Shure Nexadyne

A New Shure Microphone

Shure recently announced the availability of an innovative dynamic microphone design that uses two matched dynamic transducers to improve microphone performance for both engineers and performers alike.

The Nexadyne™ 8/C Dynamic Vocal Microphone is a live performance microphone for professional vocalists. Nexadyne™ Vocal microphones feature patented Shure Revonic™ dual-engine transducer technology, with two precisely calibrated transducers working together to achieve optimal performance. The result is a high-performing microphone line that combines state-of-the-art acoustic signal processing and exceptional cardioid polar pattern linearity. The natural and clean cardioid pattern of the Nexadyne™ 8/C allows vocals to easily reach every corner of the venue. "The microphone is built with the industry standard of consistency, durability, and performance that only Shure can provide."

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The Nexadyne™ design comes from the heritage of the Shure Unidyne, their term for Uni-directional dynamic, in 1939. By adding a special shock mount, Shure created the world-famous SM58 and SM57 microphones.. This then led to the KSM8, their first true dual-diaphragm microphone; designed to help with the proximity effect common to directional microphones. That mic sells for $400. With the Nexadyne™, which. uses two motors or transducers instead of two diaphragms, Shure had to come up with a new way to support the cartridge to eliminate handling noise, leading to the Revonic™ configuration, which also improves the polar pattern. Shure says, “We can take all the desired things and amplify them, and take all the undesired things and cancel them.” This mic sells for $300.

"Vocal performers will experience natural and vivid clarity when performing enabled by a cartridge design that optimizes signal output acoustically, and engineers will receive stronger and clearer output, resulting in fewer typical EQ corrections often necessary to retain vocal clarity within the mix," says Shure.

The Nexadyne™ microphone series includes both cardioid and supercardioid polar patterns, and both patterns are also available as wireless capsules in black and nickel finish. The handheld version comes with a flat black finish, and handheld wireless transmitter models for Axient Digital, ULX-D. QLX-D and SLX-D will be available in the Summer 2024. The Nexadyne™, like the SM58, is subject to plosives but less so. I recommend that it be used with a standard foam pop filter.

Each Nexadyne™ 8/C microphone contains Revonic™ dual-engine transducer technology. Using acoustic signal processing, the two transducer design unlocks twice the opportunity

to optimize and shape frequency response, reducing the need for typical corrective EQ while minimizing the proximity effect. The refined polar patterns lets the mic reach the entire audience with mid-range and high-end clarity that rivals condenser microphones, according to Shure. Revonic™ cartridges are meticulously configured to work together to manage unwanted internal and external handling noise. Shue accomplished this by designing manufacturing techniques that measure the performance of the capsules during production to ensure that each transducer is identical in performance.

This microphone is brand new as I write this, so there are no demos by singers yet. Since I no longer perform vocals myself, I must wait to hear how the mic sounds with a good singer.

Behind The Sound: Nexadyne™ Microphones and Revonic™ Technology

This 6-minute video produced by Shure gives details regarding the design of the Nexadyne™ microphone and Revonic™ technology.

Laura Davidson, a female singer who works for Shure, provides a 19-minute overview of the Nexadyne™.. showing its relationships with other Shure designs such as the SM58 and the KSM8. She starts with the mic off to the side, about 3 inches from her mouth. Once she picks up the supercardioid version and puts it in front of her mouth, you can hear the plosives produced by the mic. Based upon what I see from this video, I feel that the Nexadyne™ has reduced the proximity effect compared to a mic like the SM58, but I recommend that it be used with a foam pop filter. for speech purposes especially.

A New Type Of Dynamic Microphone - The Shure Nexadyne 8/C

A podcaster gives a good review of the mic, but no attempt to demonstrate proximity effect. He demonstrates the effective off-axis rejection, but he is not careful about the distance from his mouth as he does so. He gives high praise to the sound, construction, and appearance of the mic. His biggest objection is the price, since he is comfortable with the SM58 for his purposes. "A fantastic-sounding and fantastic-looking microphone."

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