Davida Rochman

Davida Rochman

A Shure associate since 1979, Davida Rochman graduated with a degree in Speech Communications and never imagined that her first post-college job would result in a lifelong career that had her marketing microphones rather than speaking into them. Today, Davida is a Corporate Public Relations Manager, responsible for public relations activities, sponsorships, and donation programs that intersect with Shure at the corporate and industry level.
Microphones

Eight Ways to Mic an Accordion

With a growing legion of accordion players appearing with mainstream acts like Arcade Fire, The E Street Band, and Mumford & Sons, we offer instruction and sound samples for eight accordion miking techniques.
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Mobile Recording with MOTIV

The best recording studio might be one that you can fit in your pocket. Here’s a look at everything you can do with digital recording solutions designed for your favorite mobile devices.
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GRAMMY Camp 2015: Campers Tell All

GRAMMY Camp brings together high school students for a 10-day total creative immersion. We chatted with students on the vocal and video production tracks about their camp experiences and their career goals.
How to Read a Microphone Frequency Response Chart
Microphones

How to Read a Microphone Frequency Response Chart

Shopping for a new microphone? Then, you’ll want to understand its frequency response. This article will explain the basics: how it’s measured, how to interpret a frequency response chart, and how to match the frequency response of the mic to the sound source.
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Microphones

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.
Five Essential Mobile Recording Rules
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Five Essential Mobile Recording Rules

Sometimes the recording studio is a rig that fits into the backpacks of two tourists bound for Europe. In this post, mobile recording engineer Adam Lansky offers tips for recording success anywhere: on the road, in the moment, and across the pond.
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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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Top 8 Microphone Myths Exposed

There are microphone myths just like there are urban myths. And their longevity rivals Bigfoot, Nessie and that mysterious Roswell incident in 1947. Right here, right now, we’re setting the record straight on mic folklore that we’ve continued to debunk over the years. Check each one of these off your list, and when the subject […]
Tips For Mixing in Multiple Locations
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Tips For Mixing in Multiple Locations

Contributor: Cliff Goldmacher, Owner/Founder of Nashville Studio Live How to Stay Cool, Calm and Consistent As a producer and engineer for the past twenty years, I’ve had the pleasure of being able to travel to various cities and studios for my work.  Along with this privilege, however, comes a particular set of challenges, including: how […]
Designing a Portable Church Sound System
House of Worship

Designing a Portable Church Sound System

Tips from Todd Hartmann at The Austin Stone This is a church that understands the concept of community. Launched just 12 years ago by Chris Tomlin and Matt Carter in the living room of Tomlin’s bass player’s house, The Austin Stone Community Church presently numbers four campuses across the greater Austin area and over 7,000 […]
From the Experts: Playing Summer Music Festivals
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From the Experts: Playing Summer Music Festivals

It wouldn’t be summer without music festivals.  And music festivals wouldn’t be fixtures of summer without the groundwork laid almost sixty years ago at the Newport Jazz Festival. Real historians trace festival origins back to Greece in the sixth century B.C. when a line-up of dancers, singers and musicians competed against once another (more like […]
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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 […]
Listening

Making the Right Earphone Choice: What You Need to Know

When Apple began packaging earbuds with their iPods in 2001, music lovers abandoned their Walkman® and Discman® portable music players along with whatever headphones they were using at the time, and a new consumer market was born. Soon people wanted better sound from their portable players, and that meant something other than ubiquitous white earbuds. […]
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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 […]
What’s the Problem? Three Tools for Troubleshooting Audio Systems
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What’s the Problem? Three Tools for Troubleshooting Audio Systems

Courtesy of Michael Pettersen, Shure’s Director of Applications Engineering. Whether you’re preparing to play a show for an intimate crowd of twenty or prepping the audio solutions for a headlining tour, the odds are, audio problems will find you. The key to troubleshooting is having the right tools for the job. Here are the top […]
KSM9: A good bet for a Las Vegas House of Worship
House of Worship

KSM9: A good bet for a Las Vegas House of Worship

When most of us think of chapels in Las Vegas, the images that come to mind are of the drive-through wedding variety with an Elvis impersonator officiating.   But here’s the real secret that Sin City isn’t even trying to keep on the down low: it’s full of churches, and according to msncbc contributor Chris Rodell […]
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The SM63: A Go-To Mic for Outdoor Applications

