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Shure Axient used for annual Broadway awards

CHICAGO, —The 73rd Annual Tony Awards was a first for Shure, as the live CBS broadcast relied entirely on Shure Axient® Digital for the first time. The digital wireless solution was a game changer for the production according to Vinny Siniscal, who engineered audio for the show with Firehouse Productions.

“Using Axient Digital allowed us to pack all of our audio needs into the proper open airspace,” said Siniscal, referring to tighter spectrum availability at Radio City Music Hall. “Plus, the Wireless Workbench® software helped us track everything. We had 48 microphones active, and I could adjust them all from my control center. I could also track battery life of each transmitter to make sure we were always charged.” 

Shure Axient Tony Awards
Shure Axient Tony Awards

The show, hosted by James Corden, featured performances by Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the TemptationsBeetlejuiceThe Cher ShowChoir BoyHadestownKiss Me, Kate!Oklahoma!The Prom, and Tootsie.

“Knowing that the biggest stage in theater relies on Shure products to help execute such an important moment in the industry means everything to us,” said Ben Escobedo, Senior Market Development Specialist, Pro Audio at Shure, who was onsite at the Tony Awards. “We understand how hard theater professionals work toward making their performances stand out, and we want to ensure our equipment helps showcase those talents on Broadway’s biggest night.”

Shure Axient backstage Tonys
Shure Axient backstage Tonys

Siniscal’s job was to make sure the audio sounded great for each of the performersas well as the hostfor the nationally televised live broadcast. He used 57 total transmitters, including 32 ADX1Ms for Corden and the ensemble cast.

He was also able to set up four “diversity” zones and said Axient Digital handled all of the micro bodypack transmitters “like a champ.”

“The ease of coordination made running the audio for this show like a dream,” he recalled. He used the transmitter registration feature to assign multiple transmitters to the same receiver channel, enabling him to increase his overall management capabilities and make changes with the touch of a button.

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Tim Albright

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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