Written by Cory Lorentz on December 29, 2016 under Live
Few pieces of gear inspire so much passion and loyalty as Shure’s SM58. From Led Zeppelin to Henry Rollins, admiring musicians have helped turn this microphone into an icon over the past 50 years.
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 Marc Henshall on May 23, 2014 under Microphones
When used on the road, mic grills will inevitably receive abuse. We look at how the Shure SM58 grill is designed to dent – protecting your microphone.
Written by Cheryl Jennison DaProza on May 9, 2014 under News
A few years ago, I lost my SM58 at a gig. As I scrambled about the festival grounds desperately searching for it and fighting back tears, I was met with curious looks and questioning eyes. Why the dramatics over a $100 mic that was so easily replaceable? One reason: that SM58 belonged to my mother. […]
Written by Davida Rochman on October 22, 2012
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 […]
Written by Allison Wolcott on October 19, 2012 under Webinars
Our free Learning Center webinar series continues with a new offering for November: THURSDAY, November 8; The Story of the SM58® The Shure SM58 microphone has been the world’s most popular microphone for decades. Find out why in this 60-minute webinar. Chris Lyons, Technical and Educational Communications Manager, and a panel of SM58 experts will […]
Written by Davida Rochman on October 15, 2012
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on October 8, 2012
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on October 1, 2012
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! […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on February 4, 2011 under Live
We had a flurry of travel and great musicianship immediately following NAMM as our SM58® Give It Voice regional showcases got underway. Ryan Smith started in LA at The Roxy. Cory, Nelson, and I went to The Metro for the Chicago stop. Nelson jetted up to Toronto to hang at the Mod Club. Ryan was […]
Written by Davida Rochman on December 7, 2007
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.
Written by Marc Young on December 13, 2018 under Signal Path PodcastStudio
The Signal Path podcast from Shure brings you exclusive interviews with the people shaping the world of audio. Listen to the latest episode with Sylvia Massy, a legendary producer known for her unorthodox recording techniques.
Written by Marc Young on December 10, 2018 under News
Fake teeth and a real Shure microphone: Actor Rami Malek cut no corners while attempting to embody Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Written by Michael Pettersen on December 4, 2018 under Systems
Shure Historian Michael Pettersen explains how Shure Incorporated applied its audio expertise to become a leader in best-of-class corporate AV conferencing solutions.
Written by Bells Driver on June 22, 2018 under Studio
Marta Salogni is an award-winning Italian studio engineer who also producers and mixes music and is making her mark on the music scene. In this, interview we spoke to Marta about herearly career in live sound, the importance of affordable technology and microphone technique.
Written by Davida Rochman on April 19, 2018 under Home Recording
Want to build your own home recording studio, but aren’t sure how to get started? From considering acoustics to choosing the right gear, we’ve got everything you need to know.
Written by Rob Fuhlbrugge on February 16, 2018 under Wireless Systems
With the world of pro audio rapidly embracing all things digital, Shure is deepening its partnership with Yamaha to the benefit of customers of both companies. Rob Fuhlbrugge takes a look at the collaborative future of pro audio.
Written by Michael Pettersen on January 4, 2018 under MicrophonesNews
Resident Shure historian Michael Pettersen shares the stories behind some of his favorite archival treasures, including how an SM56 mic avoided being smashed by The Who and set on fire by Jimi Hendrix at Monterey Pop in 1967.
Written by Davida Rochman on September 19, 2017 under News
With lots of performances across four summer nights, Nashville’s CMA Festival presented wireless frequency coordination challenges that Jason Glass met head on with Axient® Digital.
Written by Allison Wolcott on August 8, 2017 under Microphones
Shure Notes® email newsletter subscribers submit their burning audio questions every month. This month, we explore solutions for great vocals that don’t quite cut through the mix.
Written by Davida Rochman on June 27, 2017 under Wireless Systems
The Shure 600 MHz Wireless Rebate allows you to trade in your eligible system for a rebate with the purchase of a new Shure system. Read the top 10 most frequently asked questions about how it works.
Written by Davida Rochman on February 28, 2017 under Podcasting
Tyler Greene and Adam Yoffe, two live podcasters from the Chicago Podcast Festival, offer eight helpful how-to tips to ensure a successful transition from studio to live podcasting.
Written by Allison Wolcott on February 23, 2017 under Microphones
Shure Notes email newsletter subscribers submit their burning audio questions every month, and we pick one to publish in the email and here. This month, we focus on the benefits of microphones with switchable polar patterns, the KSM9 in particular.
Written by Ryan Smith on February 21, 2017 under BroadcastNews
Ryan Smith, Shure’s man in Music City, takes us behind the scenes of CMT’s show Nashville with audio prop master Danny Rowe to find out what it takes to keep it real – both on and off the set.
Written by Mike Petruccelli on October 17, 2016
If you’ve ever used a vocal microphone after someone with a cold, you know hygiene is reason #1 to bring your own microphone to gigs. Check out the other reasons here.
Written by Cheryl Jennison DaProza on June 14, 2016 under News
Find the perfect present for music and recording enthusiasts with our gift guide. We have suggestions for audiophiles, guitar gods, vinyl geeks, singers, frequent flyers, videographers, podcasters and more.
Written by John Born on May 11, 2016 under Microphones
The new KSM8 Dualdyne does things once thought impossible in a dynamic microphone. Product manager John Born shares some secrets from the design team’s seven-year odyssey.
Written by Ryan Smith on March 16, 2016 under LiveMicrophones
Maroon 5 Monitor Engineer Kevin Glendinning and Front-of-House Engineer Jim Ebdon share some tips and tricks they employ to combat crowd noise on a nightly basis.
Written by Marc Henshall on February 23, 2016 under Microphones
For more than 90 years, Shure has provided the world with ground-breaking technology and innovative audio solutions. Now, we take a look at the history behind our newest technology, the KSM8.
Written by Cheryl Jennison DaProza on February 5, 2016 under Webinars
In this 60-minute webinar, Shure Product Manager John Born traces the history of the unidirectional dynamic microphone and gives us a glimpse into exciting new Dualdyne technology.
Written by Cheryl Jennison DaProza on January 22, 2016
New products, legendary products, artist signings, and this year’s NAMM-exclusive Shure tee-shirt round out the highlights of the experience at Booth #6541.
Written by Marc Henshall on January 21, 2016 under Microphones
The Shure KSM8 Dualdyne is the world’s first dual diaphragm dynamic handheld microphone – a ground-breaking feat of engineering that essentially reverses the flow of a dynamic mic. To explain what makes this so significant, we take a look at the Shure Unidyne.
Written by Marc Henshall on August 3, 2015 under Podcasting
If you’re running a podcast getting high quality audio is important. As your listeners senses are fully tuned to the audio experience, poor quality audio recordings will stand out like a sore thumb, so it’s important to learn the ropes.
Written by Davida Rochman on July 10, 2015 under Live
Key Chang, FOH engineer for bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, shares the “reel-life” challenges of shooting a live concert DVD with a cast of thousands.
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 Allison Wolcott on June 1, 2015
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.
Written by Davida Rochman on April 3, 2015 under Home RecordingMicrophonesStudio
Specialty microphones aren’t just for national tours and elite studios with big budgets. If you’re shopping on a budget, this post will give you confidence in selecting specialty mics, including gooseneck and side-address models.
Written by Davida Rochman on March 27, 2015 under House of WorshipPersonal Monitoring SystemsWireless Systems
Aaron Padilla, audio director at Bayside Church and tour manager for Lincoln Brewster, explains what it takes to train a small army of volunteers to pull off 11 services a week across multiple portable and fixed congregations for thousands of worshippers without missing a beat.
Written by Cory Lorentz on February 27, 2015
For Part Two, we’re going to explore the musical side of mic technique. Let’s start with the easy target: the rapper and his hype man or men, depending on ego size.
