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BDP opts for wireless microphones

Wireless conferencing microphones are playing an important role in a new audiovisual and videoconferencing suite at BDP in Manchester.

A new full audiovisual and videoconferencing suite has been installed at the newly built Manchester studio of BDP (Building Design Partnership), one of the largest interdisciplinary practices in Europe.

Martin Dawes Solutions, which has worked with BDP for many years, was chosen as integrator on the project. The brief included audio enhancement for a flexible meeting space, which can be divided into a one-, two- or three-room configuration. An adaptable, easy-to-use and configurable microphone system was required for meetings and videoconferencing.

Distributor POLARaudio supplied beyerdynamic MPR 210 Revoluto wireless conferencing microphones for the project. This model contains 17 integral microphone capsules and creates a much more extended pick-up pattern than traditional gooseneck microphones – enabling the user to speak freely and maintain eye contact with their audience without any loss in audio quality.

Paul Berry, project manager for Martin Dawes, commented: “The videoconferencing audio element was easy – the key question when choosing the microphones was, would they be good enough to provide sound reinforcement within the room?” This is a common challenge for all system integrators. “Following on-site demonstrations of the Revoluto microphones, the answer was unanimous from ourselves and the client. In addition, the pick-up and audio response was vastly improved when compared to a traditional gooseneck lectern microphone too.”

The project also encompassed the installation of wireless microphone systems for meetings and presentations elsewhere in the facility, and the provision of a digital signage system display boardroom content on LCD screens in the reception area.
Founded in 1961, BDP employs more than 1000 architects, designers, engineers, urbanists, sustainability experts, lighting designers and acoustics specialists in 17 studios across the world.