Sound Product Of The Year, Microphone: Shure KSM8 Dualdyne


Live Design has named its top products of the past year again. Chosen by our panels of prestigious judges in three categories—lighting, projection, and sound—several months were spent debating the Live Design 2016-2017 Products Of The Year.

Shure developed the original Unidyne® cartridge mic in 1939, specifically to reduce signal feedback. Seventy-seven years later in 2016, we met the KSM8 Dualdyne, the world’s first dual-diaphragm dynamic, handheld vocal mic. The manufacturer’s new patented Dualdyne™ cartridge technology, which features two ultra-thin diaphragms and reverse airflow design, yields what one judge calls “…extremely high sonic quality and accuracy that minimizes the need for EQ and processing.” Designed to accommodate the most elite performers and venues, the mic nearly eliminates proximity effect for a rather sizeable sweet spot, and its cardioid polar pattern controls bleed for what another judge calls “an extremely natural sound.” All that in a durable, hardened carbon-steel grille design lined with hydrophobic woven fabric for great protection from the elements makes this mic a winner.

Products of the year will be presented along with the Live Design Achievement Awards and the tenth annual Excellence in Live Design Awards during a ceremony, sponsored by GLP and Meyer Sound, on June 12 in New York.

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