Shure and wireless microphone developer Q5X have announced specialized Axient Digital-Enabled Q5X wireless transmitters designed to provide high-level RF stability, encryption, and spectral efficiency in a range of sports applications.
“With the combination of Q5X and Shure, this is really the best of both worlds,” says Jens Rothenburger, director of Pro Audio Marketing at Shure. “The new Axient Digital-Enabled Q5X wireless transmitters provide sound engineers and the sports industry with a complete solution in a superior, already-established form factor.”
For more than a decade, Q5X has worked closely with professional sports leagues (such as the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, MLS, and CFL) as well as sports networks to develop wireless bodypack transmitters specifically to meet the demands of athletes without impeding athletic performance. Shure’s portfolio of microphones, transmitters, and receiver have extensive experience with live sporting events, including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, the Olympic games, NHL finals, World Cup soccer, and MLB World Series telecasts.
“Q5X prides itself on developing transmitters to solve difficult wireless audio problems for our customers,” says Paul Johnson, CEO of Q5X. “Now, we have a proven digital technology that can be placed in literally any form factor.”
Three new models include the CoachMic, PlayerMic, and AquaMic, which is designed for wet environments such as outdoor functions or water sports.
The new CoachMic combines the functionality of a large, rocker-style mute switch and the security of digital encryption. During the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago in February, coaches from both teams were miked with the wireless CoachMic transmitter, which aired during the live national broadcast. The transmitters used Shure Axient Digital to transmit audio to the engineers mixing for TNT Sports. The mics could also be remotely muted by the audio engineers, via Q5X MicCommander, as the coaches entered the locker rooms at halftime.
Originally developed for the NBA, the PlayerMic offers a unique thin, bendable, rubber designintended to protect players from injury if they fall on it or take a direct hit, and it’s very concealable.
When waterproofing is required, the AquaMic is designed to capture audio in demanding environments such as water sports or buried in the outdoor playing field when players can’t wear them. It is fully submersible, and rechargeable batteries are stated to provide 4 to 16 hours of life.
The MicCommander enables users to control all aspects of the bodypack transmitters remotely, including set up and monitoring: on/off, frequency, mic offset, RF power, groups, and battery level. The handheld remote control and transmitters take advantage of the RCAS (Remote Control Audio System) communication scheme for simple and complex adjustments, making MicCommander a required purchase for Q5X transmitter operation.
The Axient Digital-Enabled Q5X Wireless Transmitters will be available this summer (2020). For more information visit www.shure.com or www.Q5X.com.