: A musician from the Northwestern University School of Music plays bass while being recorded with a Shure Beta 52.
Students and faculty from The School of Music at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) performed at Shure's Personal Listening Center, where Shure will use the recordings to demonstrate the tonal differences between different microphones and to show the effects of microphone placement on sound quality. Each performer or group was surrounded by an array of Shure microphones. To ensure consistency, duplicates of each model were placed in three or four different positions. Each microphone was recorded individually so that it could be used to build a reference library of sounds. The recordings will soon be released as an album.