S.A. Moffett Elementary School, one of nine schools in California’s Huntington Beach City Elementary School District (HBCSD), recently expressed the desire to upgrade the sound system in one of its temporary auxiliary meeting rooms for district meetings and other educational gatherings.
CEO, installer, and designer Ross Ricks of Surf City Sound chose to install Shure Microflex Advance ceiling array microphones (MXA910) with SLX24/BETA58 handheld wireless microphones to give the room the look and feel of a “city council meeting room,” to complement the Q&A format and style that the district meetings usually take on.
“When I learned that the HBCSD was seeking to upgrade their existing sound system in one of their meeting rooms, the desire and need for a professional quality, aesthetically-pleasing solution like Shure’s Microflex Advance was a clear choice,” says Ricks. “We selected Shure for its professional look, superior audio quality, and flexible integration.”
The meeting space they were working with included a U-shape configuration that faced an audience, ideal for Q&A sessions and open dialogue. With individuals in the front and rear portions of the room, MXA910 was able to capture sound sources from above for the board members with accuracy.
Boasting the ability to capture audio from above the meeting space, Shure’s proprietary Steerable Coverage technology enabled Ricks and his team to create and configure the specific lobes (up to eight) for whatever seating position is in place. The audience took advantage of the SLX series microphone with Beta58 capsule.
Another feature that stood out for this installation was the touchscreen controller that enabled meeting facilitators to silence (or mute) specific areas of the audience. The “privacy” button let moderators silence the MXA910 hosted above the meeting space where the main panelist/meeting attendees were seated.
“In terms of setup and installation, the software configurations made the implementation of the system very straightforward,” says Ricks. “The simplicity of the touchscreen design and appearance allowed for ease-of-use and outstanding overall performance.”
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