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 Allison Wolcott on December 19, 2014
The launch of the 5575LE 75th-anniversary Unidyne® microphone is a great excuse to talk Unidyne history, including the technology’s inventor, the design inspiration, and the IEEE Milestone Award.
Written by Marc Henshall on November 26, 2014 under Studio
Recording vocals in a room with less than ideal acoustics can be tricky. But it is still possible to get great results in a lively space; you just might need to consider dropping the condenser mic from your arsenal.
Written by Davida Rochman on November 14, 2014
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.
Written by Cory Lorentz on September 18, 2014 under Microphones
One of Jimmy Fallon’s biggest loves is the musical portion of the show, which is why he chose to bring along his friends from The Roots to continue as the house band on this new version of The Tonight Show.
Written by Marc Henshall on September 9, 2014 under Live
Understanding the fundamentals of sound reinforcement from the start can make the difference between success and failure on the road. To give you some insight into the life of a touring live sound engineer, we teamed up with Liam Halpin, who has worked with some of the industry’s biggest names.
Written by Ryan Smith on August 28, 2014 under News
On October 20th, 2008, Ryan Smith and Paul Natkin jumped in Ryan’s car and headed to Auburn Hills, Michigan to shoot an ad for the SM58 featuring The Who.
Written by Davida Rochman on August 25, 2014 under SystemsWireless Systems
When Mix and other leading audio publications start devoting ink to digital audio networking for live sound and broadcasting applications, there’s more than a revolution in the making. The future has arrived.
Written by Davida Rochman on August 11, 2014
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) […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on July 15, 2014 under LiveNews
It’s a right of passage for almost every 15-year-old girl of Hispanic heritage. A quinceañera is typically a huge fiesta which celebrates a young girl’s transition from childhood to womanhood and presents her to the community as young adult. The celebration highlights God, family, and community, and typically includes plenty of music, food, and a […]
Written by Davida Rochman on July 8, 2014
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 […]
Written by Cheryl Jennison DaProza on June 25, 2014 under Webinars
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 […]
Written by Marc Henshall on June 2, 2014 under Studio
Professional recordings can be achieved at home or in a small project studio for a relatively modest budget; you just need to get the basics right and the rest becomes much easier.
Written by Davida Rochman on June 2, 2014
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on May 15, 2014
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 […]
Written by Allison Wolcott on May 13, 2014
Two expert colleagues hooked me up with eight live vocal microphones, from value-priced to high-end, dynamics and condensers, so I could experience for myself the differences between them and figure out which one I preferred.
Written by Ryan Smith on April 11, 2014 under LiveNews
Once again, Shure products were in high demand at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Similar to last year’s show, the PSM®1000 was the sole in-ear monitor systems used for all performances. As far as wireless microphones, the UR2/SM58 was again the clear winner among artists and engineers for the show. Shure Artists […]
Written by Allison Wolcott on April 7, 2014
Forty-eight venues. Yup. Count ’em. Forty-eight. In this our third year of sponsoring a week-long celebration of community music events that we call National Open Mic Night, our participating venue list is longer than ever. In previous years, when we announced the venues, folks asked us, “Hey, Shure, what about Club ABC in XYZville, huh?” […]
Written by Davida Rochman on April 7, 2014 under Broadcast
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 4, 2014 under LiveNews
From the very first phrase of one of her songs, when you hear her voice, you know it’s Sara. I cannot name another female artist who sounds remotely close to her among our artists or even on the planet! That’s one of the characteristics I’m looking for: someone with a distinctive voice who sings with […]
Written by Marc Henshall on March 20, 2014 under Studio
Fingertrap hit the studio on March 17th, and recorded a total of 3 tracks over 3 days. Discover how Chris Kimsey used Shure mics to capture their raw sound.
Written by Marc Henshall on March 14, 2014 under Microphones
The Shure SM7 was introduced in 1976. Available today as the SM7B, this mic is sometimes referred to as the SM57 on steroids. But what makes it different?
