SHURE WIRELESS KEEPS AIRWAVES UNDER CONTROL AT SKYCITY NZ
The Skycity in Auckland, NZ, is a premiere entertainment hub comprising the iconic Sky Tower, casino, 700-seat theatre, convention centre, award-winning restaurants, and two luxury hotels. Due to the spectrum change that took effect in NZ on March 11th 2015, the Skycity AV operations team partnered with authorised Shure Distributor, Now Sound, to upgrade the wireless systems at the complex to ensure a high level of quality was maintained for its performers, customers and visitors.
One of the biggest challenges that Skycity faced was finding usable channels in the large amounts of RF from the Sky Tower and the surrounding buildings.
“We have been using Shure wireless microphone systems in Skycity for around 10 years and have certainly put it through its paces,” says Ben Burcher, Skycity’s AV Operations Manager. “The performance and reliability we have experienced with Shure products has been top notch and they are generally our go-to when making a new radio mic purchase.” The entertainment complex decided to stay with Shure and invested in ULX-D Digital Wireless Systems, with 12 wireless microphone channels in the theatre and another 10 channels around the venue.
Frequency performance and equipment reliability were the key decision factors when Skycity selected the new ULX-D wireless systems. The wireless systems are also widely used by the MCs in the casino. Additionally, the high density mode of ULX-D greatly increases the amount of simultaneously used channels over one frequency band — essential for Skycity as high channel counts are often required.
The team of Now Sound helped the Skycity AV operations team to install three units of ULXD4Q quad channel digital wireless receivers in the theatre and 10 units of ULXD4D dual channel digital wireless receivers around the venue including the casino. This system upgrade also included 20 units of ULXD2 Beta 58 handheld transmitters, 18 units of ULXD1 bodypack transmitters, a UA844SWB antenna distribution system, three units of UR5 portable UHF-R wireless receivers, and three units of SCM262 stereo microphone mixers.