Shure Microflex Advance and Microflex Wireless microphones can now be fully integrated with the entire Q-SYS platform from QSC, it has been announced.

The partnership includes the release of new control plug-ins for the Shure MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone and Microflex Wireless microphone systems. The latest Q-SYS Designer Software v5.3 update enables a multitude of audio connectivity options including audio integration via Dante, analogue audio, as well as AES67.

The Shure MXA910 Control plug-in, co-developed by QSC and Shure, allows a myriad of different audio control, preset recall, and monitoring functions on the MXA910 from the Q-SYS platform using Q-SYS peripherals and touch screen controllers. Because the MXA910 control plug-in is decoupled from the audio integration method in Q-SYS, it lets the integrator use the plug-in for control while being able to choose between different audio transport methods, whether that be via analogue audio using the Shure ANI series, the Q-SYS Dante Bridging card, or the newly-introduced AES67 software support on the Q-SYS Core processor series.

By using AES67 as the audio integration method, every Q-SYS Core processor in the platform can be integrated with the MXA910 without any additional hardware bridging devices or software licenses. This includes the Q-SYS Core 110f, which can accommodate up to two MXA910s in a single rack space over a single network connection.

The setup guide, also co-developed by QSC and Shure, provides step-by-step instructions on how to integrate the MXA910 with Q-SYS using AES67 for networked audio streaming and the built-in plug-in for control and monitoring of the MXA910 from Q-SYS.

“Integration at the software layer between Q-SYS and the Shure Microflex networked microphones provides integrators with the ability to offer truly unified, AV solutions to their end users for projects of any scale, including those leveraging the new Q-SYS AV-to-USB Bridging solution for conference room camera connectivity to soft-codec applications,” explains Martin Barbour, product manager for Installed Systems at QSC.

“By decoupling control integration from the audio transport mechanism, we offer the integrator the ability to choose the most appropriate audio transport method for their application while ensuring best-in-class performance from microphone through to loudspeaker, including all processing and amplification in between.”

“We are tremendously excited to expand our partnership with QSC and to continue improving the overall experience for our shared customers,” adds Chad Wiggins, Senior category director of Networked Systems Products at Shure.

“Offering control plug-ins in Q-SYS Designer Software for the Shure MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone is a natural extension to the tools already available for Microflex Wireless Microphone Systems. In addition, the setup guide we co-developed provides a valuable resource for system designers considering the technical details of integrating the MXA910 with the Q-SYS platform using AES67. These are great examples of the commitment to improving user workflow and interoperability our two companies share.”

The Shure MXA Control Plug-in and setup guide will be available with the release of Q-SYS Designer Software v5.3 in early January 2017.