At the 2016 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, Shure unveils the KSM8 Dualdyne cardioid dynamic vocal microphone.
The KSM8 is the world’s first dual-diaphragm dynamic handheld microphone for vocal reproduction and accurate sound-reinforcement and control.
Designed for live sound performances where vocal clarity and sound quality are absolutely critical, the KSM8 provides sound engineers with a dynamic microphone that has virtually no proximity effect, excellent off-axis rejection and an output accuracy, virtually eliminating the need for EQ and processing.
“The off-axis rejection is pretty amazing,” said Michael Abbott, broadcast mixer with The Voice and Shark Tank.
“Low frequency is very smooth and I definitely noticed nice proximity control, which our host Carson (Daly) definitely requires. High frequency response is noticeably more enhanced. It’s an exceptionally well designed microphone by Shure.”
Meticulously crafted for vocal reproduction and sound-reinforcement control for live performance in professional venues, the KSM8 features the purest cardioid polar pattern that Shure has developed to-date, providing consistent on-axis performance regardless of the performer’s microphone technique.
“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 a groundbreaking inverted airflow system. Additionally, its pneumatic shock mount offers rejection of handling noise without any loss of low frequency response.
A dent-resistant, hardened carbon-steel grille design lined with hydrophobic woven fabric provides plosive and wind protection, while offering virtually waterproof protection. The aluminum handle—which is available in a brushed nickel or black finish—completes the KSM8’s design aesthetic.
The KSM8 is also available as a handheld transmitter option for use with Axient, UHF-R, ULX-D, and QLX-D wireless systems, and as a wireless capsule for use with other Shure wireless systems. Additionally, new KSM8 transmitters are now offered in a brushed nickel finish on ULX-D and UHF-R wireless systems.
The retail price for the KSM8 starts at $499. For additional details on the KSM8, please stop by the Shure booth (Hall A, booth #6541) at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show.