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Shure introduces Centraverse microphones

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Shure has announced its line of Centraverse installed sound microphones, an economical complement to its existing Microflex series for the sound contracting market.

Available in gooseneck, boundary, and overhead form factors, Centraverse microphones provide quality, reliable audio and a streamlined feature set for users in price-sensitive environments. The microphones are simple to purchase, set up, and install. They meet the key needs of installed audio users by offering “plug and play” solutions for applications at corporate facilities, houses of worship, government institutions, and more.

“Budget-conscious customers requiring installed and portable applications for basic sound reinforcement, such as vocal amplification, will immediately benefit from our Centraverse line, as the product line combines best-in-class performance with simplicity and affordability,” said Chad Wiggins, Category Director for Wired Microphones at Shure. “To ensure the mics are well-suited for their intended environments, we also focused on the aesthetics, designing the products with a modern and industrial style that still offers Shure’s sound quality, reliability, and functionality.”

Shure Centraverse CVG12 / CVG18

The Centraverse CVG12 and CVG18 Gooseneck Condenser Microphones are professional gooseneck electret condenser microphones that are ideally suited for use in general installed sound reinforcement applications. Designed with dual gooseneck sections for full articulation and positioning options, the CVG12/18 provide scalable, best-in-class performance in a wide variety of locations, including podiums and desktops. Additional features include:

  • Cardioid polar pattern with tailored response for speech
  • Available in 12-inch (30.4 cm) and 18-inch (45.7 cm) gooseneck lengths
  • Black color
  • Included flange mount and available snap-fit windscreens
  • Available in three configurations:
    • Inline preamp (CVG12/CVG18)
    • Mute switch/LED, inline preamp (CVG12S/CVG18S)
    • Light-ring, mute switch, inline preamp (CVG12RS/CVG18RS)
Shure Centraverse CVB

Also available is the sleek Centraverse CVD Desktop Base, compatible with all Centraverse 12-inch and 18- inch gooseneck microphones.

The Centraverse CVB Boundary Condenser Microphones are professional boundary electret condenser microphones. Designed for use in desktop-installed sound reinforcement applications, the microphones’ low-profile design fits seamlessly in any room decor. Additional features:

  • Available in cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns
  • Attached 12-foot XLR cable
  • Black and white color options
Shure Centraverse CVO

The Centraverse CVO Hanging Condenser Microphones are designed for overhead sound reinforcement applications. The mics’ integrated wire aiming hanger enables optimal placement above choirs and other ensembles, with additional features including:

  • Cardioid pattern
  • Attached 25-foot XLR cable
  • Black and white color options
  • Available snap-fit windscreen

All of the microphones in the line feature Commshield interference immunity, which guards against unwanted RF interference from portable wireless devices, offering high resistance to intense nearby radio signals.

All models carry a two-year limited warranty, and will be available for purchase from select retailers in early November.

More information: Shure / Centraverse

Shure launches KSM9HS—KSM9 vocal condenser microphone gets new polar patterns

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Shure KSM9HS (Cartridge)

Shure has introduced the KSM9HS, a new variant of its premium KSM9 Vocal Condenser microphone, with switchable hypercardioid and subcardioid polar patterns.

“The KSM9HS gives sound engineers more options to adapt to different stage conditions or the microphone techniques of a particular performer,” says Chad Wiggins, Category Director, Wired Products at Shure. “The hypercardioid pattern setting provides tremendous rejection of off-axis sound in high-SPL situations, which isolates the voice from monitor bleed even better than a supercardioid.”

In contrast, the KSM9HS’ subcardioid pattern is beneficial where bleed and volume are not an issue. “The subcardioid pattern has a wider pickup angle than a standard cardioid, which is useful on quieter stages,” says Wiggins. “In those situations, stage ambience can enhance the sonic palette.”

The KSM9HS is available in wired and wireless versions. The original KSM9, which debuted in 2005, will continue to be available with switchable cardioid and supercardioid polar patterns. Both the KSM9 and KSM9HS feature a groundbreaking dual-diaphragm design that delivers the transparency of a studio microphone, and minimizes proximity effect for more consistent sound quality at different working distances.

According to Jay Rigby, Front of House engineer for Cage the Elephant, “Due to the high overall stage volume, our traditional vocal microphone [a KSM9] was picking up too much stage bleed, thus overwhelming the IEM mixes. As soon as we swapped out the KSM9 for the KSM9HS, everyone on stage noticed the difference immediately. With the improved tight pickup pattern we were able to get the vocal levels needed without all of the stage bleed coming down the mic. Problem solved.”