Courtesy of Michael Pettersen, Shure’s Director of Applications Engineering. From the researcher who wants to record the sound of singing birds in the extreme humidity of the Amazon Rainforest, to the minister who wants the outside bell to be heard at the end of a service, there are plenty of applications that require a microphone […]
Pedalboards 101 and Beyond
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Pedalboards 101 and Beyond

Contributing Editor: Scott Kahn As you develop your sound and style as an electric guitar player, your attention will at some point turn to making use of effects pedals to enhance your sound. But with thousands of pedals to choose from, deciding what belongs on your pedalboards can seem like a daunting task. And then, […]
Systems

What You Need to Know About Dante

Contributor:  Gino Sigismondi, Senior Manager, Shure Systems Support For the last couple of years, we’ve all heard the steady drumbeat of digital in pro sound applications. Digital audio networking systems that transmit and receive up to 64 audio channels over a single Ethernet cable, and more recently, digital wireless microphone systems. These solutions allow audio […]
Ensuring Your Word Is Heard
House of Worship

Ensuring the Word is Heard

Improving speech intelligibility in highly reverberant worship spaces By: Michael Pettersen As a vocalist in choral ensembles, I can attest that the natural (or, more accurately, architectural) reverberation found in many houses of worship helps acoustic music to sound fantastic. Traditional sanctuaries with high, soaring ceilings and lots of hard, reflective surfaces lend power to […]
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Referencing with Headphones before Mastering

By Steve Corrao, Sage Audio Mastering – Nashville, TN Not too long ago, Shure Notes editors crossed into the sprawling, top-secret world that is Shure’s Technology Annex to learn more about the development of its headphone line from Chief Engineer Yuri Shulman.  Naturally, part of that discussion involved a review of the growing headphone line […]
GLX-D - Basic Setup
Wireless Systems

Getting Started with GLX-D Digital Wireless – Part 1: Basic Setup

This is where 85 plus years of legendary performance and groundbreaking digital technology meet.  Built to handle the rigors of any stage and available in a variety of configurations, GLX-D® is a revolution in wireless freedom.  The first in a series of seven how-to videos demonstrates the system’s foolproof setup. More GLX-D Digital Wireless Videos Part […]
GLX-D - Scan And Frequency Changes
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Getting Started with GLX-D Digital Wireless – Part 5: Scan and Frequency Changes

GLX-D® uses redundant audio transmission and seamless automatic switching between backup frequencies to ensure a consistent signal.  This video demonstrates how to change the frequency settings if you’re using multiple systems or experiencing interference. More GLX-D Digital Wireless Videos Part 1 – Basic Setup Part 2 – (Pedal) Basic Setup Part 3 – Adjust Gain Part […]
GLX-D - Locking The System
Wireless Systems

Getting Started with GLX-D Digital Wireless – Part 7: Using the Lock/Unlock Function

Stuff happens. Maybe the transmitter was accidentally turned off or the system settings mysteriously changed mid-performance. The lock/unlock feature is the system’s wingman and prevents these avoidable incidents. The final video in the series of seven demonstrates this important peace-of-mind feature of GLX-D®. More GLX-D Digital Wireless Videos Part 1 – Basic Setup Part 2 – […]
Inside a Conference Room
Systems

Conferencing Solutions: When to Choose a Digital Discussion System

Imagine a summit meeting with hundreds of delegates from across the globe. They are seated behind desk-mounted microphones and many are wearing headsets.  There’s a nameplate in front of each one, indicating the nation represented. In addition to the listeners, there are a nearly equal number of interpreters. Somewhere in this milieu, a small technical […]
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Systems

Is This Thing On? Hiring a Sound Company for Your Next Conference

Contributor: Phil Bower, Prestige AV & Creative Services The venue was booked months ago, the event has been promoted to your membership, and the speaker line-up, while in a constant state of flux, is finally just about buttoned up. But the time has come, in addition to the dozens of other tasks on your pre-show […]
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Getting Started with BLX Wireless – Part 1: Basic Setup

BLX Wireless is ruggedly engineered, affordable and supports up to 12 compatible systems – perfect when you’re ready to make that exhilarating leap to the freedom of reliable, unplugged performance. The first in a series of four how-to videos will guide you through the Shure BLX wireless system’s simple and intuitive setup. Also in the […]
BLX-Adjusting Gain
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Getting Started with BLX Wireless – Part 3: Adjusting Gain

Delivering a performance range of up to 300 feet, long battery life, bodypack and handheld configurations plus a range of microphone choices, BLX Wireless has a lot to offer. In fact, it was engineered to match the reliable performance of Shure’s high-end analog wireless systems. Part 3 of the four-part video series will show you […]
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Getting Started with BLX Wireless – Part 4: Lock/Unlock Function

BLX Wireless offers a variety of lightweight and ultra-portable receiver options for the musician on-the-go and a half-rack size for installed applications. With features found on more expensive analog systems, it’s all about making great performance available to everyone. Part 4 of the four-part video series will demonstrate how to use the breathe-easy lock controls […]
Helical Antenna
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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 […]
Inside Headphones
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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 […]
Repair or Replace?
House of Worship

Repair or Replace? What’s a Praise Team to Do?

