To control the ANIUSB-MATRIX, use Shure Designer software. After completing this basic setup process, you should be able to:
Before you get started, you'll need:
The easiest way to route audio and apply DSP is with Designer's Optimize workflow. Optimize automatically routes audio signals, applies DSP settings, turns on mute synchronization, and enables LED logic control for connected devices.
For this example, we’ll connect an MXA310 table array microphone.
You can also route audio manually in Designer outside of the Optimize workflow, or use Dante Controller.
The final configuration steps vary depending on what other devices you connect to the ANIUSB-MATRIX.
Learn more about the ANIUSB-MATRIX in the Designer Help section or in the complete user guide at pubs.shure.com/guide/ANIUSB-Matrix.
The ANIUSB-MATRIX Audio Network Interface provides connections for USB, Dante™, and analog audio sources. Collaborate and connect with all audio devices on a single network, with support for wireless microphones, computers, mobile devices, video codecs, and loudspeaker systems. Connect with a single network cable to receive audio and power through Power over Ethernet (PoE). Use Shure Designer software to control audio and network settings from any computer connected to the same network.
① Level Indicators (Signal/Clip)
Tri-color LEDs indicate the audio signal level for the analog channels and connectivity status for the USB channel. Adjust output levels in Shure Designer software to avoid clipping.
|LED State||Audio Signal Level|
|Off||less than -60 dBFS|
|Green||-59 dBFS to -24 dBFS|
|Yellow||-23 dBFS to -1 dBFS|
|Red||0 dBFS or more|
Note: The input and output LEDs stay off when metering is set to Post-gain.
|Off||No USB device connected|
|Green||USB device operating successfully|
|Red (flashing)||Problem detected with connected USB audio device|
② Audio Input (Block Connector)
Block Pin Assignments:
③ Chassis Ground Screw
Provides an optional connection for microphone shield wire to chassis ground.
④ Audio Output (Block Connector)
Balanced audio output connects to an analog device. Set the output level in Shure Designer software to match the input sensitivity of the analog device.
Note: See front panel labels for block connector assignments.
⑤ USB Port
Connects to a computer to send and receive any combination of input and output audio channels.
⑥ LED Indicators
Power: Power over Ethernet (PoE) present
Note: Use a PoE injector if your network switch does not supply PoE.
Network: Network connection active
Network Audio: Dante audio present on the network
Note: Error details are available in the event log in Shure Designer software.
|Off||No active signal|
|Green||Device is operating successfully|
|Red||Error has occurred. See event log for details.|
|Off||Audio not encrypted|
|Green||Successful encrypted audio connection with another device|
|Red||Encryption error. Possible causes:
⑦ Dante Network Port
Connects to a network switch to receive Dante audio, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and data from the control software.
⑧ Reset Button
Resets the device settings back to the factory default.
This device requires PoE to operate. It is compatible with both Class 0 and Class 3 PoE sources.
Power over Ethernet is delivered in one of the following ways:
Two mounting solutions are available for installing the Audio Network Interface:
CRT1 19" Rack Tray (optional accessory): Supports up to 3 devices; mountable in a rack or under a table
Single-unit Mounting Tray (included accessory): Supports a single device for mounting under a table
Use the included screws from the mounting hardware kit to secure the Audio Network Interfaces. Audio Network Interfaces can be mounted to face either direction. Insert the screws from the bottom in the appropriate holes, according to the following diagrams:
Align the holes as shown for securing a single device in the single-unit mounting tray
Align the holes as shown for securing up to 3 devices in the 19" rack tray.
A combination of up to 3 Audio Network Interfaces can be mounted in a single 19-inch rack space. The adjustable rack ears support mounting in a standard equipment rack or underneath a table.
To identify the hardware by flashing the lights, select the Identify button in the device options section.
To control this device's settings, use Shure Designer software. Designer enables integrators and system planners to design audio coverage for installations using MXA microphones and other Shure networked devices.
To access your device in Designer:
Learn more at shure.com/designer.
