With close to 90 years of audio innovation, Shure is one of the oldest and most respected companies in the industry. Founding by S. N. Shure in 1925 as a supplier of radio parts and kits, the Chicago-based company grew quickly from a single-man operation to a company with over 75 employees before the combination of the Great Depression and availability of factory-built radios forced a rethinking of their direction. In 1931, Shure hired a young engineer named Ralph Glover and began development of their own microphones, debuting the Model 33N carbon mic in 1932 and following with their first condenser mic, the Model 40D, the following year.
The development and release of the Model 55, the first single-element unidirectional mic, in 1939 was a watershed event for the company. The Model 55, popularly thought of as the “Elvis Mic," rapidly became one of the most recognizable mics in the world, and has retained popularity over the years, with the 55SH still in production today. Read More>