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Unveiled: Shure KSM8 Microphones

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In the pro audio world, Shure is a name that needs no introduction, especially when it comes to dynamic microphones. From the iconic SM57, to the ubiquitous SM58, to the classic SM7, Shure has been making top-notch dynamic mics for decades, which are used by legions of sound engineers e very day. Now, Shure aims to deliver yet another classic, in the form of the KSM8 Dualdyne Cardioid Vocal Dynamic Microphone.

Touted by the company as the world’s first dual-diaphragm dynamic handheld microphone, the KSM8’s cartridge design features two ultra-thin diaphragms (one active and one passive) and an inverted airflow system. Ideal for live vocalists and presenters who demand top-tier sound reproduction, the mic features a polar pattern that Shure calls its “purest cardioid” to date. The patented Dualdyne cartridge of the KSM8 is designed to eliminate proximity effect, and provide excellent off-axis rejection. It’s aimed to give sound professionals the signal clarity typical of condenser microphones, along with the reliability of feedback control, typical of dynamic mics.

The mic also features a dent-resistant, hardened carbon-steel grille lined with hydrophobic woven fabric, which provides plosive and wind protection, while offering virtually waterproof protection to the capsule. In addition to the wired version, it’s also available for select Shure wireless systems. 

For more information about the KSM8 Dualdyne Cardioid Vocal Dynamic Microphone, click here.

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