New York City, NY (February 4, 2016)—The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York may be all about the visuals, but for the annual broadcast event, audio in the venue—the Armory—is a key component, as numerous musical acts perform live throughout the event. For the 10th year in a row, Red Hook, New York-based Firehouse Productions provided RF and wireless coordination for show, this time making use of Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom units to assist with coms during the event.
“We are not only functioning in a crowded RF spectrum, but we are also dealing with a very high noise environment and a huge media event,” explains Vinny Sinsical, director of the wireless & communications division for Firehouse. “There is so much RF to coordinate, we used the UV-1G system wherever we could.
Firehouse Productions provided four UV-1G base stations along with 24 RAD bodypacks. Two of the base stations were used for model wranglers with the other two systems set aside for show riggers and deck crew.
“There were a lot of moving parts during the show,” says Sinsical. “The runway was about the only stationary object. Backgrounds were constantly changing, set pieces were flying in—sometimes even models and talent were in the air. It was of extreme importance, not only for the event but for safety purposes, to make sure everyone was in sync.”
This was the first time that Firehouse had used the units since the motherboard and firmware upgrade announced in late 2015. Sinsical adds, “The new boards allowed for more gain than ever before. It was more than enough for the system to function well in that high of a noise environment. And the audio quality is superb. It was really comforting to know that a random news crew or someone wandering into the wrong area wouldn’t screw everything up and that communication would run smoothly.”
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