Niles, IL (June 3, 2009)–Shure Incorporated has upgraded its model 55SH Series II Unidyne microphone. It’s been 70 years since the original Unidyne–the first single-element unidirectional microphone–debuted in 1939. Now, the model once advertised as “The Microphone That Needs No Name,” has gotten a facelift.
Shure has taken the 55SH body that has been in production since 1951, dropped in a new supercardioid motor, and added blue color. The new model probably doesn’t need a name either, but it has one: the Super 55 Deluxe Vocal Microphone. The Super 55 enters the lineup sporting a high-output, vocal-friendly sound, supercardioid polar pattern and a shock mount.
“Everybody loves the look of the 55SH Series II, but sound engineers increasingly find that they need additional clarity and gain-before-feedback,” said Scott Sullivan, Shure’s senior director of global product management. “Now people don’t have to choose between style and performance–the Super 55 provides equal measures of both.”
“I think the blue foam looks super awesome,” said Chad Wiggins, Shure’s wired products category manager. “Many people have seen only black-and-white photos of our older microphones, so they didn’t know that there were colored silk screens on different model variations. The foam pop filter on the Super 55 is the same royal blue color as the silk material used on early vintage models.”
The Super 55 Deluxe Vocal Microphone is now shipping and carries a two-year limited warranty. The current 55SH Series II model will continue to be available. Both products can be purchased at select retail partners.