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Here’s a demo song featuring five small practice amps. Each amp is used for the three guitar tracks in each section:
• Rhythm guitar (left channel) – Fender (Japan) ’62 Telecaster Custom Reissue
• Rhythm guitar (right) – Arvo Guitars Arvo Original
• Lead guitar – Hamer USA Studio Custom
All effects on the guitar tracks come from the amps themselves.
• Bass guitar – Spector NS Pulse I
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The practice amps are:
Yamaha THR5 Version 2
Vox Pathfinder 10
Mooer Hornet Black
Marshall MG15FX Gold
Blackstar Debut 15E
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The guitar tracks were recorded with a Shure SM7B and a Cranborne Audio Camden EC2 into a Universal Audio Volt 2 audio interface.

Spector’s NS Pulse I 4 and Markbass’ brand-new MB58R Series make for a quality pairing

When I was offered the chance to test drive a couple of cool new products from Spector Bass Guitars and Markbass, I grabbed it with both hands, of course.

Spector’s recent NS Pulse I Series is a couple of steps up from the company’s Legend and Performer ranges. It combines South Korean craftsmanship with a few upmarket features with a couple of very tasty and tactile sandblasted body finishes.

Italy’s Markbass is a bass amp maker known for its lightweight and compact amp heads and speaker cabinets. Markbass’ brand-new MB58R Series (the ”R” stands for ”Revolution”) is centred around a whole range of different speaker cabinets. These cabinets are built in a very unique way, which further helps cut down their weight, and also makes them almost fully recyclable.

Additionally Markbass has introduced a matching new version of their Little Mark amp head, called the Little Mark 58R. The Little Mark 58R sports an eco-friendly composite housing and a new control layout, making the amp even lighter in weight and easier to use.

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The Spector NS Pulse I 4 (current price in Finland: 1,149 €) uses Ned Steinberger’s (yes, he of headless bass fame) original, highly ergonomic curved body design. In the Pulse I Series’ case the body is made of highly figured ash.

The bolt-on neck – using six separate screws and washers – is a three-strip heat-treated maple affair. The Macassar ebony fretboard is home to 24 medium-sized frets.

The Pulse I Series comes in two sandblasted ash finishes:

Our review sample comes in a finish called charcoal grey, which combines a grey body with black wood grain. The second finish is called cinder red, and it sports a black body with red grain.

The headstock sports a matching ash veneer, the famous Stuart Spector Design inlay, and four modern black machine heads.

Spector’s chunky bridge is known as a sustain monster.

The Spector NS Pulse I 4 comes with an active PJ-set from EMG Pickups.

Spector’s Tone Pump Jr. preamp features two individual volume controls – one for each pickup – as well as boost-only controls for bass and treble EQ.

The NS Pulse I 4 is a lightweight bass that fits your body like the proverbial glove, thanks to its gentle body curvature and the additional ribcage chamfer.

The neck feels very slender and fast. The relatively thin, rounded neck profile, combined with the review sample’s excellent set-up, makes for an effortless playing feel. This is definitely a bass guitar that does not stand in your way.

The Spector’s acoustic tone is very woody with a nice bit of top-end sheen. The EMG pickups and Spector’s Tone Pump Jr. preamp offer an excellent range of bass sounds, covering the whole range of musical genres you’d normally play on an electric bass.

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The brand-new Markbass Little Mark 58R (current price in Finland: 612 €) is an eco-friendly, super-lightweight (only 2 kg) 500/300 watts amp head, made especially to complement the company’s MB58R range of speaker cabinets.

Although the Little Mark 58R retains all of the brilliant features of the regular Little Mark – like the four-band EQ with additional, footswitchable ”Mid-Scoop” feature and the ”Old School” control – the layout of the front and back panels has been changed for the 58R model.

All controls and in- and outputs – save for the speaker connectors – have been placed on the front panel for quick and easy access. This makes the front panel more ”busy”, but doesn’t make it feel crammed. Everything is easily accessible and logically placed.

The Little Mark 58R’s fan is more than quiet enough for serious studio use.

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The Markbass MB58 102P (top; 612 €) and MB58 102Pure (bottom; 716 €) share the same revolutionary cabinet construction, but differ in the detailed speaker specifications.

Markbass uses a recyclable and eco-friendly type of polystyrene as the basic material for all its MB58R cabinets.

