Shure Introduces New KSM42, KSM44A Studio Microphones

Jun 21, 2010 2:46 PM


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Shure KSM42

Shure Incorporated in Niles, Ill., announces the latest additions to its line of KSM microphones: the KSM42 ($999 MSRP) and KSM44A ($1,249 MSRP) .

The KSM42 is a side-address, cardioid condenser microphone designed for vocal recording. With a tailored frequency response and extensive internal and external pop filtering, the single-pattern, dual-diaphragm design of the KSM42 is said to exhibit an ultra-wide dynamic range and exceptionally smooth proximity control for studio applications.

It promises a consistent cardioid polar pattern that creates a broad “sweet spot” and natural off-axis response. It has a dual-diaphragm design with an active front, ultra thin, 2.5 micron, 24-karat gold, low mass, one-inch Mylar diaphragm. Its integrated three-stage mesh grille is designed to guard against wind and breath noise. the KSM42 also has an open cage ShureLock rubber suspension shock-mount with a low-profile magnetic pop filter, and is manufactured from premium electronic components and gold-plated internal and external connectors. An internal shock-mount promises to reduce unwanted handling and stand noise.

The KSM44A is a large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone designed for a variety of live and studio applications. Shure has redefined the mic's dynamic range to capture every nuance with a minimum of self-noise. “We’ve lowered the self-noise while simultaneously increasing the max sound pressure level (SPL)," says Chad Wiggins, Shure’s Category Manager for Wired Products. "The result is 7 additional decibels of pure dynamic range.”

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Shure KSM44A

The KSM44A offers multiple polar patterns—cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional—for maximum flexibility in a variety of recording applications. Its dual one-inch, externally biased, ultra-thin, 2.5 micron, 24-karat gold-layered, low mass diaphragms are designed to offer superior frequency response. The KSM44A is likewise comprised of premium electronic components and gold-plated internal and external connectors. It has a subsonic filter to eliminate rumble from mechanical vibration below 17 Hz (cycles per second). A three-position switchable low-frequency filter helps reduce unwanted stand vibration noise or counteract proximity effect, and an integrated three-stage “pop” protection grille reduces breath noise.

Shure states that the KSM42 and KSM44A microphones will be available in July, carry a two-year limited warranty, and can be purchased at select retail partners. For a complete list of authorized dealers, visit

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