Review: Shure KSM44a
Positives:Solidly built, great sound, fair price
Negatives:None to speak of.
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.