The analogue pro audio era is over, welcome to the digital pro audio age! Okay so that's a big statement and I guess there would be a few people who would argue that its not entirely true, there again we still have the vinyl LP, great for the esoteric amongst us, but of little commercial use.
Of course I have to clarify that statement, as digital audio has been around for a while, but I'm talking about my business, the professional wireless audio business - belt packs and stick mics, which for years have been the main stay of any live event, auditorium presentation or voice reinforcement. The trusty wireless microphone has been around for decades, but now it's different.
Spectrum space has become prime real estate, a valued commodity, sold to the highest bidders for the next generation of bandwidth hungry data applications like 3G, 4G & now 5G, apps which turn in a big ROI unlike your humble radio microphone. But it's not all bad news. In fact its very good news because it forces change and that change can be good.
I spend a lot of time in the field with technicians and integrators, guys that know their gear and it's interesting to hear them lamenting the death of the old stuff, getting all dewy-eyed about the good old days. That is until I point out that the old stuff had plenty of issues: no encryption, interference, short battery life, licenses, you name it. Now we've got ultra-tough encryption, remote management, long battery life, no interference, quadruple the number of mic operating in the same space, and superb sound quality.
Telephony is also a great example of the analogue to digital transition. Our FLX conference room phone allows much more flexibilty during conference calls than any analogue solution ever could:
So let's look to future, with Revolabs, the future is very bright indeed! - Geoff Hellyer