Like its predecessor, the Shure KSM9HS is a high-end, dual-diaphgram hand-held condensor mic.
It features two different selectable polar patterns. The original had cardioid and super-cardioid to choose from. The remodeled version gives you the choice between sub-cardioid and hyper-cardioid. What Shure has done here is add to an already amazing package and make it even more adaptable. If you already had KSM9’s and add a few of the HS versions you have a choice weapon for nearly any occasion.
Here’s the story we are gonna tell about the HS. Several years ago it was time to make a mic upgrade here at the church. I proposed KSM9’s, not because I had ever heard them, but all the research I had done alluded to the fact that it was the most B to the A microphone on the planet. Fortunately for me the church took my proposal and I ended up with 3 hard wired KSM9’s for my primary vocals and 2 of the fancy champagne colored UR2’s with KSM9 caps on them for my primary speakers.
Each and all quickly fell in love. My worship leader won’t travel without his now and we’ve tried several other high end vocal condensers. If my Pastor accidentally picks up an RF mic with a different cap on it he promptly searches to try and find his KSM9. We have all become too accustomed to the superior sound that they give. All this to say we are already supporters of the product.
I used the HS on my worship leader who has an aforementioned affection for the 9. We used it with the hyper cardioid pattern and he was even more in love.
He asked if there was away that we could keep it. Although we have no reason to dislike the original 9 the hyper cardioid pattern on the HS lent itself better to his style and the way he uses his mic. Again proving the prowess of the KSM9 line as a whole. I use all the ones we already own in various patterns that work the best with the people that are using them.
Outside of all the accolades that I give the 9 for overall sound quality and overwhelming acceptance from the artists, as an engineer it is quite frankly the easiest vocal condenser I have used. Its feedback rejection from not only the FOH perspective but from monitors as well make it in my opinion—and for the sake of this review we know mine is the only one that counts—truly the mic of choice.
By James Elizondo