5 Things That Make GLXD16 (Beta Digital Wireless Pedal System) the Ultimate Secret Weapon for Guitar Players

Marc Henshall | June 24, 2014 5 Things That Make GLXD16 (Beta Digital Wireless Pedal System) the Ultimate Secret Weapon for Guitar Players

It can be difficult to get excited about a wireless system. It's one of those crucial pieces of kit used by gigging musicians that your audience is unlikely to notice, except of course, when things go wrong. Needless to say, you need to be able to rely on your wireless setup!

Shure have a long history of developing wireless microphones for this market, and have learnt a lot about what people want from a wireless system. Through years of experience, research, and development, Shure has produced a system that guitarists can actually get excited about. Here are 5 reasons GLX-D16 could prove invaluable to your rig...


1. Smart Rechargeability

The GLX-D based systems feature an intelligent lithium-ion battery system. In plain English, you can think of this as a little like the battery in your phone. You can top up and recharge at any point without damaging the battery memory. But here's where the "smart" element comes in.... GLX-D features the same rechargeable battery technology that was pioneered with the Shure Axient Wireless Management Network. It has the same battery unit and intelligent circuitry, which manages battery cell health over time and gives you runtime information. The pedal board version (GLX-D16) is no exception.

Additional advantages include being able to charge through multiple methods, including the ability to charge through any USB power source. So, imagine this scenario; you turn up to your venue and realise you're out of power. However, thanks to the convenience and abundance of USB, you're able to charge your battery off a laptop or in your car. 15 minutes of charge alone will reward you with 90 minutes run time, which is more than enough to get you through the first set and then some.

Let's also not forget about all those AA batteries you won't need. The benefit of this is twofold: batteries are costly, and you can't monitor how much time you have left before they run out. We've all been in that situation where you end up having to throw out perfectly decent batteries in order to reduce the risk of a drop out during that crucial guitar solo. With advanced GLX-D power monitoring features, you'll be able to rely on your battery charge and the unit will pay for itself in no time!

GLX-D 16 Bodypack


2. Simple Frequency Management - Interference Avoidance

The whole concept of GLX-D wireless systems was to bring advanced wireless features to an affordable level, without the user having to think about setup. With LINK-FREQ technology, all you have to do, is switch the unit on - the transmitter and receiver will then automatically find each other. The receiver, which has frequencies and backup frequencies on each usable channel, assesses the environment and automatically puts you on the best available frequencies. If there's ever any RF interference, the receiver will seamlessly switch frequencies to ensure that you are always on the cleanest available frequency. You'll have peace of mind at every gig, without having to be an RF wizard.




3. Globally License Free

All Shure GLX-D systems operate in the 2.4GHz frequency band, meaning you can tour with your band anywhere in the world and the system will work reliably. No costly licence fees required.



4. Gig Ready Pedal Board Tuner

It makes sense for many guitar players to integrate the receiver into a familiar pedal-board setup, and this is where the GLX-D16 pedal version of GLX-D guitar systems really comes into its own. It's built like a tank and fits the small form factor you'd expect from a pedal system. But if this alone wasn't enough, we've gone the extra mile and added a fully integrated guitar tuner. It's extremely accurate, thoroughly tested by performers, and fully customisable.

It had to be up to Shure standards and not just an afterthought. If a guitar player needs another tuner on top of the built in option, what's the point of that? Literally half the people on the pedal design team are guitarists themselves, and it shows - the GLX-D16 is really the only guitar tuner you'll ever need.

GLX-D16 Receiver on Pedalboard



5. Wireless that Sounds like Wired

You know how it goes. You spend years crafting your guitar tone, combining the perfect guitar, amp and pedal board, only to have your tone squashed and badly compressed when going wireless. Not with this system. The feedback we've received with GLX-D, is that it sounds exactly like a good quality wired setup. Good news for tone aficionados. After all, there really isn't any point going wireless if your guitar subsequently sounds worse.




Final thoughts

The research and development that went into GLX-D technology is remarkable, and the result is a system that blends seamlessly into your rig. It's often said that technology is at its best when it disappears into the environment. The pedal system in the GLX-D range is arguably the most advanced, useful, but still simple to use guitar wireless system on the market. You'll notice the benefits on a daily basis, but your audience will be completely unaware of its existence - perfect!

For complete details of how the (GLX-D16) Beta Digital Wireless Pedal System could become your secret weapon on the road, visit the Shure UK GLX-D16 product page.



Test one out for yourself

The following stores have a Shure GLXD System available for you to test:



  • Professional Music Technology (Selected Stores)

  • Guitar Guitar (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Epsom, Newcastle, Birmingham)

  • GAK - Guitar, Amp, & Keyboard (Brighton)

  • Absolute Music (Dorset)

  • Andertons (Guildford)

  • Gear4Music (York)


Out purpose built test station (pictured below) allows you to easily switch between wired and wireless. Find a Shure dealer near you on our dealer locator.







Marc Henshall

Marc Henshall

Marc forms part of our Pro Audio team at Shure UK and specialises in Digital Marketing. He also holds a BSc First Class Hons Degree in Music Technology. When not at work he enjoys playing the guitar, producing music, and dabbling in DIY (preferably with a good craft beer or two).