Shure 555

Shure 55

This was taken at the same church I was working in while I took the piano photos I shared recently. Stained glass gave everything in the room this beautiful shine. While we were checking stage inputs I noticed they were still using an old model Shure 555w mic that I immediately took a moment to pull over into the colorful light to shoot. The colors give iOS7 a nice purplish hue.

Seemed a fitting tribute to a classic microphone and I wanted to share it with all the audio geeks in the audience. Many people refer to this as the “Elvis mic” which is not entirely true, he used a number of different mics through different phases of his career, most notably various Electro-Voice mics, the 55 series mic just happened to hold such an iconic shape that is stuck along with his image over the years more so than others. I remember years back we had a corporate gig in Nashville where an Elvis impersonator was performing and he carried his own mic with him to more accurately replicate the look of the singer. If I remember correctly it was an EV RE-15, one rumored to be his personal favorite. OK, enough random Elvis microphone trivia. Enjoy the new desktop!


  1. nexo - February 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Cool picture!!! All versions is empty.

  2. nexo - February 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    oops, now all ok )

  3. john - February 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Yep, sory about that, had a typo in the link. Enjoy!

  4. dergolem - February 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Another stunner from the King of Desktops!

    Frank Sinatra and the Shure 55:
    Swing it Frank!

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