You can also access device settings using Shure Web Device Discovery.
Designer's Optimize workflow speeds up the process of connecting systems with at least 1 microphone and 1 audio processor. Optimize also creates mute control routes in rooms with MXA network mute buttons. When you select Optimize in a room, Designer does the following:
The settings are optimized for your particular combination of devices. You can customize settings further, but the Optimize workflow gives you a good starting point.
After optimizing a room, you should check and adjust settings to fit your needs. These steps may include:
To use the Optimize workflow:
If you remove or add devices, select Optimize again.
Applies to Designer 4.2 and newer.
Before setting up devices, check for firmware updates using Designer to take advantage of new features and improvements. You can also install firmware using Shure Update Utility for most products.
When updating firmware, update all hardware to the same firmware version to ensure consistent operation.
The firmware of all devices has the form of MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH (e.g., 1.2.14). At a minimum, all devices on the network, must have the same MAJOR and MINOR firmware version numbers (e.g., 1.2.x).
Support for Dante Domain Manager
Audio Encryption Improvements
Web Applications Removed
① Computer with Conferencing Software
The computer sends and receives audio through conferencing software. All signals pass through the single USB connection. You can route Dante sources using Dante Controller or Shure Designer software.
Note: Compatible with Mac and PC
② Analog Input Sources
Analog sources (such as wireless microphones or any line-level devices) connect to the analog line input.
③ Analog Output Devices
Loudspeakers, amplifiers, or recording devices connect to the analog line output.
④ Dante-Enabled Microphone
Dante microphones, such as the Shure Microflex Advance ceiling and table arrays, connect to the network switch and can be routed to the USB channel on the ANIUSB.
⑤ Control Computer
A computer connected to the network accesses Shure Designer to control the channel levels and processing.
⑥ Network Switch
The network switch provides Power over Ethernet (PoE) to the ANIUSB, while also supporting all other Dante-enabled audio equipment.
Connect the ANIUSB-MATRIX to a computer with conferencing software using the USB port.
When the ANIUSB-MATRIX is connected for the first time, the computer recognizes it as a USB audio device. You may need to select it as the input/output (recording/playback) device to pass audio. Assign the ANIUSB-MATRIX as the default device to ensure it passes audio every time it is plugged in. Refer to the manual for your computer to configure the audio settings.
You can route audio to and from the ANIUSB using Dante Controller or Shure Designer software. Use the ANIUSB's matrix mixer to route Dante and analog channels to the USB port.
Step 1: Dante Controller or Shure Designer
Note: Shure Designer creates Dante audio routes between Shure devices. To create Dante audio routes with non-Shure Dante devices, use Dante Controller.
Step 2: Matrix mixer
This device is compatible with USB-B to USB-C adapters. Using an adapter is only recommended for desktop and laptop computers, as many mobile devices do not support bi-directional audio through USB or lightning ports.
If you connect microphones that have IntelliMix DSP (MXA710, MXA910) or other acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) processing to the ANIUSB-MATRIX, you may need to set the USB device type.
This setting tells the codec if the ANIUSB-MATRIX has AEC in its signal. The codec can then disable or enable its own AEC.
Designer's Optimize workflow automatically sets the correct USB device type for your combination of Shure microphones. If you don't use Optimize, set the USB device type manually:
Mute synchronization ensures that all connected devices in a conferencing system mute or unmute at the same time and at the correct point in the signal path. Mute status is synchronized in the devices using logic signals or USB connections.
To use mute synchronization, enable logic on connected devices using the web application or Shure Designer software. Many Shure devices have logic enabled automatically.
If you use Designer's Optimize workflow, Designer configures all of the necessary mute synchronization settings for you.
Shure logic devices:
Use this setup to mute the ANIUSB-MATRIX by pressing the mute button on the MXA310. In the ANIUSB-MATRIX's signal chain, muting happens after the inputs.