Make no mistake, this isn’t your bog standard and easy-to-dent styrofoam, but rather something very sturdy, not unlike what the car industry uses to fill front and back bumpers.

The MB58R 102P is the most affordable 2 x 10″ cabinet, sporting a pair of ceramic magnet-driven speakers and a piezo tweeter. It weighs in at just a tad over 12 kilogrammes.

The MB58R 102Pure sports neodymium-powered speakers and a Hi-Fi tweeter. This cabinet weighs only 9.8 kilogrammes.

On both cabinets the middle part of all four sides features a black carpet material. There are large side handles sunk into the cabinets, and both cabinets sport two sets of rubber feet – one set for vertical, and one for horizontal placement.

Both MB58R cabinets tested are rear-ported designs. The back panel comes with a pair of Speakon connectors, and three switches for tweeter attenuation.

In terms of their sound, both the 102P and 102Pure offer that famous Markbass punch, with only small details dividing them. The Markbass MB58R 102P is the slightly more aggressive cabinet of the pair, displaying a relatively neutral sound (in the best possible sense). The MB58R 102Pure retains all of the punch, but adds a more silky top end and more warmth in the low-mids.

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To paraphrase Carlos Santana, the hallmark of high-quality musical equipment is that it doesn’t give you any excuses. If your playing and/or your sound isn’t up to snuff, it isn’t down to your instrument or amp.

In this respect the Spector NS Pulse I 4, the Markbass Little Mark 58R, and the MB58R 102P and 102Pure cabinets pass this review with flying colours.

The Spector NS Pulse plays like a dream and offers a plethora of useable sounds. Paired with any of the two cabinets the Markbass Little Mark 58R offers a fantastic full-range bass sound with all EQ-settings (and the Old School control) in neutral. This means you can use the EQ to fine-tune your sound and/or to deal with problematic frequencies in a venue, and not for masking any possible inherent problems with your rig.

I had so much fun playing the Spector NS Pulse I 4 through the new Markbass rig, that I can only recommend you do the same.

Spector NS Pulse 4 & Markbass MB58R Series – Fingerstyle Demo

Here’s a short demo of the fingerstyle bass sound of a Spector NS Pulse 4 played through a Markbass Little Mark 58R into either a Markbass 58R 102 P cabinet or a Markbass 58R 102 Pure cabinet.
All EQ controls on the Little Mark head were set to neutral. The Old School feature was turned to 11 o’clock.
The demo is based on the ABBA classic ”Dancing Queen”.

Spector NS Pulse 4 Charcoal Grey
• Made in South Korea
• Swamp ash body
• Three-stripe roasted maple neck, bolt on
• Macassar ebony fretboard
• Active EMG PJ set
• Spector Tone Pump Jr preamp

Markbass Little Mark 58R
• Ultralight (2.2 kg) 500 W bass amplifier

Markbass 58R 102 P
• Ultralight bass cabinet
• 2 x ceramic speakers plus piezo tweeter

Markbass 58R 102 Pure
• Ultralight bass cabinet
• 2 x neodymium speakers plus Hi-Fi tweeter

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• Microphone used: Shure SM7B (mid-boost on)
• Preamp used: Cranborne Audio Camden EC2
• Audio interface used: Universal Audio Volt 2

Spector NS Pulse 4 & Markbass MB58R Series – Plectrum Demo

Here’s a short demo of the plectrum bass sound of a Spector NS Pulse 4 played through a Markbass Little Mark 58R into either a Markbass 58R 102 P cabinet or a Markbass 58R 102 Pure cabinet.
All EQ controls on the Little Mark head were set to neutral. The Old School feature was turned to 11 o’clock.
The demo is based on the Wings classic ”Silly Love Songs”.

Spector NS Pulse 4 Charcoal Grey
• Made in South Korea
• Swamp ash body
• Three-stripe roasted maple neck, bolt on
• Macassar ebony fretboard
• Active EMG PJ set
• Spector Tone Pump Jr preamp

Markbass Little Mark 58R
• Ultralight (2.2 kg) 500 W bass amplifier

Markbass 58R 102 P
• Ultralight bass cabinet
• 2 x ceramic speakers plus piezo tweeter

Markbass 58R 102 Pure
• Ultralight bass cabinet
• 2 x neodymium speakers plus Hi-Fi tweeter

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• Microphone used: Shure SM7B (mid-boost on)
• Preamp used: Cranborne Audio Camden EC2
• Audio interface used: Universal Audio Volt 2

Spector NS Pulse 4 & Markbass MB58R Series – Slap Demo

Here’s a short demo of the slap bass sound of a Spector NS Pulse 4 played through a Markbass Little Mark 58R into either a Markbass 58R 102 P cabinet or a Markbass 58R 102 Pure cabinet.
All EQ controls on the Little Mark head were set to neutral and the Old School feature was off.
The demo is based on the Level 42 classic ”Running in the Family”.

