Shure Rolls Out New Studio Mics
Shure has announced the latest additions to its line of KSM microphones, the new KSM42 and KSM44A.
Shure has announced the latest additions to its line of KSM microphones, the new KSM42 and KSM44A. The KSM42 is a side-address, cardioid condenser microphone for vocal recording. The KSM44A is a large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone that can be used in a variety of live and studio applications.
"We built the KSM42 so that it would excel in studio vocal applications," said Chad Wiggins, Shure's category manager for wired products, in a statement. "From the capsule and the preamp to the housing and the accessories, we designed the KSM42 to deliver a natural environment for sophisticated performance and recording."
With a tailored frequency response and extensive internal and external pop filtering, the single-pattern, dual-diaphragm design of the KSM42 exhibits an ultra-wide dynamic range and smooth proximity control for studio applications, according to the company.
With the KSM44A, Wiggin explained, "We've lowered the self-noise while simultaneously increasing the max sound pressure level (SPL). The result is seven additional decibels of pure dynamic range."
The KSM42 has a dual-diaphragm design with an active front, ultra-thin, 2.5-micron, 24-karat gold, low mass, one-inch Mylar diaphragm. It has an open-cage, ShureLock rubber suspension shock mount with a low-profile magnetic pop filter that produced a natural space between the performer and his or her microphone, plus an internal shock mount to reduce unwanted handling and stand noise.
The KSM44A's features include multiple polar patterns (cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional) for maximum flexibility; dual one-inch, externally biased, ultra-thin, 2.5 micron, 24-karat gold-layered, low mass diaphragms; a subsonic filter, which eliminates rumble from mechanical vibration below 17 Hz (cycles per second); and a three-position switchable low-frequency filter that helps reduce unwanted stand vibration noise or counteract proximity effect.
The KSM42 and KSM44A microphones will be available this month with MSRPs of $999 and $1,249, respectively.