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"Not that Great, but not that Bad" (PG27)

By livewidmusic, 24/07/2014
The "Shure-PG27" side address cardioid condenser microphone comes in two options - XLR and USB type. I went with the XLR option. Weighing only 438 grams, this condenser microphone delivers what it promises. Extremely sensitive highs.

This phantom powered uni-directional microphone delivers up-to 124DB SPL and up-to 144DB SPL (with -20DB attenuator switched on). The maximum output gain this microphone can withstand is -41DBV/Pa at minimum gain. Having a gold sputtered Mylar large diaphragm, the PG27 can be used for a wide variety of amplified and analog sound applications such as for vocals, acoustic/bass guitars, wind instruments, drum overheads and piano, especially for professional studio recording environments (Applications might vary with the person using the microphone).

Though the PG27 mentions a neutral frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz, there is a significant boost from the 4KHz region, especially between 6-8KHz and then the response gradually decreases with another exaggerated boost from the 10KHz region. The polar pattern mentioned along with the manual, is almost similar while recording. More concentrated capturing happens towards the centre. The sides are also well sensitive.

The User guide and the specification sheet is available online via the official Shure website, and the information given is trustworthy and convincing. There are no additional drivers/softwares to be downloaded to start using this microphone. Connect the XLR to your dedicated Sound-card, switch on your phantom power and you are ready to record.

I have mainly used the PG-27 mostly for recording vocals. In this regard, the vocals captured usually would have boosted highs, but this can be controlled depending upon the mic placement and the type of room you are recording in. Don't worry, the PG-27 has a good understanding of the proximity effect and delivers boosted bass around 6 - 10DB's below 100Hz, when you are close enough to the microphone (Close to around 1/4 inch).

OVERALL OPINION

Pros

1) Coloured and Boosted Highs, Good for high pitched male/female singers especially, and for bright acoustic instruments.
2) Comes with a Padded Zipper Pouch and a Stand Adapter.
3) Very durable and tough. Travel friendly and will fit into any travel/work bag.
4) Less intake of unwanted outside dust by the diaphragm, even though if left uncovered.
5) Handles extreme high - voltage levels.
6) Optional dedicated Shock Mount, Pop - filter and Windscreen available for purchase via the website.
7) -20DB pad switch.

Cons

1) Does not deliver neutral frequency response.
2) Not sure how many musicians and engineers would use this in a studio environment due to coloured highs (Unless you know what you are doing and how to deal with it), and at the same time not sure how many musicians and engineers would use this in a live environment due to phantom powered condenser design (You don't want to hold a condenser mic on stage and perform, do you?).
3) XLR cable to be purchased separately.
4) Produces quick pop/click sounds when phantom power is switched on (Only sometimes).

Since its been 6 years using the PG-27, and being my first ever microphone for recording applications, I would say that the quality it delivers and promises are the same. "Crispness and Sharpness" would be the two attributes I give for this microphone. Though I simultaneously use other microphones such as the Rode - NT series, Earthworks, Brauner, Akg and Nuemann etc, I cannot compare the PG-27 with these high ended brand microphones. The PG-27 has its own small space in the recording environment, and I still continue to use it for recording purposes.

With everything that I know now and with a price of $200, the microphone is not over-priced. But I would have gone with a different brand even if it were a few hundred dollars more priced.

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Shure tough KSM44 LDC - for home recording vocal and acoustic (KSM44)

By CCBro, 31/03/2017
I wanted a microphone for vocals and some acoustic, mainly vocals.

This is for a small HR setup seeking professional sounds while tracking.
Male vocal mic that didnt need a lot of EQ and Dynamic work for my voice.
I wanted a mic that could track my vocal to sound finished! and the KSM44 really got me there.

For the past few years I went the wrong direction, getting dynamic mics for this goal.this overcome my noisy room which then lead me down an expensive Preamp outboard path. Once I corrected the room noise, making a "vocal booth" (and moving the pc fan out of the room) I was able to return to the beautiful LDC mics. LDC higher output allowed getting rid of the outboard preamps.

I mainly tested a flagship LDC MXL to a KSM27 mic. The KSM27 was cheap and amazing in build and tones (once I added the foam). It felt professional, metal, and thick mesh screen. The sound was clearer and crisp. So impressed I had to try the Flagship Shure KSM 44 that got most the positive reviews per the "Biz folk".

The capsules are the same in cardiod mode, but the KSM44 has the Dual Diaphragm that per physics works differently and offers a natural compression and less negative proximity effect. The KSM44 has Multi-Pattern and HPF to remove rumble. The KSM44 cost twice the KSM 27 but to me it was worth it.
The KSM44 doesnt even need a pop filter imo. The KSM44 also has a slight ability to compress and maintain a more consistent output due to the Dual Diaphragm design. US made, champagne colored, and a amazing build quality you can feel holding it. Articles say these KSM were also designed around the same drop tests and others all Shure mics go through, and they feel this tough, some even making it a Live mic! these things are great! I have the SM7, SM57, SM58, PG48, etc,, and the KSM series is just as tough built, I love that.

Shure KSM44 puts a professional grade mic in my studio for cheap/used. The KSM44 has that studio sound and accomplished my goal of not needing to spend hours fixing it. For my vocal mic it sounds pretty polished straight into the DAW.



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