Wireless musical gear is great, but have we really thought this through enough?
I was trying to buy a new amp model from Zoom’s StompShare app for my MS-100BT (the Tone City, in case you wondered), but it wouldn’t let me buy. My next step was to log on to Harmony Central to see if anyone had a similar problem, but I couldn’t access HC either. That’s when I noticed the DSL light on my modem was off . . .
The nice tech support lady said DSL was getting to the modem, so it was a modem problem. As it was Friday night, she offered to send a new one out Monday so I’d have it Tuesday.
Tuesday?!? Live without the internet for over three days? Unacceptable, so I bit the bullet and did the three-hour round trip to the nearest store that had a VDSL modem.
But it made me realize just how essential the internet, and wi-fi, is to everything I do including music: updates for programs, authorizations, troubleshooting, sending off this newsletter—you name it. I’ve often wondered what would happen with a Carrington Flare-level event; I even did a music video about it called “When the Grid Goes Down.” But with more of the net going wireless, and more wireless applications being crucial to our way of life, I started to realize that perhaps we’ve gone running down that path without thinking it through. What could go wrong, you say? Well . . .
As someone who had a taxi come through my amp at an embarrassing moment many years ago during a concert, I know things don’t always go as planned. But at the last NAMM show, there were so many devices fighting for bandwidth that uploading from the show floor was a problem. What happens at a wireless-dependent concert if every fan is using their cell phone to tweet about the event? Once when testing a wireless mic, I found it shut down the internet in a house a couple hundred feet away. And I’ve had to leave some NAMM videos on the cutting room floor because a cell phone was updating, and the signal got into my camera but I couldn’t hear it at the time.
Then there are the issues of whether all this RF is healthy. Test results have generally been inconclusive—although some do seem to lean toward massive, constant exposure to RF being potentially problematic. And almost everyone agrees children should not be holding cell phones next to their brains for hours on end during their formative years.
Then again, more wireless music gear is becoming available, and in so many ways, that’s great—the convenience factor can be huge, especially if you don’t want to run cables all over the place. Personally, I’ve decided to use wireless or Bluetooth devices when they provide a definite advantage, and stay to cables otherwise. As with so many aspects of life, striking a balance is ultimately what delivers the best results.
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