Allison Wolcott

Allison Wolcott

Allison Wolcott started singing at Shure and now sings wherever she can. She wishes she were Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Johnny Cash all rolled up in a voice box. Her favorite mic is the BETA®87A.
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A Culture of Innovation

Shure strives to be the most trusted audio brand worldwide. How we do that has evolved over the years, yet perhaps also come full circle. Four Shure executives share their perspective on innovation in this post.
Microphones

Choosing the Right Mic

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.
The New 5575LE Unidyne and The Story Behind It
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75 Years of the Unidyne Microphone

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.
Allie Gets Her Gun: A Live Vocal Mic Shootout
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How I Chose My First Live Vocal Mic

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.
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A Week of Open Mic Nights: Find Venues Near You

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?” […]
Where Would You Wear It: The Shure Swag Giveaway
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Where Would You Wear It: The Shure Swag Giveaway

As you emerge from the cocoon of your winter puffy coat, the first thing you’re going to think as you examine your spring look is this: Man, I could really use some limited-edition Shure swag. And you’re right. So, we’re here to hook you up. Here’s what I’m talking about: Nine lucky winners will get […]
Reviews Roundup: Wireless Systems, Wired Mics & Listening Products
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Reviews Roundup: Wireless Systems, Wired Mics & Listening Products

These days, people don’t buy anything substantial without first jumping online and reading product reviews in forums, on shopping sites, and in industry publications. So, if you’re thinking about buying one of our newer products, check out the reviews roundup below, organized by product type. I’m sure you can find discussions of these products elsewhere […]
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Fantastic Scholastic 10: The Tracking Phase

The ten U.S. and Canadian college teams participating in the tenth annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition are done planning. Now, they’re all about tracking…and discovering whether their plans for mic selection, mic positioning, instrumentation, and everything else are panning out as expected. Check out the video diaries of their tracking phase experience for a taste […]
NAMM 2014
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How NAMM Day One Went Down

Like one of those churches that gets built in a day by an army of the faithful, the Shure booth at The NAMM® Show came together yesterday in a swarm of tightly coordinated activity. (We’re at Booth #6541, for those in attendance. Come say hi!) Shure Associates spent the day setting up display and demo […]
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Fantastic Scholastic 10: The Planning Phase

What happens when you get a bunch of student recording engineers in a room with a band and a road case full of Shure mics? Passion. Vision. Debates. Eye-rolling. Sleep deprivation. Laughter. Shenanigans. Don’t believe me? Well. I have proof. Video proof. I love hearing creative people think out loud, wrestling with the possibilities and […]
29th NAMM TEC Nominees
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The 2013 TEC Awards: And The Nominees Are…

The Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards®, or TEC Awards, honor innovations in audio for recordings, live performances, film, TV, and beyond. Winners will be announced at The NAMM® Show in a few weeks, and we’re pretty stoked that three of our products were nominated. GLX-D® Digital Wireless, in the Wireless Technology category KSM9HS Handheld Vocal […]
Your Best Audio Hack
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Your Best Audio Hack Competition

What’s the one audio hack you can’t live without? Do you have a genius way of wrapping cables? Do you routinely MacGyver a loofah into a windscreen? Share your favorite hack, or tip, with us. If it makes our best-of list, you’ll win a pair of SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones. Up to 10 winners […]
CES 2014
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International CES Honors SE846 & VP83F

If you ever want to hear people seriously geeking out over the most minute design details, crash an engineering team meeting for a highly anticipated Shure product. For real. You will not be disappointed. That passion earned a prestigious 2014 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award for two of our newest products… Category: Headphones SE846 Sound […]
DSLR Dynamics
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DSLR Dynamics Workshop & DVD

Seeing is believing, as the old saw goes. Hearing is believing, too. If you’re a videographer or photographer just getting into video, check this out: Barry Andersson, co-author of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook, is conducting a DSLR Dynamics workshop tour with dates on the East Coast and in Toronto through November 24. For interested folks based […]
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Rebate Alert! Save on SM Mics and BLX Wireless Through December

Gear up to save on…gear? Corny jokes aside, now’s the time to score some great deals on BLX Wireless, our new entry-level wireless system, and SM microphones, the industry-standard workhorses you can rely on night after night. The holidays are coming up quicker than you think, and there’s no shame in gifting yourself while you’re […]
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SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones: First Look Video

