Shure Joins Legislators in Applauding FCC to Protect Wireless Microphone Users

NILES, IL, September 23, 1010—Shure Incorporated and a number of Congressional legislators applauded a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to protect wireless microphone users from interference from “white space devices.” The Memorandum Opinion and Order issued today by the FCC reserves two TV channels nationwide for wireless microphone use. The reserved channels are off-limits to UHF Band Devices that operate in the white spaces between assigned TV stations, thus preventing them from interfering with wireless microphone signals on those channels. Large-scale users would be able to achieve extended protection for specific events through the geo-location database prescribed by the FCC in 2008.
“It’s clear that the FCC carefully considered the needs of wireless microphone users while crafting this Order,” said Sandy LaMantia, President and CEO of Shure Incorporated. “The reserved channels will provide a safe harbor in which musicians, small theaters, houses of worship, and businesses can operate their wireless microphone systems without interference from new TV Band Devices.”

Legislators have been actively following the FCC’s plan to allow unlicensed devices to share the “white spaces” and the potential impact on wireless microphone users. Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) submitted a bill that would require wireless microphone users to be protected. “The legislation I introduced called for interference protection for professional wireless microphones in the wide variety of venues in which they are used today,” said Representative Rush. “This Order effectively grants that protection and will ensure continuity of service for houses of worship, theater, music tours and venues, sporting events, and the various civic and corporate environments that rely on quality audio in America today.”

Other legislators noted the contributions that wireless microphone users make to the nation’s economy. "Music is a lifeline to Nashville’s economy, and the live music industry depends more than ever on wireless microphones to connect our artists to the audience,” said Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05). “The FCC's order helps guarantee that the flawless sound music fans expect will continue without interference from new consumer wireless devices."

“Las Vegas has always been -- and still remains -- the Entertainment Capital of the World and live performances are always big draw for tourists. Those who visit southern Nevada are drawn not only by the excitement of Las Vegas, but also by the wide array of musical talent and thrilling theatrical performances available. The FCC Order will enable headliners and performers up and down the Las Vegas Strip to keep delivering their innovative material live for the enjoyment of our tens of millions of guests," said Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV).

Lawmakers also praised the thorough and detailed research that preceded the FCC’s ruling. "After many years of comprehensive discussions and scientific analysis, the FCC’s final White Spaces Rules recognize that on Broadway 'the show must go on' and that a modern theater performance requires the use of dozens of interference-free wireless microphone systems every single night," said Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

“The Commission received input over many years from a broad range of wireless microphone users during this proceeding,” said Mark Brunner, Senior Director of Global Brand Management at Shure. “Their activities – spanning live music, theater, worship, broadcasting, and many others – represent an important contribution to our society and to our economy. The Order demonstrates the FCC’s commitment to supporting America’s position as a leader in the creation of news, sports, cultural, and entertainment content at venues of all sizes.”

From Shure.

The FCC's full announcement is here.
A very helpful whitepaper concerning the implications of the decision is available here


Washington, D.C. -- The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to free up vacant airwaves between TV channels -- called “white spaces” -- to unleash a host of new technologies, such as “super Wi-Fi,” and myriad other diverse applications. This is the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years.

TV white space spectrum is considered prime real estate because its signals travel well, making it ideally suited for mobile wireless devices. Unlocking this valuable spectrum will open the doors for new industries to arise, create American jobs, and fuel new investment and innovation. The National Broadband Plan noted the importance of unlicensed spectrum in creating opportunities for new technologies to blossom and recommended that the Commission complete the TV white spaces proceeding as expeditiously as possible.

The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order (Second MO&O) adopted today resolves numerous legal and technical issues. Notably, the Order eliminates the requirement that TV bands devices that incorporate geo-location and database access must also include sensing technology to detect the signals of TV stations and low-power auxiliary service stations (wireless microphones). It also requires wireless microphone users who seek to register in the TV bands databases to certify that they will use all available channels from 7 through 51 prior to requesting registration. Requests to register in the database will be public, thus allowing interested parties to weigh in on any given request.

