Today, at the 2019 NAB Show, Shure has unveiled TwinPlex, the company’s new line of subminiature (5 mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones.
TwinPlex provides natural audio at both high and low frequency when professional vocal performance is needed. The new patent-pending capsule technology is ideal for quick costume changes or to be discreetly placed under a wardrobe with no impact on sound quality.
Developed with input from leading audio professionals, TwinPlex supports the diverse needs of theatre, broadcast, film and television, and corporate presentations.
TwinPlex consists of four lavaliers (TL45, TL46, TL47, TL48) and a light and adjustable headset microphone (TH53) in multiple colours with extensive accessories and options. The dual-diaphragm omnidirectional design yields off-axis consistency and 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 of Gotham Sound. To simulate years of intense use, the 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 and have a spiral construction with redundant shielding.
“The mics just lay flat, and they lay flat every time, 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, theatre sound engineer.
Ideal for unpredictable, high-stakes environments like theatre or reality TV, TwinPlex was pushed to the boundary during development and field testing to ensure high-quality audio regardless of the conditions. 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 designs.
"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 colour, 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 the TwinPlex are now available.