Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Product Spotlight: Beta181

Placement Techniques for the Beta 181 Side-Address Condenser Microphone By: John Born, Rob Klegon and Chad Wiggins Beta microphones, first introduced in 1989, have earned a reputation among touring pros and recording engineers for rugged reliability and construction (a Shure signature), precise sound reproduction, low handling noise and high gain before feedback. Everyone knows that. […]
Finalists with Darren Ashford (in yellow T-shirt)
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Shure Europe’s Drum Mastery 2012 Competition

What do you get when you add five gifted drummers, 35 Shure drum mics, and one stage? A whole lotta rock, that’s what. Shure Europe set out to find the best amateur drummer in Europe and the Middle East. Several rounds of competition produced five finalists, each with his own style. They duked it out […]
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Shure Wired Microphone Model Numbers…an Explanation

We are often asked why Shure microphones have specific model number designations and what these stand for.  The organizational structure of Shure model numbers is credited to our founder S.N. Shure.  Mr. Shure was a very organized person.  The Shure archive has an example of his daily diary, kept when he was 15 years old.  […]
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College Students + Shure Gear = Fantastic

Hands down, my favorite part of the Shure calendar year is working on the Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition. What’s that, you say? It’s when 10 teams of college students in audio engineering and sound recording programs lay down the best track they can using only Shure microphones. A panel of recording industry icons picks the […]
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Understanding Mic Specs, Part 4

To close out our four part video series, we’ll be discussing a microphone’s Electrical Output.  When selecting a microphone, it’s important that the mic is compatible with the electrical characteristics and the physical connections of your audio mixer, recorder or computer. If it isn’t, you may experience problems, such as humming, buzzing or no audio […]
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All About Open Back Headphones

For years, audio manufacturers have trumpeted the benefits of noise-cancelling headphones. TV commercials invariably depict stressed-out  corporate types struggling to find a piece of Paradise on a transcontinental flight, but … headphones that let sound in?  That’s the magic of open back headphones. What’s the advantage? Open back headphones have ports that allow sound to […]
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Mumford & Sons, Dawes, and 3 sold out shows

Twenty Minutes!  That’s how long it took for 3 Ryman shows with Mumford & Sons to sell out. I decided to wait and catch the last night, March 8.   Also on the bill was new Shure Endorsers’ Dawes.  This would be my first time seeing either band perform on tour. I arrived just in time […]
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Understanding Mic Specs, Part 3

We’ve educated our blog readers on the importance of Operating Principles and Frequency Response as part of our “Understanding Microphone Specifications” video series and now, in Part III, we review Polar Pattern. A microphone’s Polar Pattern defines how it responds to sounds coming from different directions. Understanding this specification will help you maximize pick up of […]
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Vince Gill – Bluegrass Underground

I’ve been very fortunate to have attended some wonderful concert events over the years.   There have been memorable moments at cool venues and so many great artists.  When I heard about Bluegrass Underground here in Tennessee, I was certainly intrigued.  It was time to go see this for myself. I set out from my house […]