Shure have been showing their new KSM9 condenser microphone, a stage mic with switchable ploar patterns.
Drawing upon the technological developments advanced within their KSM line of microphones, Shure say that 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 50 to 20,000 Hz, the KSM9 has a sensitivity of -51 dBV/Pa, and a maximum SPL rated at 153 dB (@1000 Hz/2500 ohms). 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, 3/4-inch, gold-layered MylarÂ®. 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.
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 48 Vdc source. More information: