Shure unveils KSM8 Dualdyne cardioid dynamic mic

World's first dual-diaphragm dynamic handheld vocal microphone launched at NAMM
The new Shure KSM8.
The new Shure KSM8.

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At the 2016 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, Shure has unveiled its new KSM8 Dualdyne Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone.

The KSM8 is the world’s first dual-diaphragm dynamic handheld microphone for revolutionary vocal reproduction and accurate sound-reinforcement and control. The KSM8 extends Shure's wired microphone line, which includes numerous products of significance and enduring legacy such as the Unidyne 55 and the SM58 Microphone.

Designed for live sound performances where vocal clarity and sound quality are critical, the KSM8 has the versatility to adapt to changing environments without impacting performance. The KSM8 provides sound engineers with a dynamic microphone that has virtually no proximity effect, a mastery of off-axis rejection and an output accuracy that requires none of the presence peaks or roll-offs that are typical of other dynamic microphones.

The KSM8 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.

John Born, Shure product manager, said: “In order to make the Dualdyne concept a reality, we had to reinvent the way we make dynamic microphones. 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.

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 aluminum handle - which is available in a brushed nickel or black finish - completes the KSM8’s clean and sophisticated design.

The black-finished KSM8 is also available as handheld transmitter option for use with Shure's 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.

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