Marc forms part of our Pro Audio team at Shure UK and specialises in Digital Marketing. He also holds a BSc First Class Hons Degree in Music Technology. When not at work he enjoys playing the guitar, producing music, and dabbling in DIY (preferably with a good craft beer or two).
Written by Marc Henshall on March 29, 2018 under Studio
UK engineer Drew Bang got a late start in the music industry, but his unorthodox career path and studio methods have attracted notice from artists like U2, Slaves and Royal Blood. We met him in the resident bar of East London’s Strongroom studios to discuss his remarkable journey and how it’s given him a unique approach to engineering.
Written by Marc Henshall on January 19, 2018 under Wireless Systems
If there is anything we can take away from the recent confirmation of UK regulator, Ofcom’s decision to clear the 700MHz band of UHF spectrum by May 2020, it should be that change is inevitable. Some changes are good, other changes, not so good, but change nonetheless should be expected.
Written by Marc Henshall on December 7, 2017 under Wireless Systems
Changes to RF spectrum have continued moving at an incredibly fast pace over recent years. Learn the statistics behind these changes.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 7, 2017 under Studio
Having recently won a prestigious MPG Award, Andrew Hunt is riding a wave of success built from the ground up. We caught up with Andrew to learn more about his story progressing from a multi-instrumentalist to a talented producer and engineer.
Written by Marc Henshall on March 16, 2017 under Wireless Systems
In this month’s Whiteboard Session, Senior Product Management Specialist, Stuart Stephens explains wireless companding and how it works.
Written by Marc Henshall on February 23, 2017 under Studio
As an audio engineer, frequently turning your head to a wide variety of musical genres and productions comes with the territory. In the following Engineer Spotlight feature, we speak to recent MPG Engineer of the Year winner, Olga Fitzroy who we learn is no stranger to applying her skills across a broad spectrum.
Written by Marc Henshall on February 16, 2017 under Wireless Systems
In this month’s Whiteboard Session, Shure Applications Engineer, Tom Colman explains how high-density mode allows us to take the spectral efficiency of digital wireless to a whole new level. Read the article below, or scroll down to watch the Whiteboard Video.
Written by Marc Henshall on December 19, 2016 under Wireless Systems
Shure UK Senior Applications Engineer, Tom Colman explores rechargeable battery options for wireless microphones - moving from standard disposable batteries to modern integrated rechargeables. Read the article below, or scroll down to watch the Whiteboard Video.
Written by Marc Henshall on November 29, 2016 under Wireless Systems
We explore digital wireless tech by learning about what modern RF experts think of the trend towards more digital systems and the potential benefits.
Written by Marc Henshall on November 1, 2016 under Live
We caught up with FOH engineer, Bryony October who shared her experience of life on the road, including some unmissable advice for any new engineers getting started with live sound.
Written by Marc Henshall on October 26, 2016 under Wireless Systems
In this Whiteboard Session, Shure Senior Applications Engineer, Tom Colman explains some of the basic differences between digital and analogue wireless systems.
Written by Marc Henshall on August 24, 2016 under Live
Well known for her earlier work with the Noisettes, Bryony October’s story is one of classic hard work and determination to make it in an industry where it’s notoriously difficult to get your first break. We caught up with her between tours.
Written by Marc Henshall on July 1, 2016 under Theater
Gareth Owen is an acclaimed British sound designer whose portfolio includes many of the world’s biggest musical theatre spectaculars, including ‘Disney’s Hunchback Of Notre Dame,’Sister Act’, ‘Hairspray’, and ‘Disney’s Little Mermaid’ to name just a few.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 6, 2016 under LiveMicrophones
Disclaimer: The following interview contains references to the interviewees past work with Prince, and was conducted before his untimely death on April 21st 2016. Cliff is a live sound, touring, and production specialist with comprehensive experience covering many well know acts, including Prince, Rebecca Ferguson, and Laura Mvula. Armed with a shiny new KSM8, a heap of expertise, […]
Written by Marc Henshall on April 25, 2016 under News
Bring Me The Horizon played London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday 22nd April in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Rocksound.tv described the bands performance as a “coming of age,” as the band sold-out the iconic Victorian venue to perform alongside a 60-piece orchestra. As a former deathcore band, performing classical reworks from their latest album, ‘That’s the Spirit’ in such a prestigious and […]
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 Marc Henshall on February 10, 2016 under LiveWireless Systems
When it comes to RF interference, there are two elements that come up frequently as common culprits – metal and salt water. We’ve written plenty of detail about these major RF enemies before, and the following post should help to add context.
