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Shure KSM44A Multipattern Condenser Mic Crystal

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The KSM44A is a premium, large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone with multiple polar pattern options (cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirecti...Click To Read More About This Product

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A large dual-diaphragm side-address condenser mic offering cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional patterns.

The KSM44A is a premium, large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone with multiple polar pattern options (cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional). The refined and sophisticated design of the KSM44A features an externally biased, dual 1" diaphragms, extensive internal pop filtering, and Prethos Advanced Preamplifier Technology for a groundbreaking threshold minimum of self-noise. The KSM44A is an exceptional choice for a high level of professional studio and stage performance.

A milestone achievement in sound reinforcement, Prethos Advanced Preamplifier Technology employs transparent internal circuitry architecture that enables you to achieve unprecedented audio quality and performance.

FEATURES
Prethos Advanced Preamplifer Technology: Class A, discrete, transformerless preamplifier provides transparency, extremely fast transient response and no crossover distortion, as well as minimizes harmonic and intermodulation distortions
4dB of self-noise and max SPL of 131dB for a total dynamic range of 127dB”an increase of 7dB for cleanly nuanced audio capture
Multiple polar patterns-cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional”for maximum flexibility in a wide variety of recording applications
Dual 1", externally biased, ultra-thin, 2.5m, 24 Karat gold-layered, low-mass diaphragms provide superior frequency response
Premium electronic components and gold-plated internal and external connectors
Subsonic filter eliminates rumble from mechanical vibration below 17Hz
Switchable 15dB pad for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPLs)
3-position switchable low-frequency filter helps reduce unwanted stand vibration noise or counteract proximity effect
Integrated three-stage "pop" protection grille reduces plosives and other breath noise
Includes ShureLock Suspension Shock Mount, ShureLock Stand Mount, carrying case, and velveteen pouch

Give yourself a nice versatile mic by ordering the KSM44A today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Cartridge type: Dual-diaphragm, externally-biased condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional
Frequency response: 20 to 20,000Hz
Output impedance: 50?
Attenuator switch: 15dB
Low-Frequency filter switch: Flat, -6dB/octave below 115Hz, or -18dB/octave below 80 H
Power requirements: 11-52 V DC phantom power (IEC-61938) 5.8 mA, maximum
Common Mode Rejection (10 to 100,000Hz): > 50dB
Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
Net weight: 492g (17.4oz.)
Connector: Three-pin professional audio (XLR). male, balanced
Sensitivity (open circuit voltage, @ 1kHz, typical)
Cardioid: -31dBV/Pa  (29.8 mV)
Omnidirectional: -37dBV/Pa  (14.8 mV)
Bidirectional:-36dBV/Pa  (16.8 mV)
Self Noise (equivalent SPL, A-weighted, typical)
Cardioid: 4dB SPL-A
Omnidirectional: 6dB SPL-A
Bidirectional:7.5dB SPL-A
Preamplifier Distortion (at 1kHz, 94dB SPL)
Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional: <0.001%*
Signal-to-Noise Ratio**
Cardioid: 90dB
Omnidirectional: 88dB
Bidirectional: 86.5dB
Clipping Level (20Hz to 20kHz, 1% THD)
Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional-2500?: load9dBV
Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional-1000?: load 6dBV
Dynamic Range (@ 1kHz)-2500? load
Cardioid: 130dB
Omnidirectional: 134dB
Bidirectional: 131dB
Dynamic Range (@ 1kHz)-1000? load
Cardioid: 127dB
Omnidirectional: 131dB
Bidirectional: 128dB
Maximum SPL (1kHz at 1% THD)*-2500? load:
PAD OFF:
Cardioid: 134dB SPL
Omnidirectional: 140dB SPL
Bidriectional: 139dB SPL
PAD ON:
Cardioid: 150dB SPL
Omnidirectional: 152dB SPL
Bidriectional: 151dB SPL
Maximum SPL (1kHz at 1% THD)*-1000? load:
PAD OFF:
Cardioid: 131dB SPL
Omnidirectional: 137dB SPL
Bidriectional: 136dB SPL
PAD ON:
Cardioid: 147dB SPL
Omnidirectional: 149dB SPL
Bidriectional: 148dB SPL

*THD of microphone preamplifier when applied input signal level is equivalent to cartridge output at specified SPL
**S/N ratio is the difference between 94dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self noise, A-weighted
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ShureKSM44A Multipattern Condenser Mic
 
5.0

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Cons

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Best Uses

  • Professional recording (3)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value

By Jeff

from Virginia

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Comments about Shure KSM44A Multipattern Condenser Mic:

I use this for recording vocals and acoustic guitar. The selectable polar patterns come in quite handy; it's like having three high quality mics in one. I've owned it for about 6 months. It's got a smooth, full sound with a lot of air. It's just about quitest LDC made and one of the best at any price. This is a very uderrated microphone. It will be a lot more popular 10 years from now as more people figure out just how good this one is.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's that good

By replicand

from Tokyo

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Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Professional Recording

Comments about Shure KSM44A Multipattern Condenser Mic:

There were 11 mics in my collection, but I needed a super flat vocal mic. Prior to purchasing the KSM44, I used a CAD 95 to record vocals - not at all a bad mic, but wanted a large diaphragm.

I was floored by how transparent the KSM44's sound is! As far as I can tell, "it has no sound" / accurately and faithfully captures whatever you put in front of it. Through this mic, my voice sounds so much like me - it's kinda eerie. It's that good.

I also use it for ambient mic on drum set. It's incredibly versatile and faithful to the sound source. As much as I'd like to use it for acoustic guitar, I cannot because I don't want to risk "over using" it on my recordings. It's that good.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great mic

By ian

from new york city

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure KSM44A Multipattern Condenser Mic:

    This Mike this great for about anything you use it on I recommend that you get this microphone if you want a professional sound

     
    5.0

    Best Mic I've ever used!

    By RB1963

    from Sacramento, CA

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

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      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Shure KSM44A Multipattern Condenser Mic:

      Best recording mic for the money! Can't go wrong with it.

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