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SHURE INTRODUCES NEW KSM42 AND KSM44A STUDIO MICROPHONES

Shure KSM44A Microphone

Defining new standards in audio performance

NILES, IL, June 21, 2010 — Shure Incorporated today announced the latest additions to its line of KSM microphones – the new KSM42 and KSM44A. The pinnacle of Shure advancements in microphone development, KSM microphones deliver world-class sound reproduction from exquisite electro-acoustical design and technology.

The KSM42 is a premium, side-address, cardioid condenser microphone for premier vocal recording. “We built the KSM42 so that it would excel in studio vocal applications,? says Chad Wiggins, Shure’s Category Manager for Wired Products. “From the capsule and the preamp to the housing and the accessories, we designed the KSM42 to deliver a natural environment for sophisticated performance and recording.?

Shure KSM42 Microphone

With a tailored frequency response and extensive internal and external pop filtering, the single-pattern, dual-diaphragm design of the KSM42 exhibits an ultra-wide dynamic range and exceptionally smooth proximity control for studio applications. “When engineers put the KSM42 in front of a vocalist, they’re going to get a consistent tonal quality whether that vocalist is two inches from the microphone or two feet away,? Wiggins adds.

The KSM44A is a large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone that can be used in a variety of live and studio applications. Innovative Shure technology has redefined the dynamic range of the mic to capture every nuance with a groundbreaking minimum of self-noise. “The KSM44A is truly a feat in engineering,? Wiggins explains. “We’ve lowered the self-noise while simultaneously increasing the max sound pressure level (SPL). The result is seven additional decibels of pure dynamic range.?

Like the other microphones in Shure’s KSM line, the KSM42 and KSM44A are crafted from premium components and are ideal for sound engineers who demand the highest caliber of live sound and premier studio recording, with superb vocal and instrument clarity.

Unique features of the KSM44A include:

• Multiple polar patterns–cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional–for maximum flexibility in a wide variety of recording applications
• Dual one-inch, externally biased, ultra-thin, 2.5 micron, 24-karat gold-layered, low mass diaphragms that offer superior frequency response
• Premium electronic components and gold-plated internal and external connectors
• Subsonic filter, which eliminates rumble from mechanical vibration below 17 hertz (cycles per second)
• Three-position switchable low-frequency filter that helps reduce unwanted stand vibration noise or counteract proximity effect
• Integrated three-stage “pop? protection grille that reduces breath noise

Unique features of the KSM42 include:

• Highly consistent cardioid polar pattern creating a broad “sweet spot? and natural off-axis response for superior sound quality
• Dual-diaphragm design with an active front, ultra thin, 2.5 micron, 24-karat gold, low mass, one-inch Mylar® diaphragm
• Integrated three-stage mesh grille, which guards against wind and breath noise.
• Open cage ShureLock® rubber suspension shock mount with low-profile magnetic pop filter, producing a natural space between the performer and his or her microphone
• Premium electronic components and gold-plated internal and external connectors
• Internal shock mount to reduce unwanted handling and stand noise

Pricing and Availability

KSM42 $799 retail [$999 MSRP]

KSM44A $999 retail [$1,249 MSRP]

The KSM42 and KSM44A microphones will be available in July, carry a two-year limited warranty, and can be purchased at select retail partners. Check www.shure.com for a complete list of Authorized Dealers.

In addition to these two new microphones, new stereo pair bundles are available for the KSM137 and KSM141. The stereo pair versions of these models now include the A27M Stereo Microphone Adapter as a standard accessory. The A27M is designed to hold two microphones in selectable positions. This unique accessory allows two microphones to share one stand without losing independent positioning flexibility.

These new stereo pairs will begin shipping in July. The KSM137 Stereo Pair will be priced at $665 retail ($832 MSRP) and the KSM141 Stereo Pair will be priced at $870 retail ($1,088 MSRP).

About Shure Incorporated

Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired and wireless microphones, headphones and personal monitor systems, for performers, recordists and presenters; award-winning earphones and headsets for use with MP3 players and smart phones; and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated corporate headquarters is located in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company has additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, The United Kingdom, and the United States.

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