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Boston College Taps Shure Wireless to Optimize On-Campus Audio
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014
Top-Ranked University Relies on Wide Selection of Shure Audio Equipment, including the ULX-D® Digital Wireless System, for Nearly All On-Campus Events

NILES, Ill., Feb. 10, 2014—To produce more than 1,100 events over the course of a year, Jonathan Sage—who leads the Audio and Event Services area of the Media Technology Services department at Boston College—needs an inventory stocked with professional audio equipment that is easy to move around campus and is extremely versatile. Whether preparing for one of the university’s high-profile speaking engagements—which have featured a wide range of guests including then-Senator Barack Obama, Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh, actress Amy Poehler and poet Maya Angelou, among others—or completing an in-classroom audio installation, Sage has used Shure wireless technology for almost every event and classroom installation at Boston College.  

Beyond facing the challenge of navigating Boston’s congested RF environment, Sage is required to cost-effectively maintain a gear inventory that can deliver crystal-clear audio at events of every size. When the Shure ULX-D® Digital Wireless System was launched, Sage was intrigued by the combination of the system’s affordable price point and extensive features, especially given his success using other Shure wireless systems on campus such as the UHF-R® Wireless Microphone System, ULX® Professional (ULX-P), and SLX® systems.  

With new facilities being built on Boston College’s nearby Brighton Campus, and an increasing number of highly-attended events happening every year, Sage decided to purchase four channels of Shure ULX-D, AXT900 battery charging system, four beltpacks, and four handhelds, to ensure that his audio equipment inventory was ready to take on complex projects. The ULX-D system is combined with the ULXD4Q Quad Channel Digital Wireless Receiver and the ULXD4D Dual Channel Digital Wireless Receiver and installed in classrooms and other event spaces across campus.

“ULX-D is easily one of the best sounding wireless systems I’ve ever heard,” he said. “The WL185 Lavalier Mics are amazingly clear. Even when we put them head-to-head with other, more expensive brands, the Shure lavs sound the best, by far. The system helps us achieve our goal of having zero feedback, which is invaluable.”

Sage has also found the ULX-D integration of Dante Digital Networking a substantial feature for simplifying his day-to-day operations. By using the system in the campus’ Conte Forum arena, Dante-enabled classrooms, or with an SCM820, he is able to transmit and receive multiple channels of audio over a single Ethernet cable. Additionally, through the integration of Dante, Sage can perform discovery and patching operations from a Yamaha CL series console. “Whenever I need to record an event’s audio, it’s so easy to add my SCM820 to the mix,” Sage said. “The networkability is incredible, and the Dante virtual soundcard just makes life so much easier.”

Providing AV support for the entire Boston College campus, the Media Technology Services department requires gear that is not only reliable, but also durable and easy to use. “We’ve been a Shure facility for many, many years, and with a system like ULX-D, I know we’ll continue to rely on the Company’s equipment for the vast majority of our on-campus audio needs for years to come,” Sage concluded.

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