Win Shure SRH840 Headphones, with Codemasters GRID 2

grid2-new-blogGames publisher Codemasters turned to a variety of Shure microphones to help them capture the sounds of over 50 classic racing vehicles for their brand new track racer Grid2.

Codemasters have always strived for realism in their releases, and that extends to the audio as well as the graphics and ballistics. On GRID 2, which offers players a choice of 54 classic racing cars spanning four decades, every sound you hear after the vehicle selection is derived from recordings made using the actual cars. It was quite the challenge, but Shure Distribution UK where on hand to help and you can read the full story on the Shure Distribution website.

Win Shure SRH840 Headphones in Celebration of our Collaboration with Codemasters

We’re really proud of the result on GRID 2, and to celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Codemasters for your chance to win Shure SRH840 headphones. Normally reserved for professional audio engineers, the SRH840 Reference Studio Headphones, will enable you to hear crystal clear GRID 2 sound effects in detail. Find out how to enter on the Shure GRID 2 Competition Page

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SRH840 Headphones

The SRH840 are an ideal choice for professional audio engineers and musicians in applications such as studio recording and critical listening.

They have a closed-back, circumaural design that rests comfortably over the ears which reduces background noise. The wide, padded headband provides ergonomic fit for superior comfort over extended periods. It has a precisely tailored frequency response to deliver rich bass, clear mid-range and extended highs.  View the SRH840’s online

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Codemasters is an award winning games developer and publisher with a 25-year heritage. Their popular game brands include DiRT, GRID, Cricket and Operation Flashpoint. The company also retains the exclusive worldwide video game rights to FORMULA ONE. F1 2010, the first multi-format high-definition FORMULA ONE racing game released September 2010, is the fastest-selling FORMULA ONE game ever. Find out more on Codemasters Website

Win: New Digital Wireless SM58, In Association with Music Radar

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Shure have teamed up with Music Radar for your chance to win the new Digital Wireless SM58.

The SM Digital Wireless Vocal System with SM58 is an industry-standard, highly versatile cardioid dynamic vocal microphone, tailored to deliver warm and clear vocal reproduction combines automatic frequency management with true digital diversity for a rock-solid wireless signal with exceptional digital audio clarity.

How to enter for your chance to with the New Digital SM58 Wireless with Shure & Music Radar

For a chance of winning, simply head over to the competition page and answer one simple question. Best of luck!

View the new Digital Wireless SM58 on shure.co.uk

Shure’s Microphones & Axient Wireless on Tour with Bon Jovi

Bon-Jovi-because-we-canBon Jovi’s 15th tour, Because We Can, began earlier this year in support of the legendary New Jersey Band’s  12th Studio Album – What About Now. Formed in 1983, the band became one of the most influential 80’s rock bands, and 30 years later their profile is still high enough to fill stadiums around the world.

Shure – legendary Performance

Having years of experience under their belt means that when it comes to performance, the band have a keen ear and they certainly know what they like!

Plenty of Shure gear has made it into their performance arsenal, including Axient, which has gained huge respect from the tour’s RF camp. FOH engineer Bill Sheppell is using Axient for Jon Bon Jovi’s vocals, along with a variety of Shure vocal mics. One such model, includes the Beta 58a, which is used for all hardwired and wireless vocal mics.

In addition to the all Shure vocal setup, Sheppell also relies on the Shure Beta98amp’s for toms, the KSM313 for guitar cabs, and finally for the strings – the KSM137’s and KSM32’s  combined with SM57’s.

Shure – Proud to be Part of Rock & Roll History

The tour is currently in full swing and looks set to be a huge hit. It’s always nice to hear a success story, and we’d like to say a huge thanks to Bon Jovi’s Production Team for choosing to incorporate Shure into their production.

For more information on Shure Axient – Visit Axient.net

For more information on Shure Microphones – Visit Shure.co.uk

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Shure KSM313 – Dual Voice Ribbon Mic. Perfect for Guitars

Shure in World War 2 – The Ultimate Reliable Performance

Shure products have been known for quality, reliability, and ruggedness for many decades. But did you know that the roots of this reputation can be traced to World War II? Here’s why…

When the United States became involved in World War II, Shure Brothers Incorporated became one of the prime suppliers of military acoustical transducers: microphones and headphones. Shure products were used by all branches of the U.S. military, plus the British and Russian forces. From 1941 to 1943, the number of Shure employees increased ten-fold. Manufacturing lines often operated 24 hours a day to keep up with the war demands. There were Shure employees who volunteered for active military duty, but were turned down because the Allied Forces relied so heavily on devices manufactured by Shure.

The surname of Shure was on every military transducer that left the factory. For Mr. Shure, this was a formidable responsibility. The safety of Allied military personnel depended upon the proper operation of acoustical devices that bore the family name of Shure. A Company memo succinctly stated: “Those screws, washers, and other small parts mean the difference between life and death to millions of fighting men in the widespread battle lines of the Allied Forces.”

The Same Shure Standards to this Day – Legendary Performance

When World War II ended, Mr. Shure decided to keep using military quality specifications for peace-time products. Military quality specifications resulted in lower scrap rates during manufacturing, fewer products returned for repair, and improved product reliability…and that meant customer loyalty to the Shure brand. Today, ask an SM58 owner to describe the microphone in one word and that word often is “reliable.” The seeds of Shure reliability, often taken for granted in 2013, were sown during the 1940s.

