Guy Coker: Digital Wireless Pioneer | Part 3
XD-V mics are the first to offer mic modeling. What kind of responses have you gotten from customers?
Countless sound guys have told me about working with vocalists who had to have a certain type of microphone. Initially the vocalist didn’t think the XD-V would work, but with the flip of a switch, the XD-V would become exactly what they needed. Sound guys love that they can just hit a button and suddenly get a completely different microphone.
It’s great to give people the sound of their favorite mics, but the L6 model is really pretty exciting. We consulted with sound engineers and vocalists, and we got their take on what they did and didn’t like about all the standard microphones that are out there today. We then came up with our own kind of EQ for all that, and it’s been very popular. Many people prefer the L6 model over the rest.
So what else sets Line 6 digital wireless systems apart from other solutions?
We’re in our fourth generation, so we’re far beyond the other solutions that are still in the early stages of development. The key advantages are that our systems operate in a worldwide-available RF band with a single system. Plus, we offer anti-jam capability, which allows us to operate in this band with high reliability. And we also enable our customers to obtain uncompressed, low-latency unity gain audio without the need for confusing adjustments.
Are Relay instrument and XD-V mic systems the same wireless technology?
Yes, both award-winning systems are built on the same platform. It’s just the user controls that differ, depending on the product. They both deliver the same ability to perform in a hostile RF environment, and provide low-latency, high-quality, dependable audio.
What’s the average battery life for an XD-V wireless system?
Eight hours, which meets or exceeds the industry average. It’s plenty of time for any gig.
Do you have any tips or advice for people just getting into the world of digital wireless?
In general, Line 6 digital wireless is the easiest-to-use system on the market. In most cases, you can just turn on the units, choose a channel and go. You don’t need to adjust the volume or squelch, and you don’t need to have a frequency plan to avoid intermodulation noise.
It helps to think in terms of cable replacement, rather than thinking about line level or mic level, or needing to adjust the EQ etc. Just remember that whatever you put in the transmitter comes out at the receiver with the exact same signal level and EQ.