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Understanding Earphone and Headphone Specifications

What specifications are important to understand when you’re getting ready to upgrade or replace your earphones or headphones?  If you’re not a sound engineer, understanding the difference between frequency range and frequency response – or even the impedance requirements of your iPod or DJ rig – can have an impact on your listening experience. In […]
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Inside Headphones with Yuri Shulman, Shure Engineer

With a wide variety of headphones to choose from, we find that many users are looking for guidance to help them select the right headphone for their application. Shure’s product line has expanded to eight different models – some open back, some closed back, and a couple of models for DJs. What practical information could […]
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Keeping It Simple for the Volunteer Audio Team

Contributor: Allen Sargent, Discipleship Coordinator at Christ the King Lutheran Church Fallbrook, California Anyone leading a praise or worship team in a small or mid-size church has faced the challenges of an all-volunteer tech team.  Many are called but few can face the fearsomeness of an intimidating soundboard or the possibility of the vocalist’s mic […]
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Recent Reviews: Headphones, Mics & PSM

We’ve been testing our products to military specifications since World War II. So, when you see a new Shure product hit the shelves, you know it already survived a serious smackdown. Despite the confidence this gives us, we still get a little nervous when the first reviews roll in. (We just want everyone to be […]
Education

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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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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Understanding Mic Specs, Part 2

Last week we launched a video series to help our blog readers understand how microphones work and discussed the Operating Principle in Part I. In Part II, we define Frequency Response—the range of frequencies a microphone can reproduce—and explain the differences between mics with flat response vs. shaped response. Watching the video will help you […]
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Understanding Mic Specs

At Shure, it’s not only our passion to make great microphones, but also to ensure you know how to use your Shure mic for a particular purpose. That’s why we’ve put together a four part video series that lays out the basics of how microphones work and understanding microphone specifications. In Part I, we discuss the […]
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Why Won’t My Mic Work?

The eight-member team of Shure’s Applications Engineering Group gets a lot of questions.   They come every day from customers all over the world through a variety of channels – email, phone and via the interface on the company’s Find An Answer (FAQ) database.  It’s Apps’ mission to problem-solve. According to Apps chief Michael Pettersen, one […]
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Five Techniques for Stereo Miking Drums

By Matt McGlynn A single pair of multipattern condenser microphones can provide at least five distinct overhead drum miking choices with surprisingly different sonic characteristics. To demonstrate these different sounds, we recorded a drum kit with a pair of KSM44A overhead microphones five different ways. The drums, the room, the preamps, cables, and composition remained […]
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Shure Tech Tip: VU and PPM Audio Meters – An Elementary Explanation

Meters which monitor audio levels are typically one of two varieties: VU (Volume Unit) or PPM (Peak Program Meters). Though both perform the same function, they accomplish the function in very different manners. A VU meter displays the average volume level of an audio signal. A PPM displays the peak volume level of an audio […]