Written by Michael Pettersen on November 16, 2017 under MicrophonesNews
Resident Shure historian Michael Pettersen shares the stories behind some of his favorite archival treasures, including one microphone making a transatlantic journey to Belgium during World War II.
Written by Marc Henshall on January 21, 2016 under Microphones
The Shure KSM8 Dualdyne is the world’s first dual diaphragm dynamic handheld microphone – a ground-breaking feat of engineering that essentially reverses the flow of a dynamic mic. To explain what makes this so significant, we take a look at the Shure Unidyne.
Written by Marc Henshall on June 8, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
Microphones are used to capture or reinforce a particular sound. The challenge for an engineer is to select the right microphone for their application and apply the appropriate mic technique to capture the desired sound source and reject unwanted background noise or feedback. As part of the selection process, understanding the fundamentals of how a […]
Written by Marc Henshall on March 6, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
It is important to understand a few basics that will aid in your selection and operation of the right mic for your application. The following article will cover what you need to know.
Written by Allison Wolcott on December 19, 2014
The launch of the 5575LE 75th-anniversary Unidyne® microphone is a great excuse to talk Unidyne history, including the technology’s inventor, the design inspiration, and the IEEE Milestone Award.
Written by Davida Rochman on September 24, 2014
In live sound, proper microphone placement has three desirable results: it offers optimal signal to noise ratio and gain before feedback and it captures the instrument’s “sweet spot”.
Written by Davida Rochman on August 11, 2014
Is it really a cardioid world? While the cardioid polar pattern is undoubtedly the most often used in live sound applications (after all, the ubiquitous Shure SM57 and SM58® microphones are both cardioid types), there’s a case to be made for models that, with the flip of a switch (or the changing of a head) […]
Written by Marc Henshall on April 29, 2014 under News
When the unidyne 55 was introduced, it was the first single element unidirectional dynamic microphone in the world. From entertainers to politicians, past and present, the Unidyne remains the world’s most recognisable microphone. In celebration, we look at the Unidyne story and what makes it the basis for all microphones built today.
Written by Davida Rochman on March 30, 2012
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. […]
Written by Davida Rochman on March 8, 2012
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on July 6, 2009
Four globe-trotting sound engineers share their tips, tricks and techniques.
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