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MGG expands FreeSpeak inventory

MGG expands FreeSpeak inventory
MGG's Nardus de Lange taking delivery with Chris Pugh, Clear-Com product manager at DWR

MGG expands FreeSpeak inventory

South Africa:

South African rental company MGG has expanded its inventory of Clear-Com intercom units with the addition of six FreeSpeak II digital wireless beltpacks. Supplied by DWR Distribution, the additional units catered for the technical communication at last year’s Afrikaans is Groot, a large-scale music production hosted at Time Square’s Sun Arena in Pretoria. The rental company also upgraded its Clear-Com licence and is now able to run 25 comms on a single base station.

‘Fifteen years ago, you would just have four communication packs assigned to the director, followspotter, audio engineer and lighting designer,’ recalled MGG owner, Mark Gaylard. ‘Big gigs would be time consuming and a student or young technician would be assigned to run extra comms cables to all the locations where comms were utilised. If it wasn’t run well, you’d hear a buzzing sound over the comms. Now productions are very complicated and you need to have comms in place. Everyone on a show needs to communicate, from lighting to sound, back of house, stage managers and the technical team. You can easily have 40 comms on an event.’

MGG started investing in Clear-Com six years ago. ‘The gear is reliable, robust and a game-changer,’ said Gaylard. ‘The greatest advantage is the wireless system which enables everyone to move around freely and talk to each other as often as needed, no cables and no buzzing. Clear-Com also allows you to record the whole event for reference after an event. You can link it to a sound console for further routing and stream the sound on the internet.’

The fact that Clear-Com is now supported by DWR in South Africa also factored in the decision to further invest in FreeSpeak. ‘This means we can repair gear locally with Derek Kruger at DWR, whereas before equipment would have to be sent to Germany which makes repairs really expensive.’

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