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Shure Rolls Out New Studio Mics

Shure has announced the latest additions to its line of KSM microphones, the new KSM42 and KSM44A.

070110-Shure-KSM42-300(220)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.

070110-Shure-KSM44A-300(220)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.


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