PWS handled wireless frequency coordination for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, making use of its various antennas, as seen here.Austin, TX (October 25, 2012)—Professional Wireless Systems tackled the 11th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival earlier this month in the eclectic city’s Zilker Park, coordinating wireless mics and other communication elements for the three-day event.
Founded in 2001, The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is a yearly American music event that brings together more than 130 acts from all over the world to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on eight stages. It hosts more than 200,000 people and has featured a diverse range of bands. This year, it presented such artists as The Black Keys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer and The Roots.
Responsible for managing 350 frequencies per day across eight stages for artists and the media, PWS’ four-person crew worked closely with the festival’s producer, C3 Presents, to ensure all wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and show communications were properly coordinated.
“When dealing with a festival of this size, and with so many artists and media bringing their own equipment, pre-planning is essential,” says Jimmy Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “We do our homework ahead of time so that when we arrive at the location, we know what we are walking into and are prepared for it.”
PWS sent out coordination forms to stage managers and media representatives attending the event. These forms detail the frequencies and model numbers of the microphones, in-ear monitors and communications devices that will be in use at the festival, to help eliminate the potential for signal interference. Once on site, PWS also actively searches for users who haven’t submitted their RF needs ahead of time, providing them with available frequencies.
In addition to managing frequency coordination, PWS lent two of its Domed Helical Antennas to the music festival. Launched in late 2011, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna uses a circular polarization configuration, pioneered by the company’s original Helical, but with the unit sealed within a new compact “domed” design.
Masque Sound (PWS’ Parent Company)