Is Your Wireless Protected?

So what to do with all the wireless ear packs, guitar packs and wireless mics while they’re not in use? Being fairly selective on which items I am obsessive-compulsive over—I held this challenge at bay successfully until one day I walked in and saw everything laid out for a rehearsal... The crew keeps things quite neat and tidy but there had to be a better, ahem...cooler, way to do it that could keep us organized and protect the massive investment we’ve made in this wireless equipment.

Had thought of this contraption and laid it out for the wizard Chico. My primary goal was to create space for every person to have whatever they needed for a rehearsal and/or event all in one place that was clearly labeled and safe from rolling onto the floor or something. Chico did his customary workup on how to make things cooler than I had drawn up (i.e. can you say LED’s, baby?) and here’s how it turned out:

The cabinet is built quite basic—just made it fit in the wall-space we had available—used masonite to make all the partitions and some thin-wall foam to protect the surfaces so all the equipment had some shock protection. Chico used some LED’s and spread them around throughout the compartments—a vendor suggested some that were designed to backlight advertisement signage. This helped tremendously to keep things visible in the low-light conditions backstage.

The compartments were completed with a strip of plastic across the front of each row so you could write on them with a wet or dry erase marker or run a piece of artist’s tape across it (as pictured) so everything is easy to label.

One last thing was creating a small channel in the top and bottom of the front lip so that a set of doors could be put in place and locked if need be. Something we don’t need to use all the time but a good way to secure things whenever the need arises.

In addition to this being a great way for us to put all of this in one place, it’s a convenient place for the band & singers to wire up and get prepped before hitting the stage. With the amount we’ve all invested in our wireless systems, it’s no doubt a priority to keep the gear secure and safe. Hopefully this can serve as a small example of a way to keep some level of control of this vitally important gear while serving the needs of our musicians to a higher degree.

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Andrew Stone
Production Manager
Andrew Stone is the Production Manager and Audio Director at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. His 27 years of touring experience have brought a unique, and sometimes unorthodox, perspective to his approach towards production in the church. He has been a key part of changing the culture behind COTM's live events and he loves sharing his knowledge with other churches. He's been married for 20 years, rarely wears anything but black, and genuinely loves to rock. You can find him on Twitter (@stone_rocks), Instagram (stone.rocks), and is a blog contributor on Seeds, COTM's free resource site.
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