The New York University School of Law (NYU Law) is widely known as one of the most prestigious law schools in the United States. Located in New York City’s Greenwich Village, the NYU Law meeting room is a venue where many leaders from government, business and the legal community are able to deliver speeches and participate in panel discussions. As such, in each of these events, styling performance and clear sound are of utmost importance for speech intelligibility and hearing. With that in mind, Kevin Fox, associate director of media services at the law school, elected to install a portable Shure DDS 5900 Digital Discussion System with 40 channels. This all-in-one sound system enables the NYU Law staff to tailor audio performance to different sized meetings based on several factors that impact performance, including room acoustics, table dimensions and seating arrangement.

For this particular installation, NYU Law required a system that was flexible and portable, while not requiring a ton of time for set up. With NYU Law having more than 30 spaces with a multitude of conference rooms and lecture halls, the DDS 5900 stood out as the ideal audio system, capable of accommodating the school’s diverse needs. Fox also noted that given the amount of high-profile meetings that take place at the facility, it was vital to have a system that looked “presidential,” while also being extremely reliable, something Shure is widely known for in the audio industry.

While NYU Law is currently using 40 channels for the DDS 5900, the system is capable of accommodating up to 250 participants. The system is also able to support four different microphone operation modes: Automatic, First-In/First-Out, Manual and VOX (voice activation), showcasing its versatility. Another important feature of the DDS 5900 is the ability to control the system with a tablet or PC through a web browser interface, or with a third-party room control system.

As a venue that plays host to a variety of speeches and panel discussions in the government, business and legal sectors, it was of the utmost importance to deliver styling performance and clear sound from the conference microphone system.

Kevin Fox, associate director of media services at NYU Law, turned to the Shure DDS 5900 Digital Discussion System not only because it was in-line with the budget, but also because it provided a presidential look and performance.

This particular installation leveraged portable discussion units, allowing for a more flexible solution that could be broken down and reassembled easily, depending on what the room was being used for. The discussion system is set up to allow for up to 250 participants.