Shure: Army Navy “E” Award

The image in this blog post was created circa 1952 to document the specialised products developed at Shure for the Allied Forces during World War II. Note the upper left corner “Army E Navy” insignia. On April 18, 1943, the women and men of Shure were presented the prestigious Army-Navy “E” award for “high achievement in the production of war materials.” Robert Patterson, Under Secretary of the War, wrote, “The production standard you are setting is inspiring, and will serve as an example to all Americans.” Mr. Shure stated, “Here, at Shure Brothers, we have a cross section of the American people. We are a peace-loving people who were unprepared for war. We loved peace, but we love liberty even more.” The Army-Navy “E” award now resides in the Shure archives.

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Just for fun – Worlds most Reliable Microphones

To end this blog post, take a look at the video – Shure Mics vs Tour Bus. Shure Mike and Derek Trucks put some Shure SM Microphones to the test by running them over with a TOUR BUS!

Find out more: Shure.co.uk – Microphones

WIN: New Digital Guitar Wireless System

monuments-facebookAs part of the all new Shure Wireless launch, we’ve teamed up with Monuments (an up and coming Metal band from south London) for your chance to win one of our brand new Digital Wireless Guitar systems.

As always with our competitions, entering is simple. All you have to do, is visit the competition page, follow the instructions, and answer one simple question. So what are you waiting for? head over now for your chance to go wireless.

New Digital Guitar Wireless Systems 

The new Shure wireless systems are precision-engineered, with automatic frequency management and true digital diversity for a rock-solid wireless signal and exceptional digital audio clarity. This, combined with rechargeable technology and region free use – makes them obvious choice for touring musicians looking to unplug. Find out more on our website, or watch the Monuments interview below.

Keeping Your Microphone Clean

cleaning-your-micLet’s face it: a vocal microphone can be loaded with germs, saliva, and other bodily effusion. It is bad enough when the mic is used regularly by the same performer, and it can be even worse when the mic is used by many different performers.  So, what can you do to keep things as hygienic as possible?

Option 1 – add a foam windscreen. A foam windscreen can easily be added or removed. It can be washed in warm soapy water, rinsed in clean water, shaken to remove water droplets, and left to air dry overnight. A clean foam windscreen does a good job at keeping the grill of the mic free from human contaminates. If colour windscreens are used, a certain color can be assigned to a certain performer for an added level of hygiene. Continue reading

Comedian Bill Bailey goes all Shure for his latest live tour

billbailey-qualmpedlerWorld class comedian Bill Bailey, debuted his latest live creation, entitled Qualmpeddler across Australia and New Zealand before returning to the UK for a full headline tour. Bill Bailey (the star of ABC TV’s Black Books) is famed for delivering a wonderful amalgamation of music, comedy, and cultural observations.

Bill Bailey – Qualmpeddler

Bill Bailey was on top form, and in the tours press release, the show’s theme was explained as follows: “Bill Bailey had doubts about the modern world, but these doubts have now grown into qualms, he will be channelling  these feelings of unease and apprehension with the help of religious dubstep, his folk bouzouki, horntallica, a re-appraisal of some of the world’s greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey”.  Sounds quite the mix doesn’t it!

Not just a man and a mic.

The eclectic mix of music and comedy, is of course what makes Bailey’s show so captivating. There are quite a lot of musical elements to his show, and Bailey is certainly an accomplished musician in his own right. Like any other professional music gig, the performer and engineers need the best possible reliability and sound quality when it comes to choosing microphones. On stage, Bailey used a selection of Shure SM57’s, Beta58’s and KSM27’s to capture the eclectic range of instruments on offer. Shure are also the first choice for Bailey’s vocal, which was delivered using UHF-R radio systems for reliable RF performance.

All in all, we’re proud that Shure could be part of a very successful tour and would like to thank rental production company Sonalyst for their selection of Shure Microphones and Wireless Systems to deliver a fantastic production night after night. Music and comedy, what could be better!

For more information about the full range of Shure microphones, from legendary and world famous wired mics, to reliable wireless – visit shure.co.uk  

FAQ: How Long Will A Phonograph Stylus Last?

faq-record-stylusIt’s difficult to give a simple answer to this question. The fact is, it’s rather like asking “how long will my new car tires last” and like most things, it depends upon many factors, such as: road conditions, tire inflation, driving habits, environmental conditions, ect.

Just like your car tires, the life of a diamond stylus tip depends upon the cleanliness and condition of the records, the tracking force, the care used when playing a record, and environmental factors. Under normal conditions, a diamond stylus tip will typically last between 500 and 1000 playing hours. However, here are some key points to consider: Continue reading

Win a Shure SM58: In Association with Absolute Music

absolute-58-facebookShure UK have teamed up with Absolute Music for your chance to win 1 legendary SM58 Microphone.

Entering is simple. All you need to do is follow the simple set of instructions on the SM58 competition page and locate the answer to one simple question on the Absolute Music Blog. Simple!

The winner must have a UK address and will be anounced on the competition page– Monday 24th June. Best of luck!

The industry-standard, highly versatile cardioid dynamic vocal microphone, tailored to deliver warm and clear vocal reproduction. The SM58 is consistently the first choice for vocal performances around the globe. Continue reading