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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) […]
Special Webinar Event: The History of the Shure Unidyne
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Special Webinar Event: The History of the Shure Unidyne

Those of us who work with microphones day in and day out all have our favorites. Most singers swear by the SM58®. The SM7B is popular among broadcasters and recording engineers alike. And, any live sound engineer worth his salt will have several SM57s in his inventory. But when it comes to the general public, one […]
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How to Mic a DSLR Video

Shure Contributors: Thomas Banks, Chris Lyons, Gino Sigismondi Consider this: On YouTube alone, over 60 hours of video are uploaded every minute of every day. More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month than the three major television networks combined have created in the past sixty years.  The 51-second shot-in-a-dorm-room “Harlem Shake” garnered 36 […]
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Helical and 145 Other Audio Terms You May Need to Know

Helical? This could describe a bad day in the studio or a buzzing sound that just won’t go away.  Fact is, it’s a type of a directional antenna that might be the answer to getting better performance from your wireless systems.  In this post, Shure Notes Editors have searched the archives for terms that you’re […]
Wireless Systems and Antenna Placement
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Wireless Systems and Antenna Placement

“Receiver antennas are one of the most misunderstood areas of wireless microphone operation.” Credit Shure’s Product Support Group with that bold statement. And they ought to know.  They’re the ones rivaling Sherlock Holmes in the art of deductive reasoning as it relates to solving dropout mysteries. Many times the culprit turns out to be antenna […]
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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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Talkin’ Mic Basics with Shure’s Gino Sigismondi: Choosing the Right Mic

Sometimes people ask us, “Why do you guys make so many different types of microphones?” The answer is: there are many different applications that require different form factors – handheld, headset or stand-mounted and different technologies that produce different sound qualities.   But often, it comes down to what sounds right to you: it ultimately comes […]
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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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The Unidyne III and Ernie Seeler

Most Shure users have likely never heard the name Ernie Seeler, even though a fair share of their livelihood exists because of this microphone engineer. Born in Cuba of German parents, Ernie joined Shure in 1953 and retired in 1997. During the late 1950s, Ernie developed a new microphone element that would revolutionize the pro […]
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Mic Basics: Directionality

Part three of our three-part series on microphone basics. In this episode, Chris Lyons talks about microphone directionality, both unidirectional and omnidirectional.