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‘Impossible’ RF issues on James Arthur tour sorted with Shure

The 2012 X Factor winner now touring with a Shure PSM1000 system.

Southampton-based live hire company BCS has replaced all its wireless in-ear monitoring on James Arthur’s recent European tour with a Shure PSM1000 system.

The move came following on-going problems experienced by James Arthur and BCS’s monitor engineer Matt Williams during the early dates with the artist’s previous IEM system.

“We kept having RF issues with our previous system,” says BCS project Manager Dave ‘Boxx’ Cann, “and it became a real problem during the tour. All of the wireless mics Matt was using were Shure and were working without any trouble, so eventually he asked us to try a Shure in ear system instead. We got a few channels of PSM1000 in to replace the other system.”

For the remaining tour dates, Arthur and his live band used 10 channels of PSM1000 in total. The IEM system comprised five dual-channel transmitters and 10 bodypack receivers. According to Cann, Williams commented on receiving the PSM1000s, “This is what we’ve been waiting for. Now I can concentrate purely on the band and musical matters, rather than being concerned about whether the RF is working the whole time!”