Planned obsolescence.  We’re living in a world where the repair shops that were found in every town – large or small – as recently as ten or twenty years ago no longer exist.  Manufacturers of consumer products aren’t eager to fill the gap, either, so most of us find it easier to replace. The good […]
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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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What’s That Noise? And How to Fix It!

The hum. The buzz. The crackle. Or no sound at all.  While we’re all familiar with the unwanted sound of, let’s say, guitar amp feedback, there are other issues that are a little trickier to identify and eliminate.
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How the “Green Bullet” Became the Definitive Blues Harp Mic

Contributors: Dennis Gruenling, Michael Pettersen Since the 1950s, blues harmonica players have amplified their instruments with bullet-shaped microphones and tube amplifiers. But how it all started remains a mystery. According to one legend, the mac daddy of all Chicago blues harp players, Marion “Little Walter” Jacobs, innovated the technique by playing his harmonica near a […]
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Miking Guitar Amps: Tips from Sound Pro John Mills

[Pointing to a Marshall amp] “This is a top that we use on stage … the numbers all go to 11 – right across the board.  Most blokes are playing at 10 … but, where can you go from there?  If we need that extra push over the cliff, we put it up to 11.  […]
Listening

How to Clean Shure Earphones

You notice a drop in the sound level of your favorite Shure earphones and it’s starting to get worse. Is it the cable?  The drivers? Maybe the sound source?  You keep turning the volume up – and … nothing. Chances are the solution is as simple as cleaning earwax, dust and debris from the inside […]
Listening

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 […]
Wireless Systems and Antenna Placement
Wireless Systems

Shure Rechargeable Battery Technology

Depending on your experience with them, rechargeable batteries are either the boon or the bane of your experience in wireless systems.  How much run time is left? Is there time to recharge before the performance?  And with multiple systems using dozens of rechargeables, how can you be sure which are fully charged and which are […]
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How to Clean a Mic

You’ve finally invested in a high-quality vocal microphone, and your voice has never sounded better. Unfortunately, the keyboard player in your band decides he wants to use your mic during his featured rap. You cringe as he practically eats the microphone. You can barely watch as he encourages audience members to scream into the mic. […]
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The DIY Guide To Singing In The Studio

By Cliff Goldmacher Your career as a recording artist hinges on many things – from the songs you choose to the musicianship on your records. But the single most important thing for your identity as an artist is your voice. The more relaxed and confident you are as a singer, the more people will know who […]
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Five Easy Pieces: Miking Drums with a Shure SM27

Editors’ Note: For many years, one of Shure’s corporate missions has been to further music education around the globe.  But our commitment extends far beyond contests such as Fantastic Scholastic (now in its ninth year), where college teams compete for a valuable mic locker.   It often starts with a much younger audience and here’s why: […]
House of Worship

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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White Spaces, The Incentive Auction and What It Means to You

For up-to-date information on the FCC Incentive Auction, please refer to our Resource Center. What’s the buzz? What is it? When does it happen? What are the effects on wireless users? Just when we all adjusted to 2009’s FCC regulations involving the use of wireless microphones and mobile devices in the TV band, along comes a […]
Broadcast

How To Sync Audio and Video

Shure is pleased to offer video professionals educational resources that provide practical advice and helpful tips—all with the express purpose of ensuring the highest quality audio possible. To address some of the common situations videographers face when creating corporate or online videos, we have launched a three-part video series. The topics include: How to Mic […]
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How To Mic Someone at a Computer

Shure is pleased to offer video professionals educational resources that provide practical advice and helpful tips—all with the express purpose of ensuring the highest quality audio possible. To address some of the common situations videographers face when creating corporate or online videos, we have launched a three-part video series.  The topics include:  How to Mic […]
Listening

Critical Listening: How to Train Your Ears

Contributors: Recording Engineers Mark Garrison, Michael White “Trust your ears.”  “It’s what sounds right to you.”   These are popular refrains that you’ve read in just about every article (many of them right here) about choosing microphones, positioning them and mixing sound.  But if you’re going to rely on your ears to hear and identify the […]
House of Worship

