Having read a recent article detailing the history of Shure’s 55 Model, I was reminded of just how iconic this microphone is. The Shure 55 model is in-fact so iconic, that when I describe Shure to non-musical friends in my local, they are often more aware of the so called “Elvis Mic” than the Shure brand itself.
Developed in the 1930′s, the Shure 55 Model was both beautiful and revolutionary – being the first microphone to feature a single dynamic element and delivering the worlds first truly directional polar pattern. The design is called UNIDYNE (short for Unidirectional Dynamic), and forms the basis for Shure’s Legendary SM58. The 58 is now the worlds most popular microphone, but due to vintage appeal, Shure still manufacture microphones based on the classic 55 design 74 years later – truly timeless.
Many enthusiasts love the design so much, they keep old models as desk ornaments, and on a more curious note – take a look at our previous post on a computer design based on the 55 Model – just one example of why this microphone remains the most recognisable in the world.
Current 55 Models
Shure 55sh: Featuring a signature satin chrome-plated die-cast casing for pure vintage look and feel.
Shure Supper 55: Combining the vintage design of the original icon, with a contemporary upgrade in audio performance.
Do you have an interesting 55 model story? We would love you to share your stories or pictures in the comment box below.
When we were contacted by the Music Producers Guild in 2009 to be part of this new organisation, we jumped at the chance. The MPG is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to celebrate the often unknown heroes of music; from music producers to engineers, mixers and re-mixers.
The Awards themselves take place in February and the shortlist has just been announced.
We are proud sponsors of the Live Music Production category, and are happy to see long time Shure users The Who in the shortlist. It is also great to see other Shure users in the Shortlist too, including Simon Gogerly – we wish him luck!
…the actual Awards themselves are provided by Shure – and they are a special limited edition Gold version of our 55SH microphone.
I’ll be attending the awards so hope to take a few backstage pictures – keep your eye on the blog!