Soon, the new SE846 Sound Isolating™ Earphones will make their way into the ears of audiophiles and musicians around the world. Spoiler alert: the sound quality is MIND BLOWING. Until the day arrives when you can hear them for yourself, check out this brief video in which Sean Sullivan walks through what makes the SE846 […]
House of Worship

Register for Worship Arts Technology Summit

From coast to coast, house of worship volunteers and professionals are making their way to summer school, also known as WATS, which stands for Worship Arts Technology Summit. Shure is proud to sponsor these events, at which participants receive expert, hands-on training in five parallel tracks: Musician, Media, Audio, Lighting, and Vocal. You’ll find Senior […]
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Montreux Jazz Festival: Live Streaming & Gear Rundown

The Montreux Jazz Festival, that 15-day slice of jazzophile heaven, is in full-throttle scat and improvisation mode until July 20. Again this year, Shure is proud to be the official technical supplier of  microphones and wireless systems, as well as the sponsor of the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition. If you’re not in Montreux, you […]
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Microflex Wireless First Look from InfoComm

Available this summer, Microflex™ Wireless Systems are ideal for meeting rooms, conference rooms, and board rooms that need the lifelike sound of a high-quality condenser microphone in a low-profile design. In this video from InfoComm in Orlando, Gino Sigismondi offers a tour of the key features, including smart rechargeability, Dante™ Digital Audio, and robust software […]
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What’s On Repeat? Earphone Giveaway

You know how it starts. You hear a sweet tune, then play it on repeat until it becomes a part of your music-lovin’ soul. And then you play it some more. It happens to us too. In the comments below, tell us what’s on repeat for you these days. An old favorite? A new unknown? […]
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Going to InfoComm? Register for AV Networking World

System integrators, AV consultants, and design consultants: this one’s for you… The week of InfoComm, you’re invited to AV Networking World, a day-long event featuring interactive demonstrations, workshops, and panel discussions of real-world use cases in venues from conference rooms to houses of worship to stadiums. Enjoy a buffet-style lunch compliments of the event. Vital […]
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Fantastic Scholastic: The Results Are In…

Medically, inspiration is the act of breathing in. Creatively, inspiration is the experience of an idea revealing itself. When I say that, every year, listening to the Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition tracks is like a breath of fresh air, I mean that they inspire me. There’s nothing like hearing young artists go for it. It […]
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VP83 & VP83F Win Four Awards at NAB 2013

At The NAB Show, we could barely contain our excitement about previewing our two new camera-mount shotgun mics, the VP83 LensHopper™ Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone and the VP83F LensHopper™ Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone with Integrated Flash Recording. Both mics caught the eye of industry publications and came away from the show with awards. Videomaker Magazine‘s write-up about […]
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National Open Mic Night: Find Venues & Share Pics

Year Two of National Open Mic Night begins in less than a week! From April 21 to April 28 at almost 30 top-notch venues, the stage will reach from coast to coast. Do you have your set list yet? Do you even know where to go? Allow me to assist you, at least with the […]
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VP83 & VP83F First Look from NAB

At The NAB Show™ in Las Vegas, we’re previewing two new shotgun microphones for detailed high-def audio capture when mounted on DSLR cameras and camcorders. The intuitive interface and accessible controls make both mics super user-friendly in the field. What makes them different? VP83F has an internal digital flash recorder while VP83 does not. In […]
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SCM820 First Look from NAB

Available now, the SCM820 8-Channel Digital IntelliMix® Automatic Mixer is being unveiled at The NAB Show™ in Las Vegas. SCM820 offers selectable IntelliMix modes, dual mixer operation, and multiple connector variations. Plus, you can choose between standard Ethernet or Dante™ digital networked audio configurations. Check out this short video, in which Gino Sigismondi walks through […]
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Save on BETA Microphones Through June 30

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to upgrade your microphone locker with the latest additions to the Beta™ family, I have good news: the waiting is over. The right time is now. We’re offering a mail-in rebate on Beta Microphones purchased from April 1 through June 30. There’s a limit of six microphones […]
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Shure Wireless, Wired & PSM Products Receive Awards

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 […]
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GLX-D Digital Wireless First Look from NAMM