Colin Cargile, Front of House engineer for Drive-By Truckers, says, “I really liked the way the KSM9 sounded and wanted to use it on our two main vocalists, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. But our stage was just too loud. Shure gave me a couple of KSM9HS to try out and everyone immediately loved the warmth and body as well as the all-around consistency and durability of the mics. It is also a blessing to be able to switch the capsule pattern with ease.”

The KSM9HS dual-diaphragm vocal condenser microphone is priced MSRP $874 USD.

More information: Shure / KSM9

AfroDJMac intros Dual Mic Dual Cabinet free Ableton Live Pack

AfroDJMac has introduced Dual Mic Dual Cabinet, a free Ableton Live pack that lets you emulate multiple microphones and speakers with Ableton’s cabinet FX.

This Ableton audio FX rack is designed to emulate having two different cabinets and two different microphones amplifying your sound. Created with two chains, each featuring Ableton’s cabinet effect mapped to macro knobs for easy control. Practical and easy way to change the sound of any instrument or vocal.

The Live Pack is a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Dual Mic Dual Cabinet

IK Multimedia releases ARC 2 – Faster and better advanced room correction system

IK Multimedia ARC 2

IK Multimedia has announced the release of ARC 2, an update for the acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone, measurement software and a correction plug-in for most popular DAWs to improve the acoustics and sonic reliability of your studio.

ARC works by measuring your room using the included measurement microphone and measurement software and then generates an algorithm to provide a correction of your room’s acoustic problems that you can apply to your mix using the included plug-in.

You can record and mix with confidence knowing that what you hear from your speakers is a faithful representation of how your music will translate to the outside world.


The ARC advanced room correction system just got more advanced.

New in ARC 2

  • Completely redesigned interface for improved usability.
  • 4X greater resolution improves critical low-end response.
  • Smoother, more natural sound in the mid-range and high frequencies.
  • New combined L/R correction option maintains focus in perfectly symmetrical control rooms.
  • New customizable target curves now can match engineers’ personal timbre tastes.
  • New “Alt References” templates mimic the sound of consumer listening devices like car systems, speaker boxes, etc. allowing the engineer to test how mixes translate on different systems.
  • New Monitor Control panel interface streamlines workflow.
  • Fewer measurements now provide higher quality results and shortens set-up time.
  • Measurements can be saved and used for multiple correction set-ups.

ARC 2 is available to purchase for $299.99 USD / €249.99 EUR. Registered ARC users can update to ARC 2 for the introductory price of $99.99 USD / €84.99 EUR until August 31, 2012 (regular $149.99 USD / €124.99 EUR). Prices exc. taxes.

More information: IK Multimedia / ARC 2

Shure adds ULXD4D & ULXD4Q multi-channel receivers to ULX-D Series

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Shure has announced it is extending its ULX-D™ Digital Wireless Microphone System with new multi-channel receivers, a High Density mode that enables 47 systems to operate in just six MHz of spectrum, and integrated Dante™ digital audio networking.

Shure ULXD4D/ULXD4Q
New Dual and Quad channel digital receivers coming late Summer 2012.

The new ULXD4D dual channel digital receiver and ULXD4Q quad channel digital receiver pack two or four channels of wireless into one rack space, with individual gain controls, LED meters, and XLR outputs for each channel. Like the single-channel, half-rack ULXD4 digital receiver, the new dual and quad receivers feature fully digital audio processing and RF transmission as well as AES 256-bit encryption.

“ULX-D has already set a new bar for audio quality, spectral efficiency, and features with its intelligent rechargeable batteries and AES256 encryption,” said Erik Vaveris, Category Director for Wireless products at Shure. “The addition of full-rack dual and space-saving quad-channel receivers provides customers with professional form factors and an amazing list of new features and enhancements.”

The dual and quad receivers add two new features that make using a large number of systems not only possible, but simple. Selecting High Density mode enables up to 47 ULX-D systems to operate in just six MHz of spectrum (equal to one U.S. television channel), with a working range up to 30 meters. High Density mode optimizes the system’s output power and digital RF filtering to reduce its spectral footprint from 350 kHz to 125 kHz, with no loss of sound quality. This lets ULX-D systems be tuned to frequencies that are much closer together without interfering with each other. Even in Standard mode, up to 17 ULX-D systems can operate in six MHz.

“High Density mode provides a unique option for getting an unprecedented number of microphones on the air,” added Vaveris. “As spectrum challenges continue to increase, High Density mode is a key tool for systems integrators who need to maximize the amount of microphones that can reliably operate in less spectrum.”

