Indio, CA (May 26, 2017)—This year’s Coachella found Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) on-hand to provide frequency coordination for all wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and communications on the eight music stages, The Antarctic Dome, a sponsor stage, content ENG crews, artist interviews crews and a film crew, working closely with festival audio provider, Rat Sound.
“From an RF standpoint, one might think that the great thing about doing Coachella is the location,” said Danny Lane, RF project manager, PWS, “but once we conducted an RF sweep of the grounds, we found 16 Digital Television (DTV) channels that were completely unusable; we even picked up an analog TV station still broadcasting. We tried to get as much information as we could in advance from all the wireless users at the festival so we could build the coordination ahead of time. The main coordination is centered on Rat Sound’s gear which lives on the stages and is utilized by some bands. At one point PWS’ IAS software was kind enough to let us know that we were coordinating Coachella with 12 million mathematic potentials for intermodulation interference.”
The company’s Helical Antennas were utilized by Rat Sound, and various acts also used PWS Dome Antennas and GX8s. “We emailed the coordinated frequencies to as many artists as possible prior to their showing up for load-in,” said Lane. “In doing so, we were able to spend the rest of the time reacting to last-minute frequency requests from artists and ENG crews. We used Spectrum Analyzers during the festival to determine unknown sources of RF. Once identified, we captured them and put them on a safe, coordinated frequency.”
The 2017 Coachella Festival’s lineup included Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Hans Zimmer, Lorde, Bonobo, The XX, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kaleo, Travis Scott, DJ Snake, and Toots & The Maytals.
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