Shure KSM42 Cardioid Condenser Mic

  • Item # 1098790
  • Model # KSM42/SG
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The KSM42 is a premium side-address, cardioid condenser microphone featuring a large dual-diaphragm capsule, optimized for world-class vocal recording and performance applications. With a tailored fre… Learn More

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Large dual-diaphragm side-address condenser vocal microphone.

The KSM42 is a premium side-address, cardioid condenser microphone featuring 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, which includes 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.

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" 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 shockmount 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

Technical Specification

Shure KSM42 Cardioid Condenser Mic

  • Cartridge type: Dual-diaphragm, front-active, externally biased condenser
  • Frequency response: 60 to 20,000Hz
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Output impedance: 147Î
  • Sensitivity (at 1kHz, open circuit voltage): ˆ’37dBV/Pa (14.1 mV), 1 Pascal=94dB SPL
  • Maximum SPL (1kHz at 1% THD): 
  • 1000Î load: 139dB
  • 2500Î load: 139dB
  • THD of microphone preamplifier when applied input signal is equivalent to cartridge output at specified SPL
  • Signal-to-Noise ratio (referenced at 94dB SPL at 1kHz): 86dB
  • S/N ratio is difference between 94dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self noise, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range (at 1kHz):
  • 1000Î load: 131dB
  • 2500Î load: 131dB
  • Common mode rejection (10Hz to 100kHz): >60dB
  • Clipping Level (20Hz-20kHz at 1% THD): 1000Î load: 6.5dBV, 2500Î load: 8dBV
  • Self Noise (typical, equivalent SPL, A-weighted): 8.5dB
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
  • Weight: 
  • Net: 494g with shockmount and pop filter: 820g
  • Connector: 3-pin professional audio (XLR), male
  • Power requirements: 11 to 52 Vdc phantom, 6 mA