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SHURE DISTRIBUTES COUNTRYMANAugust 2003—Shure Inc. is now offering Countryman's B6 omnidirectional lavalier and E6 omnidirectional EarSet microphones

July 2009—Now, 70 years after the original Unidyne, Shure ( beefs up the classic 55SH vocal mic. The new Super 55 Deluxe features a high-output, Neodymium supercardioid capsule for higher gain-before-feedback; a robust internal shock-mount (to reduce stage/handling noise); and a vibrant blue windscreen — within that familiar triple-chromed body. The Super 55 Deluxe is now shipping at an MSRP of $300 and carries a two-year limited warranty. The current 55SH Series II model will continue to be available.

June 2008—Shure unveiled its UR1M micro-bodypack transmitter, which features selectable battery metering by battery type, audio metering on the UR1M transmitter, 60MHz RF tuning range in 25kHz steps, adjusbable transmit power (10 mW or 50 mW) and is available with LEM03 or TA4F connector options.

February 2007—Shure’s VP88 ($1,266 list) M-S stereo mic combines two condenser capsules: a forward-facing cardioid and a bidirectional side element. An internal M-S matrix offers three selectable degrees of stereo image separation. The internal matrix can be bypassed if an external matrix is used or if stereo imaging is handled in post-production. A switchable LF roll-off (12dB/octave at 80 Hz) is standard, and the mic powers from an internal battery or any 9 to 52VDC phantom source. Frequency response is 40 to 20k Hz, and typical self-noise is 24 dBA. The VP88 package includes a “Y” splitter cable, windscreen, 6V battery and zippered storage bag.

October 2006—The hard-wired version of the KSM9 wireless, the condenser KSM9 offers switch-selectable cardioid or supercardioid patterns. Response is 50 to 20k Hz; max SPL is 153 dB. Available in champagne or charcoal-gray finishes, it features a two-stage internal shock-mount, hardened-steel grille and gold-plated connectors.

July 2006—After months of field-testing on major tours, Shure unveils the KSM9; the hard-wired version of the KSM9 wireless debuted earlier this year. The condenser KSM9 has switchable cardioid or supercardioid patterns — a first for a handheld mic. Selectable via a switch under the pop screen, the KSM9’s patterns bring flexibility, while the mic’s dual gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragm design provides higher gain before feedback and minimizes proximity effect for accurate low-end response. Response is 50 to 20k Hz, sensitivity is -51 dBV/Pa and max SPL is 153 dB. A two-stage internal shock-mount stabilizes both horizontal and vertical movement. This 48VDC phantom-powered mic is available in champagne or charcoal-gray finishes, and features a hardened-steel mesh grille and gold-plated internal and external connectors.

July 2005—The Beta 58A ($300) from Shure is a high-output dynamic vocal mic engineered to maintain a true supercardioid pattern throughout its frequency range, ensuring high gain before feedback, maximum isolation from other sound sources and minimum off-axis coloration. The mic’s frequency response is shaped for close-up vocal work. Rugged construction and a hardened steel-mesh grille maintain performance under adverse conditions, and a pneumatic shock-mount reduces handling noise. Frequency response is 50 to 16k Hz and impedance is 150 ohms rated.

July 2005—The Shure Beta 87C ($462.88) is built on the Beta 87A, incorporating a uniform cardioid polar pattern tailored to reject ambient noise arriving at the rear. Response of the Beta 87C’s electret condenser element exhibits a slight presence rise and a controlled low-frequency roll-off to prevent exaggerated low end due to proximity effect. A three-stage pop filter minimizes breath and noise. The Beta 87C requires phantom power of 11 to 52V DC. Frequency response is 50 to 20k Hz with a max. SPL of 139 dB (0.25% THD); impedance is 150 ohms rated.

April 2005—Offering diversity operation and audio reference companding in an affordable, simple-to-use system is the PGX Wireless Series from Shure. Priced from $558, the series is available in instrument, lavalier and handheld versions, with the latter offering PG58, SM58, Beta 58A or SM86 condenser capsules. Other features include the simulataneous operation of up to nine systems per band (up to 12 systems using multiple frequency bands) and eight hours of continuous operation from two AA batteries.

August 2003—Shure Inc. is now offering Countryman’s B6
omnidirectional lavalier and E6 omnidirectional EarSet microphones as
an option to its wireless systems. Countryman will provide a limited
one-year warranty that covers defects in material and labor for any B6
or E6 products purchased through Shure. The units are compatible with
most Shure bodypacks; the earworn mics (models WCE6B and WCE6T) have a
suggested retail price of $488.50, while the lavalier units (models
WCB6B and WCB6T) list for $408.50.