Written by Nelson Arreguín on March 7, 2014 under LiveNews
Breaking into anything is not easy. As it should be. It keeps bad guys out of places they shouldn’t be, and it keeps us safe. It’s not as convenient when we lock ourselves out of our own homes, but the benefits of security outweigh any inconvenience. It takes special talent and a very persistent person […]
Written by Marc Henshall on March 7, 2014 under Home Recording
Songwriting is somewhat of a dark art. Every successful songwriter will continually work to hone their craft, develop new tricks, and look at their process from a different angle. There is no silver bullet when it comes to creating a great song; each person will have their own technique and what works for them may not […]
Written by Davida Rochman on February 26, 2014 under 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 […]
Written by Allison Wolcott on December 13, 2013
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on December 11, 2013 under Listening
Late one Saturday evening, I received an email from my friend Henry Rollins. Apparently he found his way to the Shure webpage and noticed the latest addition to our earphone line, the SE846. After gazing upon a few slick images and poring over the description and specs for the product, he NEEDED to hear these […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on December 6, 2013 under LiveNews
We bring you, “What Is That Mic Application?” In this installment of unique encounters from the road, we stumbled upon a homemade, handheld device involving some toggle switches, heavy duty cabling and an SM58 gently wedged in the center. This creation takes center stage every night and is a big part of this endorsers live […]
Written by Ryan Smith on November 15, 2013 under LiveNews
Last week in Nashville, the streets were filled with Country Music fans. Inside the Bridgestone Arena, the hallways seemed to be filled with a host of Shure fans. This became increasingly evident as we watched artist after artist step up to a Shure product to sing. From Little Big Town to Kacey Musgraves, from Hunter […]
Written by Brooke Giddens on October 31, 2013 under LiveNews
Happy Halloween! If you’ve been following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you may have seen some Shure Halloween Spirit this week… I can’t believe it’s already Halloween! It seems like the year flew by and we all know this time tomorrow, Santa Claus and Christmas decorations will be everywhere! Oh…the holiday season. Music can make […]
Written by Allison Wolcott on September 4, 2013 under News
There’s nothing like starting an internship when you’re young, smart, talented, and full of ideas…and discovering by the end of Day 1 that nobody’s interested. That you’re there to do the grunt work that full-time associates don’t want to deal with. Not at Shure. Often, Shure interns come back for multiple summers, and sometimes, they […]
Written by Brooke Giddens on August 7, 2013 under Live
Brooke’s Winners and Losers Day 1 – Friday, August 2nd Winners Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons cutting in line in front of me for the Port-O-Let and making small talk The Killers’ version of “Shadowplay” Cora Lorentz’s head banging (she’s a rockstar) Waiting in line for a golf cart ride next to Shaun White Flux […]
Written by Davida Rochman on July 25, 2013
“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 […]
Written by Brooke Giddens on July 24, 2013
Winner Congrats to @saysay148 for winning the #CampShure Bonfire badge and a SM58+X2u! A big thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s theme. Keep up the good work campers; we’ll see you at Spirit Day! Honorable Mentions: Where will your musical adventures take you this summer? Show us while we ride shotgun on a […]
Written by Davida Rochman on July 18, 2013
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.
