This premium side-address, cardioid condenser microphone features a large dual-diaphragm capsule, optimized for world-class vocal recording and performance applications. With a tailored frequency response and extensive internal and external pop filtering, the single-pattern, dual-diaphragm design of the KSM42, featuring Prethos® Advanced Preamplifier Technology exhibits an exceptionally smooth proximity control and ultra-wide dynamic range. The KSM42 is the premier choice for capturing sophisticated, powerful and intimate vocal performances.
A milestone achievement in sound reinforcement, Prethos Advanced Preamplifier Technology employs transparent internal circuitry architectures that enable unprecedented audio quality and performance.
- Highly consistent cardioid polar pattern creates a broad “sweet spot” and natural off-axis response
- Prethos® Advanced Preamplifier Technology exhibits extremely low self-noise with superior dynamic range, transient response and ultra-low distortion for transparent recording
- Dual-diaphragm design with an active front, ultra thin (2.5 micron) 24-karat gold, low mass, 1-inch Mylar® diaphragm
- Passive back diaphragm delivers exceptional control of low frequency proximity effect
- Tailored low-frequency roll-off minimizes low frequency room noise
- Integrated three-stage mesh grille guards against wind and breath noise
- Open cage ShureLock® rubber suspension shock mount with low-profile Popper Stopper™ magnetic pop filter produces a natural space between performer and microphone
- Extremely low self noise for critical studio vocal recording
- Premium electronic components and gold-plated internal and external connectors
- Durable zinc die-cast housing and hardened low carbon steel grille
- Internal shock mount to reduce unwanted handling and stand noise
|Type||Dual-Diaphragm, Front-Active, Externally Biased Condenser|
|Frequency Response||60 to 20,000Hz|
|Phantom power required?||11 to 52 Vdc phantom, 6 mA|
Additional specifications are available in the user guide.
A42ORSet of 4 Suspension Mount O-Rings for use with KSM42.
A42PF PopperStopper™ Magnetic Pop FilterPopperStopper™ Magnetic Pop Filter attenuates unwanted breath noise and plosives. Works with KSM42.
A42SMShureLock® Rubber Suspension Shock Mount. Works with KSM42.
A42VBProtective Velveteen Pouch. Works with KSM42.
AK42CZippered carrying case for KSM42.
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