Today, at the 2019 NAB Show, Shure unveiled TwinPlex, the Company’s new line of premium subminiature (5 mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones. Designed to stand up to the tough field conditions, TwinPlex provides natural audio at both high and low frequency for professional vocal performance capture.
Shure claims the new patent pending capsule technology produces best-in-class sound in a package that can be easily concealed with no impact on sound quality. This makes it ideal for quick costume changes or discreet placement under wardrobe suiting the needs of theater, broadcast, film and television, and corporate presentations.
The TwinPlex line consists of four lavaliers (TL45, TL46, TL47, TL48) and an ultra-light, fully-adjustable headset microphone (TH53) in multiple colors with extensive accessories and options. Shure says the dual-diaphragm omnidirectional design yields high levels of off-axis consistency and industry-leading low self-noise creating lifelike vocal clarity and warmth.
“We’ve put these mics on a number of different people, and they simply sound outstanding. The noise floor is really low, and there’s an appreciated lack of handling noise—clothing noise from the cable is actually nonexistent,” commented Peter Schneider, owner at Gotham Sound.
According to Shure, TwinPlex was developed with input from leading audio professionals, to ensure it supports high-quality audio production with superior dependability. To simulate years of intense use, the ultra-thin, TwinPlex cable was flexed, stretched, and pulled to the absolute limit in internal tests.
Available in 1.1 mm and 1.6 mm options, the paintable cables are immune to kinks and memory effects, resulting in new levels of flex performance, thanks to the spiral construction and redundant shielding.
“The mics just lay flat, and they lay flat every time and for the whole length of the run. Whether we were trying to place the mics in a wig, or another discreet part of the costume, there were no kinks. They did exactly what you wanted them to do, which was fantastic,” said Zoe Milton, theater sound engineer.
Ideal for unpredictable environments like theater or reality TV, TwinPlex development and field testing ensured flawless audio even in conditions where it is pushed to the limit. The superhydrophobic coating and interchangeable sweat-resistant frequency caps keep perspiration and moisture from upstaging the audio, while the medical-grade cable technology flexes to fit the costume design and demanding schedules that often come with associated uses.
"Knowing that I have a product in my hands that's not gonna fail for me on a live show, it makes me have a lot of confidence when I'm working. This microphone is a game changer," remarked Michael Abbott, broadcast production mixer.
“In developing TwinPlex, we gathered valuable input from leading industry professionals at every stage of the process and extensively tested prototypes to ensure we were ready,” stated John Born, senior global product manager at Shure. “This resulted in a comprehensive portfolio of more than 60 versions in a variety of color, connector, cable, frequency response, and sensitivity to meet the demands of any application when you need amazing sound quality and unprecedented durability.”
Select models of TwinPlex are now available.
Shure is presenting TwinPlex at the 2019 NAB Show (Central Hall #C6015)