Written by Brooke Giddens on June 28, 2013 under Live
Where do I begin to write about my evening last night? I can’t even think, but maybe that’s just still from the ringing in my ears from being in the 6th row from the stage, front and center. For a week or 2 now, I had plans to deliver 2 gold UR2/SM58s to fun. at the […]
Written by Brooke Giddens on June 5, 2013 under LiveMicrophones
Coming into all of this, I knew nothing of microphones. I knew singers and bands used them to create sound, but that was about it. Already I’ve learned a lot about microphones and all the little things that make each Shure microphone unique; however I know there are still many people out there like me […]
Written by Davida Rochman on May 13, 2013 under House of Worship
In the second half of our two-part series, Shure Associate Gino Sigismondi, who many of you know from articles in Shure Notes as well as training sessions at seminars and conferences, explains the different types of mics used in church applications along with tips on where to place them. Form Factors – Narrowing the Field […]
Written by Davida Rochman on April 19, 2013 under House of Worship
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 11, 2013 under News
From the amazing Shure Artists we work with to the outstanding performance of the products they rely on, Shure was again the most requested at this years’ 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with several segments over at the Orleans Arena, Las Vegas was again overrun by […]
Written by Davida Rochman on March 14, 2013 under House of Worship
By Worship Team Training’s: Branon Dempsey That something will go wrong seems to be the motto of most audio teams in the Church, as well as any other form of live and recorded music. Whether at the stadium, restaurant or other social gathering; it’s not so much the question “if” things go wrong, but when. […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on February 18, 2013 under News
…That’s what you hear as the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards go live to air in the packed to capacity Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. However, before all of the applause and packed seats of onlookers, the GRAMMYs go through a rigorous schedule of rehearsal and timed perfection. What you at home see on TV […]
Written by Allison Wolcott on February 7, 2013 under News
When The NAMM Show rolls around, we can barely contain our excitement about sharing the new products we’ve been feverishly, painstakingly engineering all year long. There’s another part of NAMM season that keeps us on our toes, though. By then, products we’ve launched in the past year or so have been rigorously evaluated by users […]
Written by Davida Rochman on November 8, 2012
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on September 6, 2012 under Live
…the Diabolical Biz Markie doll sent by Biz Markie himself! It resides in my office to this day, and it is the one thing EVERYONE asks me about when they visit; I can see their eyes focusing on it during our conversation. Of course there’s a story behind it, so here goes… The day started […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on July 27, 2012 under Live
I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Chicago to immigrant parents from Mexico who love a good fiesta. Almost all my early memories are filled with those of family parties. Baptisms, birthdays, saint’s days, First Communions, Confirmations, Quinceñeras, weddings, barbecues at random forest preserves and at Lake Michigan after my dad’s baseball […]
Written by Davida Rochman on July 25, 2012
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on July 10, 2012 under Live
Every once in a while, my family accompanies me out to a show. Sunday’s show (July 8) was at a place we’ve never been – The Woods at Fontanel. Fontanel Mansion was originally built for country singer Barbara Mandrell but she sold it in 2002. The Woods is the music venue there and tonight, Shure […]
Written by Davida Rochman on June 25, 2012
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; […]
Written by Davida Rochman on May 25, 2012
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on May 10, 2012
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 4, 2012 under Live
The Academy of Country Music Awards continues to be one of my favorite trips of the year. It’s a great show to see all the crew people as well as get a bit of face time with our artists. Plenty of them were there: Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan, Brad Paisley, […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 12, 2012 under Live
Twenty Minutes! That’s how long it took for 3 Ryman shows with Mumford & Sons to sell out. I decided to wait and catch the last night, March 8. Also on the bill was new Shure Endorsers’ Dawes. This would be my first time seeing either band perform on tour. I arrived just in time […]
Written by Ryan Smith on February 28, 2012 under Live
Country Music has so many great singers and entertainers. Luke Bryan is a force to be reckoned with! He is currently opening for Jason Aldean and really knows how to get a crowd going. I went to see the show on Friday, February 24 in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena and met with Luke’s FOH […]
