Shure microphones are well-known among amateurs and professionals. It is very important to understand the features of such a brand and make a brief overview of the models. This will allow more accurately and correctly apply the main selection criteria.
While analyzing the nuances of Shure microphones, one should focus on the fact that they have been used for a very long time and in large quantities. It is difficult to find a more common brand of microphone technology. Many models have become true legends of audio technology. Reviews usually note the excellent reliability and mechanical strength of Shure microphones. Many people openly say: they do not detect flaws even after prolonged use.
The company's specialists are able to achieve excellent sound in both female and male vocals. The sound quality in general does not cause complaints. Problems, however, can be associated with a large number of fakes. But this is not a reason to refuse to buy - just need to be more careful. Original versions always have excellent value for money.
It’s worth starting a review of modifications to Shure microphones with a genuine “legend” even among this brand. This is a version of SM58. The cardioid device is ideal for warm vocals. The sound is recorded very clearly and cleanly. Convenience is provided by the holder for a rack. But they completely forget about it when they start using the device.
At such a moment, an intense decline is immediately detected in the region of low and medium frequencies. The excellent pneumatic depreciation system is also pleasing. The positive emotions of a number of users are also associated with the built-in pop-filter. The range is from 0.05 to 15 kHz.
There is an excellent windproof system.
A good alternative is the SM7B studio microphone . Cardioid device ensures balanced sound in a full studio. The designers took care of the successful suppression of electromagnetic interference. The delivery kit contains a removable windshield. The bracket is mounted so that it is not difficult to control the position of the microphone.
The technical specification is as follows:
- weight 0.765 kg;
- operating range from 0.05 to 20 kHz;
- low-pass filter switching possible;
- attenuator and replaceable capsule are not provided;
- almost total suppression of mechanical noise.
Choosing a model with a supercardioid diagram of sound distribution, it is worth paying attention to the BETA 58A . Experts approve of the adapted frequency response. The shock absorber suppresses unwanted noise as efficiently as possible. Negative feedback and off-axis sounds are prevented. Neodymium magnet provides excellent signal to noise ratio.
It is also useful to note:
- hardened steel alloy grill that wears out a little;
- minimal impact of changes in the level of resistance on sound quality;
- 3-pin XLR connector
- weight 0.278 kg.
Shure wireless radio microphones, including the PG58 , are also popular. This capsule is useful for many other wireless systems. Basically, the model is used to transmit speech, vocals and karaoke. In all cases, the work is organized by an analogous technique. The range can reach 100 m.
Still worth paying attention to the hand-held radio microphone FP2 / VP68. It can operate in the transmission range from 736 to 754 MHz. There are 10 fixed channels. The case is made of plastic, but it is quite durable and stable. Switching on and off is indicated by a light indicator.
- work from a pair of AA batteries for 12 hours;
- capacitor design;
- reception pie chart;
- the presence of a clip (a special holder for microphone stands);
- transmission radius up to 100 m;
- 20 simultaneously served reception points;
- sensitivity at 41 dB;
- weight 0.29 kg.
How to distinguish from a fake?
The popularity of Shure technology makes this question very relevant for everyone who is interested in acoustics, at least at an amateur level. Be sure to think about whether the seller offers too low a price. Buying a microphone with your hands is definitely not the best option. But even when contacting a reputable store, it is very important to require certificates of conformity and supporting documents. Attention: it is worth checking whether real photos are used for illustrations or not. The most common trick is a snapshot in which the microphone is located with the switch down.
The full name of the model, which is given on the price tag or on the microphone itself, must correspond to the name on the official Shure website. It is also useful to know that:
- the original version may not have Caution;
- a genuine Shure microphone always has a Thread Adapter section in its label;
- the cable is included only with fake models;
- There is a pronounced difference in thread quality.
Criterias of choice
When analyzing the characteristics of microphones, do not pay too much attention to sensitivity. Rather, it is important, but only in conjunction with protection against noise and interference. Otherwise, a highly sensitive system will inevitably record many extraneous sounds. Radio transmitters can be stationary or mobile. The second option is recommended to be used where it is impossible to connect to the mains, or the power supply is unstable.
For vocal performances, manual or integrated mobile transmitters are preferred. In other cases, for example, for a conference or other event, it is more correct to use stationary devices. Important: the microphone volume should be selected reasonably so that it matches the room or open area. You can not use both frankly weak and stunning audience systems.
Singers (both professionals and amateurs) are best suited for cardioid and supercardioid microphones.
A bi-directional device is suitable for those who want to record the emotions and reactions of listeners along with their own performance. He is also recommended for a duet, interviews or conversations with 1-2 invited guests. Omni-directional microphones give surround sound and do not interfere with the recording of their own noise. They are used at concerts and at joint rehearsals. An omnidirectional microphone is also useful when you need to record all the sounds characteristic of a place or event, to accurately recreate its atmosphere.
Still worth paying attention to the amplitude-frequency characteristic. If the performer’s voice is high, but not too harsh, “blocking the heights” is simply not needed. But for a velvety baritone, it is quite acceptable, although not required. As for the sound pressure level, this indicator indicates the number of decibels that go without distortion. And the most important nuance: for all the importance of digital indicators, you must take into account your own impressions:
- the convenience of a microphone (how to hold and move it);
- lightness of the model;
- own assessment of sound quality.
Comparison of microphones of different models, see below.