KSM42 Large Dual-Diaphragm Microphone

 

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The KSM42 is a premium side-address, cardioidPicks up most sound in front of the microphone and some from the sides. It is less susceptible to feedback in high volume environments.Read moreGo to the glossary condenser microphoneCondenser microphones are more sensitive, give a smooth, natural sound and need to be powered.Read moreGo to the glossary. It features a large dual-diaphragm optimized for exceptionally smooth proximity control and ultra-wide dynamic rangeThis is the difference between the queitest and loudest sound that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary in world-class vocal recording/performance applications.

Best suited to:
Vocal, Speech

Condenser
Cardioid
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Description:

Why are there no switchable settings (pad, low-cut filter) on the KSM42?

The design intent of the KSM42 was to craft a large-diaphragm side-address microphone for the primary application of human voice in controlled environments. Much forethought went into crafting the dual-diaphragm capsule to guarantee superior proximity control and a generous and broad “sweet spot”, with extremely consistent sound quality below 1000Hz. With a max SPL of 139 dB and a gradual low-end frequencyThis is how many times a sound or radio wave oscillates in one second.Read moreGo to the glossary roll-off built in, pad and filter settings become redundant.

What is Prethos™ Advanced Preamplifier Technology?

Prethos™ Advanced Preamplifier Technology consists of highly sophisticated, extremely transparent internal circuitry architectures that enable unprecedented seamless audio, maximizing audio quality for premium microphone performance.

Suspenstion Shock Mound with magnetic Pop Filter

The KSM42 ships with an open cage ShureLock® rubber suspension shock mount and a low-profile Popper Stopper™ magnetic pop filter. This allows to setup the microphone and shock mount always with the same distance.

Premium components

The KSM42 features a dual-diaphragm design with an active front, ultra thin (2.5 micron) 24-karat gold, low mass, 1-inch Mylar® diaphragm, premium electronic components and gold-plated internal and external connectors.

Features:

  • Highly consistent cardioidPicks up most sound in front of the microphone and some from the sides. It is less susceptible to feedback in high volume environments.Read moreGo to the glossary polar patternPolar pattern describes how well the microphone hears sound from different directions.Read moreGo to the glossary creates a broad “sweet spot” and natural off-axis response
  • Prethos™Advanced Preamplifier Technology exhibits extremely low self-noiseElectrical noise in a system that is produced by the electronics in the system itself.Read moreGo to the glossary with superior dynamic rangeThis is the difference between the queitest and loudest sound that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary, 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 frequencyThis is how many times a sound or radio wave oscillates in one second.Read moreGo to the glossary proximity effectWith a directional mic, more bass is added when the mic is closer to the sound source.Read moreGo to the glossary
  • Tailored low-frequency roll-off minimizes low frequencyThis is how many times a sound or radio wave oscillates in one second.Read moreGo to the glossary 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 to protect the cartridge grille from accidental drops or misuse
  • Internal shock mount to reduce unwanted handling and stand noise

Specs:

  • Transducer TypeA transducer converts sound into an electrical signal. The two most common types are dynamic and condenser. Read moreGo to the glossary : CondenserCondenser microphones are more sensitive, give a smooth, natural sound and need to be powered.Read moreGo to the glossary
  • Polar PatternPolar pattern describes how well the microphone hears sound from different directions.Read moreGo to the glossary: CardioidPicks up most sound in front of the microphone and some from the sides. It is less susceptible to feedback in high volume environments.Read moreGo to the glossary
  • Frequency ResponseThis is the range of frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary: 60 Hz - 20 kHz
  • SensitivityThis is how mich signal a microphone produces for a given amount of sound.Read moreGo to the glossary (1 kHz): -37 dBV/Pa dBV/Pa / 14,1 mV/Pa
  • Equivalent Selfnoise:

    8,5 dB

  • Sound Pressure:

    139 dB

  • Weight: 494 g
  • Frequency ResponseThis is the range of frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary Curve:
  • KSM42 Frequency Response Curve

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Reviews:

“In my estimation: this is a perfect all-round mic in the under £1000 range...in short, the mic’s neutrality and tendency for a flat mid response would make the KSM42 suitable in just about any area where a cardioids large-diaphragm condenser would be appropriate” Tape Op, June/July issue 2011 View full review

In the box:

  • Shurelock Rubber Suspension Shock Mount (Part No: A42SM)
  • Popper Stopper Magnetic Pop-Filter (Part No: A42PF)
  • Zippered Carrying Case (AK42C)
  • Protective Velveteen Pouch (Part No: A42VB)
  • Spare Set of Rubber Suspension Shock Mount O Rings (Part No: A42OR)

 

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Optional Accessories

A32M
A42PF

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