The GLX-D Digital Wireless Systems is being previewed at Winter NAMM 2013. Chris Lyons introduces GLX-D Digital Wireless, which features LINKFREQ, next-gen battery technology, and the first guitar pedal receiver from Shure.
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Spend Summer 2013 at Shure: Interns Wanted

Last fall, our recruitment team hit the college job fair circuit looking for the Shure Summer Intern Class of 2013. They recently posted the available positions, and they hope to make hiring decisions in February. So, what I’m trying to say is, now’s the time to apply. We’re looking for bright, passionate, and personable interns […]
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Mic Your Wish Holiday Giveaway

Which Shure wired microphone have you always wanted? Tell us in a comment below by December 17, 2012. If we randomly draw your name from the commenters, you’ll win the Shure microphone of your dreams! (Exclamation point!) Any current Shure wired microphone is fair game. Seriously. Doesn’t matter if it’s for vocals, guitar, drums, broadcast, […]
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Rick Nielsen’s Guitar Collection on Display in Rockford

Not all musicians are gearheads, but Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick most certainly is. In fact, his guitar collection elevates ordinary gearheadism to work-of-art status. If you’re in Rockford, Illinois, you can see for yourself at the exhibit Rick’s Picks: A Lifelong Affair with Guitars & Music at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Running […]
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Thanks x 75,000!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, our Facebook likes hit the 75,000 mark, thanks to all you rock stars out there. We are feeling the love, and we want you to feel it too. So here’s what we’re doing: In the comments below, tell us why you’re passionate about music and sound. Don’t be shy. We’ll […]
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Your Questions, Shure Answers: Live and In-Person

If you have a burning question about Shure gear, now’s your chance to get an answer from a real live Shure expert at your local Guitar Center store. On Saturdays between 12 PM and 5 PM throughout the holiday season, Shure reps will be on hand to listen to your particular audio quandary and work […]
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KSM9HS First Look from AES

At AES in San Francisco, we unveiled the KSM9’s younger sibling, the KSM9HS, which features switchable hypercardioid and subcardioid polar patterns. There’s a wired version, plus wireless versions available with the UR2 and ULXD2 transmitters. What’s so great about hypercardioid and subcardioid polar patterns, you ask? The hypercardioid works well on loud stages, isolating the […]
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Save With Shure Wireless & SM Rebates Through December 31

Shopping for holiday gifts for a rock star (or anyone else who uses pro audio gear)? Shure has a present for you: not one, but TWO rebates. Save up to $40 on Shure Wireless, and up to $30 on SM Microphones, when you purchase between October 1 and December 31, 2o12, in the U.S. and […]
Webinars

Upcoming Webinar: Effective Antenna Setup for Wireless Systems

One of the key factors in successful wireless microphone operation is proper setup of the antenna system. Selecting the right antennas and placing them properly helps ensure good reception of the radio signal from the desired transmitters, as well as minimize the effects of outside interference. In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn radio wave […]
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Live Music Fans: Win Shure Gear

The air is getting cooler around Shure HQ. Daylight’s fading faster. Kids have that serious back-to-school look in their eyes. Is this bumming you out? Me too. So let’s have one last hurrah for summer 2012. Tell us what live show you enjoyed most this past summer. Post a comment below: don’t be shy. We’ll […]
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What I Did Last Summer: Shure 2012 Interns Tell All

Ah, summer internships. Filing, coffee runs, answering phones…oh wait, those were MY summer internships back in the late nineties. Summer internships at Shure are real jobs, and our recruiters travel far and wide to find the best college talent to fill them. Interns at Shure can expect to be an important part of their team, […]
Listening

Recent Reviews: Headphones, Mics & PSM

We’ve been testing our products to military specifications since World War II. So, when you see a new Shure product hit the shelves, you know it already survived a serious smackdown. Despite the confidence this gives us, we still get a little nervous when the first reviews roll in. (We just want everyone to be […]
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Experience Montreux Jazz Festival Online with Shure

For the listening pleasure of those of us who aren’t basking in the unforgettable Montreux Jazz Festival experience live and in-person, our colleagues across the pond will be streaming on their blog the sweet sounds of the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition. The competition, which will take place July 2–4 in picturesque Montreux, Switzerland, features […]
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Share Your Shure Story Winners Announced!

