New York, NY (August 30, 2016)—At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) held this past Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Firehouse Productions employed Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II digital wireless intercom for the first time to connect the live production crew.
New York- and Las Vegas-based Firehouse Productions used 20 integrated transceiver antennas and 25 wireless beltpacks at the VMAs, which aired live on Sunday, August 28, 2016.
As the U.S. music industry’s premiere music video event, “the MTV VMAs are incredibly challenging to produce live,” said Vinny Siniscal, director of Firehouse’s RF and communications division.
“The FreeSpeak II was able to support…20 wireless positions, plus five more tech positions without any dropouts or dead spots. We knew it would work well in advance, thanks to the FreeSpeak II’s innovative site survey mode.”
Siniscal added, “Having been involved with production equipment for the VMAs in one form or another since 2000—previous years, coverage of this spread-out event has required a huge amount of wired and wireless infrastructure. But thanks to FreeSpeak II’s ability to extend its wireless footprint merely by adding more transceiver antennas, we have created reliable, full coverage using a single Clear-Com Eclipse HX-Delta digital matrix equipped with two E-Que-HX cellular frame cards to elegantly enable the integrated FreeSpeak II wireless intercom solution.”
FreeSpeak II is capable of operating in both the 1.9 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. “We are happy to be able to run our FreeSpeak II wireless intercoms in the 1.9 GHz band,” Siniscal continued. “This has allowed us to pull these vital communications out of the unpredictable UHF band, while leaving 2.4 GHz open for other signals like lighting control and WiFi devices.”