Shure KSM8Shure has unveiled the KSM8 Dualdyne Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone – the world’s first dual-diaphragm dynamic handheld microphone.

Designed for live sound performance, the KSM8 has the versatility to adapt to changing environments without impacting performance. It has virtually no proximity effect, extremely high off-axis rejection and an output that requires no presence peaks or roll-offs typical of some dynamic microphones. It features the purest cardioid polar pattern that Shure has developed to-date, providing the most consistent on-axis performance regardless of the performer’s microphone technique.

The ability to virtually eliminate proximity effect and master off-axis rejection is powered by the patented Dualdyne cartridge, 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 exceptional plosive and wind protection, while offering virtually waterproof protection. The aluminium handle – which is available in a brushed nickel or black finish – completes the KSM8’s clean design aesthetic

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 will complement the offer.

‘In order to make the Dualdyne concept a reality, we had to reinvent the way we make dynamic microphones,’ says Shure Product Manager, John Born. ‘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.’


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