How to Survive the Pitfalls of Live Performance

By Worship Leader Sandy Hoffman Whether you believe that God or the Devil is in the details, the fact is that no matter how hard you try to honor one or drive the other away by paying attention to the smallest things, stuff happens. Our music teachers always taught us to play through mistakes.  But […]
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Microphone Choice and Placement Secrets for Recording

Contributor:  Bobby Owsinski While you often see microphone techniques discussed for specific applications, another approach is to learn some general principles that you can apply to any situation. Before we can get into that though, we have to choose the proper mic first. Lynda.com’s Bobby Owsinski, author of the site’s online video series Audio Recording […]
How to Control Feedback in a Sound System
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How to Control Feedback in a Sound System

By Shure Notes Editors. Contributors: John Chevalier, Bill Gibson, Frank Gilbert, June Millington, Dan Murphy “John had a semi-acoustic Gibson guitar. It had a pickup on it so it could be amplified. We were just about to walk away and listen to a take when John leaned his guitar against the amp. He really should […]
House of Worship

The Top Six Church Audio Questions for 2012

Contributor: Tim Vear One of the ways that we zero in on what you want from us is to check in with Senior Applications Engineer and Shure Answer Man Tim Vear. Not only is he a featured speaker at countless workshops and seminars, he wrote the book on Audio Systems for Houses of Worship which […]
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Quick Change Artist: It’s a Hypercardioid! It’s a Subcardioid! It’s a KSM9HS!

Shure Notes Editors/Contributor: Soren Pedersen Back in 2005, Shure introduced the KSM9 vocal condenser microphone.  What made this microphone unique was its flip-of-a-switch ability to change from cardioid to supercardioid. Originally, a component in Shure’s premium UR24S/KSM9 wireless system, the mic found an enthusiastic audience that warranted its standalone status. Live sound guys loved it.  […]
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Raising the Roof: Amplifying the Detroit Pistons Drumline

When most of us think of marching bands, making the drums louder isn’t something that comes to mind right away.  But for Todd Ohme, the Director of the Pistons Drumline, it’s been more like a calling.  Specifically, he wants to rock the house – and that house is The Palace of Auburn Hills, where The […]
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EQ I.Q.: A Quick Primer

In its simplest definition: Equalization involves selectively boosting or cutting bands of frequencies to improve the performance of a sound reinforcement system. Like many other audio technologies, EQ was born in telecommunications, where filters were used to restore and flatten all frequencies, so that response to all frequencies would be equal – hence the label […]
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Is There Really Anything You Can Do About Acoustics?

By Shure Notes Editors Contributors: Frank Gilbert, FOH Engineer at Chicago’s Mayne Stage, The Vic and Park West; Kent Morris, Peavey Electronics, Cornerstone Media; Stuart Rosenberg, Partner – SPACE and League of Creative Musicians Live performance venues deal with it all the time. In this post, we’ll break down the subject of acoustics for you […]
House of Worship

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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SM58 Facts vs. Fiction—Part 4

Our video series about the SM58® is designed to help our blog readers separate fact from fiction about this legendary microphone.  In Part 1, we discussed the myth “old technology”.  In Part 2, we discussed the myth that the SM58’s grille should never dent. In Part 3, we discussed the myth that the SM58 causes […]
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SM58 Facts vs. Fiction—Part 3

Our video series about the SM58® is designed to help our blog readers separate fact from fiction about this legendary microphone.  In Part 1, we discussed the myth “old technology”.  In Part 2, we discussed the myth that the SM58’s grille should never dent. In part 3, we discuss the myth that the SM58 causes […]
House of Worship

2012 WATS Event Dallas, TX

Worship and Technology Leaders Team Up to Improve Your Skills Now in its fifth year of bringing technical expertise to those who work and volunteer in houses of worship, summit sponsors Shure, Yamaha, Elation Lighting and Renewed Vision are once again underwriting the cost of the two-day conference in three locations throughout 2012 so that […]
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SM58 Facts vs. Fiction—Part 2

Last week we launched a video series about the SM58® to help our blog readers separate fact from fiction about this legendary microphone.  In Part 1, we discussed the myth “old technology”. In Part 2, we discuss the myth that the SM58’s grille should never dent. Like scars on a heavyweight prize fighter, a bashed […]
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SM58 Facts vs. Fiction!

