Shure supports Shanghai Arts Festival
CHINA: Kicking off with a Chinese folk music concert, Folk Music along the Sea, for the very first time, the opening concert of the 18th Shanghai International Arts Festival was supported by Shure wireless microphone systems.
Managed by the sound director of Radio and Television Shanghai, Ji Haowei, the festival’s opening ceremony called upon four channels of Shure Axient Wireless Management Network for the two hosts, a main and backup each. The concert which was managed by Gu Yu, sound director of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, followed the opening ceremony and included 47 installed wireless channels for the various requirements of the show’s choreography and TV broadcasting. This included 23 channels of Shure UHF-R wireless (11 channels of UR1 bodypack transmitters and 12 channels of UR3 plug-in transmitters) and 24 channels of ULX-D digital wireless systems. The manufacturer’s Wireless Workbench software was also used for full monitoring of the entire frequency network, which was planned by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra system engineer, Zhou Rensuo.
The ULX-D and UHF-R bodypack transmitters powered up different solo performances of the show, including a Chinese transverse flute, Gu Sheng (Chinese Zither), Erhu, Cello, Korean drum, Shaoqin, Liuqin (four-stringed Chinese mandolin), Nguyen, Pipa and Jing Hu (two-stringed Chinese fiddle). Meanwhile, the UR3 plug-in transmitters were primarily used for the other solo instrumental performances of drums, Konka drums and Guzheng.
‘Several factors needed to be considered to ensure the success of the show,’ explained Mr Yu. ‘For example, how to perfectly demonstrate the original sound of each instrument, manage the different settings of the choreography throughout the concert when there was only 30 seconds in-between different scenes on stage, not to mention maintaining quality for a live recording. Therefore, the use of wired microphones was not ideal because it would be impossible to have enough time to transition between scenes on stage. This resulted in using a large number of wireless transmitters and receivers.’
The large number of wireless channels provided and the complex stage environment meant that effective frequency planning was also essential. Mr Rensou deployed the Shure Wireless Workbench software throughout the concert from preshow frequency planning to live performance monitoring.