Designer 4.2 and newer:
Shure offers a range of connectivity options for conferencing. MXA microphones, audio processors, and network interfaces all use Dante to send audio over standard IT networks. You can use Shure's free Designer software to control most Shure devices and route audio between them.
|Device||Purpose||Physical Connections||Dante I/Os|
|Ceiling array microphone with IntelliMix DSP||
|Linear array microphone with IntelliMix DSP||
|Table array microphone||
|Audio processor with IntelliMix DSP and matrix mixer||
|Audio processing software with IntelliMix DSP and matrix mixer||Varies depending on device||
|Matrix mixer with USB and analog input/output||
ANI4IN (block or XLR connectors)
|Converts analog signals to Dante signals||
ANI4OUT (block or XLR connectors)
|Converts Dante signals to analog signals||
ANI22 (block or XLR connectors)
|Networked ceiling loudspeaker powered by PoE||
MXA Network Mute Button
|PoE-powered network mute button for Shure devices||
The schematic view in Designer provides an overview of the entire audio signal chain, with the ability to adjust settings and monitor signals.
Right-click an input, output, or processing block to access the following options:
Copy / paste
Copy and paste settings between items. For example, set the equalizer curve on the USB output, and then use the same setting for the analog output. Or, copy the gain and mute status from one input channel to several others.
Mute / unmute
Mutes or activates the channel
Enable / disable
Turns processing on or off (does not apply to matrix mixer or automixer)
Opens the dialog to adjust parameters
Global (right-click in blank area)
Mute all inputs
Mutes all input channels
Mute all outputs
Mutes all output channels
Unmute all inputs
Unmutes all input channels
Unmute all outputs
Unmutes all output channels
Close all dialogs
Clears all open dialogs from the workspace
Create a custom environment to monitor and control a set of inputs, outputs, and processing blocks from a single screen. There are two ways to break out dialogs:
Open as many dialogs as you need to keep important controls available.
A meter appears underneath each input and output to indicate signal levels (dBFS).
The lines connecting inputs and outputs to the matrix mixer appear colored when connections are established. When a signal is not routed, the line appears gray. Use these tools to troubleshoot audio signals and verify connections and levels.
|Mute Groups||Check the Mute group box to add the channel to a group. Muting any channel within the Mute group mutes all channels in the group.|
|Fader Groups||Check the Fader group box to add the channel to a group. All faders within the group are linked, and move together when a single fader is adjusted.|
Levels for analog and Dante channels are adjustable in the Input tab.
To monitor input levels before they reach the ANIUSB-MATRIX, set the metering to Pre-gain in the Settings menu. When adjusting the faders, set metering to Post-gain.
Note: The matrix mixer provides crosspoint gain, to adjust separate submixes for different outputs.
Before you begin, verify that levels from the analog devices with adjustable output levels are operating at nominal levels. The fader adjusts the digital gain before the signal reaches the matrix mixer.
Line: (+4 dBu)
Aux: (-10 dBV)
Tip: Set the metering to post-fader in the settings menu to adjust output levels.
Adjust faders in the Outputs section as high as necessary, but make sure to avoid clipping (when the signal reaches 0 dBFS). Always adjust the input gain and crosspoint gain in the matrix mixer before the output gain.
Analog output level:Select Line, Aux, or Mic level output signal to match the sensitivity of the receiving device.
Maximize audio quality by adjusting the frequency response with the parametric equalizer.
Common equalizer applications:
If you’re using Shure Designer software to configure your system, please check the Designer help section for more about this topic.
Adjust filter settings by manipulating the icons in the frequency response graph, or by entering numeric values. Disable a filter using the check-box next to the filter.
Only the first and last band have selectable filter types.
Parametric: Attenuates or boosts the signal within a customizable frequency range
Low Cut: Rolls off the audio signal below the selected frequency
Low Shelf: Attenuates or boosts the audio signal below the selected frequency
High Cut: Rolls off the audio signal above the selected frequency
High Shelf: Attenuates or boosts the audio signal above the selected frequency
Select the center frequency of the filter to cut/boost
Adjusts the level for a specific filter (+/- 30 dB)
Adjusts the range of frequencies affected by the filter. As this value increases, the bandwidth becomes thinner.
