Designer System Configuration Software enables integrators and system planners to design and implement accurate audio coverage for installations using a variety of select Shure microphones. Designer allows online and offline design, routing, configuration, and push to live devices, all in one tool. You can accurately model meeting and presentation spaces by importing a floor plan, scaling your room, positioning devices around participant areas, and arranging the pick-up lobes over the room diagram for precise coverage.
Designer allows you to create and edit coverage parameters before your devices are installed:
After completing your design work offline, you can push the settings to the live devices and fine-tune on site, all from within Designer. If you prefer, you can always export the device presets to upload and use each device's web user interface.
Start a Designer project and create a location that matches your planned environment. You can design a single room or create multiple locations that match the building or campus layout.
Drag the virtual devices that you want to work with into the workspace. Select individual devices to view their properties to the right or click Configure to access and change the more advanced settings.
Use the image to focus the audio coverage on the expected participant areas and design with greater accuracy using real room dimensions.
Click Signal flow to access the Dante signal flow between the devices.
Note: Designer creates the Dante routes between the Shure devices
Ensure that you are selecting the correct device by hovering over the device and clicking Identify.
Associate your discovered devices with your virtual devices by dragging the discovered devices to the virtual ones.
Clickto push your settings to the discovered devices.
Important: Push to devices overwrites all settings on your devices. If you want to save a back-up of the settings on your devices before overwriting them, create a new location, click Live mode, and Pull from devices first.
When synchronization is complete, you can make changes directly to your discovered devices and fine-tune each channel by listening to the sound check and making adjustments in real-time from within Designer.
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 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 312-736-6006 or visit www.shure.com to find your local support contact.
|Server Inbound Ports
HTTP and Web Sockets
||Three ports, dynamically allocated at install using available ports in the range of 10000-65535.|
Make sure your operating system is up-to-date before software installation.
The follow operating systems are supported on a physical or virtual machine:
|System memory||3 GB of RAM available|
|Hard-disk space||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 (installed with Designer) that stores your Shure software information. Backups are also useful when migrating to a new server.
Backups store all projects, locations, and device settings that your team makes in the software. For backup restoration, only those backup files (.bak) that match the current operating software version are supported.
Use the machine installed with the software to create the MongoDB backup.
"[location of Designer Software install directory]\Services\MongoDb-3.2.0\Bin\mongodump.exe" --host localhost
--port [number chosen at install] --gzip --archive="[path and file name of backup]"
Tip: Sample command line with default settings:
"c:\Program Files\Shure\Shure Designer\Services\MongoDb-3.2.0\Bin\mongodump.exe" --host localhost
--port 30000 --gzip --archive="c:\Shure.bak"
"[location of Designer Software install directory]\Services\MongoDb-3.2.0\Bin\mongorestore.exe" --host localhost
--port [dynamically allocated at install] --drop --gzip --archive="[path and file name of backup]"
Tip: Sample command line with default settings:
"c:\Program Files\Shure\Shure Designer\Services\MongoDb-3.2.0\Bin\mongorestore.exe” --host localhost
--port 10000 --drop --gzip --archive="c:\Shure.bak"
at the command prompt.
|MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone||3.1.5-4.0.x|
|MXA310 Table Array Microphone||3.1.x|
|P300 IntelliMix® Audio Conferencing Processor||3.1.x|
|ANIUSB-MATRIX Audio Network Interface||3.1.x|
Shure Designer software helps you develop and organize your audio installation projects. Set up your projects to best reflect your work flow:
Projects are scalable: design a single room or develop several locations spanning buildings and campuses
Use templates to create designs for similar rooms
To create a project,
Designer uses locations so you can create multiple designs within each project. You can create a location in your project for each room and space you are designing. You can arrange and nest locations to match the project infrastructure (buildings and floors) or your own work flow (room types or templates).
Designer creates a location with that name in your project list and opens a design window for that location.
If you are going to create multiple locations and prefer to group them into folders, you can create a folder first.
Designer creates a folder with that name and adds it to your project list.
Double-click the folder to open it and follow the previous steps to create a location.
Export your Designer project to share and collaborate with other system designers, or to save a backup of your work. The export includes all locations within your project, including all virtual device settings, routing, and coverage designs.
