Written by Marc Henshall on November 11, 2014 under Listening
Earphones and headphones often come with some fairly intimidating spec sheets. This can make choosing the right model for you a little daunting. Thankfully, we’ve put together a list of the most commonly seen specs to help you make an informed decision.
Written by Davida Rochman on June 10, 2013 under Listening
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 […]
Written by Hayden Leiper on July 11, 2018 under LiveTheaterWireless Systems
In this issue, we will focus on transmission lines, beginning with an explanation of coaxial cable impedance and why 50-ohms is the standard in RF systems, followed by a review of cable loss specifications.
Written by Andrew Francis on January 25, 2018 under Systems
Good architecture should provide both style and substance. But when form doesn’t follow function in the conference room, audio quality suffers.
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 Michael Pettersen on July 13, 2017 under News
What is it like in a room where all typical daily noises are absent? In this post, we’ll take you inside one of two Shure anechoic chambers used for product testing.
Written by Soren Pedersen on November 30, 2016
Earned in the Quality Lab, the SM58’s reputation for durability is strengthened every time the mic bests a real-world customer challenge. Check out these torturous SM58 stories from inside and outside Shure HQ.
Written by Michael Pettersen on October 20, 2016
How did the SM58 achieve its signature sound? Shure Historian Michael Pettersen breaks it down in three easy (depending on your technical expertise) pieces.
Written by Matthew Koschak on May 17, 2016 under BroadcastMicrophones
Engineer Matthew Koschak explains shotgun microphones: how they work, common misperceptions, and how to choose the right one for your application.
Written by Cheryl Jennison DaProza on December 28, 2015 under ListeningWebinars
In this webinar, we’ll look at the evolution of earphones, from dynamic to electrostatic, how to correctly interpret earphone specifications, and the science behind the myth of multi-driver earphones.
Written by Marc Henshall on July 1, 2015 under Microphones
Shure has turned a passion for reliable audio into a science; every product is subjected to a stress-test gauntlet – some of the safety procedures described in this post.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 13, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesWireless Systems
In the audio world, few debates raise blood pressure levels more than the analogue vs digital question. The world of wireless microphones is no exception.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 24, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
Almost all wireless failures are completely avoidable with the right equipment and training. In this post, we will document the most common reasons for wireless failure so that you can avoid embarrassing drop outs and improve your production values with reliable wireless.
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 Marc Henshall on February 10, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
So you’ve decided a digital wireless system is right for you. But which system should you buy? This guide to Shure digital wireless systems will help you choose the right system based on your application and budget.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 17, 2014 under Listening
In light of Neil Young’s PonoMusic, we look at high-res audio, the importance of headphones, and how you’re only as good as the weakest link in your signal chain.
Written by Davida Rochman on October 17, 2013
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on October 29, 2012 under House of Worship
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 […]
Written by Allison Wolcott on August 30, 2012 under ListeningNews
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on March 14, 2012
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 […]
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 February 29, 2012
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on February 22, 2012
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on February 7, 2012
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on June 23, 2011 under Home RecordingStudio
A single pair of multipattern condenser microphones can provide at least five distinct overhead drum miking choices. We look at each one.
Written by Davida Rochman on February 5, 2007
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 […]
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