Shure KSM44 Review | Greg P.
The KSM44 is the second product in Shure’s series of high-quality studio condenser microphones – falling between the KSM32 and the KSM27. Designed and built in the United States, the KSM44 is a large, dual diaphragm, multi-pattern microphone – it can be switched between standard cardioid, omnidirectional and figure 8 (bidirectional) polar patterns depending on the application in which the microphone is being utilized. With a street price of about $1,000, the Shure KSM44 is designed for professional studio use, but with a rugged enough build to perform well in live applications, much like its successor, the less expensive, KSM27.
The KSM44 is just over seven inches tall and weighs in at 1.1 pounds. It’s thin, dual 1-inch diameter diaphragm feature ensures that sounds are precisely reproduced just as naturally as the source originally produced them, great for studio recording. The KSM44 offers extended frequency response (20Hz – 20kHz), making the microphone a great choice for vocal, percussion and instrumental recording. The KSM44 can also be used as an overhead for drums/room microphone as well as in close-micing applications.
The KSM44 condenser microphone uses a Class-A discrete preamplifier with no transformer for fast, flat transient response. A flat response is beneficial because while some microphones boost certain frequencies to color the sound, a flat response offers a more authentic reproduction of sound, which, in itself offers more flexibility. The microphone’s preamplifier eliminates crossover distortion and significantly reduces harmonic and intermodulation distortions. The KSM44 comes with a swivel mount and shock mount to minimize handling noises and vibrations from the stand. And since this is a studio microphone, it puts out ultra-low self-noise (7dB-A), lower than the KSM32, making it an even better choice for broadcast use, recording quiet sources and voice-overs.
Like the KSM32, the KSM44 is extremely sensitive with a great capacity to honestly capture sounds from a multitude of sound sources. You’ll want to be careful to use the shockmount included with the microphone to reduce handling noises and vibrations that will travel up the microphone stand from the floor and other instruments. The Shure KSM44 will pick up the vibration, but it’s still more readily equipped to handle noise and interference including wind and breath noise, other environmental noises and especially plosives and sibilance with its three-stage integrated system. The KSM44 studio microphone features an external screen and two soft foam layers that allow for the cleanest, most natural sound. The microphone comes wrapped in a soft, velveteen pouch and is shipped in a rugged, aluminum flight case.
Shure KSM44 Condenser Microphone Resources:
- Shure KSM44 Microphone User Guide
- Shure KSM44 Microphone Specifications Sheet
- Shure KSM44 Microphone Brochure