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Above: Microflex Advance Table Array Below: Microflex Advance Ceiling Array
Redefining quality sound in the workplace with Microflex Advance A new audio solution by Shure, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones and audio electronics, enables the highest level of intelligibility for AV conferencing. The Microflex Advance is an innovative networkable conferencing audio solution and is designed to dramatically improve the audio quality for modern conferencing applications where pristine speech intelligibility is of the utmost importance. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTO: SHURE INC.
”The perfect conferencing solution is a balance,” says Peter James, managing director at Shure Distribution UK. ”It has to produce high-quality sound, irrespective of how the presenters are using it or the bad room acoustics, in addition to being user friendly and integrating perfectly with architectural aesthetics and your network infrastructure. Microflex Advance successfully achieves all of these things.” Comprising high-quality networked ceiling and table array microphones, audio interfaces, intelligent mixing DSP and intuitive, browser-based control software, Microflex Advance draws on Shure’s extensive experience in microphone, audio networking and automatic mixing technology, and packages it in a discreet, architecturally unobtrusive design. Microflex Advance significantly improves the sound quality experienced by employees in the workplace, making offices and businesses better places to work.
It is widely accepted now that noisy workplaces are detrimental to conversation and concentration. When communication is taking place via microphones and loudspeakers, the words spoken are much more susceptible to misunderstanding if the environment at either end is noisy. As refined as modern microphone technology has become, it is essentially passive and cannot distinguish between wanted audio (a person speaking) and unwanted noise (fans, air conditioning, printers etc.) and will reproduce everything indiscriminately, to the detriment of intelligibility.
pended to avoid fans for example.The table array microphone captures up to four channels of audio from around a desk or conference table and offers an innovative, wholly new ‘toroid’ (ring-shaped) pickup pattern to reject unwanted sound from overhead. Signals from the array microphones are auto-mixed by the built-in Shure proprietary IntelliMix DSP providing seamless activation of the best microphone while attenuating microphones that are not being addressed. Furthermore, the audio signals can be interfaced with a Dante audio network via an Ethernet cable connection. Simple-to-use, browser-based software controls connectivity and monitoring. Pre-set configurations are included for typical operations, and the system is designed to integrate with third-party audio control systems. mxa.shure.eu
Microflex Advance tackles these issues with innovative new technology, including software control of the array microphones’ pickup patterns to optimise audio capture from speakers and presenters — Shure’s proprietary Steerable Coverage technology. The Microflex Advance ceiling array offers an adjustable pickup pattern that can be defined in three dimensions, and can be flush-mounted with ceiling tiles or sus-
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