The legendary Shure SM58® vocal microphone is the industry standard for live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording. Being the most popular microphone in the world creates a mystique, as well as, some myths!  To separate fact from fiction, we have put together a four part video series that sets the record straight—about the SM58! […]
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Orchestrating the Perfect Sound Check: John Mills

John Mills has worked with many of the luminaries in the world of contemporary Christian music – Chris Tomlin, Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche, Shane & Shane and many others. He’s also delivered pitch perfect sound as Audio Systems Chief for Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw in their record-breaking 23-city “Brothers of the Sun” tour. Always […]
House of Worship

The Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

Contributors: Jim Brown and Gino Sigismondi You’ve done everything you can think of to keep the levels constant.  You’ve added amps.  You‘ve moved speakers.  Still, the amount of reverberation in your worship space makes intelligibility a real challenge. Then, of course, there’s background noise and feedback.  Believe it or not, there may be a simple […]
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“Crazy good”: Videography, Wireless Receivers and the Shure UR5

Contributors: Keith Anderson, Videographer and Chris Lyons, Manager of Technical & Educational Communications at Shure For the videographer who is either earning a living or bringing in some extra income by shooting video for weddings, events or the Internet – audio can present a challenge.   You can’t have a bride holding a microphone while exchanging […]
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SM57 on Steroids: The Shure SM7(B) Story

Shure’s SM7 vocal mic for recording applications, introduced in 1973, is a mic (available today as SM7B) with an amazing history that’s generated a tremendous amount of buzz in the last several years. We wondered why. So to find out, we talked to John Born, Product Manager at Shure who answered the question, but advised […]
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Shure Tech Tip: What You Need to Know About Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Courtesy of Michael Pettersen, Shure’s Director of Applications Engineering Recently, I arrived early for a party.  The host was working in the kitchen 20 feet from where I stood.  “Have a seat and I will tell you what’s been going on,” she said.  I settled into a nearby comfy chair and we chatted.  The house […]
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The Mixdown Landscape

Contributor:  Mike Overlin, Manager of Worship Resources Yamaha Corporation When it comes to recorded music, the mixdown is the crucial step where the individual recorded tracks of each instrument or vocal are combined to make the finished master. Much of what we do when we’re tracking a song is designed to give us as much […]
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How to Protect Your Ears

The facts speak for themselves. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 12.5% of children and adolescents and 17% of adults – over 31 million Americans have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise. Think this can’t happen to you? Consider this: Just 15 minutes of exposure to […]
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Shure Tech Tip: A Weather Resistant Wireless Handheld Transmitter

Courtesy of Michael Pettersen, Shure’s Director of Applications Engineering The phone call began with, “I need a wireless transmitter that is water-proof.  The venue is a U.S. Navy firing range and the wireless mic is used in all types of weather.  What do you recommend?” We recommended the ULXP wireless system with a ULX2/SM58 transmitter; […]
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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 […]
House of Worship

Automatic Microphone Mixers: When You Need Them

Typical Applications: Houses of Worship Teleconferencing Videoconferencing Panel Discussions Boardrooms Distance Learning Hotel Sound Courtrooms Microphone mixers, also known as voice-activated or sound-activated microphone mixers, have one fundamental function: to attenuate (or reduce in level) any microphone that is not being addressed, and conversely, to rapidly activate any microphone that is addressed by a talker. […]
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Shure Tech Tip: Instrument Mic, Vocal Mic, or Both?

Courtesy of Michael Pettersen, Shure’s Director of Applications Engineering Are there microphones that will only pick up musical instruments and will reject voices?  How about the reverse?  If we consider the basic function of a microphone, we discover that the answer to both questions is “No.”  A microphone senses the movement of air and then […]
Open Back vs. Closed Back Headphones
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Open Back vs. Closed Back Headphones

Do you want a private listening experience with some isolation from what’s going on around you?  Are you a recording engineer or audiophile looking for the accuracy of open back headphones? Check out Shure’s new educational video on the differences between open back and closed back headphones to determine which headphone type is right for […]
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Shotgun Mics and Video Production

  If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that audio quality can make or break any video project. No matter how creative and professional the visual aspects of a production may be, these qualities can be completely negated by lackluster audio. According to one videographer we know, “It’s easy to fool the eye, but it’s […]
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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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Shure Wired Microphone Model Numbers…an Explanation

We are often asked why Shure microphones have specific model number designations and what these stand for.  The organizational structure of Shure model numbers is credited to our founder S.N. Shure.  Mr. Shure was a very organized person.  The Shure archive has an example of his daily diary, kept when he was 15 years old.  […]
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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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All About Open Back Headphones