HUGE props and thanks to everyone who participated in the Share Your Shure Story celebration of our 87th birthday! Folks at Shure HQ read your stories in amazement and said stuff like, “Wow, is that for real?” We were all inspired by your creativity and dedication. (DRUMROLL…) Alex Davenport and Sandy Aphid were the lucky […]
FSRC Grand Prize Winners
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Fantastic Scholastic Winners Announced!

Listening to the prize-winning tracks makes me irrationally proud. I mean, I didn’t raise the students who made these amazing recordings, and I didn’t teach them to record music. Still, in announcing the winners, I feel like a mama duck showing off her brood. Imagine how their families and professors must feel! Without further ado, […]
S.N. Shure (1945)
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Share Your Shure Story and Win

It’s our 87th birthday here at Shure, and we kinda feel like celebrating. Will you join us? People who knew S. N. Shure, our founder, say he was a great listener. Over the years, we’ve accumulated a library of stories from extraordinary people who use Shure products, from World War II pilots and U.S. presidents […]
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FP Wireless First Look from NAB

In this short video, Bill Oakley previews FP Wireless Systems from the Shure booth at the 2012 NAB Show. Nutshell: FP features portable, flexible components that are exceptionally intuitive. They’re also compatible with our SLX Wireless Systems. Word on the show floor is that people are pretty excited about FP Wireless Systems, which will be […]
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BRH Headsets First Look from NAB

In this short video from the Shure booth at the NAB Show, Michael Johns previews three broadcast headsets. We’re excited that folks at NAB have shown a lot of interest in them so far. Nutshell: the BRH31M, BRH440M, and BRH441M offer a nice range of options in terms of weight, ear cups, and boom positioning. […]
National Open Mic Night
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Venues for National Open Mic Night

Open mic nights celebrate music and performance on the grassroots level. For some, they serve as a rite of passage between mom’s garage and the larger world stage. And it’s not unheard of for performers to have their very first audio gear experience at an open mic event. (“Is this thing on?”) So, naturally, we […]
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Guitar Center Battle of the Blues

Blues guitarists, prepare for battle! Shure has teamed up with Guitar Center in a search for the nation’s top undiscovered blues guitar player. Check out the competition video trailer: Sign up in-person at your local Guitar Center store for the preliminary competition round, which begins May 8. Prizes include $25,000 cash, a studio session with […]
Finalists with Darren Ashford (in yellow T-shirt)
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Shure Europe’s Drum Mastery 2012 Competition

What do you get when you add five gifted drummers, 35 Shure drum mics, and one stage? A whole lotta rock, that’s what. Shure Europe set out to find the best amateur drummer in Europe and the Middle East. Several rounds of competition produced five finalists, each with his own style. They duked it out […]
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College Students + Shure Gear = Fantastic

Hands down, my favorite part of the Shure calendar year is working on the Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition. What’s that, you say? It’s when 10 teams of college students in audio engineering and sound recording programs lay down the best track they can using only Shure microphones. A panel of recording industry icons picks the […]
SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones
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Six Reviews of SRH940 Headphones

One of our favorites SRH940 stories comes from the GRAMMY® Awards. John Harris of Music Mix Mobile was troubleshooting an input issue and grabbed the closest pair of cans on-hand for some critical listening on the fly. They were SRH940s, property of Eric Schilling, who was also mixing for the show. Harris was stunned by […]
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Your Next Record Contest with T-Pain & YoungFyre

Unsigned hip-hop artists and rappers: enter to win the chance to record a 3-song EP with YoungFyre and have T-Pain write and produce on the single. Check out the rules and enter the contest at tpain.whooznxt.com by April 3, 2012. Shure is proud to sponsor Guitar Center’s Your Next Record Contest. And we love this […]
Montreux, Switzerland
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Enter the Montreux Jazz Voice Competition

Hey, jazz vocalists: Want to sing here? The 10th Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition is now open to entries. The competition will take place during the Montreux Jazz Festival, June 29-July 14, 2012, in Montreux, Switzerland. It’s a great opportunity for aspiring jazz singers to perform in front of a professional jury and international audience. […]
ULX-D Digital Wireless System
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Four Categories of Shure Products Receive Awards

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 […]