Understanding the entertainment industry’s need for a more discreet wireless bodypack transmitter, Shure has designed a new compact system unlike any before it – and what theatre engineers have been waiting for
Large, bulky wireless bodypack transmitters have long posed a problem for performers, both in live theatre and the television and film studio. Transmitters needs to be comfortable, easy to conceal and reliable.
Traditionally, production teams have managed with bodypack transmitters with harder edges or those with external antennas – always with the risk that they will be noticeable, even under the most ornate period costume.
After considerable industry research to learn more about the frustrations that users experience with traditional units, leading audio designer and manufacturer Shure realised there was a need for a transmitter with a more ergonomic and discreet design.
To learn more about what the industry needed, Shure began consulting with leading sound designers, theatre audio directors and production audio technicians. The discussions proved fruitful, providing insight into concerns about traditional units and pointing towards a bodypack shape to aid performers best.
The result, the company says, “is a wireless transmitter that is extremely ergonomic, features an internal antenna and produces an optimal signal when worn on the body”.
The new ADX1M, Shure confidently claims, “is a micro bodypack unlike any other before it, particularly in the digital wireless realm”.
Its unique, compact bodyform is made from an advanced Ultem PEI construction that allowed the company to create an exceptionally small and streamlined, heat-resistant pack that is perfect for discreet placement and comfort.
Critical to achieving a true micro-form factor was replacing the traditional external antenna with a new internal design. Antennae have long been a point of frustration for users, adding to the unit’s overall size and providing an unwanted port-of-entry for sweat and moisture that can damage the transmitter over time.
“We’ve always known that transmitters worn close or on the skin dramatically compromise its performance – the ADX1M helps to mitigate this problem.”
Integrating the self-tuning antenna into the bodypack isn’t the only innovation the ADX1M boasts. It also brings new patent-pending “adaptive technology” to the market that produces a new standard for body-worn signal performance.
Never one to compromise on audio or signal quality, Shure was able to achieve elegant design without sacrificing the outstanding performance clients have come to expect from a company with more than 80 years’ experience serving the performing and recording industries.
As part of Shure’s ADX range of transmitters, the ADX1M is designed to seamlessly work with its new flagship digital wireless system, Axient Digital. Engineered “from the ground up”, Axient Digital features a new modulation scheme designed to handle the challenging radio frequency environments faced by modern engineers, not least as theatre production becomes increasingly ever-more reliant on innovative audio-visual technology.
The ADX1M is also fully integrated with Shure’s ShowLink system, its many benefits including remote transmitter control for up to 24 units and automatic interference avoidance.
In a nutshell, the ADX1M is the wireless bodypack that theatre and broadcast engineers and performers have been waiting for – and may well find themselves falling in love with. Audiences will no doubt appreciate it, too, albeit without knowing why.
For more information on the ADX1M and other Shure systems, visit shure.co.uk