Shure Microflex Wireless (MXW) – The Smart Choice For Education

Shure Microflex Wireless (MXW) – The Smart Choice For Education


The University of the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities and recently built a $33 million Learning and Teaching Hub at Sippy Downs that incorporated the latest MXW hardware from Shure.     

InDesign Technologies were commissioned to design the audio visual and advanced technology systems and specified Shure Microflex Wireless (MXW) microphones to provide seamless communication for users as they roam throughout building.  

“The audio signals had to be routed amongst three separate areas within the building,” explained Peter Coman, managing director of InDesign Technologies. “Even though it was one building, the long distances between areas posed significant problems when transporting the audio signal, so we specified the Shure MXW range of wireless microphones using Dante as the transport protocol. So for example, if the audio from the Immerse Studio needed to be recorded, it could easily transported via Dante to the Nursing Simulation recording suite.”  USC_with_Shure_PR-1

The MXW uses Dante to carry high quality digital audio signals over standard Ethernet utilising the clients existing cabling infrastructure.

“USC had been using alternate brands but with the looming changes to the digital spectrum they had to make a change to their entire wireless microphone strategy in order to comply,” said Peter.

InDesign arranged for an evaluation process that included six different vendors. After an extensive evaluation period USC found the Shure range of wireless microphones to be the perfect fit and have now become the new standard for all of their current and future spaces. 

“They really liked the Shure products, even little things like the on/off button on the handheld ULXD microphones which had previously caused countless user problems with other brands,” added Peter. “There was a similar issue with the lapel microphones, and although it may not sound like a significant problem the USC support team kept getting calls asking how to turn them on and off!

The advantage for InDesign Technologies by specifying the Shure MXW is that only two Dante inputs were required on the DSP for all thirteen wireless microphones.

“In the Nursing Simulation suite alone, we already had thirty-one physical microphone inputs, so the last thing we wanted to do was add another thirteen to the already heavily populated DSP,” said Peter. “All we had to do is add two transceivers to cover all of the microphones; as each transceiver has eight channels.”USC_with_Shure_PR-2

Shure Microflex Wireless (MXW) provides a complete system of products including wireless microphone transceivers (a mix of transmitter and receiver), docking chargers, access point transceivers and multi-channel networking interfaces. The components with rechargeable Li-Ion batteries provide in-unit rechargeability and ten hours of battery life. With flexible, elegant form factors (bodypack with built-in microphone, handheld, boundary, and desktop base), it is the ideal choice for capturing and managing vivid lifelike sound in any managed AV environment.  

“It all worked perfectly and the client is very happy with the Shure solution,” commented Peter. “It ticks all of the boxes for USC and for us, as designers, using the MXW’s was just perfect. It would have been a nightmare to do it any other way. Whilst the MXW microphone solution may cost more than standard wireless microphones, they actually saved us money because our DSP’s were much smaller with less physical inputs.  Also, with all of the equipment we needed to install into the AV / Communications room we were fast running out of rack space, if we had used standard microphones I honestly don’t think that we would have been able to fit it all in.”

The Shure MXW solution was also deployed at USC’s Gympie Learning Hub, which included seven MXW microphones and one transceiver.


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