Sabine Wireless Tames Coyote Ugly

May 4, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Installer Frank Wilt of Washington Entertainment Technologies has chosen Sabine’s SWM7000 2.4GHz wireless systems for the three-story, Washington, D.C.-based Coyote Ugly Saloon, comprising five dual-channel wireless microphone systems with 10 handheld transmitters.

The Coyote Ugly bartenders use the handheld wireless mics to perform for the crowd while serving drinks. Wilt mounted the battery-charging mic clips to the bar for easy access for the performers.

"We would need two additional equipment racks on each floor for feedback control and digital signal processing, and a 6-channel mixer to get the same functionality that we get with the SWM7000s," said Wilt. "The SWM7000 is tremendously flexible. Each of the three Coyote Ugly floors has different acoustics and performer dynamics—some of the bartenders are soft-spoken, some belt it out—and the Sabine wireless allows us to quickly tailor each transmitter to its location and user." Wilt color-coded the transmitters according to each mic’s DSP settings, allowing the “Coyotes” to easily spot and grab a mic tailored to their needs.

All five Sabine receivers are located in a single equipment rack on the third floor. “The receiver front panel controls are easy to understand and use,” Wilt said. “The remote-control software gives me even more power and allows me to copy settings from one receiver to any number of other receivers.

“With the Sabine units, I can monitor battery telemetry, compressor/limiter action and signal strength in real time for each of the 10 mics and then make adjustments right there on the spot," Wilt continued.

Wilt relied on Sabine's antenna accessories to ensure quality signal within the three-story reinforced concrete building. “On the third floor, I get great reception with the standard coaxial dipole antennas front-mounted on the receiver. For the first and second floors, I have Sabine’s external antennas flush-mounted to the second-floor ceiling and feeding the signal to the remaining four receivers using a Sabine antenna distribution amplifier.

“The Sabine wireless makes setting up in an unfriendly-RF environment much easier. Coyote Ugly is adjacent to a massive condominium filled with Wi-Fi networks and several construction areas with radio-equipped heavy machinery operating in the UHF band. I used the software’s built-in RF Scanner to spot potential RF interference. The scanner differentiates between Sabine transmitters and outside interference. I can set a threshold to block the use of channels that might be interfered with."

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