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NAMM 2016: Shure announces world’s first dual-diaphragm handheld mic

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Daniel Gumble
NAMM 2016: Shure announces world’s first dual-diaphragm handheld mic

A world-first from Shure

The KSM8 Dualdyne is the world’s first ever dual-diaphragm handheld vocal mic.

KSM8 Dualdyne vocal mic launched at NAMM.

Shure has introduced the world’s first ever dual-diaphragm handheld vocal mic in the form of the cardioid KSM8 Dualdyne.

Designed for live performance, the KSM8 is designed to serve as a dynamic microphone that has virtually no proximity effect, optimised off-axis rejection and an output accuracy that requires none of the presence peaks or roll-offs that are typical of some other dynamic microphones.

“It's a hit!” stated Chris Pollard, FOH Mumford & Sons. “Marcus really enjoyed the KSM8 on his first gig with it last night at Rock in Roma. As did I. Really clean, flat response, smooth HF and the reduction in spill is quite amazing! He’d like to change the mic out mid tour, Marcus also commented on how good the mic looked, and wanted to use it immediately."

“Being part of the dynamic microphone resurgence has been extremely exciting for me, because our customers were always asking us what’s next in dynamic microphones,” said Scott Sullivan, senior director of Global Product Management at Shure. “When it comes to microphone technology and development, Shure has, what I consider to be, the secret formula. In my opinion, no other company, through our exceptional engineering department, could have achieved what we did with the KSM8."

“In order to make the Dualdyne concept a reality, we had to reinvent the way we make dynamic microphones,"added John Born, Shure product manager. “We knew the only way to bring the concept to life, was to set all pre-existing parts and template designs aside, and start from scratch. Since then, we’ve put over seven years of engineering and development into creating something we knew the industry needed, but had never seen. As a result, the introduction of the KSM8 brings an entirely new dynamic microphone element to the world."

The ability to virtually eliminate proximity effect and master off-axis rejection is powered by the patented Dualdyne cartridge of the KSM8, which features two ultra-thin diaphragms - one active and one passive - and an inverted airflow system.

A dent-resistant, hardened carbon-steel grille design lined with hydrophobic woven fabric provides excptional plosive and wind protection, while offering almost waterproof protection. The aluminum handle, which is available in a brushed nickel or black finish, completes the KSM8’s clean design.

The black-finished KSM8 is also available as handheld transmitter option for use with Axient, UHF-R, ULX-D, and QLX-D wireless systems. For ULX-D and UHF-R, KSM8 transmitters are additionally offered in a brushed nickel finish. Wireless capsules in both brushed nickel and black are also available.

Pricing and availability TBC.


Tags: NAMM, shure, mic, NAMM 2016, shure ksm8 dualdyne

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