Eighth Day Sound, based in Highland Heights, Ohio, provided a Radio Active Designs (RAD) UV-1G wireless intercom base station and 12 RAD packs along with sound reinforcement and production support for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “On The Run” tour.
“The belt packs were used by lighting, video, audio and carpenter departments as well as by the stage manager and production manager,” explains System Tech Christopher Bellamy. “The base station was located in a rack with the other wireless RF and hardware gear back stage. The system worked extremely well and sounded great.”
The 6-channel unit uses 25kHz per channel of UHF bandwidth while the RAD packs operate in the seldom-used VHF range. This opens up valuable RF space for wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring systems.
Tour RF Tech Corey Willis, who was responsible for 36 channels of RF and IEM coordination, says that he found the additional bandwidth incredibly useful during production.
“This was my first experience coordinating wireless COM and with zero experience, I was able to set up RAD and have it programmed and ready to use the first day we had it,” adds Bellamy. “The software is very intuitive and their customer support was terrific. The production and stage managers were extremely pleased with the system.”