Spector NS Pulse 4 Charcoal Grey
• Made in South Korea
• Swamp ash body
• Three-stripe roasted maple neck, bolt on
• Macassar ebony fretboard
• Active EMG PJ set
• Spector Tone Pump Jr preamp

Markbass Little Mark 58R
• Ultralight (2.2 kg) 500 W bass amplifier

Markbass 58R 102 P
• Ultralight bass cabinet
• 2 x ceramic speakers plus piezo tweeter

Markbass 58R 102 Pure
• Ultralight bass cabinet
• 2 x neodymium speakers plus Hi-Fi tweeter

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• Microphone used: Shure SM7B (mid-boost on)
• Preamp used: Cranborne Audio Camden EC2
• Audio interface used: Universal Audio Volt 2

Shure dynaamiset klassikot – ammattilaisten luottotyökalut vuodesta 1939

Meidän superlatiivisessa nykymaailmassa on vaikea yliarvioida Shuren klassikkomikkien todellista vaikutusta, silloin kun ne ilmestyivät audiomiesten työkalupakkeihin 1930-60-luvuilla. Shuren SM57 ja SM58 näkyvät edelleen laajassa käytössä maailman lavoilla ja studioissa.

Shure-tuotteiden alkuperäinen myyntivaltti oli, että firman hyvänsoundiset mikrofonit kestivät mukisematta kovaakin käyttöä. Vuodesta 1939 Shuren mikkeillä on vahvistettu lukemattomia keikkoja, luentoja ja lähetyksiä. Ja matka jatkuu edelleen…

Katsotaan tässä jutussa hieman Shure-klassikoiden historiaa – mukana ovat mallit 55SH Series II, 545SD Unidyne III, 565SD Unisphere I, SM57, sekä SM58.

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1930-luvun puolivälissä ääniteknikot olivat jo tulleet siihen johtopäätökseen, että pallokuvioiset mikrofonit eivät olleet parhaita työkaluja live-äänen vahvistamiseen, niiden suuren feedback-riskin takia. Ratkaisukin tähän ongelmaan oli jo löydetty – se oli suunnattu mikrofoni (engl. unidirectional microphone) eli se, mitä nykyään tunnemme herttakuvioisena mikrofonina (engl. cardioid mic).

Suunnattu mikrofoni poimii äänen edestä ja hylkää suurimman osan sivuilta ja takaa tulevasta äänestä. Herttakuvio saavutetaan kontrolloidulla vaihevirheellä. 1930-luvun puolivälissä ainoat mikrofonit, jotka tarjosivat herttakuvion, olivat joko herkät ja kalliit kondensaattorimikrofonit (kahden membraanin kapselilla) tai isot ja kömpelöt kahdella kapselilla varustetut dynaamiset mallit (joissa usein yhdistetiin pallokuvioinen tavallinen dynaaminen kapseli, sekä nauhamikkiosio jolla oli suuntakuviona kahdeksikko).

Kaikkein tärkein läpimurto, joka teki Shuren ikonista Model 55 -mikkiä mahdolliseksi, oli Ben Bauerin Unidyne-kapseli. Liikkuvalla kelalla toimiva Unidyne-kapseli onnistuu hylkäämään takaa tulevat äänet kapselin monimutkaisen äänikanava-järjestelmän avulla, joka johtaa takaa tulevat äänet useiden eri reittien kautta membraanille, mikä puolestaan johtaa kontrolloituun vaihevirheen. Vaihevirheen ansiosta mikrofonin takaa tulvat signaalit putoavat mikrofonin vahvistetusta signaalista pois.

Shuren suunnitteluryhmä myös onnistui keksimään 55-mallille hyvin tukevan ja (siihen aikaan) kompaktin metallirungon, valmiiksi sisäänrakennetulla kääntevällä adapterilla.