Written by Davida Rochman on February 20, 2012
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on February 17, 2012 under Live
There are so many elements that contribute to putting on an awards show like the GRAMMYs. To list every aspect would take too long so we’re going to focus on our side of this trip. As everything usually comes together at the last minute for this show, we sent out a nice compliment of […]
Written by Davida Rochman on February 15, 2012 under Home Recording
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 […]
Written by Allison Wolcott on February 5, 2012 under News
Year in and year out, Shure engineers obsess over new ways to deliver audio that amazes. Still, we’re in awe when our products win awards from organizations we respect and admire. Here’s a list of the most recent awards our products have received. Wireless Systems Axient Wireless Management Network 2012 NAMM “Best in Show—This […]
Written by Matt Dobschuetz on January 19, 2012 under News
Shure has long had a reputation for building not only excellent sounding products, but ones which are built to last. There are hundreds of stories of bands dropping their Shure mic into their pint glasses, accidentally dropping a mixing console onto their mic, or in the case of The Who’s Roger Daltrey, actually going out […]
Written by Davida Rochman on January 5, 2012 under Broadcast
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 […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on November 22, 2011 under Live
November 10, 2011 Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV Every year, in the beginning of November, Latin music’s hottest acts converge on Las Vegas to celebrate the Latin GRAMMY’s. This year Latin GRAMMY week was busier than ever with interviews, rehearsals and pre-Latin GRAMMY parties that had city of sin sizzling with […]
Written by Ryan Smith on November 18, 2011 under Live
November 12, 2011 The Vogue Theater- Indianapolis, IN Who? Mona. Never heard of them eh? Neither had I until a good friend of mine who does monitors for Ronnie Dunn introduced me to them. Mike Addams called me on the phone and said you HAVE TO work with these guys. They are about to explode. […]
Written by Ryan Smith on November 14, 2011 under Live
November 9, 2011 Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN Having been down in Nashville for 10 years now, it is always great to be able to attend this awards show. It’s a reunion for both a lot of our Nashville contacts but also some of our East and West Coast based contacts as well. I get […]
Written by Ryan Smith on October 26, 2011 under Live
October 24, 2011 The Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN OK, I know they just played here in July but I can’t get enough of this group. It is so cool to watch and hear their vibe coming off the stage. If you aren’t moving and grooving to this band, they will CALL YOU OUT! That […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on October 10, 2011 under Live
The day had finally come! I cleared as much of the calendar as I could to make sure I would be in the building by the time Foster the People hit the stage at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre. Things always seem like they’re gonna go as planned at 9:00 AM, but as I’ve learned and ultimately […]
Written by Ryan Smith on September 29, 2011 under Live
September 21-24 Nashville, TN Soundland Nashville has taken over the town with great new upcoming bands. I hope you got a chance to go out and hear some new music. I started out my day on Thursday by visiting a panel discussion at the Belcourt Theatre on the success of the band The Civil Wars. […]
Written by Ryan Smith on September 19, 2011 under Live
September 16, 2011 North Nashville, TN I was invited to come out and check out Luke Bryan’s newly updated touring set. Bigger PA, more lights, and a really cool new mic stand with which to perch his recently chromed UR2/SM58 mic. I had to wait a couple of days to blog about this as he […]
Written by Ryan Smith on September 19, 2011 under Live
Sept 13, 2011 Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN The big rock show!! How many hits can you pack into one night, especially with 3 super groups from the 80’s? I was excited to find out as this is the era I grew up in. Endorsing drummer Mark Schulman has reunited with Foreigner on this tour […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on August 29, 2011 under Live
Our friend, Audrey Sahl, wrote this guest blog for Mic Check: I checked out the first ever East Coast GRAMMY Camp last week, and was happy to see just as much talent represented in the East as out West. Converse Rubber Tracks hosted the evening’s open mic festivities, so I got a glimpse into the newly opened, […]
Written by Davida Rochman on August 4, 2011
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on July 25, 2011 under Live
Our friend, Melody Demel, wrote this guest blog for Mic Check: I was in L.A. last week catching up with students at a summer camp put on by The Recording Academy called GRAMMY Camp. It was a pretty cool experience, as it gave me the chance to hang out with high school students who take […]
