Designer System Configuration Software enables integrators and system planners to design accurate audio coverage for installations using multiple Shure MXA910 Ceiling Array microphones. Accurately model meeting and presentation spaces by importing a floorplan, scaling your room, and positioning devices around participant areas.
Designer allows you to edit coverage parameters before the microphone is installed: enter the microphone and ceiling height, add channels, and create accurate coverage areas. After completing your design, simply export the device presets to upload and fine-tune on site.
Start a Designer project and set up locations that match your planned workflow. You can design a single room or create a tree of locations that match the building or campus layout.
Use a floorplan or reference image to get started in your design. Use the image to focus the audio coverage on the expected participant areas and design with greater accuracy using real room dimensions.
Add devices and position the channels around participant areas. Multiple devices can be set up in the same location, enabling excellent audio coverage for larger and more complex spaces.
When you are finished with your design, export it from Designer as device presets. Then when you are onsite, connect to the hardware and upload the preset file to the device. Fine-tune each channel by listening to the soundcheck and making adjustments from the device web application.
Download the application and learn more at www.shure.com/designer.
New versions of this software are periodically released to include new features and performance improvements. This documentation supports the latest version of the software. For more information on individual releases, see the release notes on the www.shure.com.
Shure System Support provides regional support teams with in-depth knowledge of Shure devices, digital audio networking, and best practices for your installation. If you encounter any issues during installation or setup of the software, contact Shure System Support for assistance. In the Americas region, you can call 847-600-8541 or visit www.shure.com to find your local support contact.
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Make sure your operating system is up-to-date before software installation.
The follow operating systems are supported on a physical or virtual machine:
|3 GB of RAM available|
|2 GB available|
The following settings are automatically made during software installation.
The following prerequisites are automatically added during the installation process:
Protect against data loss by backing up the MongoDB database that stores your Shure software information. Backups are also useful when migrating to a new server.
Backups store all projects, locations, and device settings your team makes in the software. For backup restoration, only backup files (.bak) that match the current operating software version are supported.
Use the machine installed with the software to create the MongoDB backup.
Tip: The command line with default settings: "c:\Program Files\Shure\Networked Systems Software\Services\MongoDb-3.2.0\Bin\mongodump.exe" --host localhost --port 30000 --gzip --archive="c:\Shure.bak"
Tip: The command line with default settings: "c:\Program Files\Shure\Networked Systems Software\Services\MongoDb-3.2.0\Bin\mongorestore.exe” --host localhost --port 30000 --drop --gzip --archive="c:\shure.bak"
Shure Designer software helps you develop and organize your audio installation projects. Set up your projects to best reflect your workflow:
Projects are scalable: design a single room or develop a series of locations spanning buildings and campuses
Use locations as templates for designing similar rooms
To create a project, go to CREATE PROJECT.and select
Export your Designer project to share and collaborate with other system designers, or to save a backup of your work. The export include all locations, coverage designs, and settings configured in your project.
Designer projects download as .dprj files and are only compatible with Shure Designer software.
Note: For setting up a device with coverage layout, use Exporting a project as presets from the navigation bar.
Create a location in your project for each room and event space you are designing. You can arrange and nest locations to match the project infrastructure (buildings and floors) or your own workflow (room types or templates).
To more accurately represent your installation, you can arrange locations into groups.
The coverage tab provides tools for configuring devices and interacting with the workspace in your location. The workspace represents the total area for positioning devices and designing audio coverage.
To create more accurate layouts, match the location specifications by editing the workspace properties from the coverage editor and the properties panel.
|Select the unit of measure for your location:
Tip: Match the unit of measure to your hardware device (inches for MXA910-24IN or meters for MXA910-60CM).
Length and Width
|Set the length and width of your location.|
|Set the ceiling height of your location. This setting becomes the default device height when you add an MXA 910 ceiling array, though you can change them independently at any time.|
Grid starting point (X and Y)
|Start the grid from a different point on the workspace to align with a reference object, such as a ceiling tile in the background image.|
|Backspace or Delete||Delete the selected device or channel|
|Esc||Exit full-screen mode|
|Up, Down, Left, or Right||Move the selected device or channel
|Shift + Rotate||Rotate the selected device or image in 45 degree increments|
|Control wheel||Zoom in or out on the workspace|
Add a background image to your location to help focus the design around the participant seating arrangements and presentation areas. Images can be scaled to represent real room dimensions for accurately positioning devices and audio coverage.
Supported file types:
After adding an image to Designer, you can scale it based on a reference point in the drawing.
Tip: To draw a perfectly horizontal or vertical line, select Turn ortho mode on above the workspace.
You can redraw to scale at any time from.
Use the grid in Designer to move objects to an exact point in the workspace. When Grid snap is on, the device reference corner aligns automatically to the closest grid corner.
Open Options on the coverage page to enable or disable the positioning tools:
Align the grid with a reference point in your image, such as a ceiling tile, by adjusting the grid offset.
Make changes to objects in the Designer coverage page.
Select EDIT IMAGE above the workspace to enter edit mode. To exit, select anywhere outside of the image.
