Schwerin / Germany,

68 Channels of Shure ULX-D Digital Wireless at German Open Air Theatre Production

Spectrum efficiency, Dante digital audio networking and rechargeability were key for this year’s Schlossfestspiele in Schwerin

Schwerin, July 2013 - From June 14 – July 21, the old garden in Schwerin, in front of the impressively illuminated castle, transformed itself into an open air theatre staging the operetta “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss. 68 channels of Shure’s digital wireless system ULX-D were in use providing superior reliability and extended RF performance.

As in past years, the Dresden branch of German PA rental company Neumann & Mülller was responsible for the technical execution of the Schlossfestspiele. After using Shure UHF-R for several years, they opted for the digital ULX-D solution offering features such as bodypack frequency diversity, Dante and rechargeability which benefit a flawless performance.

The audio signals of the eleven soloists equipped with two custom-made headsets each were preselected in a dedicated radio room and then forwarded to the FOH area. Using Yamaha’s CL1 and CL5 consoles, Erwin Liebscher and Martin Wurmnest, sound engineers at Neumann & Müller, appreciated the ease of setup enabled by the Dante functionality as well as the built-in redundancy.

“Due to ULX-D’s Dante ability, the setup and patching is very smooth. Plus you don’t have this cable mess that you used to have formerly.” says Erwin Liebscher.

ULX-D offers advanced and efficient rechargeability providing the transmitters with up to 12 hours of performance time which would suffice for two shows. Transmitters and receivers display remaining battery life in hours and minutes, accurate to within 15 minutes.

All these parameters can be controlled in the Wireless Workbench Software (WWB6) which runs on several PCs on-site. Further WWB6 features include comprehensive frequency coordination, live performance monitoring and advanced RF spectrum plotting.

“The audio quality and the RF performance of ULX-D are quite respectable. We have now been using ULX-D since six weeks and have neither had any range nor RF issues.” adds Martin Wurmnest.

For the annual Schlossfestspiele, the old garden in Schwerin turns into an impressive open air stage. The grandstands hold an audience of up to 1.761 people.

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