The ULXD4D and ULXD4Q receivers are also equipped with integrated Dante digital audio networking, which enables multiple channels of audio to be distributed to a variety of devices over a single Ethernet cable, including Yamaha’s new CL Series consoles. Dante networking provides reliable, low latency audio transport, and can coexist safely on the same network as IT and control data. Shure has executed a licensing agreement with Sydney, Australia-based Audinate for the Dante digital audio networking technology.

Launching the dual and quad receivers at InfoComm makes perfect sense because their feature set is so well suited to the needs of systems integrators. Starting with ULX-D’s remarkable audio and RF performance, adding Dante Digital audio networking provides a great way to simplify set up while also increasing flexibility in installed sound systems. Include features like bodypack frequency diversity, a reliable and intelligent rechargeable battery system, and digital encryption, and you have a wireless microphone system that can meet the needs of just about any sound reinforcement application.

The new ULXD4D and ULXD4Q receivers will be available in late summer 2012 through authorized Shure resellers in numerous configurations with a wide range of Shure microphone options.

More information: Shure / ULX-D Series

Westone “Made Right Here” Sweepstakes – Win trip to Westone’s HQ, Fender Stratocaster, Elite Series ES5 in-ear monitors and more

Westone has announced the Made Right Here sweepstakes, a chance to win a visit to Westone’s headquarters in Colorado Springs and more.

Westone Made Right Here Sweepstakes

Made Right Here Sweestakes prizes

  • One Super Grand Prize
    • (2) Two round-trip airfare to Denver International Airport.
    • (3) Three nights accommodations in the Colorado Springs area, local transportation, tour of Westone HQ in Colorado Springs.
    • Tickets for (2) two to a concert in Colorado.
    • (1) One pair of Elite Series ES5 in-ear monitors.
    • (1) One Fender American Standard Stratocaster Guitar
    • (1) One Fender EC Vibro-Champ Amplifier
    • (1) One BLUE Microphones Baby Bottle Microphone
    • (1) One one-year subscription (200gb) to Gobbler.
  • Five Grand Prize Packs
    • One Fender American Standard Stratocaster Guitar.
    • One BLUE Microphones Spark.
    • One Year of Gobbler service 25gb.
  • 100 – Westone “11″ T-shirts.
  • 25 – Westone “Profile” Hats.

The promotion runs though July 31th, 2012. Winners will be selected at random August 3rd, 2012.

More information: Westone

Sound Magic releases Microphone Transformer v1.1

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Sound Magic has released version 1.1 of Microphone Transformer, an effect unit which simulates several acclaimed microphones’ sound.

Sound Magic Microphone Transformer

From Neumann M149 to U87, AKG C12VR to C414. Microphone Transformer gives you more choices on sound. By using Sound Magic Award Winning Modeling Technology, Microphone Transformer not only simulates the frequency response of different microphones, but also their dynamic response with high-end amps. What is more, Sound Magic provides a special feature which you could choose to mix two different types of microphone together by moving a simple slider. Microphone Transformer is best used when you want a different style of sound in your mix.

Changes in Microphone Transformer v1.1

  • Fixes Automation names.
  • Fixes possible swap between left and right channel.
  • Improved Mixing Behavior.
  • Fixes slider range on GUI.
  • Many minor changes.

Microphone Transformer for Windows (VST/Supreme Pianos add-on) is available to purchase for 19.90 EUR. Existing Sound Magic customers pay 15 EUR.

More information: Sound Magic / Microphone Transformer

http://www.supremepiano.com/product/modeler.htm

Shure introduces National Open Mic Night for aspiring performers

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Shure 20120 National Open Mic Night

In celebration of the Company’s 87th Anniversary on April 25, Shure Incorporated announced its inaugural National Open Mic Night, a week-long observance that will unite and encourage singers, musicians, and spoken word artists to take the mic and perform at venues across the United States from Sunday, April 22, to Saturday, April 28.

A total of 23 bars, restaurants, and coffee shops, from New York City to Chicago to Los Angeles, have confirmed their participation.

“We hope this event becomes an annual occurrence that serves as a great way for us to commemorate our Company’s anniversary,” said Terri Hartman, Director of Marketing Communications for Shure Americas. “Our goal is to bring together artists and venues in a cohesive way, and to celebrate their talent.”

Each participating venue will receive a “mic locker,” which includes SM58 and SM57 microphones to be used for these events, and a marketing/promotional “tool kit.” Shure also will work closely with the venues to promote their events.

More information: Shure / National Open Mic Night