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Shure Files White Spaces Petition, Buys Crowley and Tripp

Shure has filed a petition for reconsideration on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) white spaces ruling published in the Federal Register in February. In its filing, Shure urged that the commission impose rigorous certification testing, open to the public, on hybrid geolocation and sensing devices. The company also sought reconsideration of the FCC decision to permit portable devices to operate on first adjacent channels to DTV. At a minimum, Shure is asking that the FCC reduce the allowable power of TV band device operations on adjacent channels.

Several other companies and organizations also submitted their own filings, including the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Dell, Microsoft, Motorola, Sprint-Nextel and Adaptrum.

Ribbon Mic Buyout
Shure also acquired Crowley and Tripp Ribbon Microphones on April 6, purchasing the company from Soundwave Research Laboratories of Ashland, Mass. Under a definitive agreement, Shure now owns all intellectual property, microphone process equipment, product designs and other assets related to the Crowley and Tripp line. Crowley and Tripp mics will now be manufactured in Shure’s Wheeling, Ill., facility using materials developed by Soundwave Research.

“Ribbon microphones have always been prized for their warm sound quality, but older designs are delicate, which has limited their applications,” said Scott Sullivan, Shure’s senior director of global product management. “With the acquisition of the Crowley and Tripp product line and their Roswellite ribbon technology, Shure is extending the use of ribbon microphones to the stage in addition to their use in the studio.”

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the leading manufacturer of microphones to further the development and commercialization of improved ribbon microphones,” said Soundwave Research President Robert Crowley.;