Wisycom Goes Backstage with CNN

Audio Masterpiece, Inc. turned to Wisycom for a wireless intercom solution for backstage production operations at CNN’s recent 2016 Democratic Presidential Debate.
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Las Vegas, NV (March 2, 2016)—Audio Masterpiece, Inc. turned to Wisycom for a wireless intercom solution for backstage production operations at CNN’s recent 2016 Democratic Presidential Debate.

Gary Vahling, owner and president of Audio Masterpiece, was first introduced to Wisycom at NAB in 2010 and got his first demo piece in 2011. He became a full-time user and authorized distributor when the company was introduced into the United States in 2014.

Vahling first did a site survey and frequency scan to look at the room and identify any potential RF-related issues. “Once I had seen the large venue, it made sense to use Wisycom equipment in order to make sure we had complete coverage for all the areas we needed,” he says. Audio Masterpiece used an array of Wisycom gear, including one MAT 288, four MFL fiberboxes (two TTRR and two RRTT), two BAW and six BAA wideband antenna boosters, LNN1 wideband UHF antennas, AGN-00 omnidirectional antennas as well as CSA-414 RF splitter/combiners and SPL-218AW active wideband antenna splitters.

“Because of the technology built in to the Wisycom gear, we were able to have complete coverage of the main room plus the coverage zones—dressing room hallway, truck area, etc. All receive zones used the Wisycom RF filter/amplifier technology to create a zero loss system covering approximately 50,000 square feet. The MAT 288 programmable RF combiner that we used allowed us to cover the receive zones with just the push of a button,” says Vahling.

“In addition, the MFL Fiberbox BX1-4U allowed us to cover the truck zone because of the long distance between the main area and the truck,” adds Vahling. “[W]e were able to run all RF signals over fiber, which allowed the stage managers and wireless intercom users to go to the truck without obstacles and have a seamless workflow area when they are wearing the wireless intercom packs.”

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