Alkuperäinen Shure Model 55 (tunnetaan nykyään nimellä ”Fat Boy” sen suuremman, pyöreän kotelon vuoksi) oli se, mitä äänimiehet olivat odottaneet. Tässä oli kompakti mikrofoni, joka mahdollisti signaalin voimakasta vahvistusta vain pienellä feedback-vaaralla. Lisäksi 55:n soundi oli laadukas, ja mikrofoni itse hyvin tukevasti toteutettu.

Vuonna 1951 Shure 55 sai päivitetyn kapselin (Unidyne II), sekä vielä kompaktimman rungon (Shure 55SH; SH = small housing).

Mikin nykyinen versio – Shure 55SH Series II – ilmestyi 1980-luvun lopussa. Kapseli oli jälleen päivitetty (Unidyne III) ja samalla kapselin ripustusta on parannettu. Mikronissa on nytkin edellisen version päälle/pois-kytkin.

Koska 55SH oli se mikrofoni, jolla nuori Elvis nähtiin usein, tätä ikonista Shure-mallia kutsutaan edelleen laajalti ”Elvis-mikrofoniksi”.

Vaikka Shure 55SH Series II nähdään nykyään usein pelkkänä rekvisiittana filmeissä, musiikkivideoissa ja mainoksissa – etenkin jos halutaan välittää tiettyä vanhan ajan hohtoa – on tämä malli edelleen validi valinta livekäyttöön.

Kapselin sijoituksesta suuren metallikotelon sisällä johtuu 55SH:n hieman keskivoittoinen klangi (jos vertaa nykymikkeihin). Malli on myös hieman herkempi puhallusäänille ja koville konsonanteille (p, t, k), mikä on otettavaa huomioon laulajan mikrofonitekniikassa.

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1950-luvun lopulla tyylit, musiikin genret ja tekniikka olivat kaikki edenneet, ja ääniteknikot alkoivat pyytää entistä pienempiä mikrofoneja.

Ernie Seeler -niminen Shuren insinööri sai aikaansa aikamoisen jättipotin kehittämällä kaikkien aikojen ensimmäisen kädellä pidettävän dynaamisen mikin, johon laulettiin (tai puhuttiin) sen edestä (engl. end-firing).

Tätä vuonna 1959 esiteltyä uutta mallia kutsuttiin nimellä Shure 545SD. 545SD sisälsi useita parannuksia, joista tärkein oli pneumaattisesti asennettu Unidyne III -kapseli.

Kapselin pneumaattinen iskunvaimennus vähensi käsittelyääniä huomattavasti ja teki mikrofonin pitämisestä kädessä realistisen vaihtoehdon ensimmäistä kertaa mikrofonien historiassa.

Shuren 545SD:ssä voi vaihtaa matalasta impedanssista korkeaan, koska 50-luvun lopussa (ja 60-luvun alussa) oli vielä runsaasti korkeaimpedanssisia äänilaitteita. Nykyään enimmäkseen Blues-harpun soittajat käyttävät high-Z-asetusta mikrofonin liittämiseen suoraan kitaravahvistimeen.

Ernie Seeler kehitti myös nerokkaan magneettisen päälle/pois-kytkimen, joka ei poksahda tai rätisee käytössä, ja joka voidaan myös haluttaessa lukita ”päällä”-asentoon.

Vaikka Shure 545SD nähdään nykyään enemmän instrumenttimikrofonina, se oli aikoinaan myös erittäin suosittu valinta laulajien keskuudessa. Esimerkiksi Beach Boys -yhtiön Brian Wilson valitsi usein studiossa 545SD:n laulumikrofoniksi ”Pet Sounds-” ja ”Smiley Smile” -sessioiden aikana.

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Ernie Seeler vei asioita vielä hieman pidemmälle seuraavalla luomuksellaan – Shure 565SD Unisphere I.

Shure 565SD perustuu 545SD:hen, mutta se lisää malliin tukevan pallomaisen tuulisuojan. Sisäänrakennettua pop-filtteriä on erittäin helppo vaihtaa, jos se vaurioituu vakavasti.

Sen lisäksi, että pallofiltteri suodattaa onnistuneesti puhallusäänet ja konsonantit 565SD:n signaalista, se johtaa myös hieman erilaiseen taajuusvasteeseen verrattuna 545SD:hen.