Designer projects download as .dprj files and are only compatible with Shure Designer software.
You add virtual devices to your workspace by dragging them from the left side menu onto your workspace. You can also add them on the signal flow tab using the same technique.
You use the Coverage map for the MXA910 Ceiling Array microphones only. The Coverage map is very helpful when you have added an image of the location and you can use it to position the microphone and its channels. You can drag one or more microphones onto the workspace, dragging to the desired position or typing the exact coordinates in Properties.
See Configuring Microphone Coverage for MXA910 for more details.
The Coverage map 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 or the Properties panel. To access workspace edit mode, you must click the dimensions above the workspace grid
With editing enabled, you can modify your workspace properties:
|Length and Width||Set the length and width of your location.|
|Ceiling height||Set the ceiling height of your location. This setting becomes the default device height when you add a device, though you can change them independently at any time.|
|Units||Select the unit of measure for your location:
Tip: Match the unit of measure to your hardware device (for example, inches for MXA910-24IN or meters for MXA910-60CM).
|Grid: 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.|
|Delete||Delete the selected device or channel|
|Up, Down, Left, or Right||Move the selected device or channel
|Shift + Rotate (drag using the mouse)||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 you add an image to Designer, you can scale it based on a reference point in the drawing. If you do not know an actual measurement in your image, you can always scale the image later.
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 Snap to grid is selected, 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 or door frame, by adjusting the grid offset.
Make changes to objects in the Designer coverage page.
Enter edit mode by clicking Edit image above the workspace.
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 correctly position it in the room. Click and drag the handle to rotate the image to the desired position.
Tip: Hold the shift key to rotate in 45 degree increments.
|Adding a device||Drag a device from the devices panel into the workspace.|
|Selecting a device||Click on a device in the workspace to select it and to be able to edit its properties. To exit, click anywhere outside of the device.|
|Removing a device||Select it and press Delete or .|
|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||Click and drag the handle to rotate the device to the desired position.
Tip: Hold the shift key to rotate in 45 degree increments.
Select the channel to edit its properties. To exit, select anywhere outside of the channel.
|Adding a channel||Select the device and press Add channel|
|Removing a channel||Select the channel and press Delete or .|
|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.
Designer lets system planners work off-line and off-site by using virtual devices. Virtual devices allow you to prepare microphone coverage, set device properties, adjust equalizer settings, and configure Dante audio routing, all without a connection to the hardware.
After you complete your room or project, finish the job on-site by pushing your design to the discovered devices. You can then use Designer to fine-tune the properties on those devices in real-time.
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 for the ceiling array microphone in Designer 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.
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
You can use Auto position to correctly position the lobe for a selected channel:
Each microphone has 4 channels that can be aimed independently, based on the seating arrangement. Each channel features independent polar patterns and additional channel settings, accessible through Designer .
Designer provides increased positioning flexibility over traditional conferencing microphones:
Each channel can capture one or several talkers. In rooms with flexible furniture arrangements, microphones can be moved to cover various seating arrangements as long as they are plugged into the same network.
Note: Settings are saved on each microphone, and are retained when plugged into a different network port. Presets can be recalled and deployed through Designer , or through an external control system.
With four independent channels and polar patterns, coverage can be customized to match the table shape, size, and seating arrangement. The automatic mixing feature helps reduce extraneous noise (such as typing or paper shuffling) from interfering with speech intelligibility on the far end.
The toroid pattern rejects sound from directly above the microphone to reduce noise from video projectors or other sources of unwanted sound. It is the simplest way to ensure equal coverage among all talkers, while retaining the benefits of the rejection provided by a directional polar pattern. When this pattern is used, the audio is sent over a single channel. Therefore, when automatic mixing is desired, configure the microphone to use multiple directional patterns instead of the toroid pattern.
Noise from a ceiling-mounted projector is rejected, while all talkers are covered.
For a table with a single microphone and more than 4 talkers, the toroid pattern to ensures that all voices are heard equally.
For large tables, a series of microphones captures all talkers. Place the microphones in the center of the table for balanced pickup and accurate aiming. For the best audio quality and clarity, use enough microphones so that each talker has their own channel.
A table with 10 people is covered by 4 microphones, with an independent channel for each person.
