Busted are making use of Shure wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring (IEM) on their current tour, supporting their 2016 surprise third album Night Driver.
Every member of the Busted touring band is linked into an eight-channel wireless system comprising two Shure quad-band ULXD4Q receivers. For monitoring, the band is using eight channels of Shure’s PSM1000 IEM system.
Instrumental to the band’s choice of equipment on this tour have been guitar tech Pjay Johnson, who also works with John Newman and McFly live, and tour manager Robert Highcroft, who looks after Bring Me The Horizon’s live shows. His live charges have also always been Shure wireless users, partly because they tend to be very active on stage and don’t want to be tied down by cables.
“If you look at a Bring Me The Horizon show, there’s around 30 channels of wireless on their tours, including the in-ears, and that’s because they run about – a lot,” explains Highcroft. “Most of the bands I’m involved with have been using Shure UR4D+, but that’s just because they bought their kit a few years ago, before ULX-D was out. It takes up a lot of rack space, and I realised I could save a lot of space with the quad ULX-D receivers. Busted are very active on stage too, and have benefited from the upgrade to ULX-D.”
In situations where the available RF spectrum is limited — increasingly the case in the developed world, where many of the frequencies formerly used to operate wireless microphones for professional purposes have now been auctioned for Wifi and mobile data use — digital wireless systems can operate more spectrum-efficiently than analogue technology, guaranteeing reliable wireless operation even in urban environments where RF usage is high.
Johnson adds: “The speed at which the body packs sync with the receivers is faster than anything else I’ve used, and the design and build quality of the body packs also lends itself perfectly to the live environment.”