565SD:n suuri suosio on tehty mallin ulkomuodosta jonkinlaista kultastandardia laulumikrofoniksi. Sen legendaarinen asema johtuu osittain myös siitä, että se valittiin ainoaksi mikrofonimalliksi alkuperäisessä Woodstock-festarissa. Shure 565SD oli myös Freddie Mercuryn suosikki live-mikrofoni (”Eeeeeeeee-jo!”).

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Syy siihen, miksi Shuren SM57 esiteltiin niin pian 545SD:n jälkeen, löytyy television suosiosta 1960-luvulla.

TV-studiot rakastivat 545SD:n ääntä ja kompaktia kokoa, mutta he eivät pitäneet Shure-mallin kiiltävistä, heijastavista pinnoista, jotka tekivät valaisemisesta vaikeaa.

Shure SM57 -malli (”SM” tarkoittaa ”studiomikrofonia”) ratkaisi nämä ongelmat tarjoamalla mikrofonin, jonka muoto on sama kuin 545SD:ssä, mutta joka on nyt päällystetty heijastamattomalla, mattapintaisella ja tummanharmaalla viimeistelyllä. Samaan aikaan Seeler ja hänen tiiminsä poistivat myös kaksoisimpedanssiominaisuuden – joka oli tarpeeton ammattimaisessa TV-studiossa – ja on/off-kytkimen, jota ei haluttu TV-studiossa. He myös hienosäätivät osan kapselin teknisistä yksityiskohdista.

Vaikka Shure SM57:ää mainostetaan instrumenttimikrofonina, se toimii myös erittäin hyvin laulumikrofonina. Hyviä esimerkkejä ovat lukemattomat Status Quon ja Motörheadin live-esitykset, sekä SM57:n käyttö laulumikrofonina Peter Gabrielin klassikkoalbuminsa ”So” äänityksissä.

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Shure SM58 on 565SD-mallille sama kuin SM57 on 545SD:lle – hieman parannettu, uudempi versio, joka on tehty erityisesti TV-studion valaistukseen.

SM58:n rungossa on sama tummanharmaa mattapinta, joka löytyy myös SM57:stä.

Pallomuotoista pop-filtteriäkin on uudistettu entistäkin tukevammaksi, ja sen pinnoite on heijastamaton.

Shuren SM58 on kenties maailman tunnetuin laulumikki ikinä, joka löytyy lähes kaikista konserttipaikoista.

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Olen tehnyt muutaman videon, josta saa käsityksen siitä, miltä nämä klassikkomikrofonit kuulostavat.

Shure’s dynamic classics – keeping the show on the road since 1939

In this world of ever-heightening hyperbole, it is hard to overstate the impact Shure’s classic dynamic microphone models had when they first came out in the Thirties, Forties, Fifties and Sixties of the last century. This impact can still be felt today – the Shure SM57 and SM58 models are continuing to be ubiquitous on stages and in studios all over the globe.

What Shure managed to do then – and continues to do to this day – was to come up with sturdy, yet good sounding mics that put the proverbial show on the road in 1939. And the show still goes on…

Let’s take a look at the history and the features of Shure’s bonafide classics – the 55SH Series II, the 545SD Unidyne III, the 565SD Unisphere I, the SM57, and the SM58.

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By the mid-1930s sound engineers had already come to the conclusion that omnidirectional microphones weren’t really the best tools for live sound applications, due to the high risk of feedback from the PA system. The solution to this problem had also been found already – the unidirectional microphone, or what we now know as the cardioid mic.

The cardioid mic picks up sound from its front, while rejecting most of the sound coming in from the sides and the back. The cardioid pattern is achieved by controlled phase cancellation. In the mid-1930s the only microphones offering a cardioid pickup pattern were either delicate and expensive condenser microphones (with two wafer-thin diaphragms) or cumbersome twin-capsule dynamic models (often combining an omnidirectional moving-coil dynamic with a figure-8 ribbon capsule).

The all-important breakthrough that made Shure’s iconic Model 55 possible was Ben Bauer’s development of the Unidyne-capsule. The moving-coil Unidyne-capsule manages to reject sound from the back by an elaborate system of air vents in the cartridge that lead to the sound from the back travelling to the diaphragm in several different ways, which in turn results in controlled phase cancellation.

Shure’s R & D team also managed to come up with a – for that time – extremely compact and very sturdy cast metal housing with a built-in swivel adapter.