Adjusts the range of frequencies affected by the filter. The value is represented in octaves.
Note: The Q and width parameters affect the equalization curve in the same way. The only difference is the way the values are represented.
These features make it simple to use effective equalizer settings from a previous installation, or simply accelerate configuration time.
Use to quickly apply the same PEQ setting across multiple channels.
Use to save and load PEQ settings from a file on a computer. This is useful for creating a library of reusable configuration files on computers used for system installation.
Choose a channel to save the PEQ setting, and select Export to file.
Choose a channel to load the PEQ setting, and select Import from file.
Conferencing room acoustics vary based on room size, shape, and construction materials. Use the guidelines in following table.
|EQ Application||Suggested Settings|
|Treble boost for improved speech intelligibility||Add a high-shelf filter to boost frequencies greater than 1 kHz by 3-6 dB.|
|HVAC noise reduction||Add a low cut filter to attenuate frequencies below 200 Hz|
|Reduce flutter echoes and sibilance||Identify the specific frequency range that "excites" the room:
|Reduce hollow, resonant room sound||Identify the specific frequency range that "excites" the room:
Use presets to quickly save and recall settings. Up to 10 presets can be stored on each device to match various seating arrangements. A preset saves all device settings except for the Device Name, IP Settings, and Passwords. Importing and exporting presets into new installations saves time and improves workflow. When a preset is selected, the name displays above the preset menu. If changes are made, an asterisk appears next to the name.
Note: Use the default settings preset to revert to the factory configuration (excludes Device Name, IP Settings, and Passwords).
Open the presets menu to reveal preset options:
|save as preset:||Saves settings to the device|
|load preset:||Opens a configuration from the device|
|import from file:||Downloads a preset file from a computer onto the device. Files may be selected through the browser or dragged into the import window.|
|export to file:||Saves a preset file from the device onto a computer|
The matrix mixer routes audio signals between inputs and outputs for simple and flexible routing:
Crosspoint gain adjusts the gain between a specific input and output, to create separate submixes without changing input or output fader settings. Select the dB value at any crosspoint to open the gain adjustment panel.
Gain staging: Input fader > crosspoint gain > output fader
Connect inputs and outputs by selecting the box where they intersect.
Hosting a meeting with a computer:
Near-end audio from Dante microphones (Shure MXA 310) and an analog source (Shure wireless microphone system) are both routed to the USB input and sent to the far end.
Far-end audio from the computer (USB input in the matrix mixer) can be sent to analog or Dante-enabled amplifiers and loudspeakers.
Record meeting audio from all locations by routing all sources to a recording device or computer on the network.
Designer's Call status feature uses microphone LEDs to show if you're in a videoconferencing call or not. This is a location-level feature, so it applies to all microphones in a Designer location.
When Call status is enabled:
Call status is compatible with the following codecs:
Note: If your codec is running on a computer with a Chrome operating system, call status will not work.
Encryption operates at the room level, meaning that all devices included in the room must have these settings. Audio is encrypted with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES -256), as specified by the US Government National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publication FIPS-197. Encryption is not supported with third-party devices.
To activate encryption:
The other options allow you to re-key the encryption or disable it if encryption had previously been enabled and you no longer want it.
Important: For encryption to work:
Note: Encryption will not work between devices on 3.x and 4.x firmware. Update all devices to same the major firmware version to use encrpytion.
Switches and cables determine how well your audio network performs. Use high-quality switches and cables to make your audio network more reliable.
Network switches should have:
Ethernet cables should be:
For more information, see our FAQ about switches to avoid.
Dante flows get created any time you route audio from one Dante device to another. One Dante flow can contain up to 4 audio channels. For example: sending all 5 available channels from an MXA310 to another device uses 2 Dante flows, because 1 flow can contain up to 4 channels.
Every Dante device has a specific number of transmit flows and receive flows. The number of flows is determined by Dante platform capabilities.
