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Connecting a Shure MX412D or MX418D to a Logic Box


After completing the steps in this article, you will be able to connect a Shure MX412D or MX418D to a Biamp Logic Box.  This will allow your Audia or Nexia configuration to control the LED's on the MX412D/418D, and it will also allow the mic's mute switch to control functions within your Audia or Nexia configuration (like mic muting).

Note that Shure MX series microphones use phantom power to power its LED's.  Therefore, no external power supply is required for this application.

Conductor colors

The Shure MX412D/418D is a desktop gooseneck microphone with a mute switch and a single-color LED.  The MX412D/418D comes with a cable that is pre-terminated to a 3-pin XLR, with 2 additional logic conductors available inside the XLR connector housing.  The conductor color code for this cable is as follows:

Conductor Color Function
Red Audio +
Black Audio -
Green Audio/Logic Ground
Orange LED In
White Switch contact


The audio conductors on the microphone will connect to the audio inputs on the Audia/Nexia like a typical microphone.  The LED and switch conductors will connect to the Logic Box.  The LED In (orange) conductor connects to a logic output, and the Switch (white) connects to a logic input.

Each MX412D or MX418D uses two I/O terminals on the Logic Box, meaning that a maximum of 10 MX412D/418D's can be connected to a single Logic Box.  The diagram below shows a typical wiring scheme for a single MX412D or MX418D.


DIP switches

DIP switch 3 should always be in the UP position to ensure that the mic is not locally muted when the mute switch is pressed.  

If DIP switch 1 is in the UP position, the mute switch will behave like a toggle switch.  If DIP switch 1 is in the DOWN position, the mute switch will behave like a momentary switch.

LED control

The LED ring will light up when there is less than 1V across the orange and green conductors (i.e., logic output in the low state), and it will turn off when there is 5V across the orange and green conductors (i.e., logic output in the high state).

Further reading

Once the device is physically connected to the Logic Box, you'll need to program it.  See Logic Box Programming for more information.

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