The wireless revolution isn’t just about cutting wires and improving home Wi-Fi signals or removing the cords on your home theater system. It’s also about redefining the way businesses are conducted.
Improved Stage Presence
Whether you’re a flashy guitarist who likes to twirl their guitar behind their back for solos or want the freedom to walk around and interact with the audience, a wireless system can be your best friend.
A wireless guitar system buffers the audio signal and sends it to the receiver, which then unpacks it for you to use. While some digital systems can experience latency issues, analog systems like the BLX-14 offer low-latency, crystal-clear sound without unwanted noise or interference.
And unlike a cable, your wireless setup won’t be manhandled as much either, so it will last longer and won’t suffer from the same stress that can cause wires to snap.
Wireless guitar systems come in pedal format and fit right on your board. From there, you run a cable to your amp. Some systems use 5.8GHz frequency bands, less likely to interfere with other devices like Wi-Fi and household electronics.
While there are concerns about the reliability of wireless systems, most professional touring guitarists use them without a problem. They only cut out if the transmitter is too far away from the receiver, there is a lot of radio frequency interference or noise, or the batteries are low.
The only other issue is latency, which may be noticeable with digital units and can make you sound out of sync with the rest of the band, even if you are playing on time. To minimize this, route the cable precisely as you want it when you build your acoustic pedal board and plan for cable management.
Like any new technology, there were some teething problems when wireless systems came on the scene. They sometimes cut out; some would pick up radio transmissions and other unwanted interference. But these days, the best digital systems are acceptable.
Some acoustic guitar systems use 2.4 GHz frequencies that don’t require a license. Others are licensed and offer more channels to avoid interference.
Some have advanced features like frequency scanning, which automatically finds the most transparent channel or dual outputs to distribute power across multiple pedals. These are great for street gigs and mobile performances. If you’re using an online layout app, leave room for jacks, midi plugs, and power taps in case dimensions are slightly off or the pedals don’t fit reasonably as expected!
Using an acoustic wireless system in your pedal board lets you move around and maneuver your acoustic guitar without worrying about accidentally pulling out / tripping over cables. It is beneficial for flashy guitar players who like to twirl around their bodies during their solos or if they need to change their position on stage quickly.
Wireless technology is not just for assembly lines – it can also save costs in process industries, where sensing devices have to communicate over much longer distances than on an assembly line. That is because the requirements for wireless sensing in these applications are less stringent and can be fulfilled by standard technologies. It allows users to be more mobile and improves employee productivity.
When choosing a wireless system, it is essential to understand how it works and the sound quality it produces. The transmitter plugs into your guitar and changes the electrical audio signal from your guitar’s pickups into radio waves, then transmitted to the receiver. The receiver then converts these radio waves back into an electrical audio signal that the next piece of equipment (such as your effects pedalboard) can use.
While wireless systems are designed to perform well in most environments, they can be affected by various factors, including positioning, RF interference or noise, and battery power. To ensure optimal performance, always ensure the transmitter and the receiver have fresh batteries. Also, ensure all cables are free of twists or bends to prevent signal interference and choppy playback.