Shure Introduces Wired KSM9 Condenser Microphone
May 16, 2006 3:14 PM
Drawing upon the technological developments advanced within Shure‘s KSM line of microphones, the new hardwired KSM9 condenser mic brings all of the demanding detail and nuances required of studio vocal reproduction to live performance applications. First offered in a wireless configuration earlier this year, the hardwired KSM9 employs a dual-diaphragm design, advanced two-stage shock mount, and an industry first for a handheld mic: switchable cardioid or supercardioid patterns.
Selectable via a convenient two-position switch, the KSM9’s twin choice of polar patterns brings a wider range of use to constantly changing audio environments, while the microphone’s dual-diaphragm design provides higher gain before feedback, exceptional consistency across all frequencies, and minimized proximity effect insuring accurate low-end response. Providing an audible reduction of handling noise, the mic’s two-stage shock mount is a proprietary design built to stabilize both horizontal and vertical movement.
With a frequency response extending from 50Hz to 20,000Hz, the KSM9 has a sensitivity of -51dBV/Pa, and a maximum SPL rated at 153dB (@1000Hz/2500Ω). Playing a prominent role in creating the microphone’s smooth, pronounced high-end and natural sounding upper midrange, the KSM9’s dual diaphragms are made from low-mass, 3/4in., gold-layered Mylar. Just as vital to the mic’s design is its discrete Class A, transformerless preamplifier circuitry, which provides fast, transparent transient response lacking any crossover distortion or minimal harmonic and intermodulation distortion.
“Wow—this new Shure vocal mic is a jaw-dropper,” Showco Systems Engineer Dan Leveglia said in a message to FOH Engineer Hugh Johnson following a performance by country superstar Vince Gill, who was selected as a test bed for the new KSM9. “I wouldn’t have believed the difference one mic could make in an entire show unless I was there myself. I heard nuance and detail in Vince’s vocals that I’ve never heard before. At times, I felt like I was a baby on his knee, hearing his voice resound from his chest plate. I’ve always known he was a great singer, but that mic made it real for a crowd of 5,000. Don’t ever give it back to Shure—tell ’em we lost it.”
Available with either a champagne or charcoal gray finish, the hardwired KSM9 features a hardened steel mesh grill and gold-plated internal and external connectors. Requiring phantom power optimally provided by a 48Vdc source, it has a suggested retail price of $850, and is set to ship on May 1, 2006.