The original Shure Model 55 (today known as the ”Fat Boy” for its larger, rounded housing) was what sound engineers had waited for. Here was a compact mic that gave you superior gain-before-feedback coupled with a very decent sound quality in a sturdy, roadworthy package.

In 1951 the Shure 55 was overhauled with an improved Unidyne II capsule and a smaller housing (55SH).

The current model – the Shure 55SH Series II – was introduced in the late 1980s, and features an updated cartridge (the Unidyne III) and an improved shock-mount for the capsule. It kept the on/off-switch from its predecessor.

Due to the fact that the 55SH was the mic that the young Elvis was often seen with, this iconic Shure is still widely called the ”Elvis mic”.

The Shure 55SH Series II still does have a place as a ”working mic”, besides being used in movies, commercials and music videos, whenever the makers try to delve into vintage chic and panache.

Due to the placement of the cartridge inside the large metal housing the 55SH’s sound is a little bit more mid-centred than more modern dynamic vocal mics. It can also be a tad more sensitive to wind noise and plosives, which has to be taken into account during the placement and use of the microphone.

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By the late 1950s times, styles, musical genres and technology had all moved on, and sound technicians started to ask for even smaller microphones.

A Shure engineer by the name of Ernie Seeler hit the proverbial jackpot by developing the first-ever handheld, end-firing, unidirectional moving-coil microphone.

This new model – introduced in 1959 – was called the Shure 545SD. The 545SD encompassed a whole number of improvements, the most important one being the pneumatically mounted Unidyne III capsule.

The pneumatic shock-mount reduces handling noise drastically, and it made holding the microphone in your hand a realistic option for the first time.

The Shure 545SD is a dual-impedance mic, because back in the late-50s/early-60s there was still plenty of high-impedance audio equipment around. These days it’s mostly Blues harp players, who use the high-Z setting to connect the mic to a guitar amplifier.

Ernie Seeler also came up with an ingenious magnetic on/off-switch that doesn’t pop or crackle in use, and that can also be locked in the ”on” position if desired.

Although the Shure 545SD is seen more as an instrument microphone these days, it was also a very popular choice for singers back in the day. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson often chose a 545SD in the studio for his lead vocals during the ”Pet Sounds” and ”Smiley Smile” era.

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Ernie Seeler took things a little bit further with his next design – the Shure 565SD Unisphere I.

The Shure 565SD is based on the 545SD, but adds a sturdy spheric windshield to the design. The built-in pop filter is very easy to replace, should it become seriously damaged.

In addition to improving the 565SD’s resistance to plosives and wind noise, the ball grille also leads to a slightly different frequency response, when compared to the 545SD.

The success of the 565SD has meant that its look has become the gold standard for handheld vocal microphones. Its legendary status is due to the fact that it was chosen as the only microphone model at the original Woodstock Festival. The Shure 565SD was also Freddie Mercury’s preferred live mic (”Aaayeee-oh!”).

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The reason Shure followed up the 545SD with the SM57 so quickly can be found in the popularity of TV in the 1960s.

TV studios loved the sound and compact size of the 545SD, but they disliked the shiny, reflective surfaces of the Shure model, that made lighting a chore.

The Shure SM57 (the ”SM” stands for ”studio mic”) addressed these issues, by providing a mic with the same slim shape as the 545SD, but now clad in a non-reflective, matte dark gray finish. While they were at it, Seeler and his team also did away with the dual-impedance feature – that was unnecessary in the professional TV studio – and with the on/off-switch – that was unwanted in the TV studio. They also fine-tuned the capsule’s detailed specifications.

Again, although the Shure SM57 is touted as an instrument microphone, it also performs very well as a vocal mic. Good examples are many live shows of Status Quo and Motörhead, as well as Peter Gabriel’s use of the SM57 for vocals during the recording of his classic album ”So”.

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The Shure SM58 is to the 565SD what the SM57 is to the 545SD – a slightly redesigned, newer version, made especially for use under TV studio lighting.

The SM58’s body sports the same dark gray matte finish also found on the SM57.

The ball grille has been redesigned to be even sturdier. Its finish is a non-reflective light gray.

The Shure SM58 is a true million-seller that has stood the test of time. This model can be found in most venues all over the globe.

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I’ve prepared a few videos to give you an idea of how these five classics perform.

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