Written by Ryan Smith on July 7, 2011 under Live
July5, 2011 Wikipedia: “A tantrum is an emotional outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress. ” Well, if you think a bunch of kids, hot and wild from listening to great music on a steamy Tuesday in Nashville might be a tantrum of sorts, this definition applies. There are so many new […]
Written by Ryan Smith on June 13, 2011 under Live
June 9-12 – 2011 Nashville, TN 2011 marks not only the 40 year Anniversary of the CMA Music Fest but also the 10th year of the Shure office in Nashville. I have been fortunate to be able to attend this show since Shure opened the Nashville Artist Relations office in 2001. It has been great […]
Written by Ryan Smith on June 3, 2011 under Live
June 1 The Factory in Franklin, TN Out of respect to CMT and the request to not shoot photos during the show, I’m only going to give you taste of what you are in store for should you choose to tune in when this show airs. Luke Bryan‘s songs have consistently lived high on the […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on April 28, 2011 under Live
It goes without saying, but it was still raining in Chicago last night. Nevertheless, I gassed up the trusty Shure mobile and headed out to stop number one of my music filled adventure, soundcheck at Lincoln Hall with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Walking into the bar/dining room of the building, the music […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 15, 2011 under Live
April 12, 2011 Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL My parents were married about 3 blocks away from Schuba’s. It’s always great to be able to drive down Belmont Avenue in Chicago and still see the church, and many other sights that I grew up seeing when I lived in Chicago. My Grandmother lived about 2 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 6, 2011 under Live
Sunday April 3, 2011 Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV This will be about the 14th time I have had the absolute pleasure of attending the Academy of Country Music Awards. As in the past, Shure has enjoyed the pleasure of being the preferred microphone of choice by both the engineers for the show […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 21, 2011 under Live
March 16-19 Austin, TX Red Gorilla Music Fest I love this festival! I love being able to meet new people and hearing what directions artists are going musically. I hear music that is a clear throwback to older music, I hear new music that goes in new directions, and a few bands that mix both. […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 14, 2011 under Live
March 13 Nashville, TN OneRepublic has certainly taken hold fast in the music industry. With several successful hits on their latest release and a new album due out this year, they show no signs of slowing down. They gained tons of momentum opening up for the huge U2 stadium tour last year and kicked off […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 1, 2011 under Live
February 26, 2011 Brad Paisley @ Bridgestone Arena This was my second time catching Brad in concert. The first time was less 2 years ago when I traveled with a team of Shure folks to Knoxville to do an ad shoot and video interview with him. I had a blast capturing that and editing it. […]
Written by Ryan Smith on February 15, 2011 under Live
February 13, 2011 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA This year’s show featured a diverse line up of legendary as well as up and coming artists. The same holds true for microphones. As usual, many Shure products were requested and put into action; from top of the show featuring a star-studded line up of 5 tremendous […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on February 4, 2011 under Live
We wrapped up this homage to the SM58® in snow ridden Boston, MA on January 27th at the Paradise Rock Club, a legend in its own right as far as rock venues go. The Shure team arrived the day an entire foot of snow fell down on the city, crippling the masses from getting to […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on February 4, 2011 under Live
Monday, January 24 The SM58 Give It Voice Tour departed Chicago and headed northeast to Toronto, Ontario Canada for the Regional Final at the famous Mod Club. It was a cold winter night but @VanessAlegacy and Marc Cowie warmed up the house as they went head to head with 40 minutes sets each. Vaness aLegacy hit […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on February 4, 2011 under Live
Shure is right outside Chicago, and so we were out in force for the second showcase of regional finalists in the SM58® Give It Voice Tour. All three bands were from the City of Chicago, each representing a very different genre from each other. Opening the show, St. Bagu was a hip-hop act with two […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on November 24, 2010 under Live
