Techniques to capture your signature sound
02.15.2012| By Shure Notes|
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 hundred dollars worth of software. Better still, the Internet has provided a free channel for global music distribution – an opportunity well beyond the reach of the singer-songwriter or garage ban of yesteryear. “…the computer music market went from just …
06.23.2011| By Shure Notes|
By Matt McGlynn A single pair of multipattern condenser microphones can provide at least five distinct overhead drum miking choices with surprisingly different sonic characteristics. To demonstrate these different sounds, we recorded a drum kit with a pair of KSM44A overhead microphones five different ways. The drums, the room, the preamps, cables, and composition remained the same. The only variable was the position of the microphones (and in one case, the polar pattern). How different can a single pair of microphones, in the same room with the same drums, really sound? As you listen to …
04.29.2010| By Shure Notes|
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 properties. Roswellite™ replaces the “foils” typically used in ribbon microphones. Roswellite ™ can withstand windblast, plosives, phantom power applications, and high sound pressure levels, even at low frequencies. Why is it called Roswellite™? Apparently, the development team considered the new …
09.21.2009| By Shure Notes|
How do the pros approach live sound reinforcement of the rhythm section? For the answers, we turned to Karen Stackpole, a triple threat Bay Area drummer, sound engineer and writer. Not long ago, she polled a handful of sound pros on their favorite techniques in an article that ultimately appeared in Electronic Musician. That sounded like a very good starting point. We, of course, added Shure mics to the equation. Here’s a rudimentary primer for miking the rhythm section: guitars, bass, piano, and drums. This quick overview should help minimize the deer-in-the-headlights feeling you may …tagsBeta 52ABeta 58ABeta 91ABeta 98AD/CBeta 98H/Cinstrument mikinginterviewKaren StackpoleKSM137KSM141KSM32KSM44PG52PG56PG57PG81SM57SM81
08.26.2009| By Shure Notes|
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.
05.25.2009| By Shure Notes|
Here in the pages of Shure Notes, we’ve spent many happy hours together discovering the differences between dynamic and condenser microphones almost as if they were the only types of microphones that ever graced a stage or studio. But what about ceramic microphones, crystal microphones and ribbon microphones? They all co-existed in the 1930s and 1940s, and some types are, in one application or another, being used today. This month, we are talking ribbon microphones, honoring the debut of Shure KSM313 and KSM353 models. In addition to a little old-fashioned research, we prevailed upon Chad …
04.06.2009| By Shure Notes|
Shure’s Training and Education Manager Gabriel Benitez writes a newsletter for the professional sound community. Last month, he addressed the topic of using external devices in home recording that allow the recordist to bypass a computer’s sound card. With the growing popularity of home studio recording, there is an increasing need to interface professional microphones with computers. Responding to market demand, Shure introduced the X2u XLR-to-USB adapter at NAMM this winter. Most of you know about interfacing a professional wired microphone with a computer sound card. This time we will talk about the benefits of …
03.09.2009| By Shure Notes|
Just a couple of years ago, we introduced the topic of podcasting in Shure Notes. For some of our readers, we may have been introducing the concepts as well. Today, no reliable estimate exists of the millions of podcasts around the globe. But when the President of the United States gets into the game, it’s clear that podcasts are a powerful and prevalent communications medium. For this issue, we decided to focus on the recording process. And for that, we turned to Chris Lyons, who not only produces Shure podcasts, but wrote our newest book …
03.02.2009| By Shure Notes|
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.
10.23.2008| By Shure Notes|
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.
10.12.2007| By Shure Notes|
A Shure Educational Podcast In this episode we discuss common techniques for stereo miking. Spaced pairs, X-Y pairs, and mid-side arrangements are reviewed along with audio samples and illustrations showing setup.
09.15.2007| By Shure Notes|
he following article is an excerpt from Shure Notes, Issue #25. Updated June 23, 2011. If you want to capture a more natural sound in your recordings, it’s time to learn a few fundamentals of stereo miking. Early on, these techniques were developed to approximate the sound we hear in our own two ears. Stereo recordings give the listener sound images that correspond to the location of the instruments in the recording session – left to right and front to back. They provide a picture of the recording space’s acoustics and capture sound source characteristics …