For years, audio manufacturers have trumpeted the benefits of noise-cancelling headphones. TV commercials invariably depict stressed-out  corporate types struggling to find a piece of Paradise on a transcontinental flight, but … headphones that let sound in?  That’s the magic of open back headphones. What’s the advantage? Open back headphones have ports that allow sound to […]
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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 […]
House of Worship

Six Questions to Help You Choose a Personal Monitor System for Your Church

More powerful.  Less expensive.  And widely accepted.  Today, congregations large and small are benefiting from improved sound quality and lower stage volumes. The guitarist, in order to hear himself better, turns his amplifier up. The singers need more monitor level to compete with the rest of the praise band. The cycle of escalating stage volume […]
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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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‘White Space’ Devices & RF Coordination: What You Need to Know

For up-to-date information on the FCC Incentive Auction, please refer to our Resource Center.” The first TV Bands Device (aka “white space device” or WSD) has been approved by the FCC and was released to the market on January 26, 2012.  The device is the model AWR Agility White Space Radio manufactured by KTS Wireless (http://www.ktswireless.com/products-and-services/agility-white-space-radio-awr/). […]
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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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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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Recording Audio from a Computer

It wasn’t that long ago – maybe 15 or 20 years at most –when a quality studio incorporating all of the technologies that have revolutionized recorded music over the decades would have cost tens of thousands of dollars. But now, anyone can produce a good quality recording on a simple home computer with a few […]
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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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Vocal Miking Tips

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

How to Talk to Your Pastor (Convincingly) About Sound

It’s a little like asking for a raise. Uncomfortable. That’s why many of you out there have asked Shure for advice on ways to approach your lead pastor when it’s time to replace rather than repair. This may lead to stultifying technical discussions but it will certainly result in “how much money is this going to […]
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Miking Videos and Podcasts

Interview with Mark Jensen. You’re an IT guy and a voice-over talent, in addition to being the force behind NewMediaGear.com and Studio1A Productions. Can you explain how these inter-relate? I am fascinated with technology. This drive rages stronger now than ever before. From on-air radio guy to Senior Global IT Engineer and finally media entrepreneur, being […]
House of Worship

Personal Monitoring for Your Church

The following article is an excerpt from Shure Notes for Houses of Worship, Issue #47 (October 3, 2011). A History Whether you believe that Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder, or the Steve Miller Band was the first to pioneer the use of in-ear monitoring systems, one fact is indisputable: this represented a breakthrough in live sound. […]
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RF Coordination: What You Need to Know

The following article is an excerpt from Shure Notes for Houses of Worship, Issue #47 (October 3, 2011). There was a time when understanding pro audio and having a good pair of ears was enough to handle most church audio challenges. Then, wireless systems came into their own and changed the landscape. Touring acts may […]
House of Worship

Monitor Mixing at Lakeside Church

First Person with Dan Murphy The following article is an excerpt from Shure Notes for Houses of Worship, Issue #47 (October 3, 2011). Running live sound in a church setting can be a very challenging and a very rewarding experience. Every week, the sound crew is faced with a mix of professional, semi-professional, and amateur […]
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What Is Good Sound?

The following article is an excerpt from Shure Notes / Musician, Issue #48 (September 1, 2011). Ever think about what good sounds really means? You’re probably thinking good material, excellent musicianship, and the right equipment, but it’s really a little more scientific than that. Most problems in live performance are directly related to fidelity, intelligibility, […]
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Rules of the Road

Sound Checks, Safety, and More The following article is an excerpt from Shure Notes / Musician, Issue #48 (September 1, 2011). Some may refer to it as the fourth law of thermodynamics, but most of us know it as “Murphy’s Law,” in its simplest form: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Sure, you […]
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Feedback: Fact and Fiction

The following article is an excerpt from Shure Notes for House of Worship, Issue #46 (August 4, 2011). One of the most commonly asked questions in professional audio is “What microphone can I use that doesn’t cause feedback?” The answer is: no such microphone exists. Feedback results from a combination of many factors, including loudspeaker […]
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Which One’s For You?

Charting the Features of Shure’s Wireless Gear Shure offers various wireless systems and multiple microphone options for unlimited flexibility for any application or budget. To help you decide which Shure system is right for you, we have identified the key system features and differences, especially as they pertain to spectrum management. Performance Gear Wireless PGX […]
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Tale of Two Churches

How They Made the Transition How well we remember the days gone by when the airwaves were filled with news of a digital tsunami and the end, as we knew it, of analog television. For consumers, it meant the addition of a set-top box and a never-ending stream of public service and cable provider TV […]
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Why Use Shure Automatic Mixers?

