Shure Wireless Microphones. Shure Vocal Microphones
It would be a dramatic understatement to say that Shure microphones are well-respected in the recording, live sound and broadcast industries. Their line of vocal microphones is legendary, not only for their quality but for their durability. In fact, one would be very hard-pressed to enter any recording studio or live sound venue of any type and not find at least one Shure microphone. The name has simply become synonymous with quality sound reproduction. True to their reputation as an industry leader, the first Shure wireless microphone was introduced in 1953, nearly a generation before the technology would become commonplace.
Shure entered the world of radio manufacturing in 1925. After the Great Depression, when radio manufacturing became less profitable, the company branched out into phonograph cartridges and eventually vocal microphones. As previously mentioned, their products have become the industry standard. Their SM-58 has been the go-to live vocal microphone almost since its introduction in the 1960s. Its sibling, the SM-57, is considered to be a virtual Swiss Army Knife, useful for vocals, drums, guitars, or virtually anything else that needs a microphone. Many audio engineers and producers simply wouldn’t be caught working without one.
Because of Shure’s history in the area of radio as well as their unquestionable dominance as a manufacturer of quality microphones, the advent of the Shure wireless microphone seemed to be a natural progression as technological advances caught up with Shure’s forward-thinking product development strategies. Their current line of wireless systems marries their groundbreaking vocal microphones with state-of-the-art wireless technology.
At this point, a brief discussion about wireless systems in general may be warranted. Most systems consist of the following parts:
- A transmitter. In the case of handheld microphones, the transmitter is built into the handheld unit. In the case of headset or lavalier (clip-on lapel) microphones, the microphone connects to the transmitter via a small cable. The transmitter for the Shure wireless microphone is approximately the size of a deck of cards and fits in a pocket or can clip to a belt or waistband.
- A receiver. These receive the signal from the transmitter and connect to the audio mixer via a cable.
All Shure wireless microphone systems feature selectable channels. What this means is that the transmitter and receiver can “communicate” with each other over a number of different channels (how many depends on the model), much the same way a television selects different channels. The advantage is that multiple units can be utilized in a single location without interfering with each other. Also, if you find yourself in a location where one channel is receiving interference from an outside source, you can select a different channel and avoid it.
As one might surmise, when the world-leading producer of vocal microphones decides to produce professional-quality wireless systems, the results are going to be spectacular; not surprisingly, Shure wireless microphone systems do not disappoint. The line features true diversity receivers, which have 2 antennas connected to an internal system which continually monitors which of them is receiving the strongest signal, virtually eliminating the loss of reception, commonly called a dropout. Additionally, all Shure systems are available with a Beta 58 capsule, which is a slightly higher-output version of one of the most iconic vocal microphones in history. In all honesty, it’s a combination that simply can’t be beaten.
If you’re itching to experience the freedom a wireless microphone can bring you, you honestly can’t go wrong choosing from Shure wireless microphone systems. Their history and reputation speak for themselves.