Unicast and multicast transmission settings also affect the number of Dante flows a device can send or receive. Using multicast transmission can help overcome unicast flow limitations.
Shure devices use different Dante platforms:
|Dante Platform||Shure Devices Using Platform||Unicast Transmit Flow Limit||Unicast Receive Flow Limit|
|Brooklyn II||ULX-D, SCM820, MXWAPT, MXWANI, P300, MXCWAPT||32||32|
|Brooklyn II (without SRAM)||MXA910, MXA710, AD4||16||16|
|Ultimo/UltimoX||MXA310, ANI4IN, ANI4OUT, ANIUSB-MATRIX, ANI22, MXN5-C||2||2|
To send a device name to appear in Dante Controller, go to Settings>General and enter a Device Name. Select Push to Dante to send the name to appear on the network.
Note: names appear in Dante Controller with "-d" attached.
This device is compatible with Dante Domain Manager software (DDM). DDM is network management software with user authentication, role-based security, and auditing features for Dante networks and Dante-enabled products.
Considerations for Shure devices controlled by DDM:
See Dante Domain Manager's documentation for more information.
Note: Applies to firmware 4.1.x and newer.
IP configurations are managed in Shure Designer software. By default, they are set to Automatic (DHCP) mode. DHCP mode enables the devices to accept IP settings from a DHCP server, or automatically fall back to Link-Local settings when no DHCP is available. IP addresses may also be manually set.
To configure the IP properties, follow these steps:
Latency is the amount of time for a signal to travel across the system to the outputs of a device. To account for variances in latency time between devices and channels, Dante has a predetermined selection of latency settings. When the same setting is selected, it ensures that all Dante devices on the network are in sync.
These latency values should be used as a starting point. To determine the exact latency to use for your setup, deploy the setup, send Dante audio between your devices, and measure the actual latency in your system using Audinate's Dante Controller software. Then round up to the nearest latency setting available, and use that one.
Use Audinate's Dante Controller software to change latency settings.
|Latency Setting||Maximum Number of Switches|
|0.5 ms (default)||5|
|21||tcp||FTP||Required for firmware updates (otherwise closed)||Closed|
|22||tcp||SSH||Secure Shell Interface||Closed|
|68||udp||DHCP||Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol||Open|
|80*||tcp||HTTP||Required to launch embedded web server||Open|
|2202||tcp||ASCII||Required for 3rd party control strings||Open|
|5353||udp||mDNS†||Required for device discovery||Open|
|5568||udp||SDT†||Required for inter-device communication||Open|
|8023||tcp||Telnet||Debug console interface||Closed|
|8180||tcp||HTML||Required for web application||Open|
|8427||udp||Multcast SLP†||Required for inter-device communication||Open|
|64000||tcp||Telnet||Required for Shure firmware update||Open|
|162||udp||SNMP||Used by Dante|
|2203||udp||Custom||Required for packet bridge|
|4321, 14336-14600||udp||Dante||Dante audio|
|[4440, 4444, 4455]*||udp||Dante||Dante audio routing|
|5353||udp||mDNS†||Used by Dante|
|[8700-8706, 8800]*||udp||Dante||Dante Control and Monitoring|
|16000-65536||udp||Dante||Used by Dante|
*These ports must be open on the PC or control system to access the device through a firewall.
†These protocols require multicast. Ensure multicast has been correctly configured for your network.
This device receives logic commands over the network. Many parameters controlled through Designer can be controlled using a third-party control system, using the appropriate command string.
A complete list of command strings is available at:
The reset button is located inside a small hole in the rear panel. Use a paperclip or other small tool to press the button.
There are two hardware reset functions:
Network reset (press button for 4-8 seconds)
Resets all Shure control and audio network IP settings to factory defaults
Full factory reset (press button for longer than 8 seconds)
Restores all network and Designer settings to the factory defaults.
To simply revert settings without a complete hardware reset, use one of the following options:
Reboot Device:Power-cycles the device as if it were unplugged from the network. All settings are retained when the device is rebooted.
