Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ Processors Marry Shure MXA Beamforming Mics

Matchmaking at ISE 2017, Biamp’s new TesiraFORTÉ DAN range of audio processors interface with Shure MXA beamforming line of microphones.

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Biamp’s TesiraFORTÉ Processors Marry Shure MXA Beamforming Mics

Biamp TesiraFORTÉ DAN audio processors directly interface with Shure MXA beamforming microphones.

It didn’t take long.

Biamp and Shure announced integrated compatibility between Biamp Tesira audio processors and software and Shure Microflex Advance array microphones in December 2016.

At Integrated Systems Europe 2017, the audio manufacturers are taking their relationship to the next level. Biamp Systems announces its new TesiraFORTÉ DAN range of audio processors, which directly interface with the Shure MXA beamforming line of microphones.

The result is a unique offering, Zach Snook, audio products manager, Biamp Systems, told CI.

“It can take this very technologically advanced microphone that Shure has come out with [and] it’s allowing it to sort of interact with a BSP platform like Tesira that offers people things like advanced ADC support and voice over IP support.

“But as opposed to having two standalone platforms, we’re really looking at merging these together to be more of a collaboration. They work together, and they’re intended to be that way.”

The TesiraFORTÉ DAN will be offered in four fixed I/O models – the same models as the original TesiraFORTÉ family (AI, CI, TI, and VI) – with the addition of 32×32 channels of audio via the Dante Brooklyn II module, according to a Biamp press release.

“Really what we’re offering up at ISC is a hardware offering – here are four new DSP offerings to our Tesira product line,” Snook told CI.

“Each of those offerings is going to include a Tesira port A base model with Dante network protocol support and these devices will be known as Tesira port A Dan models.”

More from the press release:

All models of TesiraFORTÉ DAN are standard with 12 mic/line inputs, eight line outputs, Ethernet control, RS-232, USB audio with up to eight channels of configurable audio, four general purpose I/Os, and an OLED display.

The TesiraFORTÉ DAN VI, TI, and CI models feature Biamp’s AEC technology to eliminate acoustic echoes and feedback for a clear, natural-sounding audio experience. Users can centrally or remotely control the devices with Tesira’s software program. The easy-to-use system allows direct native connectivity to devices such as the Shure MXA910 ceiling microphone, enabling integrators to better design, install, and commission conferencing systems for their customers.

The TesiraFORTÉ DAN processor can be networked with other TesiraFORTÉ DAN units, or with a Tesira SERVER IO containing a DAN-1 card. With this setup, the servers can pass audio throughout the ecosystem, which is configured through the Dante Controller.

“Really what we’re getting is the ability to take that Shure microphone and create a common protocol connection right in Tesira as opposed to breaking out to [an analog junction point] with Shure’s analog breakout boxes or converting it to a different media network protocol like some others are doing,” added Snoook.

“So that direct Dante communication is going to be possible with our new Dante Tesira Port A Dan product.”

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Tom has been covering electronics integration since 2003. Prior to being named editorial director of CI, he was senior writer and managing editor of CE Pro. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication.

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