June 2003—Shure offers the Beta 54 headworn vocal mic, available
in both wireless and hard-wired configurations in either black or tan.
A lightweight, durable unit, the Beta 54 features a supercardioid
design for improved ambient noise rejection and maximum
gain-before-feedback. Capable of handling SPLs up to 149 dB, the Beta
54 has a 20-20k Hz frequency response and is supplied with a snap-fit
windscreen, detachable boom mount and flexible, fully adjustable
headband. Price is $594.65 for the wired model; $509.65 for the two
wireless models.

February 2003—Shure has replaced its Beta 52 and Beta 56 mics
with the Beta 52A and Beta 56A, respectively. Improvements include a
larger adjustment knob and more durable tightening mechanism, though
the sound quality remains unchanged. Both articulating mics now also
employ a wider mounting base that accommodates a larger range of
microphone stands; the Beta 56A even works with the LP Claw. List
prices remain the same: Beta 52A, $336.70; and Beta 56A, $243.49.

November 2002—Three new KSM small-diaphragm condensers from Shure
feature an extended frequency response. The KSM141 ($770/each or $1,540
in pairs) mechanically switches from cardioid to omni with a turn of a
ring. Two cardioid-only models—the $575 KSM137 and the $305
KSM109—round out the series. Shure’s SM86 live performance
condenser mic offers a warm vocal sound and cardioid pickup pattern for
handheld applications.

October 2002—Combining the ruggedness of Shure’s legendary SM
line with the studio-quality audio of a Shure condenser, the SM86
handheld vocal microphone has a cardioid polar pattern and a wide
frequency response of 50-18k Hz. The mic additionally delivers high
gain-before-feedback and a tailored frequency response for clear
reproduction of vocals. Accessories with each unit include a microphone
clip and vinyl storage pouch. MSRP is $300.

October 2002—The three new KSM condenser instrument mics feature
transformerless preamplifier circuitry and an extended frequency
response for a smooth and focused reproduction. The mechanically
switching, dual-pattern KSM141, cardioid KSM137 and cardioid KSM109
will be introduced at AES 2002. MSRP ranges from $305 to $770.

July 2002—Shure Inc. is now shipping the WH30 condenser mic, a
headworn cardioid model featuring a frequency response tailored to
enhance vocals, a flexible gooseneck and an isolation shockmount. The
temperature- and moisture-resistant unit comes with its own snap-on
windscreen, and it is capable of handling high SPLs. Compatible with
Shure’s T Series, UT Series, LX Series, ULX Series, UC Series and UHF
Series wireless microphone systems, the $170 WH30 is also available in
a $278 hardwired version.

January 2002—Intro’ed at the fall 2001 AES, Shure’s $575 KSM27 is
a cardioid condenser with low self-noise, Class-A, transformerless
preamp circuitry and an ultrathin, 1-inch diaphragm for extended 20-20k
Hz frequency response.

December 2001—Shure debuts the KSM27 studio microphone, an
affordable, large-diaphragm, side-address cardioid model. Featuring
Class-A, transformerless preamp circuitry, the KSM27 offers an extended
20-20k Hz frequency response and can handle high-SPL signals.
Additional features include a 1-inch, ultrathin Mylar diaphragm,
internal shockmount and low 14dBA self-noise. Housed in a durable,
die-cast zinc body, the mic also features a protective, hardened
low-carbon steel grille, and is supplied with a Velveteen pouch and a
rubber-isolated, external shockmount. Price: $575. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

June 2001—Shure debuts new subminiature lavalier mics. The WL50
omni condenser has a 20-20k Hz frequency response and is supplied with
mesh caps that provide two EQ curves: a mild 4dB boost from 8-18 kHz or
+10dB centered at 12 kHz. The WL50 is available in white, black and
beige (the latter two available in a reduced-sensitivity version) and
is supplied with a magnet mount, a swiveling lapel clip, dual-tie clip
and pin mount. The provided TA4F cable connector is compatible with all
Shure wireless transmitters; WL50s may also be ordered with
unterminated cables. Price range: $286 to $340.

June 2001—The Shure Beta 87A is an electret condenser mic with a new, slightly thicker handle design and break-resistant swivel adapter. This supercardioid model features a three-stage pop filter and high isolation with minimal off-axis coloration. The Beta 87A retails at $445. Shure’s top-end dynamic mic is the Beta 58A, a model with a high-output Neodymium element. The supercardioid mic features a shaped frequency response for close-up vocals, a pneumatic internal shock-mount system, a hardened steel-mesh grille and a 50 to 16k Hz bandwidth. Retail is $289.

October 2000—The KSM44 is a multiple-pattern (cardioid, omni,
bi-directional), large-diaphragm, side-address studio condenser
microphone with extremely low self-noise and an externally biased
design. It provides an extended frequency response tailored for studio
vocal tracking and instrument recording applications. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.