Shure Microflex Wireless provides smart and flexible solution for education
The University of the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities and recently built a $33 million Learning and Teaching Hub, incorporating the latest Shure Microflex Wireless (MXW) hardware to provide seamless communication for users as they roam throughout the building.
“The audio signals had to be routed amongst three separate areas within the building,” explained Peter Coman, Managing Director of InDesign Technologies, which designed the audio visual and advanced technology systems. “Even though it was one building, the long distances between areas posed significant problems when transporting the audio signal, so we specified the Shure MXW range of wireless microphones using Dante as the transport protocol. So for example, if the audio from the Immerse Studio needed to be recorded, it could easily be transported via Dante to the Nursing Simulation recording suite.”
The MXW uses Dante to carry high quality digital audio signals over standard Ethernet utilizing the clients existing cabling infrastructure.
“USC had been using alternate brands but with the looming changes to the digital spectrum they had to make a change to their entire wireless microphone strategy in order to comply,” said Peter.
InDesign arranged for an evaluation process that included six different vendors. After an extensive evaluation period USC found the Shure range of wireless microphones to be the perfect fit and have now become the new standard for all of their current and future spaces.
The advantage for InDesign Technologies by specifying the Shure MXW is that only two Dante inputs were required on the digital signal processor (DSP) for all thirteen wireless microphones. “In the Nursing Simulation suite alone, we already had thirty-one physical microphone inputs, so the last thing we wanted to do was add another thirteen to the already heavily populated DSP,” said Peter. “All we had to do is add two MXWAPT8 wireless access point transceivers to cover all of the microphones, as each transceiver has eight channels.”
Shure Microflex Wireless provides a complete system of products including wireless microphone transceivers (a mix of transmitter and receiver), docking chargers, access point transceivers and multi-channel audio networking interfaces. The components with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries provide in-unit rechargeability and up to 9 hours of battery life for MXW1, MXW6, and MXW8, and up to 15 hours for MXW2. With flexible, elegant form factors (hybrid bodypack transceiver with integrated omnidirectional microphone, as well as handheld transmitter, boundary, and desktop gooseneck transceiver), it is the ideal choice for capturing and managing vivid lifelike sound in any managed AV environment.
“They really liked the Shure products, even little things like the on/off button on the handheld microphones, a feature which had previously caused countless user problems with other brands,” added Peter. “There was a similar issue with the lavalier microphones, and although it may not sound like a significant problem, the USC support team kept getting calls asking how to turn them on and off!”
“It all worked perfectly and the client is very happy with the Shure solution,” commented Peter. “It ticks all of the boxes for USC and for us, as designers, using MXW was just perfect. It would have been a nightmare to do it any other way. Whilst the MXW microphone solution may cost more compared to standard wireless microphones, they actually saved us money because our DSP’s were much smaller with less physical inputs. Also, with all of the equipment we needed to install into the AV / Communications room we were fast running out of rack space, if we had used standard microphones I honestly don’t think that we would have been able to fit it all in.”
The Shure MXW solution was also deployed at USC’s Gympie Learning Hub, which included seven MXW microphones and one transceiver.
|MXWNCS8||8-port networked charging station charges handheld, bodypack, and boundary transmitters and gooseneck bases.|
|Microflex® Wireless||Choose Microflex® Wireless table microphones for flexible setup and confident communication, ensuring every voice will always be heard.|
|MXW1||MXW1 features both an integrated omnidirectional microphone and an input jack for connecting an earworn or lavalier microphone.|
|MXW2/VP68||With an interchangeable VP68 microphone cartridge, MXW2/VP68 features dual transmit antennas that maximize transmission strength based on the user’s hand placement.|
|MXW6||Boundary transmitter offers a low-profile design and cardioid or omnidirectional polar pattern options for conferencing and presentation applications.|
|MXW8||MXW8 is compatible with 5", 10", and 15" Microflex® gooseneck microphones.|
|MXWAPT8||The eight-channel MXWAPT8 uses automated frequency coordination to assign clean frequencies to wireless microphone transmitters.|