Flexible digital signal processing (DSP) in these different environments is essential, as it helps to remove unwanted noise and echo and improves the audio quality and intelligibility of the talker’s voice that is being sent to a live stream or recording.
They have rolled out popular collaboration software, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, for remote learning and using lecture capture systems to provide recordings of each lesson. These systems are being integrated with networked audio technology to capture every word and nuance accurately.
But what happens when students are on campus — whether in a full, or part-time capacity? New learning models demand flexible learning spaces that can accommodate small student cohorts yet cost effectively scale up as more students return to physical lessons. At the same time, there is a need to provide a high-quality learning experience to remote learners, or students watching a recorded lesson.
Without doubt, we’re seeing a revolution in education. Flexible learning solutions will become the norm and remote learning is here to stay. Whether it’s a teacher lecturing remote students, students in a classroom listening to an instructor from a satellite location, or lecture capture for later viewing, the audio quality of these applications is crucial to ensure learning excellence for each student. Flexible digital signal processing (DSP) in these different environments is essential, as it helps to remove unwanted noise and echo and improves the audio quality and intelligibility of the talker’s voice that is being sent to a live stream or recording.
Discussion is an essential element of most course content and a remote lecture with poor audio quality is not good enough. The questions and student discussions in class can also support comprehension of complex topics. Audio clarity is thus vital. Each participant should be able to speak with and hear everyone else — requiring full room coverage and clear audio processing. This is especially relevant in the now-familiar hybrid learning scenario of students both in the room with a professor and watching remotely on the far end of a video conference call. One solution is automatic mixing, which can help to pinpoint who is talking in the room and deliver their voice at a consistent volume level to students listening at home.
IntelliMix® Room Audio Processing Software is well ahead of the curve in this respect. IntelliMix Room is optimized for Shure microphones, such as the Microflex® Advance™ range of Array Microphones, for pristine sound quality. Crucially, directional mic pickup in conjunction with our optimized DSP allows everyone to be heard.
Our work with Higher Education institutions has revealed the key reasons for choosing high-quality software-based DSP:
The University of Southern California has also transformed its AV landscape with a Shure solution. USC discovered they could equip twice the number of rooms (224) than they expected for the same price by switching to IntelliMix Room software. Joe Way at USC explains:
“In the past, the technologies in use at USC were seen as something that inhibited people’s ability to teach or learn, so we wanted to remove those barriers, empowering the faculty to focus on teaching and the students to focus on learning. I think we’ve achieved that frictionless experience.”
IntelliMix Room offers Higher Education IT and AV decision-makers a simple way to optimize the unified video conferencing platforms that are aiding new learning models. And while it’s a professional AV solution, IntelliMix Room also bridges into consumer codecs, like Zoom and MS Teams. For example, we’ve given it a consumer-like feel, including LED functionality on our mics that let lecturers know if they have muted the microphone.
Interested in hearing more about IntelliMix Room for Higher Education? Contact one of our experts here.
When using connections such as analog or mobile, or using a hardware codec without a PC, consider the IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor or ANIUSB-MATRIX USB Audio Network Interface.