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NIDA keeps up to date with Shure ULX-D And Furman


The National Institute of Dramatic Arts has invested in Shure ULX-D digital wireless systems as well as Furman Power Conditioners, to ensure that their students have the latest and best in technology at their disposal.

Shure ULX-D digital wireless offers uncompromising 24-bit audio clarity and extremely efficient RF performance with single, dual, and quad channel receivers for any size professional sound reinforcement application.

“We’re expanding our acting course to include a larger stream of musical theatre and so we knew we’d need some wireless headsets,” commented Felix Kulakowski, Audio & Video Supervisor at NIDA. “Jands allowed us to trial a unit of Shure ULX-D and the specs and cost, particularly for 24 channels, were great. Obviously being digital the wireless distribution is so much easier than analogue. For twenty-four channels of analogue wireless you’d need a hell of a lot of distribution and the Parade Theatre is appalling for RF.”

Previously the amount of batteries that NIDA went through was, according to Felix, quite phenomenal and rechargeable batteries just didn’t work out as they’d get lost or not charge correctly.

“I like having the four units per rack and that the product runs Dante which means we can run Dante to the front of house console and use the XLR outputs as monitor,” added Felix. “The students will soon let you know the minute something goes wrong with a piece of gear but I haven’t heard anything negative from them regarding the Shure ULX-D. Compared to our original ULX systems, it is definitely a few notches higher in features as well as performance.”

Featuring surge protection, linear filtering technology, and extreme voltage shutdown, Furman Power Conditioners are without question one of the worlds most advanced and comprehensive transient voltage surge suppressors.

“The power at NIDA is generally pretty good however being theatre, the biggest single issue I get with every production is that there is always an unwelcome noise,” explained Felix. “Even the tiniest noise in the system will have the director and students complaining especially if it is a quiet theatre production.”

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