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Behind the Scenes: Ultimate Ears Custom In-ear Monitors Lab

Todd Lansinger, senior manager of manufacturing at Ultimate Ears, recently gave a tour of our custom in-ear monitors lab.

Via Hugo V. Monteiro
Nate Haber's insight:

This video is an overview of the process that UE uses to create their custom in-ear monitors.  It walks the viewer through their factory and through each step of the creation process from start to finish.


Insight:  If anyone was wondering why in-ear monitors cost so much money this would be a good video to watch.  It would also be a good video for anyone trying to decide if they want to purchase in-ear monitors.


Pros:  Sculpted to fit the users ear, personal monitors mix directly into the ear buds,  cancels all outside noise, light weight, highly reliable


Cons: Very expensive compared to the price of headphones or ear-buds (However, much better than the alternative), can only be used by the person they are made for, if they are lost new ones must be made, however UE saves every ear mold they make so a new mold won't need to be made.

andrew beavers's curator insight, February 15, 2014 1:09 PM

this is a great look at one of a musicains greatest tools and how they are made. they are a big part of putting on a great show and making sure that everything sounds right to the performer


Pro: they help the performer to put on the best show possibel


Cons: they are expensive and there are other less expensive ways for musicians to hear their performance 

Kim LaFleur's curator insight, February 16, 2014 3:16 PM

This was a great video showing how the Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Monitors are made.

Watching this video really re iterates why this company is in the for front in this field. Todd Lansinger the senior manager of manufacturing did a very good job walking us through the complete fabrication of the individual ears. He also explained how what they do effects the musician's ability to hear better on stage. Very impressive process.

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Wireless Microphones Under Siege—Again! |

Wireless Microphones Under Siege—Again! | | Show Production Technology |

To quote Thomas Jefferson, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”


Having won significant protections from the FCC as a result of the 2010 white spaces proceeding, wireless microphones have become more reliable—and more ubiquitous—than ever. However, wireless microphone users and manufacturers now have reason for new concern.


In the pursuit of sufficient RF spectrum to meet the National Broadband Plan, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with creating significant open bandwidth to meet society’s insatiable demand for wireless Internet access. As part of this process, the FCC is again considering the type and degree of spectrum access that will be available to various devices, including wireless microphones.


This proceeding is a result of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Part of that law created the authorization for an FCC-run incentive auction of UHF spectrum, voluntarily relinquished by over-the-air TV broadcasters in exchange for a portion of auction proceeds. In addition to helping meet the massive bandwidth needs of smartphones and tablet computers, this auction will fund a new nationwide public safety network and result in another re-packing of the UHF band.


Since the 1970s, wireless microphones—technically known as “low powered auxiliary stations”—have operated under Part 74 of FCC rules, using the vacant, unused spectrum in between television channels. Under the Part 74 rules, broadcasters and motion picture makers are considered priority users, and can license their systems. All other users have been unlicensed. Over time, wireless technology advanced, creating a vast new population of wireless users that include touring sound, live theater, corporate boardrooms, theme parks, houses of worship, government offices, and education facilities.


As part of the transition to digital television (DTV) broadcasting, the 700-MHz band (technically, 698-806 MHz) was auctioned off, mostly to large telecom companies such as AT&T and Verizon, with significant space reserved for a proposed national public safety network—a critical national goal in the post-Sept. 11 world. Wireless microphones (and TV stations) moved and survived.


Concurrently, the FCC was considering new rules for shared access to the remaining vacant TV channels as part of the white spaces proceeding. This shared access was granted, but as a result of our industry’s technical input and lobbying, the FCC set aside two “safe haven” UHF channels in every market for wireless microphones. In addition, a group of synchronized national geolocation databases was established to ensure priority access to additional vacant TV channels for large scale wireless microphone operations and events. Licensed users have the ability to use the database in near realtime, but unlicensed users must seek FCC permission 30 days in advance.


Unfortunately, those two safe channels for wireless microphone operators—established by the FCC just three years ago—are now at risk. Predictably, telecom and computer technology companies are lobbying the FCC for access to every bit of bandwidth and every degree of priority they can get, including the channels reserved for wireless microphones. Therefore, it is absolutely critical that the FCC be reminded of the vital role that wireless microphones play as key economic drivers in communications and content creation across our society.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This article discusses the on-going issues between the FCC and wireless microphone manufacturers.  It discusses how television has undergone major changes in the past few years and how the FCC's decisions on the use of air space have affected what frequencies wireless system can use.


Insight:  This article is very informative but it has some technical vocabulary and a background of the statute surrounding RF signals would be helpful.

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Clear-Com Improves Efficiency for Concert Hall Production Communications

Clear-Com Improves Efficiency for Concert Hall Production Communications | Show Production Technology |
Clear-Com, a global provider of critical voice communication systems, is providing the University of Minnesota’s School of Music’s Ted Mann Concert Hall with improved efficiency in its production communications.

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This article is about the installation of a wireless Clear-Com communication system at the University of Minnesota's School of Music.  It comments on how beneficial the system has been for their production crew and that it has improved their efficiency.


Insight:  This would be a good read for an institution trying to weigh the pros and cons of purchasing a new wireless communication system.

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JBL Speaker Products, including the VTX F Series, from the 2014 NAMM Show Floor

Eric Friedlander of JBL Professional gives a short tour of the new JBL products showing at NAMM 2014.
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This video discusses some of the new speakers JBL will be selling on the market later this year.  It is from the 2014 NAMM exhibition.  It also discusses some of the unique technology that has been newly added to this speaker series.


Insight:  Although I have not heard these speakers in person, I am familiar with JBL and it would appear that these are the most versatile speakers they have made to date.  They are compact and the VTX F Series has a 12" and 15" speaker that can either be mounted as a FOH speaker or used as a floor monitor.

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Yamaha CL5 Digital Live Sound Mixing Console - FOH TV Video Demo

Yamaha unveils its popular CL digital mixer line in the USA at the 2012 NAB show, and Kevin Kimmel provides a detailed insider video demo of the top-end CL5 ...
Nate Haber's insight:

This video shows the features of the latest edition to Yamaha's CL Console series.  


Insight:  This is a great informative video for an industry professional. A recreational user would not have the knowledge to fully understand all of the benefits of this console.  However, for a professional this video is extremely detailed.

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