Shure has supplied an array of AV systems, microphones, and automatic mixing hardware for Turkey's Presidential Complex in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Supplied through Atempo, Shure's distributor in Turkey, the equipment included DCS simultaneous translation and conferencing systems, Microflex Wireless conferencing microphones, and Axient and ULX-D wireless microphone systems.
The Presidential Complex incorporates the official residence of the republic's President Erdoğan, assorted offices of state, a mosque, a public library, and a cultural centre. Atempo, also integrators on the construction project, submitted the Shure equipment as part of its tender to install the AV systems in two sizeable multi-purpose congress halls at the complex, containing 2,050 and 300 seats respectively, used for concerts, conferences, opera, and theatre. The tender also covered nine associated basement meeting rooms and foyer and public exhibition areas.
The 2,050-seat multi-purpose hall was fitted with a DCS 6000 digital conferencing, assistive hearing and translation system, providing sound reinforcement for speeches in the hall and also allowing up to 12 different languages to be simultaneously translated and relayed to any of the individual seats. Axient wireless microphone systems with Spectrum Manager, full ShowLink remote control capabilities, and Wireless Workbench software were also supplied, along with handheld and lavalier mic units, headphones and supplementary ULX-D digital wireless microphone hardware.
Shure wired products including the SM58 and SM57, Beta-series mics, and high-quality KSM32s provide the hall with further flexibility for sales conferences and political debates to rock concerts and opera productions. A further eight-channel Axient wireless microphone system, together with a networked Microflex Wireless system offering gooseneck and handheld microphone options and associated Dante-enabled SCM820E automatic mixers were installed in the basement meeting rooms, providing additional flexible sound reinforcement.
"For this project, we really had to ensure we could deliver clear audio with no disruptions," explained Tayfun Konuralp, project sales manager at Atempo. "There were three main criteria for the client: sound quality, the ease of implementation of the network underpinning the system, and, finally the physical look of the product. Shure outperformed the competition in all three areas. The fact that the Axient and Microflex microphone systems were so easy to network was fairly decisive. We didn't even carry out any audio quality tests on the Shure equipment, as it was already clearly the first choice according to our client."