In my opinion, the KSM44A is the real winner. At $999 (street price), you get a lot of bang for your buck with this microphone. With three polar patterns to choose from (cardioid, omni, figure-8), this mic becomes a Swiss Army knife in the studio.
The Prethos™ technology provides a meager 4 dB of self-noise and maximum SPL of 131 dB (without the pad engaged) for 127 dB dynamic range, an increase of 7 dB over its predecessor, the KSM44. That, according to Shure, “sets the standard for cleanly nuanced audio capture” — especially for 24-bit recording.
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