How do you set a classic scene for a modern audience? With a time-honored look that brings the clean, pure sound of now. The Super 55 brings the highest degree of vocal quality to the stage in a vintage, stand-mounted microphone. With inner workings that mirror our premium vocal mic — the high-output BETA 58A — the Super 55 pushes the voice as far as the stagecraft. Croon smoother.
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This microphone is excellent for vocal pickup with its characteristic Shure presence peak. The 55SH Series II has a cardioid unidirectional polar pickup pattern that minimizes sound pickup from the rear of the microphone. This allows the Model 55SH Series II to be used in close proximity to loudspeakers without creating feedback problems, and it can perform under adverse acoustic conditions where omnidirectional microphones cannot. The 55SH Series II has a low-impedance balanced output designed for connection to microphone inputs rated at 75 to ohms. This microphone is ideal for public address or theater-stage sound systems, as well as for broadcasting, recording, and other sound applications where a stand-mounted microphone with a classic look is desirable.
I started out with a Shure 55A, still the pride of my collection, and went on from there. I now have over 20 vintage microphones dating from the s to the s or so. There's so little information available to the vintage mic collector, I've found. I have not come across a decent book on the subject, which surprises me because there seem to be quite few collectors around. None of my mics are for sale and I'm not really in the market for more right now, but I'm always interested in learning more about these objects and the history of the companies that made them.