How to find the right wireless microphone?

Which application is the wireless system for?

For almost every application there is a specific wireless system configuration available. Which one is the best choice for you, depends on how you want to use it.

Application Configuration

Vocals

Handheld transmitter
Singing dancer, keyboarder, drummer, fitness instructor, dance instructor Headworn microphone & bodypack

Stage actor, presenter, worship leader

Lavalier microphone & bodypack

Horn, percussion

Clip-on instrument microphone & bodypack

Guitar, bass

Instrument cable & bodypack

Your usage application is only one key factor in choosing a wireless microphone. Also consider the microphone transducerA transducer converts sound into an electrical signal and is the heart of a mic. Read moreGo to the glossary design and polar patternPolar pattern describes how well the microphone hears sound from different directions.Read moreGo to the glossary. These greatly impact how any wireless microphone reproduces your live sound. For example, if you are a vocalist who performs onstage with loud monitors, you might want a handheld transmitter with a cardioidPicks up most sound in front of the microphone and some from the sides. It is less susceptible to feedback in high volume environments.Read moreGo to the glossary or even supercardioidPicks up most sound in front of the microphone and very little from the sides, making it more directional than a cardioid mic. Read moreGo to the glossary polar patternPolar pattern describes how well the microphone hears sound from different directions.Read moreGo to the glossary to minimize feedbackSustained howl when a mic hears a loudspeaker already reproducing that mic's sound.Read moreGo to the glossary.

If you tend to sing in a low voice a condenser microphoneCondenser microphones are more sensitive, give a smooth, natural sound and need to be powered.Read moreGo to the glossary helps to produce a clearer and more natural sound. If you have already used a wired Shure mic (e.g. the SM58R) it makes sense to choose the same microphone capsule with a wireless system.

For presentations or in a theater, lavalier and headworn microphones with an omnidirectionalEqually sensitive to sound from all directions, but cannot be „aimed“ to isolate one area.Read moreGo to the glossary polar patternPolar pattern describes how well the microphone hears sound from different directions.Read moreGo to the glossary are suitable, as floor wedges are rarely used for these applications. These microphones are the least sensible to breathing noise and deliver the most natural sound – which is particularly beneficial for speech applications.

Number of Wireless Microphones in one location: How many wireless systems will be in use at the same time on stage?

Every wireless microphone system has a certain maximum amount of compatible channels that can be used simultaneously. If you are operating only a single system in one location, you can choose any wireless system available. Before choosing a wireless system you should consider how many systems might be added in the future in your band. This also includes wireless in-ear-monitoring systems.

If you choose a system with maximum four compatible channels it can become tight pretty fast. Better systems allow for eight, twelve or even more units to be operated at the same time without interference. Therefore you should consider the maximum amount of compatible channels with a wireless system before the purchase.

If you operate more than one wireless system the carrier frequencies have to be chosen carefully, as RF signals interact and interferences can occur. If you are using wireless systems of the same type this is normally no problem as the frequencies are usually stored in groups that are compatible with each other.

With different wireless systems this is more complicated. Units with Auto FrequencyThis is how many times a sound or radio wave oscillates in one second.Read moreGo to the glossary Selection help to find an open frequencyThis is how many times a sound or radio wave oscillates in one second.Read moreGo to the glossary automatically and avoid sources of interference. Should you have difficulties in finding open frequencies please contact the Shure Support Team.

Video: PG, SM Beta Digital & Analogue Wireless Systems

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PG Wireless Systems for beginners

PG58 Wireless Vocal System
PG Wireless Headset System
PG58 and PG185 Combo

SM Wireless Microphone systems for performers

SM58 Wireless Vocal System
SM58 and Guitar Cable Combo
SM58 and MX153 Combo
 

PG Wireless (NEW)

SM Wireless

BETA Wireless

 
 
 
 
 

The most accessible Shure microphones for elevating sound quality.

Industry-standard professional microphones for daily touring, club and studio performances.

Application-specific microphones engineered for reproduction of fine details in demanding acoustic environments.

 

 

PG58

 

Entry-level vocal microphone


 

SM58®

 

Legendary Shure vocal mic


 

Beta 58A

 

A top choice among vocalists


 

 

SM86

 

Smooth sounding vocal mic


 

Beta 87A

 

Smooth, tailored frequency response


 

 

WA302

 

Guitar / Bass cable


 

WA302

 

Guitar / Bass cable


 

WA302

 

Guitar / Bass cable


   

 

WA305 / GLXD6

 

Premium Guitar / Bass cable with Pedal Receiver


 
   

 

WB98H/C

 

Instrument Microphone


 

 

PG185

 

Entry-level lavalier mic


 

WL185

 

Premium condenser lavalier mic


 
 

 

MX153

 

Subminiature earset mic


 
 

 

WL93

 

Miniature lavalier mic


 
 

 

PG30

 

Performance headset


 

   
 

 

PG185 + PG58

 

Lavalier mic and vocal handheld


 

WL185 + SM58®

 

Lavalier mic and vocal handheld


 

 

PG30 + PG58

 

Headset and vocal handheld


 

WA302 + SM58®

 

Instrument cable and vocal handheld


 
 

 

MX153 + SM58®

 

Earset and vocal handheld