Marc Henshall

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).
News

Artist Spotlight: VC Pines (Jack Mercer)

Best known for his work as the frontman of London-based Indie Rock band, The Carnabys, Jack Mercer embarks on his latest new project, VC Pines. We catch up with this talented young musician after a recent show.
Studio

Engineer Spotlight: Drew Bang

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.
Wireless Systems

Future-proofing RF Ops Amid Spectrum Changes

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.
SM58 with wires
Studio

Producer Spotlight: Andrew Hunt

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.
Microphone on Stage
Studio

Engineer Spotlight: Olga Fitzroy

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.
Wireless Systems and Antenna Placement
Live

Engineer Spotlight: Bryony October

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.
Microphone on Stage
Live

Engineer Spotlight: FOH Engineer, Cliff Brothers (KSM8 on Test)

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, […]
News

Shure-endorsed Bring Me The Horizon rock the Royal Albert Hall for charity

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 […]
Microphones

What is Dualdyne? Understanding the Shure KSM8

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.
Wireless Systems and Antenna Placement
Live

Shure Whiteboard Session: Understanding Cables for RF

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.
Live

Digital Wireless FAQ: 12 of Your Questions Answered

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 […]
Podcasting

A Crash Course in Audio for Podcasters

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.
Live

Specialist Polar Patterns: Hypercardioid and Subcardioid

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?
Microphone on Stage
Studio

Recording Drums Part 5 – Phase Cancellation

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.
Live

Top 5 Most Common Wireless Mistakes

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.
Studio

Recording and Mixing Electric Guitars

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.
Wireless Systems and Antenna Placement
Live

Wireless Channels: The Jargon Demystified

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.
Studio

Recording & Mixing Bass Guitar

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.
Wireless Systems

Could Your Mobile Be Eating Your Mic?

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.
Studio

How to Record and Mix Vocals

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.
KSE1500
Listening

Earphone & Headphone Specifications Explained

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.
Live

Live Sound & Life on the Road with Engineer Liam Halpin

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.
SM58 with wires
Microphones

What is Shure’s Pneumatic Shockmount?

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 […]
Microphones

3 Alternative Guitar Mics to the SM57

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.
News

Shure Unidyne, 75 Years of the World’s Most Recognisable Mic

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.
Studio

Unusual Recording Techniques: Trash Mic

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 […]
Listening

Open-Back vs Closed-Back Headphones

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.
Home Recording

Recording Tips for Singer-Songwriters

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 […]