Staples Center Wins with Shure Wireless
STAPLES Center is a multi-purpose arena in downtown Los Angeles and is the home to four professional sports teams.
Due to crowded RF and shrinking spectrum, the audio team at STAPLES Center was challenged to find a new wireless microphone system that ensured crystal clear sound with no drop outs. It was also important to find a solution that complementedthe arena’s existing UHF-R® Wireless system.
Installed Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network for its Frequency Diversity and Interference Detection and Avoidance features.
With Axient, the STAPLES Center audio team can ensure flawless audio for all in-gameentertainment for the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, NHL’S Kings and WNBA’s Sparks.This includes the national anthem, half-time performances, on-camera player and coach Q&A, and team introductions.
STAPLES Center in Los Angeles is home to four professional sports teams, mega concert tours, and a range of private events. In total, the venue operates more than 250 ticketed events annually. Located in the heart of downtown LA,handling audio for the arena’s attractions is no easy feat, due to crowded RF and shrinking spectrum. The man behind the facility’s audio operation is SoundEngineer Dustin Delker, who recently adopted the Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network to better navigate available frequencies.
Delker relies on Axient Wireless with KSM9 handhelds, UHF-R® Wireless with bodypack transmitters, and Shure lavalier mics. The microphones support all in- game entertainment for the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, NHL’s Kings, and WNBA’s Sparks. This includes the national anthem, half-time performances, on- camera player and coach Q&A, and team introductions. The gear is also usedfor each of the team’s pre- and post-game press conferences.
Axient features that include Frequency Diversity and Interference Detection and Avoidance, as well as the ShowLink® Access Point were big selling points forDelker. The STAPLES Center audio team has also benefited from Axient’sSpectrum Manager and Shure rechargeable battery options. The Spectrum Manager provides detailed RF spectrum scans in rich visual displays, along with compatible frequency coordination for even the highest channel counts. Shure lithium-ion rechargeable batteries provide up to eight hours of battery life for extended performance, zero memory effect, and real-time metering of remaining charge and other battery status parameters.
Since Delker and his team began to operate Axient, it has performed as expected—flawlessly.
|AXT100||4||Rechargeable, remotely controllable bodypack transmitter for use with Axient Wireless Systems.|
|MX150||4||Lavalier microphone provides uncompromised sound quality and high reliability with minimal visibility.|
|AXT200/KSM9||8||Rechargeable, remotely controllable, single/dual frequency handheld transmitter|
|AXT400||4||Wideband, networkable, dual channel receiver with frequency diversity and interference detection|
|AXT900||2||Axient rackmount charging station provides a battery-charging and storage solution with networked visibility of all battery status parameters.|
|AXT901||2||Axient bodypack charging module charges 2 bodypack transmitter batteries.|
|AXT902||4||Axient handheld charging module charges 2 handheld transmitter batteries.|
|AXT600||1||Axient Spectrum Manager delivers wide-band UHF spectrum scanning, spectrum analysis, and compatible frequency coordination in a single rack unit.|
|AXT610||2||Axient ShowLink Access Point enables real-time control of transmitters and the ability to make remote adjustments to all transmitter settings.|
|AXT620||1||9-port Axient roadtrack Ethernet switch simplifies the networking of Axient Wireless Systems and minimizes network configuration set-up.|
|AXT630||1||Axient antenna distribution system delivers ultra-linear amplification and precision filtering for optimal performance.|
|UR4D+||4||Part of the flagship UHF-R series provides dual-channel options and cascading for premium wireless.|
|UR1||6||Wireless Bodypack Transmitter. Removable antenna, highly durable. Eight hour battery life, 500 ft. range.|
|WL184||6||Wireless premium supercardioid condenser lavalier mic for speech applications.|
|UR2/KSM9||6||Includes a KSM9 and UR2 Handheld Transmitter for professional vocal performance applications.|