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What is Dualdyne? Understanding the Shure KSM8

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.
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Microphone Directionality and Polar Pattern Basics

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 […]
The New 5575LE Unidyne and The Story Behind It
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75 Years of the Unidyne Microphone

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.
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Three Reasons Why Mic Placement Matters

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”.
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Multi-Pattern Microphones: What, Where and How?

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) […]
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Shure Unidyne, 75 Years of the World’s Most Recognisable Mic

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.
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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. […]
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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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Vocal Miking Tips

Bill Gibson, Developmental Editor for Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, shares his answers to common vocal miking questions.