Written by Marc Henshall on February 4, 2016 under LiveWireless Systems
As a relatively new development in the ongoing debate about the future of spectrum, Whitespace Devices are often overlooked or misunderstood. In this whiteboard session, we cover what whitespace devices are, why and where they operate, and how they cause some concern for wireless microphone users.
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 January 14, 2016 under LiveWireless Systems
When setting up a wireless rig, you need to maximize the amount of channels on air and ensure reliable performance by understanding what spectrum is available. This week’s whiteboard session overviews how to do this by visualizing your RF environment.
Written by Marc Henshall on January 7, 2016 under LiveWireless Systems
RF cables are an often overlooked aspect of wireless systems. You can have everything else set up perfectly, but when all is said and done, it’s all too easy to shoot yourself in the foot by selecting the wrong antenna cables. This post will answer common questions about cable components for your RF setup.
Written by Marc Henshall on December 17, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
In this week’s whiteboard session, we’re going to tackle the often misunderstood concept of intermodulation. Intermodulation is a product of two signals interacting with each other while on air simultaneously.
Written by Marc Henshall on December 15, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
Digital wireless systems are increasingly common in the world of professional and semi-professional audio. Their growth over the last few years is the result of many factors, from the continual pursuit of better quality sound to the increasingly pressing issue of RF spectrum clearance. Like other areas of the audio world, though, the debate as […]
Written by Marc Henshall on December 10, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
In this post, we explain some wireless microphone best practice with an overview of how to coordinate a wireless system (or frequency coordination as it’s otherwise known).
Written by Marc Henshall on December 3, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
In this post, we cover the most common parts of spectrum used for the operation of wireless microphones and explain why the UHF bands are the preferred space for professional users. With the latter in mind, today’s episode will look at what’s happening to the UHF space and how it affects you.
Written by Marc Henshall on November 26, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
For radio microphones to work reliably, we need access to clean spectrum – this much is well known and documented. What’s less well known, is which bands of spectrum are best suited to each given application.
Written by Marc Henshall on November 19, 2015 under Wireless Systems
Why are these devices so important? Well, aside from freeing speakers or performers from the shackles of cables – wireless microphones are also crucial as they’re typically the first piece of equipment in the signal chain.
Written by Marc Henshall on August 12, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
For wireless microphone systems to work, we need access to clean RF. What is less well known or understood, is which bands – or sections – of spectrum are best suited to the operation of wireless microphone and in-ear monitor systems.
Written by Marc Henshall on August 5, 2015 under LiveStudio
In this article, we cover several solutions to help keep volume down, retain great tone, and save your hearing (possibly even your sanity) in the process.
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 Marc Henshall on July 23, 2015 under LiveStudio
Here’s a tip you can put into action today that will immediately improve your audio endeavours across the board: inputs are more important than outputs. Find out why.
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 Marc Henshall on June 8, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
In order to choose the right microphone, it’s crucial to understand the fundamentals of how a microphone picks up sound. The key to this is directionality.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 20, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
Mic directionality can be classified in three distinct types: omnidirectional, unidirectional, and bi-directional. Within these categories, there are a number of different directional patterns known as polar-patterns; the most commonly known types are cardioid and supercardioid. For a large number of common applications, these will get you pretty far – but what if your requirements are a little more specific?
