These past few days, I have been using these at an event…of sorts. These distribution amplifiers are hardy…very hardy. I must say that when Shure build their stuff, they build their stuff right! What is it? Well, the FP16A is a 1-input, 6-output, compact audio distribution amplifier for routing multiple audio signal feeds. In short, it is similar to that Behringer MX882 that I have installed previously in several clubs, except that the Behringer is stereo and umm, inexpensive. I must say that I like the sound of this baby and I wish I had this as part of my inventory. It will be very useful indeed. Read this for a better description.
A couple of years back, I came upon this Shure wireless microphone case that was not used anymore. It was in a club that I was retrofitting with new consoles, speakers…the works. In any case, I found this jammed in a cupboard that many had forgotten about. I asked the owner if he needed it. He just said that he had no further use for it as the microphones that this came in had been sold already. So I took it back home and shoved in my toolbox or tool flightcase, giving it another case of “abandonment”. Then one day, I was clearing out my tool case and came upon this old Shure case. I then looked at an old DVD player that I had but was not using. I wondered…would it fit in the case? Bingo! Perfect fit! Now at least I have a case for the DVD player and it will come in useful to transport my DVD player in the future when I need a DVD player to play back DVDs or CDs.
A couple of months back, while setting up for an event at the Shangri-La hotel Singapore, I came across this drum microphone kit from Shure. Now. I am from the old school. Back in the day, we had various microphones of various brands that we used to hook up the different toms on the drums. For the kick, we would use an AKG D12. For the toms, we would use Sennheiser MD-421s. For the snare, we would use Shure SM57s. But now, these all come in a set, with the relevant clips and all. I must say that it is a welcome relief because we are not carrying different microphones and their accompanying stands around. Maybe when I expand my audio company, I will get one of these microphone sets.
If you, like me, have a Shure SM58 microphone that is very old (I “blame” Shure for making an excellent and long-lasting product) and has a dented ball mesh grille, you can buy replacements for a fraction of the price of an original. I am just lucky. I found an old SM58 and used the almost-perfect ball mesh and to replace the one on my working SM58. But if I am not so lucky next time to find an old SM58 to replace your dented grille, get one of these replica ones. They are inexpensive and freely available on the Internet. Check them out and save yourself a few bucks.
Back in the day…must have been about 1986, I needed a speaker system for a last-minute function. I remember a friend of mine showing up at the venue with these speakers at the back of a taxicab. I did not have the full system, just the speakers. They worked pretty well but I remember being VERY surprised because to me, the only thing I knew about Shure were their stylii and microphones…that’s it. But now, I learnt about their speakers. These speakers worked well…and I heard that they used JBL components in there. It had a 15″ woofer and a horn…and it just worked. Memories…that is what these speakers bring back.
I came across this picture in a Facebook group and I must say that it is a novel idea of what to do when your microphone holder breaks. Trust me, I have had my share of broken mike holders and I used to use masking tape or gaffer tape to secure them. The only problem is that after the show, the gaffer tape left a very sticky mess on the microphones and had to be cleaned away with spirit. Now, just use a few cable ties and the job is done. Check out this picture of the Shure SM58 being held in place. Great idea!
A friend of mine gave me this Shure PG58 cardioid microphone package the other day. All that is in the picture here is identical except for the microphone cable. The microphone cable that came with mine is an unbalanced one. But no matter about the mic cable…I want to talk about the PG58 microphone
I have had a Shure SM58 for a number of years now and it has always served me well. I must say that when it comes to legendary microphones, Shure hangs in there with the best of them…good, clear sound, a body that can take stage and tour abuse and finally, an affordable price. I never thought about the other *58 mics like this PG58 that my friend gave me. But now I have one so let us have a look at it.
The first thing I did was to check the microphone capsule. The SM58 has a very unique capsule and I can spot one very easily. This one does not have the same capsule as the SM58 of course, but it sports the same, if not similar, removable windscreen and pop-filter. To be honest, the capsule does not look very strong…it looks like it may damage easily but then again, this is a PG58, not an SM58.
Another thing different is the the presence of an ON / OFF switch. There is no such thing on the SM58. There is a saying that all mics that come with such a switch are low-quality ones. I beg to differ on that. I have used many a microphone in the past with switches and they have all held up very well and had good, crisp and clear sound. But what I like about the body is that it feels solid…not unlike the SM58.
This is what this package consists of…features if you like:
- Tailored frequency response is smooth and extended. Tuned specifically for vocal applications.
- Cardioid polar pattern picks up the most sound from in front of the microphone and some sound from the sides. Less susceptible to feedback in high volume settings.
- Dynamic cartridge has a simple, rugged coil. Handles extreme volume levels without distortion.
- Cartridge includes a neodymium magnet for high output level.
- Internal shock mount for reduced handling noise.
- Durable metal construction.
- On/off switch for onstage control.
- Hardened steel mesh ball grille that resists wear and abuse.
- Integral “pop” filter reduces explosive breath sounds and wind noise.
- Includes 15ft (4.57m) cable, break-resistant mic clip and storage bag.
- Replacement cartridge: RPM150.
So it looks like the cartridge is replaceable, like the SM58. Looks like it will do the job. Now and I can probably retire my old AKG D2000 microphone, with its disintegrated pop-filter that cannot be replaced, with this new Shure PG58.