
    • Networked remote control or show setups with remote editor software via USB and Ethernet ports (included)
    • Powerful scene management for convenient handling of complex productions
    • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

    Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

    So couple these specs with the videos on our X32 product page and you have something that at a price point of £1799, could be massive.

    EAV Pro Audio are taking Pre-Orders for this desk now and let me tell you, a little bird has told me that the quantity Behringer X32 Digital Mixers coming in is far less than what has been ordered. Get your orders in now to make sure you receive one from the very first UK shipment.

  • iPad 3 and the World of Pro Audio

    The new iPad 3 was revealed at an event in San Fransisco on the 6th March. Although I call it the iPod three, apparently it has no specific numerable suffix and will simply be called the iPad. At the moment, Apple themselves are tagging it as the “resolutionary” model!

    As expected, it has improvements all over the shop such as a quad core processor, retina display, capable of 1080p video, 4G LTE connectivity, a 5MP iSight rear camera and many more. The release date of this new Ipad will March 16th and the UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. Apple state that the new unit will still have the 10 hour battery life of the iPad 2 even with these improvements.The new iPad has actually gained a little in the weight and size category. The thickness of the unit has increased by a “whooping” 0.4mm and the weight by 49g. Hardly noticeable really.

    For those people that already own the ipad 2 or an iPhone or ipod, EAV pro Audio have a great range of products that are designed to integrate with your Apple devices and allow them to become part of your professional Audio world. Products such as the Samson XP308i and Alesis Multimix 9R simply have an ipod dock built into the mixer. Taking it a step further would be the Tascam iM2 stereo microphones, this little adaptor turns your iphone or ipad into a professional portable recorder. Even more out there is the new Digitech iStomp which turns your iphone or ipod touch into any digitech guitar pedal.

    No doubt the new iPad will bring with it a whole plethora of new products that take the concept to a new level. Click this link to view our section on ipod, ipad & iphone professional audio equipment.

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