What microphone did Frank Sinatra use for live performances in Las Vegas during the 1960s? He often performed with the Basie band.
In the 1960s, Sinatra frequently sang into the Shure model 546 with the A45 quick-disconnect isolation mount accessory.
From the book "Sinatra: An Intimate Portrait of a Very Good Year":
Using the microphone is a Sinatra art, one he thinks other singers never learn. "A microphone is their instrument," he says, "Instead of playing a saxophone, they're playing a microphone." Frank prefers a dark mike to blend into his dinner jacket, moves around with it but subtly, and never lets his audience hear a popping "p" or intake of breath. "I guess a bad parallel would be that it's like a geisha girl uses her fan."
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When Sinatra appeared at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, he sometimes used the Shure SM33 ribbon microphone. This model was a favorite of Joe Mall, the chief audio engineer at the Sands.
The Shure model 546 was Sinatra's vocal mic for his famous 1966 recording of "Frank Sinatra - Live at the Sands - with the Count Basie Orchestra."
On June 13, 1971, Sinatra performed his "Retirement Concert" in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater. His vocal mic was the Shure SM53. His stage monitors were Shure VA301-S loudspeakers. Later in the 1970s, the SM58 became Sinatra's primary microphone for performances.