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Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection

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Product Highlights

  • USB Connection
  • 15 dB Pad
  • Voice-Tailored Frequency Response
  • Integrated Preamplifier
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini Headphone Jack
  • Latency Free Monitoring
  • Monitor Mix Volume Control
  • 16-Bit, 48 kHz Resolution
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
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ShurePG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Compact (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
  • Production quality (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Tech savvy (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

Best USB Microphone

By Steve

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Audio

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Production Quality

    Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

    This is by far the best USB microphone available. Sound recording is accurate and crystal clear in full range. Low frequency noise filter is great to reduce environmental noises. Variable on-mic gain control is fantastic.

    The included carrying case is good quality too.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great Microphone

    By Marc

    from Charlotte NC

    About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Audio

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • DJ / Mixing
      • Larger Rooms
      • Production Quality
      • Smaller Rooms

      Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

      This is my 2nd mic like this. Just need another for when we have more than one needed at the same time. Great sound. Easy to use with the USB hook up.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect USB Mic

      By Brad

      from New York, NY

      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Audio

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Production Quality
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

        I needed a mobile but sturdy USB recording set-up for home Voice Over auditions and professional audio book recording. I thought it would be worth it to spend more money and hopefully get a product that reflected that value, and this more than did it for me. I am so happy with this purchase. The quality of my recordings are so much better, and what I can do with this device is a boon to the professionalism of my sound.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Best Mic For The Price

        By B. M.

        from Oklahoma

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Online Broadcasting
          • Podcasts
          • Voice Commentary

          Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

          I use this microphone almost daily for my work, and I am absolutely blown away by the performance. When I took it out of the box I was amazed by the high quality carry case it came with. Not only that, but it also came with a very nice shock mount as well! for the price just those 2 things and a regular mic would suit me enough, but this isn't a regular mic. This mic can handle just about anything you throw at it. the 15db pad is great for instruments and very noisey places, i haven't got it to clip with this mode on! The gain dial on the side is super useful along with the LED showing when you're clipping. I don't use the headphone output since my headphones run to my computer, but it is nice to have there. The bass rolloff switch is great for when I am near a lot of electrical wire, it can just cut the humming noise right out.

          Overall this mic, for the price, is an absolute steal. Pretty much pro quality audio from a pro quality company. 100% recommend this for voice centered work.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Maybe a little TOO much top end

          By DocAudio

          from The O.C.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

          I suggested the mic for a female VO artist, and while it's quiet and has great transient response, I think the PG27 would have been a better choice for her voice. The upper end boost was a little overbearing. Male voices on the otherhand, should really cut through.
          Nice suspension mount included.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Easy to use, impressive audio quality

          By Gabriel P.

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Podcasting

            Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

            I plugged this mic into my MacBook Pro and it just works right out of the box. The audio is remarkably clean. Stop messing around with those $ dollar usb mics and get this Shure, it's a great value.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Shure has done it again!

            By Ross Wood

            from Kutztown, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

              As a college student heading towards the professional field of video/audio production I've always wanted to purchase a microphone for my growing home studio to do voice-overs.

              I played around with the idea of buying an XLR mic, mixer, and digital converter for my MacBook Pro laptop, but then turned my search towards USB mics. I've used USB mics before, but found their poor frequency response and flimsy build disconcerting. Fortunately, this microphone is NOTHING like my previous experiences with USB audio. My voice-overs come through clear, crisp, and have presence above my video tracks.

              I'm thoroughly impressed with this microphone, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a professional edge on their work. 5/5 stars

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Shure PG42USB Review

              By benfernandes

              from New York, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

                Product: Shure PG42USB

                Purpose: Used for recording vocals/singing

                Review: This is one awesome mic; highly recommended! I picked this up after getting frustrated with a much cheaper NADY USB condenser mic. Yea, I know, not even in the same league, but wow, what a difference.

                I'm not a professional by any means. I'm just a hobby singer/audio creator. This mic records very clearly and allows direct plug-in of headphones into it's side headphone port for vocal monitoring with 0 latency (awesome). Also you won't have the mono or one channel not recording at full strength with this USB mic. It worked perfectly right out of the box.

                Recording/Sound System Setup:
                - Acoustica Mixcraft 5 (audio creation software)
                - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit running off a solid state hard drive
                - Creative X-Fi PCI-express sound card
                - Sennheiser HD595 headphones (to hear background music/instrumentals)
                - Shure SE535 earbuds (used as in ear vocal monitors only)

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great value and quality

                By Craigers

                from Boise, ID

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

                  This mic has everything you need for an inexpensive home studio. It includes a shock mount, a slick case, headphone inputs for latency-free monitoring, and monitoring mix level, output level, and headphone volume controls.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Mic

                  By Chris Gernon

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

                    I'm using this mic as a portable device for Voice Overs. It has a warm sound and the features are great - headphone output with volume and mic gain. I have no complaints and could rival my sound booth at home with a Sennheiser 416

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                    5.0

                    Excellent USB mic

                    By gavzil

                    from California

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording
                      • Voice recording

                      Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

                      For the use on the go, at home or even in your studio it is a great option with excellent quality and very easy to use.

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                      5.0

                      Shure does it again!

                      By Dr. Rick

                      from Salt Lake City

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

                        Beautiful in the case as well as in the studio. Wonderful value for voice overs, professional narrations and the intranet. I have always been impressed by the quality of Shure products and this one hits the mark. Easy to setup and use - you won't be disappointed.

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                        4.0

                        Probably the best USB mic there is

                        By I really do it

                        from nyc

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

                          I use the mic for my home studio...its great...sound quality is amazing...provides a great recording experience...only con I noticed is that it picks up a bit too much on "hiss like" sounds, like it over emphasizes on "S" sounds, but this can be taking care of through mastering ofcorse....but thats about it

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                          5.0

                          Shure spells excellence

                          By knack4life

                          from Ann Arbor, MI

                          Pros

                          • Carrying case
                          • Controls
                          • Overall Design
                          • Shock Mount

                          Cons

                          • Hefty

                          Best Uses

                          • Podcasting
                          • Vocal Reproduction

                          Comments about Shure PG42USB Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with USB Connection:

                          This microphone does everything and more [...] The vocal reproduction is simply amazing.

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                          Wind Protection

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                          Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                          Shure - A32WS Black Windscreen
                          • You Pay: $10.00
                           

                          Pop Filters

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                          A Pop Filter eliminates annoying pops and sibilance in recordings

                          Auray - OMPF-33 On-Microphone Pop Screen
                          • You Pay: $24.95
                           

                          Acoustic Treatment & Isolation

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                          Control and reduce ambient room noise and reflections with Acoustical Treatment.

                          Auray - RFDT-128 Desktop Reflection Filter and Mic Stand
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                          Goby Labs - Goby Labs Microphone Sanitizer
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