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The Shure KSM44 Studio Microphone is a multiple-pattern (cardioid, omni, and figure-8), externally biased, dual large diaphragm condenser microphone....Click To Read More About This Product

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The Shure KSM44 Studio Microphone is a multiple-pattern (cardioid, omni, and figure-8), externally biased, dual large diaphragm condenser microphone. It offers extremely low self noise (7dB); a warm, rich sound; vivid voice reproduction; and great flexibility in the studio. Works well on acoustic and amplified instruments and handles the high SPLs of drums and guitar amps. Includes color-matched ShureLock elastic-suspension shockmount, ShureLock swivelmount, protective velveteen pouch, and locking aluminum carrying case.

Requires phantom power.

  • Extended frequency response
  • Very low self-noise
  • Exceptional low-frequency reproduction
  • High output level
  • High input SPL capability
  • No crossover distortion
  • Extremely uniform polar response
  • Superior common mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency interference
  • Dual 1-inch, externally biased, ultrathin, 2.5 micron, 24-karat, gold-layered, low mass Mylar diaphragms provide superior transient
  • response
  • Class A, discrete, transformerless preamplifier for transparency, extremely fast transient response, and no crossover distortion. Minimizes harmonic and intermodular distortions
  • Full-range frequency response (20Hz-20kHz for extremely accurate reproduction of voice and instruments
  • Extremely low self-noise for critical studio vocal recording
  • Premium electronic components and gold-plated internal and external connectors
  • Subsonic filter eliminates rumble from mechanical vibration below 17Hz
  • 15dB attenuation switch for handling high-input SPL sound sources
  • 3-position switchable low-frequency filter virtually eliminates unwanted background noise and controls proximity effect
  • Durable zinc die-cast housing and hardened low carbon steel grille protects the cartridge from accidents or misuse
  • Uniform polar response provides natural off-axis response for critical recording
  • An integrated three-stage pop protection grille guards against wind and breath noise

Own a truly high-class microphone to make your recordings shine.


KSM44 Studio Microphone

  • Cartridge Type: Externally biased condenser
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000Hz
  • Output Impedance: 150Î (actual)
  • Attenuation Switch: 0 or 15dB attenuation
  • Low Frequency Response Switch: Flat; -6dB/octave below 115Hz; -18dB/octave below 80Hz
  • Phantom Power: 48 VDC (IEC-268-15/DIN 45 596), positive pins 2 and 3
  • Current Drain: 5.4 mA typical at 48 VDC
  • Common Mode Rejection: 50dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on front diaphragm produces positive voltage on output pin 2 relative to pin 3
  • Dimensions and Weight: 55.9mm (2.20") maximum body diameter, 187mm
  • (7.37") long; 490.5g (17.30oz.).
  • Directional Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional
  • Sensitivity (typical; at 1000Hz; 1 Pa = 94dB SPL): -31dBV/Pa, -37dBV/Pa, -36dBV/Pa
  • Self-noise (typical, equivalent SPL; A-weighted, IEC 651): 7dB, 10dB, 10dB
  • Maximum SPL @ 1000Hz:
  • 2500Î load (Attenuator on) - 132 (149)dB, 138 (151)dB, 137 (150)dB
  • 1000Î load (Attenuator on) - 127 (144)dB, 132 (145)dB, 131 (144)dB
  • Output Clipping Level*:
  • 2500Î load: 7dBV
  • 1000Î load: 1dBV
  • Dynamic Range:
  • 2500Î load: 125dB,128dB, 127dB
  • 1000Î load: 120dB, 122dB, 121dB

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KMS44 is a world class studio microphone

By Jim Smith Sr.-HfGOT

from Gloucester, Virginia

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I use this microphone extensively to record orchestras. Frankly, it's extremely clean and true in its rendering of almost any sound. This multipattern microphone lends itself well to unusual recording situations that crop up occasionally at the studio or in the field and is fantastic for foley work. This is one of the best studio vocal and voice over microphones available....period. I use or have used just about every high-end studio microphone made in the last 30 years.....I use this one a lot!

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Great Value

By James Jonasson

from Salt Lake City, UT

This mic has an accurate, fairly uncolored sound. If you're looking for color, you'll probably want to invest in one of the BLUE mics or an industry standard like the U67. The SM44 is a real bargain at its price point. It is very versatile, quiet, and faithful to the source. It's not as cold as many popular mics when recording straight to digital, but I would still recommend putting it through a tube preamp (like the Aphex 207).


Great for everything...

By OneAccordBrian

from Aurora, CO

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I've been using this mic for about a year now. This mic is just a fantastic value for the price. It hasn't sounded bad on a single source that I've used it on yet. My primary applications have been in omni mode as a room mic for drums, vocals, and guitar cabs (with a Senn 421). I've also had good results on bass. I'll definitely be purchasing this mic once I no longer have access to the ones I've been using recently. Check it out!


A great mic period.

By Corover

from CO

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I absolutely love this mic. I recently had a U87 to compare side by side going through a UA LA-610 tube pre and an Apogee Ensemble sound card. Not a pro set up, but but better than your average home studio gear. I had a very difficult time trying to decide which mic I liked better for lead vocal recordings. They both were warm , low noise and did great on any level of vocals I through at them. I have yet to do a side by side with recording acoustic instruments (drums, guitar, etc.), but as far as vocals go...even the most critical ear would have a difficult time trying to decide which mic offered a sweeter sound or quality. Forget about the fact that this mic is 1/3 the price of a U87, this mic could pass for a much more expensive mic. Buy it!!



By Intervalkid

from Oak Island NC

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This is a nice mic. It is less colored than a Neumann U87 and about as sensitive. It gives a very open big sound to instruments and vocals. So far I have only used it to track clean guitar and vocals. Had to use the 15db pad on everything but real soft vocals otherwise it would peak out but that is not a problem. For the money I can't think of a better mic.


Awesome mic!

By Jesse Osada

from Philadelphia

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This mic could pick up a pin drop in another room, the sensitivity is unbelievable! I would recommend this mic for EVERYONE. Blows me away with the response on vocals and acoustic instruments. Shure came as close to a Neumann as I have ever heard, and for thousands less!


Best Value, Great Quality

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The KSM 44 is the best condenser mic under $1000.It is highly accurate and records virtually every instrument well. If you need one mic to do a variety of recording, this is it.Features include a 3 setting bass rolloff switch, excellent shockmount, & sturdy storage/travel case. It has omnidirectional & unidirectional settings.

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Excellent Mic!!

By Dave-mkaXw

from OC, CA

Now granted, it's not a Neumann, but it's the next best thing. This mic is definitely for the audiophile with a light wallet. I also pump it through an Aphex 207 and the sound, clarity, reproduction, and capture are excellent for HD recording.




from Livingston, NJ

I purchased this mic back in Nov of 2007 to lay down vocals for a rap artist and female pop artist with incredible range. WOW! This mic picks up every nuance in the vocal. It is super sensitive but dial down the gain and this mic still delivers rich and warm lows and highs. This is the funny part. I recently "upgraded" to a neumann U87 anniversary edition when my artist got a nice deal with a label back in April. Now every mic in the world will always give you a different sound than the next mic. The U87 is super clean... BUT... which was better? Couldn't tell you. I just completed a 22 track album with a female pop artist and we used the Neumann on just 7 of them. And the KSM44 sounds great without no need for an expensive preamp. I have all my mics going to the MacPros via an Apogee Duet interface. Unbelievable!!! And for the price?!!! Listen, if you have the cash for a U87... heck, why not, but otherwise, this is your mic.

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