Shure Axient Wireless
Located in the heart of downtown LA, handling audio for the arena’s attractions is no easy feat, due to crowded RF and shrinking spectrum. The man behind the facility’s audio operation is Sound Engineer Dustin Delker, who recently adopted the Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network to better navigate available frequencies.
“Whether it’s Lakers coverage, LA Kings reporting, or details about a new event coming through over the weekend, we’ve got news trucks coming in and out nearly every hour of the day,” said Delker. “STAPLES Center is one of the busiest venues in the country, which makes it critical for us to have a wireless system that can identify and run on the best available frequencies. This is exactly why we turned to Axient. We cannot afford to drop on air.”
Delker relies on eight channels of Axient Wireless with KSM9 handhelds, another eight channels of UHF-R® Wireless with bodypack transmitters, and Shure lavalier mics. The microphones support all in-game entertainment for the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, NHL’s Kings, and WNBA’s Sparks. This includes the national anthem, half-time performances, on-camera player and coach Q&A, and team introductions. The gear is also used for each of the team’s pre- and post-game press conferences.