Shure radio microphones were installed at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) when it opened in 2009.
The radio microphones included 34 channels of Shure UHF-R L3 and UHF-R J5 range of microphones, which were permanently installed into the building in addition to 20 channels that functioned as floating stock complementing the installed equipment.
According to Michael Walker, Infrastructure and Equipment Manager at the MCEC, the usage of radio microphones had gone through the roof over the past two years. Since the large facility can accommodate three to four conferences simultaneously as well as special events, they had to cross-hire more and more microphones from their partners just to cover their clients’ wireless needs.
Consequently, they had to be very careful in controlling their frequency management since the cross hiring of radio microphones placed them at risk of getting cross-talking frequencies.
Michael Walker therefore made the decision to purchase another 36 channels of Shure UHF-R H4 radio microphones, which complement the frequency spectrum already in use at the MCEC. The microphones were supplied through Soundcorp.
Frequency management of their wireless spectrum was an absolutely critical part of microphone selection since the venue hosted multiple events simultaneously. Michael explains that Shure URD wireless systems are certainly at the top level of professional radio microphones with the frequency management software Wireless Workbench enabling up-to-the minute frequency management.
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