• KSM42
  • KSM42 shown with included ShureLock® shock mount and Popper Stopper™ pop filter

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.

Application

Live Vocals

Studio Vocals

Video/Broadcast

Microphone Type

Condenser:

Lightweight, sensitive diaphragm. Precisely and smoothly captures sound nuances. Powered by battery or phantom power supply.

Polar Pattern

Cardioid:

Picks up the most sound in front of the microphone and some from the sides. Less susceptible to feedback in high volume environments.

Frequency Response

Tailored:

Smooth, extended response. Tuned to accentuate specific types of instruments or voices.

Form Factor

Side-Address

Model Line

KSM

Downloads
Broadcast & Media Production Brochure (PDF)
KSM Microphone Product Brochure (PDF)
KSM42 Specification Sheet (PDF)
KSM42 User Guide (PDF)
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Features
  • 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
Specifications
Type
Dual-Diaphragm, Front-Active, Externally Biased Condenser
Frequency Response
60 to 20,000Hz
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
lmpedance
147 Ω
Phantom power required?
11 to 52 Vdc phantom, 6 mA
Accessories
Name Availability
A42SC

A42SC

Aluminum Carrying Case. Works with KSM42 and KSM44A.

A42VB

A42VB

Protective Velveteen Pouch. Works with KSM42.

A42SM

A42SM

ShureLock® Rubber Suspension Shock Mount. Works with KSM42.

A42OR

A42OR

Set of 4 Suspension Mount O-Rings for use with KSM42.

A42PF

A42PF

PopperStopper™ Magnetic Pop Filter attenuates unwanted breath noise and plosives. Works with KSM42.