Niles, IL (February 25, 2016)—Shure microphones and wireless systems shared the limelight during the recent 58th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, from host LL Cool J’s opening announcement to Robin Thicke’s appearance in the finale.
The critical host microphone was the new Shure KSM8 Dualdyne microphone on a UHF-R wireless transmitter, brought in for consideration at the suggestion of Michael Abbott, the show’s audio coordinator. "I've been using the KSM8 on The Voice for host Carson Daly, with excellent results,” he notes. “The reduced proximity effect and flat response gave us a smooth sound, making it an ideal choice to use on LL Cool J to host the Grammys."
Shure wireless microphones, both the UHF-R and Axient systems, were a near-constant presence on stage. All wireless in-ear systems were Shure PSM 1000s, supplied by ATK Audiotek.
The newly-released KSM8 microphone made its Grammy debut. In addition to its use by five-time host LL Cool J, it was also the mic capsule of choice atop UHF-R transmitters for three live performances: Tori Kelly, in her duet with James Bay, Hollywood Vampires, for Johnny Depp and Duff McKagan, and three members of Little Big Town for their hit, “Girl Crush.”
“I was very pleased with Little Big Town’s vocal mic choice,” says Eric Schilling, co-music mixer for the broadcast. “The KSM8 has a very natural sound and requires very little EQ to make it work.”
The Shure Axient AXT200 handheld was used for lead vocals by Justin Bieber (with KSM9HS capsule) and Alabama Shakes (with SM58 capsule). In addition, the production team designated an Axient handheld with an SM58 capsule as the production’s global spare wireless for the second straight year.
SM58s were used atop several UHF-R handhelds in the Lionel Richie tribute, including those used by Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor, Tyrese, and Richie himself.