8th May 2010
Retro Perspectives - by Adrian West

Retro Perspectives - by Adrian West

One of the best known retro style microphones has to be the Shure 55SH II which has a heritage that goes back as far as 1939. Shure Brothers started out by selling radio components as a wholesaler in 1925, in downtown Chicago, going on to design and manufacture microphones under their own brand name.

The earliest incarnation of the 55SH design was called the Unidyne 55 which was claimed to be the first single element unidirectional microphone. The single element concept made microphones smaller, less complicated to produce and as a consequence made them more accessible to emerging Rock and Roll artists. In 1951 Shure introduced a smaller updated 55 called the Unidyne 55S which found its way into the hands of none other than Elvis Presley. Unsurprisingly the polished chrome appearance and futuristic styling, made it one of the most identifiable microphones from an era that gave birth to modern popular music employing electronic sound reinforcement and recording practices.

The Shure 55SH II continues the tradition of the retro look but with modern electro-acoustic internal components designed to meet the demands of current day performers and engineers. It will come as no surprise then to know that Shure have released a brand new model called the Super 55. The Super 55 essentially has all the hallmarks of the 55SH II but offers a superior transducer cartridge with a super-cardioid polar response. There are also minor cosmetic changes such as a blue colour being blended with the classic chrome-plated housing.

Here at Sound Exposure we stock both models, and if you purchase either model during June or July from us, you will receive a 5 metre XLR cable completely free of charge, with every one you buy. Click here for further information.

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16th May 2010
Sticky Situations - by Pete Farndell

Sticky Situations - by Pete Farndell

A brand new range of adhesive tapes have been added to the Sound Exposure product catalogue covering most general pro audio and production needs. Next time you need to order some gaffer tape why not give our premium range a try; those who have tried it have not looked back to the bad old days of cheap tape, which tends to leave behind a nasty sticky mess.

Our PGT range of cloth tape is manufactured to a very high standard with a medium cotton textile core which is easy to tear across the width and down a length. It has a shiny surface and comes away from the reel fairly easily but will not yo-yo when held on the end. During tape recovery the adhesive almost always comes away with the backing unlike cheap duct tapes.

For more general work there is the AT7 range of PVC insulation tape from Advance and available from stock in eleven different colours. To make life even simpler we offer an eleven roll pack giving you one roll of each colour. It conforms to BS EN 60454 making it suitable for masking, colour coding and insulating tasks in a wide range of industries. It is flame retardent and self extinguishing and also UV resistant, making it safe to use on electrical cables. Click here for further information.

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18th May 2010
Wireless Special Offer - by Adrian West

Wireless Special Offer - by Adrian West

The Sennheiser G3 range of UHF wireless microphones have evolved from the success of the previous G2 series and is rapidly establishing itself as the system of choice amongst audio and broadcast professionals who look for reliability, flexibility and solid construction within a sensible price range. To compliment the standard system packages there is a huge choice of compatible accessories available enabling users to tailor multiple systems to their exact requirements.

Sennheiser was founded in 1945 by professor Fritz Sennheiser trading as Laboratorium Wennebostel. For more than sixty years the name Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality products and customised solutions across all areas of sound recording, transmission and reproduction. As one of the world's leading providers of integrated solutions for electro-acoustic products, systems and services, they constantly set themselves the challenge of developing creative answers which satisfy the requests and requirements of its customer base.

For a limited time we are running a promotion on all Sennheiser G3 wireless microphone systems, giving away fifty genuine Duracell Procell AA batteries with every system purchased. Additionally if you purchase an in-ear monitoring system, we will also throw in a Sennheiser CC3 hard protective carry case as well. This offer runs until 31st July so be sure not to miss out on this fantastic deal.

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21st May 2010
Worthy Investments - by Rob Aubrey

Worthy Investments - by Rob Aubrey

When I was first introduced to the sE brand of microphones by a long time friend of mine, I must admit I was a little sceptical given the somewhat lower price tag. More by way of getting my pal to stop banging on, rather than needing to add to my oversized collection of retired mics, I agreed to try the ICIS then the original Gemini and latterly the Gemini II. I have to say that I am so glad that I did, and am happy to endorse this particular mic family.

The Gemini II is just great for vocals especially when used with the reflection filter, and the SE4 as a stereo pair make for superb overheads delivering a natural and open feel to a kit. I also love the Z5600 MKII which is a great all-rounder, but I find especially nice for recording the room. I cannot wait to try the new Ribbon Mics!

Much of the work we do here at Aubitt Studios is album based and I can't imagine being without the sE collection, having said that the Gemini II does get a fair amount of use in radio commercial production as well.      www.aubittstudios.com

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22nd May 2010
Radial Strength - by Pete Farndell

Radial Strength - by Pete Farndell

Here's a great new range of products from a US manufacturer called Radial. The company began operations in 1991 as the Canadian distributor of Mogami cable and Jensen Audio Transformers. In 1992, it became a limited corporation under the JP Cabletek Electronics Limited banner.

The Radial name was first used on house branded cables and multicore systems, but today over fifty electronic products are now being produced under the Radial, Tonebone and Forest Audio brands. Radial products are extremely rugged and can withstand the rigors and abuse associated with touring and live music.

We are stocking the full range of DI and problem solving boxes and a solution exists within the range for most connection and level interfacing challenges. Not only that, they all share the same indestructable case design, which is incredibly tough, being manufactured from 14 gauge steel. The form incorporates an I beam chassis with a bookend style outer casing, resulting in a product capable of withstanding the worst possible rock and roll abuse.

Why not check out the Radial range here under the DI Box section of this online catalogue, or call the sales team for a no obligation chat about your audio interfacing needs.

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24th May 2010
Tascam on Location - by Stuart Armstrong

Tascam on Location - by Stuart Armstrong

At last the much talked about professional eight track location recorder has arrived from the men in white coats at Tascam, and well worth the wait it has been I am happy to report. The HS-P82 is going to give the competition a run for its money, with an ex vat list price of under £4400 it is creating quite a stir. We are offering it bundled with a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO headphones and four Sandisk 8GB Compact Flash memory cards for an introductory price of only £3995.00 inclusive - so call the sales office and take advantage of this superb deal.

The HS-P82 is built specifically for location television and film production audio, with eight microphone inputs for complex shoots or reality programs. The standard XLR microphone inputs offer phantom power and analog limiting, with trims controlled from recessed front panel controls. In addition to the eight individual tracks, a stereo mixdown can be recorded for instant use during editing.

The HS-P82 offers several options for power. It runs on either AA or NP batteries, an included AC adapter, external DC input or a V-mount adapter for Endura batteries. An internal slate microphone is available for naming takes, and other features such as the 5-second pre-record buffer, front panel lockout and headphone output alert signal, further inspire confidence in this product. Click here to find out more about this exciting product.

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