Allow me to ask why you are using a manufacturer-specific transmission technique. Wouldn’t standard technologies – like, say, a 5G microphone with a SIM card – do the trick, too?
Martin: “By offering a bespoke solution, we can create tailor-made systems for our customers and their use cases. Live audio has very strict requirements on latency, operational reliability, multi-channel audio, and audio quality that standard technologies cannot – or do not want to – fulfil today or in the near future.”
Andreas: “In the end, our company will not be measured by the hype around a technology such as 5G, but by what we can deliver to our customers and what will work for their very specific applications and workflows.”
Sebastian: “In this context, it is worth mentioning that latencies advertised in 5G are measured differently than the audio stream latency requirements that we have to guarantee throughout an entire production.”
Could you once again summarise the advantages of this new WMAS approach?
Jan: “We have already mentioned the improved use of spectrum resources by the new workflows that become possible through WMAS, and the flexibility that the system offers for larger premises or festival grounds thanks to its lower spectral power density.
In addition, combined, bi-directional bodypacks including low-latency, true digital in-ear monitoring will be possible – bands and artists will just need one device instead of two. Mic transmission, in-ear monitoring, and permanent remote control will all happen via the same device in a single RF channel. Also, the sound engineer will be able to flexibly select the audio quality, latency, range, and resource occupation for every single audio transmission of the devices. Furthermore, all mobile devices will be perfectly synchronized, enabling wireless stereo and even 3D audio recording without any audio phase issues.”
Sebastian: “The backstage tech space will look very different, as WMAS will allow our customers to have the processing of 64 audio channels done by a single 19”/1U rack-mount unit! Gone will be the days of receiver cabinets – our customers will save backstage space, valuable truck space on tour and thus energy, too. Except for selecting a single RF channel, extensive frequency planning will not be required. If we want to come full circle, we can look at the RF fading challenge we set out to solve in the beginning: Instead of today’s typical spatial diversity with two antennas, WMAS will offer 30-fold diversity in a 6 MHz TV channel or 40-fold diversity in an 8 MHz TV channel – with a single antenna!”