Dual-diaphragm condenser mic expands Shure's studio
Recording and Studio
for vocal recording, Shure's KSM44 microphone made its industry debut at
AES in September 2000 in Los Angeles. Designed to meet the needs of professional
recording studios, project studios, musicians, and recording engineers,
the multi-pattern KSM44 condenser microphone features externally biased
large dual diaphragms in a side-address design.
This latest addition to Shure's KSM studio microphone line offers multiple
polar patterns (omni, cardioid, and bidirectional), thereby providing versatility
in a wide variety of recording applications.
With a frequency response of 20 Hz - 20 kHz, the KSM44 contains Class
A, transformerless preamplifier circuitry which virtually eliminates crossover
distortion and brings improved linearity across its entire operating range.
Its dual one-inch, gold-layered, Mylar diaphragms provide added low frequency
response, while improving environmental stability. In addition, the diaphragms'
extra-thin (2.5 micrometers) design accurately reproduces any sound source,
while achieving a low self-noise of 7dB. While the KSM44's frequency
response is tailored for the vivid reproduction of vocals, its capacity
for managing high SPLs accommodates loud sound sources such as drums and
guitar amplifiers, as well.
Unwanted mechanical noise can be held in check with the use of a three-position
low frequency filter function, which is also useful for controlling proximity
effect. As a further safeguard, an internal shock mount stems stand-related
An elegant champagne-colored finish graces the exterior of the KSM44's
durable zinc die-cast housing. To protect the microphone from accidental
damage and misuse, a hardened low-carbon steel grille shields its dual
Accessories provided with each mic include a locking aluminum carrying
case, a color-matched ShureLock elastic-suspension shock mount, a swivel
mount, and a protective Velveteen pouch. The KSM44 will be available from
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