11/24 Last night I got to see Black Dub perform at Lincoln Hall here in Chi-town in support of their self titled debut album which was released earlier this month. Black Dub is Daniel Lenois’ newest project which includes the masterful Brian Blade on drums, Daryl Johnson on Bass, Daniel on guitar and the soulful Janis Joplinesque voice of Trixie Whitley, […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on August 23, 2010 under Live
After leaving the Charter One Pavilion At Northerly Island (formerly Chicago’s Meigs Field for you history buffs out there), I only had one thought left… I haven’t seen a rock show like that in a LONG time! So, here’s what led to this singular thought as I jockeyed for position in the over-crowded over-sold parking […]
Written by Richard Sandrok on June 15, 2010 under Live
I’ve done this job a few years now. There always seemed to be more information than we were able to disseminate. One can only release so much info in the form of press releases, or printed magazines, or by So I loves me some Depeche Mode. They love me, too. They say so every time […]
Written by Ryan Smith on June 10, 2010 under Live
The weather is cooperating so far! It’s a hot and sunny day and I arrived at the Riverfront just in time to catch the last few songs of The Judd’s performance. What an awesome crowd that showed up at 10 am to see their historic return. Also taking the stage later that day with their […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on June 10, 2010 under Live
Hello Amigos, today we had a very special treat at Shure. We had two-time Juno Award winner and Shure endorser, Alex Cuba, visit our corporate headquarters here in Niles, IL. He is in town today to play a show at Rumba to promote his recently launched third album which is self-titled. Rumba is one of […]
Written by Ryan Smith on June 3, 2010 under Live
Yes folks! We all piled into the vehicle late May and headed towards sunny Indianapolis to catch Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, and Sick Puppies. Sick Puppies opened up with their intensely popular single “War” and slammed it hard for 20 minutes. Then Shinedown rocked for about 35. Next up were new endorsers Breaking Benjamin. By this time, […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on April 7, 2010 under Live
Still one of my favorite Shure endorsers to visit when he comes to town is Henry Rollins. Performing with Rollins Band, Black Flag or conducting one of his speaking shows, Henry impacts the crowd while on stage at any venue around the world. On this rainy spring day in Chicago at the Vic Theater, Rollins was […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on March 29, 2010 under Live
Saturday night I witnessed something very refreshing. I witnessed the powerful energy of a female MC by the name of Ana Tijoux of Chile. After being touted as one of SXSW’s darlings, her debut U.S. tour brought her to Chicago to play Martyr’s with her second solo album named 1977. The title represents the year she […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on March 16, 2010 under Live
After seeing her perform with Jeff Beck at this year’s GRAMMYs, Irish rockabilly siren Imelda May has certainly got everyone buzzing… especially us! Imelda and her band came to town on Monday, March 15th to play a set at Martyr’s in Chicago, and according to the chosen few there to see her set, she tore […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on March 15, 2010 under Live
When I was asked if I could cover the Silversun Pickups and Muse show at the United Center in Chicago I jumped at the chance; Not only would I finally get to see Muse Live for the first time, I would get a chance to interview Shure Endorsers, the Silversun Pickups, whose new album, Swoon has […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on March 4, 2010 under Live
I headed out to our beloved All State Arena, home to the Chicago Wolves hockey team and DePaul Blue Demons… and they do mix some concerts in there when the timing is right. On this particular evening, All State played host to R&B superwoman Alicia Keys and Shure endorser Robin Thicke. Down below in the depths […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 1, 2010 under Live
On a chilly and windy Saturday afternoon in Nashville, my father and I made our way down the ramp to the Sommet Center to catch a soundcheck with Roger Daltrey who is out opening for 12 Eric Clapton shows. Fresh off a Superbowl performance with The Who, Roger was ready to rock Nashville… and he did not disappoint. Pulling […]
Written by Nelson Arreguín on February 20, 2010 under Live
I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to meet many amazing artists working Artist Relations for Shure, but this weekend I had a very special honor. I got to meet and interview the “Godmother of Punk” herself, the legendary Patti Smith. We met after her soundcheck at the Park West in Chicago where she was […]
Written by Davida Rochman on May 25, 2009
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on May 11, 2009
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on February 2, 2009 under Live
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on February 15, 2008
Experts from the Shure Application Engineering team take aim on some widely held and mostly misunderstood pro audio beliefs.
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