Rangitoto College gets compliant with Shure
NEW ZEALAND: An audio upgrade at New Zealand’s largest secondary school, Rangitoto College in Auckland, to increase sound quality and make the system compliant with new radio spectrum regulations, has included the installation of Shure ULX-D wireless microphone systems.
‘Rangitoto’s auditorium is located at the highest point of the country’s north shore, which causes an onslaught of RF warfare,’ said Rick Senekal of Halogen Audio, an integrated A/V solutions company that oversaw the school’s audio upgrade. ‘Our new audio design required a wireless microphone system that made it easy to find a clean frequency, for flawless sound amplification, and also abided by new spectrum rulings in New Zealand. Rangitoto had systems operating between 700 and 800 MHz, but worked with us to promptly find a solution within legal regulations. We opted to install Shure ULX-D digital wireless systems.’
The new ULX-D system offers the school the ability to fit up to 17 active transmitters in one 6MHz TV channel, and the ULXD4Q quad channel receivers interface directly with the school’s centralised hardware processor to deliver multi-channel audio over Ethernet. In addition to the new wireless systems, the auditorium has also been upgraded with new loudspeakers, subwoofers and a system amplifier for control. All of the equipment is operated from the school’s centralised processor and managed using touchscreen controllers over IP. Inputs into the system are from a selection of Shure SM58, Beta 58 and Beta 87A handheld microphones or from a bodypack transmitter.
‘Shure’s proven reliability and value were big factors during our gear selection process,’ explained Mr Senekal. ‘We started the college’s audio overhaul in 2013 and followed a stage process to keep costs down. Everything has been completed with the exception of a few more speakers we plan to install underneath the mezzanine floor in 2016.
‘Rangitoto has some of the best facilities in the southern hemisphere and now its auditorium boasts audio that is best-in-class,’ Mr Senekal added. ‘The customer has been extremely pleased with ULX-D and no longer has to worry about RF interference issues interrupting speeches and performances.’