For a large table with 2 microphones, place the microphones to cover equally sized areas. Use the Toroid or Omnidirectional setting to cover the entire table.
You can create Dante routes for the supported Shure devices by clicking and dragging to make connections between the devices.
After Designer creates the route, hovering over either endpoint identifies the Dante device and channel connections.
Note: By default, Designer pushes the routes when pushing virtual device settings to the discovered devices, but you can opt out of creating and pushing routes if you are using a 3rd party DSP, for example.
The signal flow page uses icons to identify valid and invalid Dante routes :
|Receiver cannot locate the subscribed transmitter.
Transmitter cannot locate the subscribed receiver.
|If simply offline, the online device will locate the offline device when it comes back online.|
|Receiver can locate the subscribed transmitter, but there is a coding mismatch because one of the endpoints does not have encryption enabled, while the other one does.||Re-key the encryption or disable encryption for both devices.|
|Receiver can locate the subscribed transmitter, but there is a coding mismatch because the endpoints have different encryption keys.||Re-key the encryption or disable encryption for both devices.|
|Receiver can locate the subscribed transmitter, but there is a coding mismatch or other problem preventing proper operation across the route.||Re-key the encryption or disable encryption for both devices.|
After creating your location and designing your audio coverage, you can leave Design mode and work in Live mode to push the settings out to the discovered devices.
The Live mode button is a toggle that turns Live mode on and off. The button turns green and a green banner across the top identifies that you are in Live mode.
To the left you see all of the discovered devices on your network that have not already been added to another one of your locations. Designer automatically discovers supported Shure devices on the same subnet and you can add cross-subnet devices by navigating to Online devices where you can add them by IP address.
If you have many devices, you can sort by device name, IP address, or device model. You should initially hover over a discovered device and click to identify it, ensuring that you are working with the correct one.
Associating a discovered device with a virtual device does not actually push the virtual settings to the discovered devices until you click Synchronize and Push to devices.
You disassociate a device by clicking X.
You can either push your virtual settings to the discovered devices or pull any settings from those discovered devices to overwrite the settings in your design.
Note: You can opt out of creating and pushing routes to discovered devices if you are using a 3rd party DSP, for example.
In live mode, you are making changes directly to your discovered devices and you can fine-tune them with Designer.
Note: Be aware that some of the changes you make can cause the audio to momentarily drop out.
When you Synchronize and Push to devices, Designer overwrites everything on your discovered devices except for:
When you Synchronize and Pull to design, Designer overwrites the devices in your design with the discovered device settings. Additionally, the pull may include some reference device settings that you cannot change and that would not be included in a push, for example, MAC address.
When the push or pull process is complete, your discovered devices are in sync with your virtual devices
When your devices are configured and set for a given location, you might want to save a specific design as a preset on all the devices. Presets are useful, for example, for a multipurpose or combinable room where the room can have different configurations. You can have multiple preset designs ready to load when the room configuration changes.
You can export your preset settings so that you or someone else can use the device web application to implement your design. Designer exports the device preset settings that overwrite any existing device settings when you upload the file to the device.
The exported preset file includes all device settings, but does not include:
Device preset files (.json extension) are bundled in the a .zip folder inside nested folders named according to PresetSlot - PresetSlotName.
Each preset file is named according to the following: DeviceName_PresetSlotName, for example, MXA910-North_City Center 1 Large.json.
The device name helps to differentiate the exported files. For this location, separate files are exported to upload to the two devices.
To view the event log, click Event log from the main menu.
The event log provides a detailed account of activity within Designer. The log collects and time-stamps activity entries and retains them for the period of time that you specify in Settings, from 30 to 360 days. The Export feature creates a CSV (comma separated values) document to save and sort the log data.
To export the event log for a specific device, navigate to that device in Live mode and Click. This feature creates a CSV (comma separated values) document of the log data.
Refer to the log file for details when troubleshooting or consulting with Shure Systems Support.
|Information||An action or event has been successfully completed.|
|Warning||An action cannot be complete, but overall functionality is stable.|
|Error||A problem has occurred that could inhibit functionality.|
|Event||Indicates the event type.|
|Description||Provides details on events and errors, including IP address and location where applicable.|
|Date||Date and time of the event.|
Tip: Select a category heading to sort the log.