Shure KSM9HS Handheld Vocal Microphone User guide

Shure KSM9HS Handheld Vocal Microphone User guide
KSM9HS
Handheld Vocal Microphone
Thank you for selecting the KSM series from Shure.
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Over 90 years of audio experience has contributed to making this one of the
finest microphones available.
Advanced suspension shock mount system that isolates cartridge from
handling and stand noise
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Subsonic filter eliminates rumble from mechanical vibration below 17 Hz
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Premium electronic components, including gold-plated internal and external connectors
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Integrated three-stage 'pop' protection grille reduces plosives, wind, and
other breath noise
If you have any questions not answered in this guide, please contact Shure
Applications Engineering at 847-600-8440, Monday through Friday, from
8:00 am to 4:30 pm, CST. In Europe, call 49-7262-92490. In Asia, call 8522893-4290. Our web address is www.shure.com.
General Description
Performance Characteristics
Expanding on the success and innovation of the KSM9, the KSM9HS offers
a new set of polar patterns (hypercardioid and subcardioid) to provide the
flexibility needed to achieve optimal results in any environment. The hypercardioid pattern delivers excellent gain before feedback and a focused lowend frequency response, while the subcardioid pattern produces an open,
natural sound and further reduces the proximity effect. As a premium vocal
microphone, the KSM9HS captures vocal subtlety with extraordinary detail
to deliver clear articulation, functional flexibility and precise vocal reproduction
for live performance. Transformerless, Class A preamplifier circuitry and dual,
gold-layered diaphragms capture a transparent sound, revealing every nuance
and subtlety in a vocal performance. The KSM9HS uses an advanced suspension shock mount to virtually eliminate handling noise, even in the most
demanding live environments.
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Extremely uniform polar response
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Extended frequency response
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Minimal self-noise
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Exceptional low-frequency reproduction
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Able to withstand high SPLs
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High output level
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No crossover distortion
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Superior common-mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency
interference (RFI)
Features
The KSM9 series consists of two models featuring unique, switchable polar
patterns and a variety of finishes.
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Dual 3/4” gold layered, low-mass Mylar® diaphragms provide superior
frequency response and proximity control
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Dual polar patterns (hypercardioid and subcardioid) for maximum flexibility in a wide variety of performance applications
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Class A, discrete, transformerless preamplifier for transparency, extremely
fast transient response and no crossover distortion, while minimizing
harmonic and inter-modulation distortion
Model Variations
KSM9HS: Features hypercardioid and subcardioid polar patterns with a black
finish.
KSM9: Features cardioid and supercardioid polar patterns with a charcoalgray or champagne finish.
Applications
The KSM9HS captures and controls the detailed sonic nuances of critical
studio performances, while withstanding the punishment of professional live
sound reinforcement.
The hypercardioid pick-up pattern provides excellent off-axis rejection and
extended gain before feedback, making it an ideal choice in loud environments.
The subcardioid pick-up pattern provides a wide coverage angle with subtle
off axis rejection, resulting in a natural sound and minimized proximity effect.
The wide coverage angle makes this pattern suitable for capturing multiple
sources at once.
Operation
Proximity Effect
Directional microphones progressively boost bass frequencies as the microphone is placed closer to the source. This phenomenon, known as proximity
effect, can be used to create a warmer, more powerful sound. However, it
usually requires the vocalist to maintain a consistent distance from the microphone in order to avoid changing the low-frequency response.
tional, with the greatest sensitivity occurring at the front of the microphone
and maximum off-axis rejection occurring at 110 degrees toward each side.
Subcardioid: Use the subcardioid setting to capture more room characteristics and extract detail in quiet environments. This pickup pattern is directional,
but much wider than the hypercardioid setting. The greatest sensitivity occurs
at the front of the microphone, while maximum rejection occurs at 180 degrees
toward the rear of the microphone.
The dual-diaphragm design of the KSM9HS helps to control and minimize
proximity effect, resulting in a more uniform low-frequency response. This
allows the performer to move closer or further from the microphone with
minimal changes in sound quality.
