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[NAMM] Shure USB Mics

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Shure Incorporated announced three new products — the PG27USB and PG42USB Side-Address Condenser Microphones and the X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter.


In addition, Shure introduced XLR models of the new microphones, the PG27 and PG42.

The PG27USB and PG42USB microphones connect Shure microphones to any USB computer port with "Plug and Play" performance, according to Shure. The cardioid condenser microphones feature built-in headphone monitoring with zero latency and monitor mix control, enabling users to hear what they're recording through headphones.

The PG27 and PG42 are XLR counterparts to the USB models. The key difference between the PG27, PG27USB, PG42, and PG42USB microphones is the application for which they were designed:
  • The PG27 and PG27USB feature a flat, neutral frequency response.
  • The PG42 and PG42USB were designed to reproduce the subtle nuances of lead vocals. The large diaphragm allows for higher sensitivity to clearly reproduce refined performances, according to Shure.

Other unique features include:
  • Large diaphragm capsule: Designed to provide wider dynamic range, clear highs, and strong lows.
  • USB "Plug and Play" Connectivity for the PG27USB and PG 42USB: Designed to enable convenient digital recording, anywhere your computer goes.
  • Integrated pre-amp with Microphone Gain Control: Designed to allow precise control of input signal level to prevent overload of the analog-to-digital converter.
  • Zero Latency Monitoring: For real-time playback and multi-tracking without disorientation.
  • Headphone Jack: For monitoring with 1/8" connectivity.
  • Monitor Mix Control: For blending microphone and playback audio.

X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter
The Shure X2U Adapter is a modular accessory that connects any XLR microphone to a computer to create "better-than-CD quality recordings," according to Shure.

The X2U's unique features include:
  • USB "Plug and Play" Connectivity: Designed to enable the convenience of digital recording, anywhere your computer can go (compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and Mac OS X 10.1 or above).
  • Integrated pre-amp with Microphone Gain Control: Designed to allow precise control of input signal level to prevent overload of the analog-to-digital converter.
  • Zero Latency Monitoring: Enables real-time playback and facilitates multi-tracking without disorientation.
  • Headphone Jack: For monitoring with standard 1/8" connectivity.
  • Monitor Mix Control: For blending microphone and playback audio.
  • 48-volt Phantom Power: For compatibility with all condenser microphones.

Pricing and Availability
  • X2U Adapter: $129.00 retail [$154.00 MSRP]
  • PG27USB: $199.00 retail [$238.00 MSRP]
  • PG42USB: $249.00 retail [$298.00 MSRP]

The PG27, PG27USB, PG42, and PG42USB Side Address Condenser Microphones and X2U Signal Adapter will be available in spring 2009 and will carry a two-year limited warranty. The products can be purchased at select retail partners and the X2U will also be available at www.shure.com.
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