ISE 2017: Shure reveals new audio conferencing solutions

Shure has announced at the ISE Show, held February 7 – 10 in Amsterdam, that it is expanding its ULX-D Digital Wireless System with two new microphone transmitters for live business events.

Additionally, the company has introduced the IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor, a new digital signal processor created specifically for conferencing applications.

The new ULXD6 boundary and ULXD8 gooseneck transmitters (pictured above) offer what the company describes as brilliant sound quality with low latency, signal stability, high spectral efficiency, ‘leading’ encryption technology, and are compatible with rechargeable Lithium-Ion or standard AA batteries.

The new transmitters are designed for convention centres, hotels, and corporate and educational environments. When used with ULX-D receivers in High Density mode, users can achieve high channel counts of 100 or more. For confidential discussions that require secure transmission, ULX-D features AES-256 encryption. Both new transmitters offer a low-profile form factor, as well as a long transmission range (up to 330 feet/100 meters) and an extensive selection of antenna distribution components.

The SBC450 4-bay and SBC850 8-bay networked charging stations allow four or eight ULXD6 or ULXD8 transmitters to be charged fast and conveniently, without removing the battery from the transmitter. The Shure Wireless Workbench software solution as well as third party control systems (AMX, Crestron, Extron, Cue, etc.) facilitate remote access to the transmitters’ parameters.

“Over time we realised there was a strong demand for tabletop form factors that are intuitive to setup and operate. Now with our new ULX-D boundary and gooseneck transmitters that are also fully compatible with QLX-D, we successfully close this gap,” explained Nick Wood, wireless category director at Shure.

The ULXD6 boundary and ULXD8 gooseneck transmitters will be available in summer 2017.

Also launched at the ISE Show is Shure’s IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor (pictured below), a compact solution which offers Shure IntelliMix DSP algorithms that enhance audio quality in video meetings, a variety of connectivity options, plus ‘seamless’ operation with Shure Microflex Advance and Microflex Wireless microphone solutions for AV conferencing.

The new processor connects up to eight Dante microphone channels to a room video system, USB soft codec, or mobile device. Each channel supports multiple IntelliMix DSP features, including Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Noise Reduction, and Automatic Gain Control, plus automatic mixing.

The fixed architecture allows for simple setup, resulting in less DSP programming and commissioning time onsite. The USB connectivity enables the P300 to be used with common soft codec programs such as Skype and BlueJeans, while the 3.5 mm connector means anyone on a mobile phone or tablet can bring any remote participant into the conversation. Its compact half-rack footprint enables discrete installation behind a display, under a table, or in a credenza.

In addition to the IntelliMix P300, Shure has introduced the ANIUSB-MATRIX and ANI22 at ISE. The ANIUSB-MATRIX provides flexible routing of up to four Dante audio inputs and one analogue input to a room video conferencing system or a soft codec. This device is ideal for accommodating small to medium sized rooms intended for audio and video conferencing. The ANI22 provides Dante-to-analogue signal routing that enables two audio channels to be routed on and off a Dante network. These additions to the ANI family increase the connectivity options available to users of Shure’s Dante-enabled microphones.

The IntelliMix P300, ANIUSB-MATRIX, and ANI22 will be available worldwide in autumn 2017. Visitors to the ISE Show can visit Shure at booth A110 in hall 3.