The Commission is also taking steps to ensure that incumbent services are protected from interference from the use of white spaces in various ways. In particular, today’s Order reserves two vacant UHF channels for wireless microphones and other low power auxiliary service devices in all areas of the country. It also maintains a reasonable separation distance between TV White Space device and wireless microphone usage permitted to be registered in the database

Action by the Commission September 23, 2010, by Second Memorandum Opinion and Order (FCC 10-174). Chairman Genachowski, Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn, and Baker. Separate Statements issued by Chairman Genachowski, and Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn and Baker.

ET Docket Nos. 03-280 and 04-186.

For further information, contact Hugh L. Van Tuyl (202-418-7506;, or Alan Stillwell (202-418-2470;

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The FCC's full announcement is here.
A very helpful whitepaper concerning the implications of the decision is available here

Eight Simple Steps To Becoming A Better Recording Engineer

Quick tips to help your hearing, career and maybe even your blood pressure

Regardless of how long you have been in the business, there’s always room for improvement.

Here are some tips to help your hearing, career, and maybe even blood pressure while in the recording studio.

Praise the Lowered
Work at lower volume levels. If the level must be up, get your sounds, then insert your earplugs, checking the sound once in a while at lower levels. There is nothing in the recording studio as important as your hearing.

Longevity in the recording industry means good hearing for decades to come. Plus the loud level might wake up the producer.

Be Consistent
Quality is no accident. Success comes from working every day at your craft. Getting good results every day requires hard work and dedication. You are responsible for keeping the session running smoothly, including setting up the control room, choosing the microphones, organizing the signal flow, choosing the track layout, getting the sounds and pressing the record button.

Good sounds or bad, the buck stops with the recording engineer. The ultimate goal is to be the recording engineer that everyone wants to use because of your ears, your expertise, your vibe, and your impressive collection of Ramones t-shirts.

Get Musical
Recording music is so much easier if you understand music. Music plays a key role in a vast majority of recordings, so most clients prefer musical engineers. If you don’t play in instrument, buy a guitar or keyboard, and learn some basic songs.

While learning to play an instrument may seem daunting, you don’t need to become a virtuoso player, you just need to grasp musical progressions and changes. If you get musical, you get work.

Be Professional
This is your craft, and you must work at it. I have seen engineers lose gigs because they got wasted and became an idiot. Do what I do. Wait until your day off to start drinking at 7 a.m.

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even
An even temperament goes a long way. Mistakes and frustrations happen in all jobs, and in the long run, so what?

A good engineer keeps the session at ease, especially during stressful times. Do you want clients and co-workers to remember you as the engineer who blows up, or the engineer who is a pro and can work around anything?

Make it Look Good
Some engineers go through their careers simply putting up a microphone and pressing the record button. Engineering is an art. Much like cooking and sex, presentation is part of the package.

If you want loyalty in the music business, get a dog. Don’t get too attached to a project. They will say they love you, love your engineering, are definitely going to use you next time, you’re in the club, the sounds are awesome.

Next week you hear they are using another engineer. Well don’t let it bug you. Do your job, take pride in it, and at the end of the day, realize that no matter what they promise, you don’t have the gig until you’re in the chair.

Long Hours Benefit No One
If the client expects you to work 18 hours a day, explain that you really aren’t at your best after ten or twelve hours. Some engineers state before the project that there must be certain limitations on the length of sessions.

Engineering can be draining, and the eighteenth hour is when mistakes happen. You want clients to remember you for your skills as an engineer, not for erasing the kick drum due to fatigue. And once you start working long hours, the client expects it.

Rule of Thumb
When deciding which instrument takes precedence, make the guy who signs your check sound best.

Be the Heavy
Sometimes the engineer must also be the heavy, doing the unpleasant tasks when sessions get out of hand. State firmly and professionally “You can’t smoke in the control room.” “Don’t set your latte on the console.”

From the book “Recording Tips for Engineers” via ProSoundWeb. Used by permission.