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The Mic Listening Lab Gets an Upgrade

Soren Pedersen outlines the recent updates to this handy online Shure mic comparison tool, gives a walk-through of how to use it, and explains how his team recorded all the samples in the most scientific conditions possible.
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Choosing the Right Mic

This post explains what to look for in mics for different applications so you can outfit your band appropriately. Product suggestions from value-priced to feature-rich are included.
Shot of Stage for How to Mic A Bluegrass Band Post
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How to Mic a Bluegrass Band

Les Banks of the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Cliff Miller, who has handled audio for nearly every major bluegrass act, explain which mics and techniques deliver that pure acoustic sound from the stage to the audience.
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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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Choosing a Saxophone Microphone for Recording and Live Sound

In this post, we’re going to turn the spotlight on an essential instrument in the horn section: the saxophone. To help us do it, we’ve turned to a trio of pros: ADAM HILL from Memphis’s legendary Ardent Studios (where everyone from Big Star to the Staples Singers and Isaac Hayes has recorded), FOH Engineer FRANK […]
Rhonda Vincent & the KSM line
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Rhonda Vincent & the KSM line

Just last month, I wrote about Rhonda becoming the 2014 inductee into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s Hall of Greats (article here). I just happened to look up this month’s schedule for Music City Roots and Rhonda was headlining the show on March 12. That day, I loaded up the […]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr | The Speed Of Things | A Studio Mic Journal

Late last year at the House of Blues in Chicago, Shure took over the venue by having three of its endorsers hit the stage for a sold-out evening. On the bill was Atlas Genius, Family Of The Year and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. We came into the venue a little earlier than the masses lining […]
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Congratulations Rhonda Vincent & The Rage!

If you want to see what a busy touring schedule looks like, look up Shure Artist Rhonda Vincent on Google and find her tour schedule. Ever since I meet Rhonda back in 2004, I was very impressed by her performances I had seen at the IBMA Bluegrass Awards. Her group, The Rage, was always super […]
Your Best Audio Tips
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Top 10 Audio Hacks, From You To Us

Recently, we invited you to share your favorite audio hacks / MacGyvers / jury-rigs / tips / moments of brilliance…and share, you did. It wasn’t easy, but our in-house audio genius team managed to choose 10 winners from among all the entries to our Your Best Audio Hack Competition. Winners were chosen based on the […]
Recorded With All Shure Mics
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Recorded with all Shure Mics!

Don’t you just LOVE the sound of that headline? I love it when I hear it from an engineer or artist.  In this case, it was most recently from someone who is both! Cliff Goldmacher is and has been a great client of Shure for over 10 years now.  When I first met Cliff in Nashville, […]
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SM7B part 2 – as promised!

And you thought I had forgotten about this!  🙂 It’s so hard to forget, especially when you come across great videos, like this one from a new group called Willie Sugarcapps: http://www.youtube.com/embed/A7LJCdwxhKgDid you also spot the KSM44A‘s in there as well? Just found this video review: Shure SM7b Microphone Review. The Secret Weapon Mic! There’s […]
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Miking the Legendary Leslie Tone Cabinet

“I was walking down 79th Street in Chicago and heard a song that turned out to be Misty by Groove Holmes played on a Hammond B3. I’d never heard an organ sound like that before.  I only knew one blues riff that I could play on the piano, but when I played it on a […]
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Rhonda Vincent celebrates 50 at The Ryman

So how many people get a brand new car on their 50th Birthday?  I’m betting there’s a good number of people that may have gotten new vehicles as presents.  But when you are 50 and you’ve never gotten an NEW vehicle, it’s a big deal.  Especially when you are the Queen of Bluegrass music! Rhonda […]
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Shure Tech Tip: Methods to Minimize Wind Noise

Courtesy of Michael Pettersen, Shure’s Director of Applications Engineering A microphone responds to the movement of air, and it does not care what caused the air to move.  This means that a mic cannot distinguish between air movement originating from a talker, and air movement originating from local weather.  Wind noise is a persistent problem […]