The Audio Problems Caused by Multiple Open Microphones High quality audio becomes progressively more difficult to achieve as the number of open microphones increases. All audio systems face the same problems whenever multiple open microphones are needed. These problems are: Build-up of background noise and reverberation Reduced gain before feedback Comb filtering All of the […]
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Introduction to Wireless Systems

Wireless microphones have become increasingly popular as their sound quality, reliability, and cost have improved. This booklet is intended for people who are using a wireless microphone for the first time, or who are trying to decide which model to purchase to suit their particular needs. It provides a basic understanding of how wireless microphone […]
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Shure Sound Isolating Earphones

How to Get the Right Fit Shure earphones are not worn in the same style as headphones or standard earbuds. To enjoy the superior sound isolation and audio quality of your earphones, it is very important to get a proper fit. Situating the Cables Note the difference between the right (R) and left (L) earphones […]
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Understanding Sound System Design and Feedback Using (Ugh!) Math

One of the basic building blocks of sound system design is the Potential Acoustic Gain (PAG) equation. With a few simple calculations it can provide a guide to dealing with the problems and restrictions encountered with feedback and other issues. Download this helpful guide. Understanding Sound System Design and Feedback Using (Ugh!) Math By Rich […]
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Roswellite – What Is This Stuff?

The Material That Revolutionized Ribbon Microphones: Roswellite ™ What Is It? Roswellite ™ is the trademarked name of a nano-enabled ribbon material that is used in Shure KSM313/NE and KSM353/ED ribbon microphones. Roswellite™ is also known as “acoustic nanofilm.” It’s an extremely strong, low mass, superelastic, paramagnetic composite with high inherent conductivity and shape memory […]
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Top Wireless Performance

Five Troubleshooting Tips Gain set-up is crucial for the proper operation of the wireless transmitter.Handheld transmitters can be overdriven by a vocal presenter if the gain is set too high and under-driven if the gain is set too low. Both situations can lead to poor results.Always try to adjust for the talent of the day […]
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Get Optimum Performance from Your Audio Gear

A little bit of knowledge about care, use and preventive maintenance can extend the life and maximize the performance of the gear you already own. Here, Shure’s Bill Ostry shares tips that will preserve your equipment and your budget. Wired Microphones Keep windscreens on vocal mics clean and unclogged – clogged windscreens can reduce the […]
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Recording Better Audio for Video

Not that long ago, DIY videos were pretty much the domain of proud parents capturing the highlights of a family vacation or birthday party.   Technology and social media changed all that and today, over 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every day. Let’s say you’re ready to join the revolution. You already have […]
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Untangling the Facts About Cords and Cables

While understanding the differences between mic, instrument and speaker cables isn’t quite as seductive as checking out the features of a new effects pedal or electronic keyboard, these are essential links in the audio chain. Getting a grip on the basics and learning a couple of tried-and-true techniques from the pros will make sure you’re […]
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How Rooms Affect Sound

A Shure Educational Podcast Learn how various room characteristics and source-to-microphone distance affect the sound that is picked up by the microphone.
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Why Do Microphones Sound Different?

A Shure Educational Podcast Learn which microphone characteristics influence the way microphones sound, and how you can use these characteristics to help choose the right microphones for a variety of applications.
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Talkin’ Ribbon Microphones

Think about microphone types today and your mind will automatically turn to the dynamic and condenser types that dominate live sound reinforcement and recording applications. But from the 1930s through the 1950s, the ribbon velocity microphone ruled the airwaves. Fast forward to the present day. Thanks to space age advancements in material design, highly sensitive […]
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How to Avoid Comb Filtering with Podium Mics

Here are some helpful hints from Shure Associate and audio pro John Born. Beware of comb filtering Comb filtering occurs when two or more open microphones pick up the same sound source and then are mixed together. Because sound enters the microphones at slightly different times, cancellation of frequencies occurs when those two signals are […]
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How to Mic a Choir

One of the most challenging tasks for a house of worship audio technician is miking the choir. The right solution requires achieving: a good balance of all the voices, high gain before feedback, and of course, a natural sound There are two basic decisions to be made that will help you get the best sound […]
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Beyond the Basics: Drum Miking

