Shure Incorporated last week debuted 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 professional-caliber Shure microphones to any USB computer port with what they say is “plug and play” performance. The cardioid condenser microphones feature built-in headphone monitoring with zero latency and monitor mix control, enabling users to instantly hear what they’re recording through headphones and make adjustments on-the-go, which makes them excellent tools for multi-track recording.
The PG27 and PG42 (without the USB on the end) are the XLR counterparts to the USB models. The key difference between the PG27, PG27USB, PG42, and PG42USB microphones is that the PG27 and PG27USB feature a flat, neutral frequency response and the PG42 and PG42USB were specifically engineered to reproduce the subtle nuances of lead vocals. The large diaphragm allows for higher sensitivity to clearly reproduce refined performances.
All four models will be available this month.
You know, when I first read this, I wondered about the use of USB-input mics in staging operations — then I thought about conference and breakout recording. These could be interesting.