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Review: Shure KSM44a

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Submitted On May 22, 2013 by Contributor:
KSM44A

Rating

Sound
100%


Build Quality
100%


Ease of Use
100%


Versatility
80%


Overall Value
100%


Total Score
96%

96/ 100

Review Details

Price: $999
 
Manufacturer:
 

Positives:

Solidly built, great sound, fair price
 

Negatives:

None to speak of.
 
by 
My Review

The Shure KSM44a is a large diaphragm side address condenser microphone.  The mic features a 24k gold 1″ diaphragm and 4dB of self-noise and max SPL of 131dB for a total dynamic range of 127dB.  The mic is nothing short of beautiful when put in front of a vocalist.  It faithfully captures the sound with very little color (if transparency is what you’re looking for).  The mic is heavy and very solidly built.  The grille has maybe a one too many layers on it but still, the mic sounds great.  Being a condenser this mic requires phantom power (+48v) from your mic pre.  Other features include a bass roll off, -15db Pad, and 3 polar patterns (omni, cardioid and Figure8).  The mic shines not only for vocals but in front of acoustic guitars and as drum overheads (with that kind of spl you could even use it on drums without fear).  I really can’t say anything bad about this mic.  It’s price is well within reach of any serious project studio or musician. 

Recommend to a friend

About The Contributor

meistudio


Full service boutique studio in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. In addition to recording media services, the studio also builds a great deal of custom studio equipment.

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