Niles, IL (January 17, 2011)–Shure previewed its new Axient wireless microphone system, due in mid-2011, at Winter NAMM.
Representatives stated that Axient can automatically change frequencies, undetected by the user, to avoid interference.
“Uncertainty and volatility in the RF spectrum are the new reality for professional wireless users,” said Sandy LaMantia, President and CEO of Shure Incorporated. “They face increasing pressure to deliver interference-free performance even though conditions are more unpredictable than ever before. The Axient wireless system was designed from the outset to withstand interference from the analog and digital sources that exist today and may exist in the future.”
The Axient system is slated to include:
• Interference Detection and Avoidance, which Shure claims can detect RF interference and move the system to a clear and compatible frequency in milliseconds.
• Frequency Diversity, which transmits full-bandwidth audio on two separate frequencies for redundancy.
• ShowLink remote control, which enables the user to make real-time remote adjustments from the receiver or a laptop, of transmitter settings like audio gain while the microphone is live. ShowLink remote control extends throughout the transmitter’s RF range.
• The Axient Spectrum Manager, which scans the RF environment, performs frequency compatibility calculations to assign clear frequencies to each wireless transmitter. It also monitors, ranks, and deploys backup frequencies automatically.
• Lithium-ion rechargeable battery packs that deliver accurate battery life metering in hours and minutes, time remaining to full charge, and battery health.
• Wireless Workbench 6, a new software interface that enables the Axient user to monitor and control the entire system via a redesigned graphical user interface.
“The Spectrum Manager functions as an air traffic controller for the system,” said Erik Vaveris, Category Director for Wireless Products at Shure. “When the receiver’s Interference Detection and Avoidance feature senses interference, the Spectrum Manager assigns a new frequency that it knows is clean. The frequency is deployed to the transmitter by the ShowLink wireless access point, and the transmitter and receiver execute a synchronized frequency change in a matter of milliseconds, making it virtually undetectable. And with Frequency Diversity enabled, there is no audible trace whatsoever.”