I play in a weekend band (Classic Country Music). From time to time, we play at venues that have a sound booth at the back of the venue. Typically, the sound guy has some type of “fold back” where he can speak to the stage through the monitors on stage. Generally speaking, we can’t understand a thing he says.
I am interested in acquiring a set of radios with the following features:
- the stage managers radio will use a headset that is capable of being heard through the loud sound of the band on stage. Even with no musicians playing, there is quite a bit of noise on stage due to to the monitors and people in the hall. A single earmuff and mic would be ideal. That way, he could also speak with the musicians without removing the headset.
- The stage manager and sound booth radios should have a push-to-talk, preferably on the earmuff. VOX is likely a bad idea in this environment.
- Both the sound booth and stage managers radios needs to support some type of “tone/light call” feature so they can get each others attention. This would be handy once the show starts and they might have their headsets removed.
The usual stuff like desk chargers and belt clips will be required.
I would prefer to not use FRS radios. I don’t mind getting a license if necessary. However I am already a licensed ham (AD5YY) and also have a FCC GROL (the new term for the First Class Radio Telephone license).
The most important issue is ample and clear volume to be heard. There is a LOT of background noise when setting up a stage for a live band. I already have a set of ICOM F4S radios with headsets, but they can’t overcome the ambient noise levels.
Thanks for your input.