Selecting a Polar Pattern
Hypercardioid: Use the hypercardioid setting to avoid feedback and achieve
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modern mixers provide phantom power and require the use of a balanced
microphone cable: XLR-to-XLR or XLR-to-TRS.
Load Impedance
Maximum SPL capability, output clipping level, and dynamic range vary with
the input load impedance of the preamplifier to which the microphone is
connected. Shure recommends a minimum input load impedance of 1000
Ohms. Most modern microphone preamplifiers meet this requirement. Higher
impedance results in better performance for these specifications.
Integral Pop Filter
Power Requirements
This microphone requires phantom power and performs best with a 48 V DC
supply (IEC-61938), but it can operate with supplies as low as 11 V DC. Most
The microphone grille consists of 3 separate mesh layers that act as an integral pop filter. This helps reduce wind and breath noise. Depending on the
performer, an external pop-protection screen or windscreen may be necessary
when close-miking vocalists.
Specifications
Cartridge Type
Electret Condenser
2500 Ω load
1000 Ω load
Hypercardioid
130.8 dB
130.1 dB
Subcardioid
131.3 dB
130.6 dB
Polar Pattern
Clipping Level
Hypercardioid, Subcardioid (selectable)
20 Hz to 20 kHz, 1% THD
Frequency Response
50 to 20,000 Hz
2500 Ω load
1000 Ω load
7.0 dBV
6.4 dBV
Output Impedance
Self Noise
145 Ω
equivalent SPL, A-weighted, typical
Sensitivity
open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical
Hypercardioid
−50.5 dBV/Pa[1] (2.99 mV)
Subcardioid
−53.0 dBV/Pa[1] (2.24 mV)
Hypercardioid
20.7 dB SPL-A
Subcardioid
22.7 dB SPL-A
Common Mode Rejection
20 to 80,000 Hz
Maximum SPL
≥60 dB
1 kHz at 1% THD[2]
2500 Ω load
1000 Ω load
Hypercardioid
150.8 dB SPL
150.9 dB SPL
Subcardioid
153.0 dB SPL
153.1 dB SPL
Connector
Three-pin professional audio (XLR), male, balanced
Polarity
Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
Signal-to-Noise Ratio[3]
Hypercardioid
73.3 dB
Power Requirements
Subcardioid
71.3 dB
11 to 52 V DC[4]phantom power (IEC-61938) 5.4 mA, typical
Dynamic Range
@ 1 kHz
Net Weight
300 g (10.6 oz.)
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[1] 1 Pa=94 dB SPL
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[2]THD of microphone preamplifier when applied input signal level is equivalent to cartridge output at specified SPL
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[3]S/N ratio is the difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self noise, A-weighted
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[4]All specifications measured with a 48 Vdc phantom power supply. The microphone operates at lower voltages, but with slightly decreased headroom and
sensitivity.
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Accessories and Parts
Furnished Accessories
Carrying Case
AK9C
Microphone Clip
A25E
Foam Windscreen
A85WS
Grille, Black
RPM264
KSM9HS Cartridge
RPM162
Switch Circuit Board Assembly
RPM462
Preamp Circuit Board Assembly
RPM460
Optional Accessories
Replacement Parts
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1.918 in.
49 mm
7.5 in.
191 mm
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Certifications
Meets essential requirements of all applicable European Directives.
Eligible for CE marking.
The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from:
www.shure.com/europe/compliance
Authorized European representative:
Shure Europe GmbH
Headquarters Europe, Middle East & Africa
Department: EMEA Approval
Jakob-Dieffenbacher-Str. 12
75031 Eppingen, Germany
Phone: +49-7262-92 49 0
Fax: +49-7262-92 49 11 4
Email: info@shure.de
Trademark Notices: The circular S logo, the stylized Shure logo, and the
word, “Shure” are registered trademarks of Shure Incorporated in the United
States. “SHOCKSTOPPER” is a trademark of Shure Incorporated in the
United States. “Mylar” is a registered trademark of E.I. DuPont de Nemours
and Company in the United States. These marks may be registered in other
jurisdictions.
Shure Incorporated 5800 West Touhy Avenue Niles, IL 60714-4608 USA Phone: +1-847-600-2000 Email: info@shure.com
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