We all know the Shure KSM9HS sounds awesome, but did you know one of the design criteria for the KSM9HS was to address users who may be prone to covering the grill with their hand when performing, known as mic “cupping”.
Take a second and read the comment below from the Kenny Chesney’s people on their experience using the KSM9HS from FOH magazine.
“Kenny sings through a Shure KSM-9 HS, which is the retooled capsule for that mic. When I first came onboard, I thought we might change that to something else, but I’ve found that it works very well on Kenny. It fits his voice well, but he cups the mic in six different ways throughout the show and the mic seems to handle that fairly well. He also keeps the mic a way back when he sings and likes to perform out in front of the P.A. and we haven’t had any feedback issues. The KSM-9 HS is not a mic I knew a lot about when we started this, but I’ve had a lot of success with it now and would use it on other tours,” Rabold adds.
This tour definitely does present a few challenges to Rabold. “The main issue is Kenny and his varying mic techniques while he is literally sprinting through a two-hour show. That should be the one that scares me the most, but so far it hasn’t be a problem, a real testament to the Shure KSM-9 HS,” he relates
Chesney is using the Shure Axient wireless with a KSM9-HS capsule, and like Rabold, Robinson shares an enthusiasm for the mic. “That mic is phenomenal, he says. “We’re not endorsed by them, but I wouldn’t change that mic for anything. He likes to cup the mic, but cupped or uncupped, it sounds the same.”
Shure Artist Relations also commented that it has helped with excessive drum and monitor bleed for several high profile artists… Good to know. So since we can't stop singers from cupping the mic, Shure has come to the rescue!