|Google App Store|
So last night I was completely taken by surprise when the forum members of the Institute of Professional Sound highlighted a absolute "Must Have" App for location sound recordists and anyone who uses radio mics on location.
FreqFinder (written by New Endian) is a nicely simple app that allows the user to enter the frequencies of radio channels and check for intermodulation interference across the channels. It comes pre programmed with the pre-set frequencies of the major radio mic manufacturers (both for the US and the UK - so lectrosonics, comtek, sennheiser, Audio and Micron) and allows the user to build up their own specific list of radios and check for intermodulation across the channels.
|Ch38 Micron Explorer 100|
Using FreqFinder with my fairly modest set up of Micron and Sennheiser radio microphone channels, was really straight forward. Freqfinder has preprogrammed into it (some of) the manufactures preset frequencies, so for the Micron explorer range it has the 16 channels that are standard for the Micron Explorer 100 series.
As I have the LCD range of microns, I'm not tied into this preset frequency set, so I have my radios pre programmed to number of inter mod free frequencies - but I can programme in an equivalent table into FreqFinder to match how I'm working - and it should make it much easier check frequencies when working with equipment from different manufacturers and other recordists.
This is very much a "first look" at this app and I've not had time yet to use it in in the field with my radios or in difficult RF environments. But something has made me query the accuracy of the app. The JMFG have suggested a number of frequencies for shared use in CH38 that should be intermodulation free. Putting these frequencies into FreqFinder showed that there were intermodulation 'hits' on most of the frequencies - but practically I'm not sure yet what this means. When I get chance (probably later this week) I'll try and actually use the app in conjunction with my radio mics and see exactly what the practical implications of the information that it presents.
For those of us in the UK, be aware though that the TV channel number refer to the USA frequencies...so it can be a little confusing! The App costs £18.99, and may seem expensive, but I think the capabilities of a tool like this make it a price certainly worth paying.
23rd October 2012