The Shure Microflex Advance portfolio of networked ceiling and table array microphones, audio interfaces and control software received its world premiere at ISE 2016. Ron Marchant (pictured), general manager at Shure EMEA, welcomed journalists to the product press launch on the first day of the exhibition.
With the ability to flush-mount the Microflex Advance Ceiling Array alongside standard ceiling tiles, and what Shure describes as a “new-to-the-world” “toroid” polar pattern in the Microflex Advance Table Array, the company says that Microflex Advance microphones offer a dynamic package of technologies to ensure a best-in-class audio experience.
Microflex Advance is said to also present an enhanced evolution of the company’s IntelliMix Digital Signal Processing Suite, including Steerable Coverage technology, which Shure says enables incredibly accurate control of audio capture in any location of a meeting space. The new microphones use the Dante audio networking protocol, with all control, audio, and power signals carried through a single standard Ethernet cable connection.
“Microflex Advance is unique because it combines the deep roots of expertise Shure has demonstrated in both the acoustic and digital signal processing domains,” said Rob Klegon, associate manager, global product management at Shure. “However, in building this system we knew we had to go beyond pure technical innovation to meet the needs of today’s corporate environments. As a result, each feature of Microflex Advance is engineered to provide best-in-class performance, from the acoustics and digital signal processing, to the usability and aesthetic design.”
The Microflex Advance Ceiling Array is designed to capture audio from above the meeting space. Targeted at conferencing environments, it can be flush-mounted in any standard ceiling tile grid.
The Microflex Advance Table Array deploys up to four discrete audio channels around a table and uses a new “toroid” ring-shaped pattern to reject unwanted artefacts from overhead such as HVAC or projector fans.