Beringen Community council goes digital with Shure
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Clear communication is key - especially for a community council. The Conference room "De Raadzaal" in the Town hall is used for Beringen's Community Council meetings, but should equally serve to host a local press event or info session.
"The room's existing analogue system was worn out and outdated, so we opted to replace it entirely with a digital solution" says Jeroen Willems - Product Specialist Audio at FACE. "We selected SHURE's DIS 5900 system, because it combines crystal clear sound, flexible setup and is extremely intuitive to operate"
Glenn Willems - FACE Account Manager continues: "The system is built up from a central CU5905 unit that controls 37 individual DC5980 discussion stations.
By using a wireless access point, the entire setup can be programmed and controlled remotely from a tablet.
A range of different operation modes can be applied to various scenarios for the room. For example, you're able to choose a mode that allows all stations to talk, or select a pre-set where only the chairman can allow a specific station to have their say. A third "first-come-first-served” option allows participants to "request a ticket" so everyone can address the room, while the system automatically controls the sequence. A fourth mode activates the unit whenever a person starts to talk into the microphone.
Easy programming, Intuitive operation
The user interface of the system is so intuitive, although it was out first time programming this specific setup, we didn’t even have to open up the manual. On the other hand, once the units are put into operation, the system automatically presents the delegate selection interface on the chairman’s control tablet.”
Each unit is equipped with a SHURE GM5924 gooseneck microphone. The mic has a built in LED that provides the participants with visual feedback, so they know when it's their turn to talk..
Jeroen explains: "Originally the system was set up with hypercardiod microphones, which we found to have a rather narrow pick-up. We opted to use cardio microphones instead. The room itself is sufficiently quiet - there's not a lot of reverb or background noise, so this way we avoid participants talk outside the microphone's field. It dramatically enhances the system's intelligibility.”
record the room
The addition of a Denon DN700R brings recording functionality to the entire setup. The unit allows recordings to be stored locally on it's internal SD drive, and a USB drive simultaneously. The internal recordings are also accessible via an intuitive interface from any web browser. Any recording can be played back remotely- so transcripts can be made very easily.