Changing the opacity
|Adjust the transparency of the background image to provide more or less visibility in relation to the workspace and devices. A lower opacity value results in a more transparent image, while a higher value results in a darker image that matches the original file.|
Resizing the image
|Resize the image by dragging the corner of an image or entering a value into the properties panel. The ratio is locked so that changes to one dimension proportionally affect the other.|
Moving the image
|Change the position of a device in relation to the top-left corner of the workspace.|
Rotating the image
|Rotate the device to orientate it to the room layout. Select the handle and rotate the image to the desired position.
Tip: Hold the shift key or turn on Snap rotation 45° to rotate in 45 degree increments.
Select the device to edit its properties. To exit, select anywhere outside of the device.
Adding or removing a device
Positioning a device
|Drag or nudge a device into a desired position on the workspace. The device properties displays its position in relation to the workspace 0,0 point.
Tip: Enable Snap to grid to align the device reference point to the grid.
This point is used to measure coordinates.
Rotating a device
|Select the handle and rotate the device to the desired position.
Tip: Hold the shift key or turn on Snap rotation 45° to rotate in 45 degree increments.
Select the channel to edit its properties. To exit, select anywhere outside of the channel.
Adding or removing a channel
Positioning a channel
|Drag or nudge a channel into a desired position. The channel properties displays its position in relation to the device and the workspace 0,0 point.|
Resizing a channel
|The channel size is a combination of selectable width setting and automatically calculated properties based on layout specifications. See Configuring Microphone Coverage for MXA910 for more details.
|MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone||1.1.3 – 2.0.8|
Designer lets system planners work offline and offsite by using virtual devices. Virtual devices allow you to prepare microphone coverage and device properties without a connection to the hardware.
After you finishing your room or project, finish the job on site by exporting device presets from Designer and uploading them to the device.
Add one or more MXA910 Ceiling Array microphones to your coverage page. Select the microphone in the toolbar to add it to your workspace. You can drag the microphone to its desired position or enter exact coordinates in the properties panel.
See Configuring Microphone Coverage for MXA910 for more details.
Reference these steps to get up and running with the MXA910 ceiling array microphone. For in-depth information on microphone properties and best practices, see the full MXA910 Ceiling Array User Guide.
Select the device and set the properties:
Independent width control makes it possible for some channels to capture individual talkers (narrow), while others cover multiple talkers (wide).
To change a channel width:
Channel widths for the three settings with the microphone 6 feet above a table
Optimal microphone placement is determined by the seating arrangements and infrastructure. Follow these guidelines for the best possible results:
The maximum mounting height that can be set in the ceiling array microphone web application is 30 feet (9.14 meters). In a typical acoustic environment1, the microphone maintains an "A" rating based on the STIPA2 (Speech Transmission Index for Public Address systems) international standard at distances up to 16 feet between the microphone and talker. In better acoustic environments, the STIPA "A" rating may extend beyond 16 feet.
Consider the following when determining a mounting height:
 Room conditions: RT60 (reverb time) = 500 ms @ 1kHz, A weighted room noise = 40dBSPL(A)
 IEC-602682-16 standard
The intelligibility scale objectively compares the acoustic performance of the array microphone with a cardioid gooseneck microphone at various distances. This information is useful for predicting how the array microphone will perform at a given distance and to determine an ideal mounting height. The data in the intelligibility scale table is derived from measuring the microphones to meet an equivalent value from the Speech Transmission Index IEC-602682-16 standard.
|Ceiling Array Microphone (Distance to Talker)||Cardioid Gooseneck Microphone (Distance to Talker)|
|6 ft (1.83 m)||3.75 feet (1.14 m)|
|8 ft (2.44 m)||5 feet (1.52 m)|
|10 ft (3.05 m)||6.25 feet (1.91 m)|
|12 ft (3.66 m)||7.5 feet (2.29 m)|
Data was collected in a typical huddle room with the following measurements:
Note: These values are specific to the described room. In a well-controlled acoustic environment, the array microphone may perform with equivalent Speech Transmission Index values at even greater distances. In highly reverberant rooms, the performance is less predictable.
A = Distance between array microphone and talker
B = Distance between cardioid microphone and talker
In this example, the acoustic performance of the array microphone mounted (A) feet from the talker matches the cardioid gooseneck microphone placed at a distance of (B) feet from the talker.
To set up a real device using one of your designs, first export the device presets from Designer. Designer exports an individual preset file for each device that contains device and channel settings. Then, upload the preset file to the device on site using the device web application.
After completing designs, export the device presets and upload them to the Shure hardware.
Designer exports a subset of device preset settings. The file only overwrites these settings when uploaded to the hardware:
The preset file does not import device orientation or the device name into the hardware web application.
Device preset files (.json extension) are bundled in a .zip folder named after the project. Inside are nested folders that correspond to your location groups and locations.
Each preset file is named according to the device name and the X-Y coordinates on workspace. By default, devices are named Shure.
Device coordinates on the Designer workspace help to differentiate the exported files. For this location, separate files are exported that will be uploaded to the two devices.
Use your design in a device by importing the preset file and loading it to the device.