Written by Marc Henshall on May 18, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
We’ve all been there; you turn up for the show, you set up, you’re ready for sound check, and then it hits you – that sinking feeling after the wireless system cuts out. But there are some simple steps to troubleshoot wireless dropouts.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 14, 2015 under Studio
Part six in our series about how to record drums. To finish our drum recording tuition, Jay walks trough the process of bringing an entire kit together.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 13, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesWireless Systems
In the audio world, few debates raise blood pressure levels more than the analogue vs digital question. The world of wireless microphones is no exception.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 12, 2015 under Studio
In any recording where multiple microphones are used to capture a single sound source, the phase relationship between each microphone is critical. This post looks at this important factors in bringing a drum kit recording together.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 11, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
Recently, Ofcom approved plans for white space devices to share radio spectrum with digital TV and wireless microphones. Although we knew it was coming, the decision comes as a considerable blow as we face the prospect of unlicensed wireless devices operating in close proximity to wireless microphone and in-ear monitor systems.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 8, 2015 under Studio
Part 4 of our drum recording series focuses on compression. Compression is the most misunderstood, but also incredibly powerful tools at our disposal.
Written by Marc Henshall on May 5, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
Wireless microphones are essential to the modern production values we’re all accustomed too. And while wireless systems have freed performers from the shackles of cables, they’ve also presented an entirely different set of challenges to the engineer.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 28, 2015 under Wireless Systems
Did you know that the first practical wireless microphone for performers was the Shure Vagabond 88? First introduced in the 1950’s, the Vagabond was powered by two hearing aid batteries, and could transmit within a ‘performance circle’ of approximately 700 square feet.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 27, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
High levels of RF noise can play havoc with the operation of wireless mics and in-ear systems; therefore, good antenna placement is critical.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 24, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
Almost all wireless failures are completely avoidable with the right equipment and training. In this post, we will document the most common reasons for wireless failure so that you can avoid embarrassing drop outs and improve your production values with reliable wireless.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 22, 2015 under Studio
The electric guitar is the most successful and widely adopted instrument in modern popular music. When it comes to studio recording, the very things that make the electric guitar so versatile are also some of the aspects that make it a challenging instrument to record.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 2, 2015 under LivePersonal Monitoring Systems
In ear monitors are proving a popular topic among our readers, with more and more musicians realising the benefits of ditching traditional stage wedges. To demonstrate how simple going wireless can be, we caught up with our good friends Fingertrap.
Written by Marc Henshall on March 31, 2015 under Studio
A full drum kit can be one the most difficult instruments to record successfully. Don’t let this discourage you, though, as your efforts will reward you with far more individual character than is possible with software or drum machine alternatives.
Written by Marc Henshall on March 27, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
Wireless microphones are still a relatively new technology and have adopted certain terminologies from other areas of the audio industry to describe how they work. Unfortunately, these terminologies do not always translate smoothly. We tackle some of the most common jargon.
Written by Marc Henshall on March 26, 2015 under LivePersonal Monitoring Systems
When performing on stage, it’s imperative that you can hear what you’re playing. In-ear monitors can let everyone on stage hear clearly. We look at the basics of these systems.
Written by Marc Henshall on March 6, 2015 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
It is important to understand a few basics that will aid in your selection and operation of the right mic for your application. The following article will cover what you need to know.
Written by Marc Henshall on February 23, 2015 under Studio
Bass is the backbone of your music, and in many cases the whole metaphorical house would collapse without it. Your bass should work with the rest of the band to provide a punchy and tight solid backbone to your music. In this article, we’ll get you up with bass tips for recording & mixing.
Written by Marc Henshall on February 10, 2015 under Wireless Systems
From live performance to big events, corporate conferences to your local house of worship, wireless microphones and in-ear monitor systems are now standard for production values. These production values we now accept as standard throughout the audio industry could be under threat from the phone in your pocket.
Written by Marc Henshall on February 10, 2015 under LiveWireless Systems
Users of wireless microphone and in-ear monitor systems have faced several disruptive challenges in recent years. These changes continue to have huge implications for wireless microphone users, and subsequently, you need to select your system carefully.
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 Marc Henshall on February 6, 2015 under Studio
There is no substitute for the human voice. In this post, we’ll cover the fundamental techniques required to get professional sounding vocals from day one.
Written by Marc Henshall on January 26, 2015 under Studio
In this article, we’ll show you how to get the best sound possible from your instrument and provide you with a few tips for mixing within the context of your recording.
