Soundtronics Selects Shure Wireless for Mayweather-Pacquiao Prize Fight

Soundtronics Selects Shure Wireless for Mayweather-Pacquiao Prize Fight

Customer Profile

Soundtronics Wireless rents and sells wireless equipment for high profile entertainment events. The company was tasked with handling the technical aspects of the May 2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao boxing match, which was broadcasted live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas via pay-per-view.

Challenge

For a major live televised event, the audio equipment must perform without failure. Soundtronics had to ensure there were no wireless microphone or IEM issues during the broadcasted fight.

Solution

Soundtronics selected Axient®, PSM® 1000 and ULX-D® systems.

Advantages

The Soundtronics team could confidently tell producers that the Shure wireless gear would not fail during the high-profile event—and they were right.

 

The stakes were high for more than just the boxers during the May 2, 2015 fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Televised live, the pay-per-view event was a rare collaboration between Showtime and HBO, and both networks expected technical perfection. Handling the selection, deployment, and coordination of wireless microphones, IEMs, and intercoms for the event was the team from Soundtronics, led by Mark Barbuti.

Barbuti knew immediately he would be using Shure Axient® for all key channels. Soundtronics handled both the system design and deployment, along with the frequency coordination for about 200 wireless channels—140 of their own, and the rest from ENG crews and other press. For key performers,

Barbuti had two 8-packs of Axient receivers. One rack was dedicated to handhelds for the four main reporters, and the other was used for miking the referee and trainers, plus an emcee and spares. The floor reporters for the fight were issued Axient AXT200 handhelds with KSM9 mic elements. Two more Axient handhelds, with custom chrome finish, were assigned to ring announcers Michael Buffer (HBO) and Jimmy Lennon Jr. (Showtime). Fight referee Kenny Bayless and the trainers in the fighters’ corners were miked liveusing Axient AXT100 bodypacks, pre-programmed by Barbuti, with backup frequencies in case of interference. Performers for the national anthems of the U.S. (Jamie Foxx) and the Philippines (Gail Banawis with The Word Chorale) all used PSM® 1000 Personal Stereo Monitors.

For the taping of All Access, Showtime’s behind-the-scenes documentary series that required miking of family and team members, Soundtronics turned to ULX-D®s, relying on four ULX-D® quad receivers in one compact rack.

All Shure gear performed flawlessly.

Gear List
Model Number Quantity Description
AXT100 8 Rechargeable, remotely controllable bodypack transmitter for use with Axient Wireless Systems.
AXT200/SM58 8 Rechargeable, remotely controllable, single/dual frequency handheld transmitter.
AXT400 8 Wideband, networkable, dual channel receiver with frequency diversity and interference detection
AXT600 1 Axient Spectrum Manager delivers wide-band UHF spectrum scanning, spectrum analysis, and compatible frequency coordination in a single rack unit.
AXT610 1 Axient ShowLink Access Point enables real-time control of transmitters and the ability to make remote adjustments to all transmitter settings.
AXT900 2 Axient rackmount charging station provides a battery-charging and storage solution with networked visibility of all battery status parameters.
AXT910 10 Axient bodypack rechargeable battery offers a highly-efficient, environmentally-conscious option for charging Axient bodypack transmitters.
AXT920 10 Axient handheld rechargeable battery offers a highly-efficient, environmentally-conscious option for charging Axient handheld transmitters.
P10R 12 Diversity wireless bodypack receiver offers premium features for use with the PSM 1000 In-Ear Personal Monitoring System.
P10T 5 Full-rack, dual channel wireless transmitter housed in a touring-grade, all-metal chassis.
ULXD4Q 4 Four channels of uncompromising audio quality, RF signal stability, and advanced setup features in a space-efficient single rack unit.
ULXD1 16 Up to 12 hours of use with rechargeable battery. 330 ft (100 m) operating range. TA4M and LEMO3 versions available.
503BG 24 Compact gooseneck mic reduces background noise for excellent voice fidelity.