My Shure Tour

My Shure Tour

Since I started in sound I’ve heard about those lucky few who’d get invites from sound equipment manufactures to view the soon to be released audio equipment. You know, the all expenses paid, dined, schwag laden, get their hands on the new releases, and maybe even a sneak peak at the equipment not available to the rest of us little people, tours. Well yesterday I was one of those lucky ones!

Shure invited me to media day with a handful of media/writers representing some of the biggest sound, video, and production magazines we’ve all read. Now, I consider myself an operator not media, so I felt a little out of place, but Shure (to my surprise and nicely played may I add) informed me I was an influencer and were happy I came – really? I’m a doc sound op who lives in a small town. Yes I blog, have a skookum web site, and wrote Location Audio Simplified, but an influencer? Not sure I’m ready for that pressure. But if these types of “hang out and be stroked” events are the reward, I’ll keep influencing and you keep reading – deal?

Since this was my first event like this, I gotta say, it was fun. The media/writers were an interesting lot and the Shure folks did it up well. It started with a great tour of an incredible facility, then a light lunch, more Shure promotion, then dinner at a great restaurant with tons of laughs and good conversation (everything sound), and finally a comfortable hotel – and let’s not forget the parting gifts. It was like an audio all-inclusive mini vacation, and I didn’t have to hold a boom pole. The only downside, we weren’t aloud to take photos.

So what did I learn? Well, first we got to see the not yet released……..? Then tried out the……, it was so cool! Then they showed us the never been seen before…? Sorry, I signed a nondisclosure agreement, but Shure will be unveiling the gear I got to see at NAB in April – it’s something definitely needed. You’ll want to check it out.

Now the stuff I can talk about. We’ve all heard company lip service about quality control and the rigorous testing the equipment goes through before it’s available to the buying public, right? Well, Shure abuses their gear more than one would imagine. Heat, cold, humidity, drop tests, more heat, perspiration tests (this was surprising) more dropping, more humidity, you get the gist. They really kick the #**@$! out of their gear! And Boris has the best job ever – he does the #@!#! kicking!

Now being my first tour of a facility like this I gotta admit it was pretty impressive. But the highlight for me was in their archives. I got to hold one of Roger Daltrey’s SM58’s with the XLR cable still shrink wrapped and taped to the handle, with a dented wind screen – check out the white gloves I had to wear. Awesome! Totally awesome!

I'm with Shure's archivist Julie Snyder

I’m with Shure’s archivist Julie Snyder

Thanks to everyone at Shure and Formula PR for inviting me and giving me a peek into the designing, testing, and hard work that goes into Shure products. The trip was time well spent.


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  1. Chris
    March 24, 2013, 10:17 am   /  Reply

    Fantastic!!! thanks will keep an eye out around April for the Shure NAB announcements, big Shure fan!

  2. November 27, 2014, 6:47 am   /  Reply

    I have to admit, I’m using quite a few Shure products myself. Shure FP-33 mixer, Shure SM57 dynamic mic, Shure VP64AL broadcast mic, are a few of the Shure products in my toolkit. Since I’ve been reading your blogs Dean, I have paid some attention now to the VP89S and VP89M microphones. Before now, I’d never have even considered them thinking they might not be able to withstand the tough Aussie climate. That said, I’m impressed you seem to have used them all over the world and they keep going strong I take it?

    • Dean Miles
      November 27, 2014, 9:28 am   /  Reply

      I was very surprised when I chose the Shure shotguns over the Sennheiser MKH series, my Neuman 81’s, and the DPA mics. So far they’ve been excellent with no issues what-so-ever.They sound great and the VP89S is my go to mic for most shots I encounter.

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