Monthly Archives: April 2010

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Owl City::Aragon Ballroom

To the Shure-Mobile! Today I was off to catch the tremendously talented Adam Young aka Owl City at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. I also had a special guest helper along for the ride… my niece Lizzi Stack was pretty excited about getting to see the immensely popular Owl City, too! This was my first time at the Aragon Ballroom and Lizzi’s […]
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Why Use Shure Automatic Mixers?

The Audio Problems Caused by Multiple Open Microphones High quality audio becomes progressively more difficult to achieve as the number of open microphones increases. All audio systems face the same problems whenever multiple open microphones are needed. These problems are: Build-up of background noise and reverberation Reduced gain before feedback Comb filtering All of the […]
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Introduction to Wireless Systems

Wireless microphones have become increasingly popular as their sound quality, reliability, and cost have improved. This booklet is intended for people who are using a wireless microphone for the first time, or who are trying to decide which model to purchase to suit their particular needs. It provides a basic understanding of how wireless microphone […]
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How a Phonograph Cartridge Works

READING THE WRITTEN SOUND A phonograph cartridge is a micro-manufactured electro-mechanical device that tells your entire audio system what’s happening along the half-mile groove that’s cut into the typical analogue disc. The quality of the information provided by the cartridge is a critical determinant of how faithfully any audio system will reproduce the recorded sound. […]
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Shure Sound Isolating Earphones

How to Get the Right Fit Shure earphones are not worn in the same style as headphones or standard earbuds. To enjoy the superior sound isolation and audio quality of your earphones, it is very important to get a proper fit. Situating the Cables Note the difference between the right (R) and left (L) earphones […]
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Understanding Sound System Design and Feedback Using (Ugh!) Math

One of the basic building blocks of sound system design is the Potential Acoustic Gain (PAG) equation. With a few simple calculations it can provide a guide to dealing with the problems and restrictions encountered with feedback and other issues. Download this helpful guide. Understanding Sound System Design and Feedback Using (Ugh!) Math By Rich […]
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Roswellite – What Is This Stuff?

The Material That Revolutionized Ribbon Microphones: Roswellite ™ What Is It? Roswellite ™ is the trademarked name of a nano-enabled ribbon material that is used in Shure KSM313/NE and KSM353/ED ribbon microphones. Roswellite™ is also known as “acoustic nanofilm.” It’s an extremely strong, low mass, superelastic, paramagnetic composite with high inherent conductivity and shape memory […]
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Yeasayer::Metro

  Ah yes, driving into the city right at the start of a Cubs game is right at the top of a long list of things I’d rather not do ever, but today was the exception, new Shure endorsers Yeasayer were in town for a sold-out Metro show. I was notified ahead of time that I […]
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Top Wireless Performance

Five Troubleshooting Tips Gain set-up is crucial for the proper operation of the wireless transmitter.Handheld transmitters can be overdriven by a vocal presenter if the gain is set too high and under-driven if the gain is set too low. Both situations can lead to poor results.Always try to adjust for the talent of the day […]
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Get Optimum Performance from Your Audio Gear

A little bit of knowledge about care, use and preventive maintenance can extend the life and maximize the performance of the gear you already own. Here, Shure’s Bill Ostry shares tips that will preserve your equipment and your budget. Wired Microphones Keep windscreens on vocal mics clean and unclogged – clogged windscreens can reduce the […]
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Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival :: Indio, CA :: Day Three

Coachella Day 3 After a hard night’s sleep I began my last day in the desert with Shure Endorsers Babasonicos from Argentina.  They charmed the crowd with their bravado and stage presence. After their set I hung out with them and had some lunch at the catering tent backstage. This was to be my first actual […]
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Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival :: Indio, CA :: Day Two

Coachella Day 2 After my usual stop at Starbucks and another traffic filled morning, day two started with Shure Endorsers Zoe from Mexico. This is one of my favorite bands. Their psychedelic alt-rock and spacey lyrics are really appealing to me. I definitely think they are one of Mexico’s best at the moment and from the […]
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Zoé :: Congress Theater :: 4/9/10

Shure Endorsers Zoé stopped by Chicago last Friday to play a packed house at the historic Congress Theater while on a cross-country 12 city bus tour of the States. The Mexican alt-rockers rocked the packed house with lead singer León Larregui’s spacey vocals, Sergio Acosta’s guitar mastery, Jesus “Chucho” Baez’s haunting keyboards, Angel Mosqueda’s atomic bass […]
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A Visit With Henry Rollins…

Still one of my favorite Shure endorsers to visit when he comes to town is Henry Rollins. Performing with Rollins Band, Black Flag or conducting one of his speaking shows, Henry impacts the crowd while on stage at any venue around the world. On this rainy spring day in Chicago at the Vic Theater, Rollins was […]
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Passion Pit :: Congress Theater :: 4/2/2010

As I approached the back stage door of Chicago’s Congress Theater on a bright and sunny Friday afternoon, Passion Pit was well into their sound check as I could already hear the bending synths from their hit “The Reeling” escaping into the alley behind the venue. Once on stage, it was like watching a group of mad […]