ULX-D & QLX-D At The Thalia Theatre, Hamburg

About the ULX-D:

In cooperation with the Hamburg-based integrator Zeigermann Audio, we got test wireless systems in from all the various manufacturers and ran them here in the theatre. It was the combination of QLX-D and ULX-D that won us over.

Ullrich Hübener, Head of Sound at the Thalia Theatre, Hamburg

Since 2015, Shure ULX-D and QLX-digital wireless microphone systems have provided the sound department of the Thalia Theatre, Hamburg, with all of the wireless channels they need for the Thalia’s many performances and events.


Client Needs

The Thalia is one of Hamburg’s three state-owned public theatres, comprising the main theatre in Hamburg’s old town and also the associated 'Thalia in the Gausstrasse' — a total of three full stages and six associated rehearsal facilities. The theatre needed a wireless system that could cover all of these spaces and was also scalable to suit the many different sizes of production that the theatre puts on. The sound department were also aware of increasing sources of interference encroaching on their operational RF spectrum following Germany’s second public spectrum auctions, the so-called second Digital Dividend, and were looking for a system that would prove resistant to these, as well as operating without disruption in a potentially narrowed RF bandwidth.




In close collaboration with integrator Zeigermann Audio, the sound department of the Thalia installed 18 channels of ULX-D, ten for the theatre’s main Studio stage, and four each for the smaller 'Garage' and 'Ballroom' stages. Between them, a further 16 channels of QLX-D cover the rehearsal stages and their associated rooms. Shure’s Wireless Workbench wireless management application is used to manage both systems, storing complete mic setups down to bespoke gain settings for each individual actor’s transmitter.



According to Ullrich Hübener, the Thalia’s Head of Sound, working with QLX-D and ULX-D has been nothing but a positive experience since its installation in mid-2015. Jacob Rothstein, the sound engineer at the theatre’s Gaussstrasse site, also praises Wireless Workbench for the manageable overview it affords him and both systems’ Lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology for its long life and reliability. "It’s amazing how few charging cycles these systems have been through," he comments. "We never have to think about battery levels any more. We turn on the transmitters in the morning, and off again in the late evening, and everything just works!"


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