The winner must have a UK address and will be anounced on the competition page- Monday 24th June. Best of luck!
In the coming weeks, Shure will release all new PG, SM, & Beta Wireless systems. The new systems will make it easier than ever to select the Shure microphone you know and love in a wireless format to suit your application. Simply select your mic and combine it with either analogue or digital transmission. But which transmission is right for you? Should you choose analogue or digital?
Shure Analogue vs Shure Digital Wireless Transmission
On our website, the analogue and digital options are described in the following way:
The Analogue Wireless Receiver provides improved linearity and frequency response for up to 12 compatible channels per group with group and channel scan for easy set-up.
The Digital Wireless Receiver combines automatic frequency management with true digital diversity for a rock-solid wireless signal with exceptional digital audio clarity.
But what does all this mean? For your everyday musician, the differences between analogue and digital systems can be confusing, and at the end of the day, you just want the same Shure mic you’ve come to know and trust, but wireless, right?
To help you make sense of it all, and choose the best option for your requirements, we have prepared a breakdown of the key differences as follows: Read more…
On Tour with Shure
We would like to say a big thank you to our friends F.O.X The Band, who have made this lovely video about using Shure Wireless Systems (PSM900 & UHF-R) while on Tour with synth pop legends Depeche Mode.
In the words of F.O.X themselves: ”I can go this way… and that way… or spin around!” Thanks guys. We’re glad you’re loving the freedom of being wire free
Who are FOX The Band?
F.O.X are an Electro Pop trio from Essex and they make a BIG sound for 3 people. Being selected to support Depeche Mode for 5 dates durring May this year is certainly testament to their talent and appeal. For more information, or to purchase their debut album ’Chimera’, you can visit the FOX The Band website.
…and to wet your appetite a little – check out the band in action below:
Start a Revolution – F.O.X at Berkman House, Austin, Texas
Ribbon mics were the industry standard for recording and broadcast from about 1920 to 1950, but eventually fell out of favour to modern condenser mics. There are various reasons for this, including durability and frequency response. However, they do have other advantages, and the Shure KSM313 in particular aims to bring the best of both worlds together. (More on this in a moment)
Durability of Ribbon Mics
Ribbon microphones are extremely delicate, and for the most part, they do not handle high SPL levels with the same tolerance as condenser or dynamic microphones. In short, this is due to their construction, which consists of a thin sheet of metal suspended within the field of a permanent magnet. Therefore, if this sheet of metal is subjected to high SPL levels, there is risk of damage.
Ribbon Mic Frequency Response
Ribbon microphones tend to emphasise the warm low-mids and gradually roll off at the top end, whereas condenser mics will have a much wider frequency response and subsequently a more detailed high end. Depending on your application, this can actually be an advantage…
Advantages of Ribbon Microphones
Ribbon mics defined the sound of vintage recordings, and due to their unique character, there are now a number of modern examples on the market (of which the Shure KSM313 is one). The emphasised low mid and smooth high frequency response gives an impression of warmth and musicality, which is desirable in multiple applications.
It’s a little like comparing vinyl and CD, or valve vs solid-state.. Although a condenser microphone can be technically more superior, there is just something musically appealing and pleasing to the ear about ribbon mics. Here are some popular applications:
- Vocals – The warmth that comes from an emphasised low mid, combined with the gentle high frequency roll off can work very well on a bright sounding female vocal
- Guitar Cab – This has become a very popular application for ribbon mics in recent years. The full low mid is ideal for electric guitars, while the warm high frequency response controls brittle sounding distortion.
- Overheads – Great for taking the edge off energetic cymbals
KSM313 – Ribbon Mic without the downsides?
As mentioned above, ribbon microphones are renowned for being extremely delicate. Two things set the KSM313 apart:
- The KSM313/NE’s high-tensile strength, toughness and shape memory of Roswellite™ ribbon material replaces traditional foil ribbons for superior resilience at extreme SPLs and allows the microphone to be more durable.
- The bi-directionality means that one side of the KSM313/NE provides a brighter character that shines on your vocals, while the other side offers a rich, full sound that’s ideal for your amplified instruments.
Now on to the review……
ProTools Expert Review the KSM313 – The video below from Pro Tools Expert talks through the above features, and also demonstrates the microphone in 3 applications..
For more information or to locate a dealer – visit the KSM313 section of shure.co.uk
Also, for a great technical overview – check out the Shure Inc blog post on Ribbon Mics
With news of Shure’s soon to be released SE846 Earphones, there will no doubt be questions over just how different the new top of the line model is. This blog post aims to shed some light on this by breaking down the main differences…..
The SE535 features triple high definition microdrivers made up of one dedicated tweeter and two woofers. This delivers highly detailed sound, great clarity, and spacious rich sound. However, those who like their music a little more bass heavy might be left wanting.
This is where the SE846 comes into its own. Thanks to the patented quad high definition microdrivers, listeners can look forward to true subwoofer performance and sound for a low end that is second to none.
Customisable Frequency Response
Tonal quality is a very personal thing, and with all previous Shure Earphone models users had little or no control over the frequency response besides the normal process of EQ. The SE846 comes with interchangeable nozzle filters, which enable listeners to customise their listening experience – selecting from balanced, warm, and bright. So, if you’re a long term devotee of the SE535 model and have longed to add a bit more sparkle and shimmer to your Shure Earphones – now you can! Read more…
Video Message From Frank Turner – Shure Songwriting Award 2013
How to Enter the Shure Songwriting Award
Don’t miss your chance to win a place on the Institute Songwriting course and get your hands on Shure goodies!
View current entries and submit your song on the Shure Songwriting Award Website.
We’re expanding our social network for Shure in the UK, and to celebrate – we’re giving you a chance to win one pair of Shure SE215 Earphones. All you have to do is follow us on Twitter. By following us, you can expect up-to-date information on all things Shure, as well as great information on how to get the most from your gear. We look forward to meeting you there!
Shure SE215 Earphones
The SE215′s are the entry level to professional Shure quality earphones, featuring a dynamic microdriver for a warm, detailed sound.
SE215 Giveaway Details
The winner must have a UK address and will be drawn from random on Friday 14th June. Best of luck!