Wireless Designer™ Overview

Wireless Designer organizes wireless microphone systems into Sessions. A session contains one or more device frames; each frame contains some number of channels. A receiver channel is a pairing of a receiver module with its associated transmitter (for example VRM2WB and LT). A transmitter channel is a pairing of transmitter with its associated receiver (for example, M2T and M2R).

Wireless Designer can be used in two different ways:

Wireless Designer looks like this when connected to receiver frames.

On the left is a tree view showing the frames in the connected session. It provides a thumbnail view of the location and status of installed modules in each frame in the session. Session and frame setup and control takes place here.

On the right is a set of tabbed views where channel setup is managed, along with features like frequency coordination and scanning. This view reflects the item selected in the tree view, which could be the entire session, or a particular receiver frame in the session. In the example above the 1st receiver frame has been selected, so only those things related to that frame are displayed.

Session Status

Session status and session level control.

Click the Session icon to select the all-channels view rather than display only the channels belonging to a single receiver frame. Right click the Session to open a popup menu with shortcuts to certain session related functions also found the File, Connect or View menus.

Custom Channels

Custom Channels control.

Click the Custom Channels icon to select the Custom Channels view. This shows user defined channels for equipment that Wireless Designer is not connected to, but needs to be included in the session for frequency coordination purposes. Right click the icon to open a popup menu with shortcuts to Custom Channel related functions.

Learn more about Custom Channels

Frame Status

Device frame status and frame level control.

Frame icons are drawn to show the 6 channel slots in the frame as well as include the serial number of the frame and its description. Each channel slot shows the frequency block of the installed module. The background color of the slot indicates the status of the channel:

Click a frame icon to select the single-frame view rather than display all channels in the session. Right click a frame to open a popup menu:

with options to move the frame up or down in the tree view, disconnect the frame, control the Macro Recorder (DR receiver only) or Load a Session to the frame from a session file.

Frame Settings

Device frame settings are managed here. Select a frame in the tree view and click the Settings item to open a tabbed view which groups frame settings by category.

To close the settings view click select another item in the tree view to change focus.

Learn more about DR Receiver Frame Settings

Learn more about Venue 2 (VRM2WB) Frame Settings

Learn more about Venue Receiver (VRMWB) Frame Settings

Learn more about Duet (M2T) Frame Settings

Frame Macros (DR only)

Macros are predefined groups of commands stored in a frame and meant to be invoked by external controllers. Select a frame in the tree view and click the Macros item to open the Macro Editor.

Learn more about DR Receiver Macros

Channels

Manage channel setup and monitor performance in this view. A channel holds settings for its associated receiver module and the transmitter used with it (or its associated transmitter and the receiver used with it in the case of the M2T and M2R).

Each receiver channel shows audio and RF meters, different status indicators and the audio mute control. When a particular frame is selected in the tree view, only the channels in that frame are shown. If the Session is selected in the tree view, all channels are shown. This is the view for monitoring channel activity when connected to receivers like the VRM2WB.

Each transmitter channel shows audio meters, different status indicators, the RF carrier on/off control and the audio mute control. When a particular frame is selected in the tree view, only the channels in that frame are shown. If the Session is selected in the tree view, all channels are shown. This is the view for monitoring channel activity when connected to transmitters like the M2T.

Not all receiver frames are fully populated with modules. By default empty channels are shown marked as "Not Present", but if you can hide empty channels in connected frames to simplify the view.

Learn more about DR Receiver Channel Monitoring

Learn more about Venue 2 (VRM2WB) Channel Monitoring

Learn more about Venue Receiver (VRMWB) Channel Monitoring

Learn more about Duet (M2T) Channel Monitoring

Right click a channel to open the channel menu.

Several options are shown here. Choose Settings... to open the Edit Channel Settings dialog.

The channel settings are divided into  two groups - one for the receiver and another for the transmitter. Once the settings dialog box is open you can use the forward and back buttons to browse through the  channels.

Learn more about DR Receiver Channel Settings

Learn more about Venue 2 (VRM2WB) Channel Settings

Learn more about Venue Receiver (VRMWB) Channel Settings

Learn more about Duet (M2T) Channel Settings

Frequency Coordination

Use this tool for frequency coordination. Frequency coordination generates compatible frequency sets for the channels in a session. The results are based on consideration of these factors:

Coordination is done at the session level, combining the channels from all frames. A spectrum analyzer view shows:

Scales are provided at top and bottom of the analyzer to identify TV channels and Lectrosonics frequency blocks. A channel list is used to manage individual channels in the coordination. A dynamically updated report window displays conflicts detected during the coordination process.

The Frequency Coordinator has many powerful features:

Learn more about Frequency Coordination

Frequency Scan

Use this tool for for scanning the RF spectrum at a location to determine what interfering signal sources are present. The scan results are shown into a single session-wide spectrum analyzer view. Wireless Designer will try to build up as complete a view as possible using the receiver channels available, whether in one frame or multiple frames. Scales are provided at top and bottom of the analyzer to identify TV channels and Lectrosonics frequency blocks. Here we see a scan in progress:

Scan data can be exported directly to the Frequency Coordination tool with one mouse click.

Learn more about Frequency Scan

Walk Test Recorder

Use this tool to learn the extent of coverage for a wireless microphone channel in a particular setting. Operating range limits and dropout zones can be observed by walking a transmitter around a location and recording certain properties of the received signal.

The data is displayed in a strip chart recorder-like view with plots available for:

The user controls which plots are shown, and which receiver channel is used for the test. The strip chart recorder functions like a tape recorder, with Play, Stop and Record buttons to manage the recording session. The recording can be rewound to an earlier point in time and replayed. This makes it easier for a walk test to be accomplished by a single person unassisted. While recording the data record is saved to a file for future reference.

The Walk Test Recorder also has an option to record the received audio signal to a file while the walk test is in progress. This requires the audio output to be connected to a microphone or sound card input on the PC.

Learn more about the Walk Test Recorder