We've already looked how Shure's legendary microphone the SM58 / GLX24 has changed the game as far as wireless systems are concerned and the GLXD16 Beta Digital Wireless Guitar system is no different, incorporating pedal control and a rugged outer-shell. Let's be honest, wireless systems are hardly anything to get really excited about however if you've not done your research properly you could either be breaking the law using a channel you're not licensed to use or you could be setting yourself up for a whole heap of interference mid-gig. Just to make sure you aren't doing either of those let's clear up some facts:
Do I need a license for these fancy new digital wireless systems?
No, they work on wi-fi frequencies (in bands such as 2.4 GHz if you really wanted to know)
I've got a wireless guitar system that works on channel 70, can I still use it?
Yes. There is however more chance of interference – the channel 70 band is narrow so if you're a gigging musician playing in a built up or busy area there's more chance of interference. We'd reccomend a channel 38 system with a license or a digital system and have peace of mind.
What systems do I need a license for?
You need a license when using channel 38 (which has been announced by Ofcom as the official replacement for deregulated channels 31-37 and 61-69). Visit the JFMG site for pricing and additional license info.
Why on earth did this digital switchover happen in the first place?
Digital TV and digital systems take up a lot less broadcasting space compared with it's analogue counterpart. This means more space for 4G mobile services and HDTV.
If you still have some questions about the new digital wireless systems or analogue wireless systems feel free to call us on 0121 359 8124.
We hope we've cleared up a few questions regarding analogue vs wireless systems. As well as harnessing this technology the GLXD16 has some more tricks up it's sleeve.
Firstly having a rack style system kind of defeats the object of going wireless – lengthy amounts of cable to the rack and then back to your pedal board is not ideal. In Shure's GLX-D16 system the receiver doubles up as a pedal control and tuner placing the receiver right where you need it. It's fairly compact already but with the tuner on-board you can save even more space. As well as the needle style tuner, the led display also shows a 5-segment battery display giving you plenty of notice when to recharge. For those on the road it can be charged via USB which is more than handy.
The Clever Stuff:
We've championed Shure as one of the most innovative mic brands out there and this system is a prime example. Shure have achieved a high level of quality in the system by it's transmitter sending 6 different versions of the signal to the receiver pedal. The pedal then chooses the 3 best quality audio signals, switching between them seamlessly to give you the best sound possible. You can get up to 60m (200 ft) distance on the unit.
Although some may find this tech a bit complicated, all the scanning, connecting and setting up is generally handled by the unit itself. Up to 8 units can be used at once and rather than having to select different channels so you don't get interference with different band members these are automatically tuned by each unit.
PMTV Video Review: Dave checks out the Shure GLXD16 Beta Wireless Guitar System
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