Of Mics and Men There’s the conventional. Now what about the advanced? We talked to three drummers whose approaches to drum miking are as different as their musical odysseys. First, Rascal Flatts’ Jim Riley. Next, ex-Pat Metheny Group sideman and groundbreaking percussionist Paul Wertico. And finally, British touring band favorite Simon Phillips, currently living in […]
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The Super 55

A Shure Educational Podcast In this episode of our podcast, we introduce the the Super 55. Our guest, Product Specialist Rob Klegon, takes us on a tour of the new product and how it compares to its predecessor, the 55SH Series II.
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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.
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Using Audio Effects: Part 2

A Shure Educational Podcast Part two of a two-part series discussing the addition of audio effects to recorded audio. In this episode, Matt Engstrom joins us to talk about gating, compression, automatic gain control, normalizing, and limiting.
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Frequently Asked Questions

A Shure Educational Podcast In this episode, we explore the top frequently asked questions from the Shure Applications Group. Chris Lyons is joined by Tim Vear as they discuss how to clean a microphone grill and how to hook up a mic up to a computer.
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Venue Miking

In the House and on the Road with Paris Lahr He’s the man behind the console at venues ranging from intimate clubs to sports arenas, with an impressive resume that includes pro sound responsibilities for popular venues, major sound companies and globally touring artists. It only made sense that we’d want to tap Paris Lahr […]
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Secrets of EQ

A Discussion with John Mills Let’s start with the most famous question that sound people are asked. “Do you really know what all those knobs do?” If you can answer that question, you may also know every frequency and its equivalent musical notes. Maybe you know the exact crossover point of every driver in your […]
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Using Audio Effects: Part 1

A Shure Educational Podcast Part one of a two-part series dealing with adding effects to recorded audio In this episode, we’re joined by Matt Engstrom to talk about EQ, reverb, delay, and pitch shifting.
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Wireless 101 Part Three: Antennas

A Shure Educational Podcast Part three of a three-part series on wireless microphone technology. In this episode, we help our listeners choose the appropriate antenna and its placement for their wireless system.
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Sound Isolation vs. Noise Cancellation

A Shure Educational Podcast Ever wanted to know the difference between sound isolation and noise cancellation? In this episode, along with guest Chris Lyons, we explore the characteristics of both technologies, complete with real-world audio samples.
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SM57 and SM58® Inside the Legends

A Shure Educational Podcast We take a look at the history and technology of the legendary SM57 and SM58® microphones in this episode. A few highlights from the show include: the “drop test” and a testimonial from devoted SM58 user Henry Rollins. Tim Vear from Shure’s Applications Department is our guest.
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Television vs. Wireless Technology

A Shure Educational Podcast Tim Vear from Shure’s Applications Engineering department can talk wireless with the best of them. In this installment, Tim shares his knowledge of wireless technology and television airwaves…past, present and future.
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Antenna Types & Optimal Placement for Wireless

A Shure Educational Podcast In this episode, we are joined by Senior Applications Engineer Tim Vear to get a little insight on the different types of wireless antennas and the proper way to place them for optimal performance. Tim is Shure’s resident wireless expert and has enough knowledge on this topic to fill hours and […]
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CommShield® Technology Improves RF Resistance

Microflex® microphones from Shure are used in a wide variety of applications for sound reinforcement, recording, and distance conferencing. They are found in boardrooms, conference rooms, courtrooms, interview rooms, on podiums, and even hanging from ceilings for choir vocal pick-up. Microflex product lines are very popular with sound contractors, consultants, and end users. They provide […]
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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 […]
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Shure Tech Tip: Phantom Power vs Bias Voltage

Many users of professional audio equipment believe there is no difference between phantom power and bias voltage. Not true! Phantom and bias are not interchangeable. This bulletin explains the differences between phantom and bias, and addresses common misconceptions. Phantom power is a dc voltage (11 – 48 volts) which powers the preamplifier of a condenser […]
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Audio Reference Companding: The Basics

What does it do? Improves wireless sound quality. What is it? A more efficient companding scheme. What is companding? Companding is the process of compressing the audio signal prior to transmission and expanding it after reception. All pro audio wireless needs companding to deliver a wide dynamic range (greater than 100dB). How does it work? […]
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How to Buy A Microphone

A Shure Primer The time has come. You’re about to embark on your first microphone shopping adventure. Or maybe this time, you just want to narrow the field from the dizzying assortment that’s out there before visiting your dealer, surfing the web or thumbing through the most recent catalog in the stack that’s been accumulating […]