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To All Prospective Users of Audio and Video Equipment:
The Boettcher Mansion is located on Lookout Mountain near several radio, television and microwave transmission towers, which transmit radio and microwave signals powerful enough to serve most of the Front Range population. These towers can cause interference such as a hum, buzz or static in audio and video equipment used here. Some DJs have experienced extreme interference and have been unable to project sound; however, most equipment does work well here. Each sound system is unique, so you may arrange a practice session for your musicians to test equipment and determine which enhancement might work best. The acoustics are excellent in the Fireside Room. Consider live, non-amplified music for best results, but should you choose amplification, consider the suggestions from various sound technicians below.
Quality Mobile Sound Inc. has worked at the Boettcher Mansion the past 12 years and has compiled the following information and testing advice to help solve the interference problems incurred from the nearby radio tower transmissions.
It is imperative to us high-end equipment at the mansion because lower-end equipment often results in unsatisfactory performance. We recommend using only UHF microphones because VHF micophones don’t usually work at all. There are many hot and cold spots in the Fireside Room, meaning interference can fluctuate from event to event. It is best to maintain all wiring no higher than three feet from the ground because most interference happens above this level. Interference is also a problem when there are levels of high humidity or heavy cloud cover.
There are several things that can remediate the interference:
Some equipment has built-in copper shields that protect from interference. Aluminum foil can also act as an insulator. Consider using video monitors rather than television sets. Video monitors do not have television tuners in them, enabling you to use the video and audio output jacks in place of the RF (radio frequency) antenna connections. The direct video and audio source outputs work at frequencies far away from the standard TV channels, making local interference highly unlikely. Try locating equipment in front of the fireplace. See the tips listed above, such as using short cable lengths, equipment height and position within the room.
The mansion does not furnish video equipment but can provide audio equipment and a microphone for an additional fee. You can arrange directly with an AV rental business to deliver. Please specify immediate removal/pick-up at the end of your event. The mansion is not responsible for any equipment left behind.
Please call the mansion (720-497-7630) or Ken Hiatt at Quality Mobile Sound (303-682-5242) for additional tips and information. Quality Mobile Sound also offers equipment rental and services if needed for your event.
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