The Shure SM58 microphone is a real workhorse and our 'go to' microphone for most occasions. This latest blog from Shure explains why it's stood the test of time.
We have all been to a wedding ceremony where the bride looks a picture and the setting is beautiful but we can’t hear a thing that is said. Or worse still, there is squealing or feedback from the microphone that is being used – everyone jumps a mile or covers their ears, waiting for the next bout! You may be surprised to know that it won’t break the bank to have a simple sound system that can be either DIY or professionally operated to ensure all of the ceremony can be heard by all of your guests, and any special songs or music can be played at the right times in your ceremony – and no nasty feedback!
Here are two options you can consider. If your budget is limited, or you have a small intimate ceremony planned, then our celebrant or do-it-yourself sound system may be all you need. With a light-weight speaker which can be either battery-operated or mains power, and your choice of either skin-tone headset microphone or hand-held wireless microphone, this system can be easily set up and operated by one of the bridal party or your celebrant. It comes with an iPod connection so you can also play your special songs. A delivery and pick up service from your ceremony location is included in the price.
If you are planning a larger ceremony – say upwards of 50 guests – or there may be some background noise at your ceremony venue making it hard to hear, then our larger fully-operated system is the perfect option. Our operator sets up the speakers in the best location so that your vows and special songs can be heard by all, and will look after the placement and operation of microphones for you and your celebrant, and also for any readings. We will also play ambient music before and after your ceremony for the enjoyment of your guests.
Read what some of our happy couples have said about our service. Visit our website, Ceremony Sound, that is dedicated to our special wedding sound system services. Ring or email us – we are more than happy to talk to you about your needs.
Heading to an Open Mic Night? Click to read some great tips from #MikePetrucelli at #Shure on how to make it successful. If you are looking for sound equipment for your night, check out our Performer and Band sound systems or contact us - we carry only quality Shure vocal and instrument mics and JBL Professional speakers to make even the most tentative amateur feel like a pro muso!
This is how I spend most Monday mornings - cleaning microphones after a big weekend. I would assume that all hire companies do the same. You would be surprised what gets left behind in mics - some of it you can see, but most you can't! So this is how I make sure all our mics are totally kept clean and germ free as much as possible:
1. Unscrew the head of the mic and remove the inner foam from the grille
2. Wash both in warm water with disinfectant
3. An old toothbrush is ideal to clean the inside of the metal grille
4. Wipe the outside of the mic itself with a disinfectant towelette
5. Lay all out on a clean towel to dry.
Note, it's important to not replace the foam until it is completely dry as this could cause rusting of the grille. You can always use a hair dryer to hurry up the process.
If you are at a gig and have multiple users of main mics on the night, why not take a moment back stage to give a light misting to the mic grille between performers with Geln 20 . If they happen to see you doing this, they are always impressed so try and keep your act clean!
Why not keep some disinfectant wipes and Glen 20 back stage in case of emergencies.