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 Marc Henshall on November 24, 2014 under Studio
Referencing your mix on studio quality headphones remains essential to creating a polished professional track. To help you make a more informed decision about which set of headphones is best for you, we have prepared a list of elements to consider.
Written by Marc Henshall on November 11, 2014 under Listening
Earphones and headphones often come with some fairly intimidating spec sheets. This can make choosing the right model for you a little daunting. Thankfully, we’ve put together a list of the most commonly seen specs to help you make an informed decision.
Written by Marc Henshall on October 17, 2014 under Personal Monitoring Systems
Anyone who has performed live has probably dealt with a poor monitor system. Personal monitoring was developed from a desire to create an on-stage listening experience that could overcome the limitations imposed by a traditional floor monitor system.
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 Marc Henshall on August 22, 2014 under Microphones
You’d be hard-pressed to find a band that hasn’t used the celebrated SM57, and while less well known, the Beta 57A is also heard on many classic vocal recordings. So what’s the difference between these two mics?
Written by Marc Henshall on August 22, 2014 under Microphones
The pneumatic shockmount featured in Shure microphones, is an essential, but often misunderstood piece of audio engineering. We look at why microphones have shockmounts and what makes the Shure pneumatic design so unique. Why Microphones Need Shockmounts For a dynamic microphone to work, the diaphragm and the coil need to move. In an ideal […]
Written by Marc Henshall on July 8, 2014 under Microphones
The Shure SM57 is quite possibly the most popular and widely used microphone to record electric guitars. But there are other microphones that you should consider when choosing a guitar mic. Here are three of them.
Written by Marc Henshall on June 30, 2014 under LiveWireless Systems
Opinions vary on how wired and wireless guitar setups can affect your tone. We look at what makes a good wired or wireless setup and how to preserve your tone.
Written by Marc Henshall on June 24, 2014 under LiveWireless Systems
Through years of experience, research, and development, Shure has produced a system that guitarists can actually get excited about. Here are 5 reasons GLX-D16 could prove invaluable to your rig.
Written by Marc Henshall on June 9, 2014 under Studio
This is part 2 of our 10 recording tips for electric guitar players, where we provide tips to help you get the best possible results from the start.
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 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 Marc Henshall on April 29, 2014 under News
When the unidyne 55 was introduced, it was the first single element unidirectional dynamic microphone in the world. From entertainers to politicians, past and present, the Unidyne remains the world’s most recognisable microphone. In celebration, we look at the Unidyne story and what makes it the basis for all microphones built today.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 17, 2014 under Listening
In light of Neil Young’s PonoMusic, we look at high-res audio, the importance of headphones, and how you’re only as good as the weakest link in your signal chain.
Written by Marc Henshall on April 9, 2014 under Studio
To kick start a new blog series featuring unconventional studio techniques, we recently put an SM57 in a bucket of water and placed it next to the kick drum. Are we mad I hear you ask? All can be revealed by reading the post ;–) . This time, we’re looking at yet another experimental technique […]
Written by Marc Henshall on March 21, 2014 under Listening
There are two distinct varieties of headphones available: closed back and open back. Each type have specific advantages or disadvantages depending on your application. Decide why type is right for you.
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 Marc Henshall on March 13, 2014 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
Dynamic and condenser tom-tom mics divide opinion among sound engineers. Both have distinct advantages depending on application, but which is right for you?
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 Marc Henshall on March 6, 2014 under LiveMicrophonesStudio
When it comes to mic’ing a snare drum the SM57 has pretty much dominated for the best part of 50 years. The SM57 adds just the right amount of low end weight, while also adding presence and ‘crack’ to the drum. For this reason, the 57 is a go-to mic.
Written by Marc Henshall on January 29, 2014 under Listening
The difference between sound isolating and noise cancelling designs is understandably confusing. Thankfully, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.
Written by Marc Henshall on January 24, 2014 under Listening
Recently, Shure released the new SRH1540 premium closed back headphones. We explain the difference between SRH940 and our new premium model.
Written by Marc Henshall on December 7, 2012 under Microphones
Have you ever wondered which microphone is best for you? Although it isn’t easy to provide a simple answer to this question, there are a few basic points to consider.
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