Default Settings: To revert audio settings back to the factory configuration (excluding Device Name, IP Settings, and Passwords), select Load Preset and choose the default settings preset.
|Software lags in Google Chrome browser||Problem is browser-related. Turn off hardware acceleration option in Chrome.|
|Sound quality is muffled||Use equalizer to adjust frequency response. See the equalizer applications for the appropriate use.|
|Audio sounds too high or too low in pitch||Make sure that the sample rate settings for Playback and Recording are the same in your computer's sound settings. If these sample rates do not match, the audio may sound too high or too low in pitch.|
|Hardware does not show up in device discovery||
|Cannot route Dante audio channels||Install latest version of Dante Controller from Audinate®, available at www.audinate.com.|
|Hardware does not power on||
The event log provides a detailed account of activity from the moment the device is powered on. The log collects up to 1,000 activity entries and time-stamps them relative to the last power cycle. The entries are stored in the internal memory, and are not cleared when the device is power-cycled. The Export feature creates a CSV (comma separated values) document to save and sort the log data.
Refer to the log file for details when troubleshooting or consulting with Shure Systems Support.
To view the event log:
An action or event has been successfully completed
An action cannot be complete, but overall functionality is stable
A problem has occurred that could inhibit functionality.
Provides details on events and errors, including IP address and subnet mask.
Power cycles:days:hours:minutes:seconds since most recent boot-up.
Indicates event type for internal reference.
Tip: Use the filter to narrow down results. Select a category heading to sort the log.
Didn't find what you need? Contact our customer support to get help.
|Input||(1) 3-pin block connector (Active Balanced)|
|Output||(1) 3-pin block connector (Impedance Balanced)|
(1) USB 2.0, Type B
Single port carries 1 input and 1 output channel (Summed mono)
4 input channels, 2 output channels
Non-inverting, any input to any output
Power over Ethernet (PoE), Class 0. (PoE Plus
668 g (1.5 lbs)
H x W x D
4 x 14 x 12.8 cm ( 1.6 x 5.5 x 5.0 in.)
−6.7°C (20°F) to 40°C (104°F)
−29°C (-20°F) to 74°C (165°F)
|Maximum||6.8W ( 23.0BTU/hr)|
|typical||6.0W ( 20.8BTU/hr)|
+1, -1.5 dB
20 to 20,000 Hz
|Sampling Rate||48 kHz|
|Sampling Rate||48 kHz|
|Bit Depth||16, 24|
|Does not include Dante latency||Analog to Analog||0.98 ms|
|Analog to Dante||0.39 ms|
|Dante to Analog||0.72 ms|
|Dante to Dante||0.14 ms|
20 Hz to 20 kHz, A-weighted, typical
20 Hz to 20 kHz, A-weighted, input terminated with 150Ω
@ 1 kHz, 0 dBV
Input, 0 dB
150Ω balanced source
@ 1 kHz
|Per Channel||Equalizer (4-band Parametric, Analog and USB output channels only) , Mute, Limiter, Gain ( 140 dBrange)|
Cat 5e or higher (shielded cable recommended)
|KIT, HARDWARE, ANIUSB-MATRIX||90A33522|
|Mounting Bracket (1/3 rack unit)||53A27742|
|19" rack tray||CRT1|
|This symbol indicates that dangerous voltage constituting a risk of electric shock is present within this unit.|
|This symbol indicates that there are important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying this unit.|
The equipment is intended to be used in professional audio applications.
Note: This device is not intended to be connected directly to a public internet network.
EMC conformance to Environment E2: Commercial and Light Industrial. Testing is based on the use of supplied and recommended cable types. The use of other than shielded (screened) cable types may degrade EMC performance.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Shure Incorporated could void your authority to operate this equipment.
Industry Canada ICES-003 Compliance Label: CAN ICES-3 (B)/NMB-3(B)
Authorized under the verification provision of FCC Part 15B.
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Dante is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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