Boston-based wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Explorer® Rack- PROTM, a unique hardware/software spectrum analysis platform designed to manage and monitor any size wireless audio system from a USB-connected laptop or directly onboard a wireless equipment rack. The RackPRO is the first easy-to-use, affordable RF spectrum analyzer in a standard 1-RU housing with included RF coordination, monitoring, and management software all available from RF Venue.
“The ability to visualize, monitor and manage RF has never been more critical as wireless spec- trum becomes a more hostile and unpredictable place for wireless mics and IEMs,” says RF Venue CEO Chris Regan. "To date this capability has been limited to expensive test equipment and the expertise of trained RF system coordinators. We are thrilled to finally bring this capabili- ty to the broader wireless audio market in a system tailored for live production and installed sound.”
The RackPRO can provide a quick assessment of RF activity in standalone mode via an onboard LCD screen and front panel hardware controls, or connected via USB to a Windows or Mac computer for expanded functionality. With the included Clear Waves software, users can see spectrum activity in their venue, calculate sets of intermodulation distortion-free frequencies, and export it all to PDF report files or to compatible Shure® Wireless Workbench and Professional Wireless Systems'® IAS file formats. Individual transmitter frequencies can also be labeled and monitored to catch dropouts or interference before they ruin a performance.
“Clear Waves strikes the right balance between ease of use and powerful functionality for Win- dows users. We will also soon be releasing a RackPRO compatible native application for Mac OSX,” continues Regan. “For our dealers and customers routinely frustrated by the unpredictable nature of wireless audio systems, the RackPRO will provide greater reliability and long overdue peace of mind.”