Cardioid dynamic kick drum microphone delivers audio clarity in kick drum and low-frequency recording and performance applications, and it includes the microphone, zipper pouch, an optional XLR cable, and a swivel joint with quick release latch.
The PGA52 is a professional quality kick drum microphone with an updated design that features a black metallic finish and grille offering an unobtrusive visual presence.
Additional design highlights include a swivel joint featuring a quick-release latch similar to bicycle component-locking technology for extremely quick and easy positioning.
- Tailored microphone cartridge design specifically for low frequency clarity
- Swivel joint with quick release latch with a design similar to bicycle component-locking technology for extremely quick and easy positioning.
- Cardioid polar pattern picks up audio from the source while rejecting unwanted noise
- Updated industrial design with black metallic finish and grille for unobtrusive visual presence
- Available with XLR Cable (4.57 m)
- Zipper pouch included for additional protection during storage or transport
- Legendary Shure quality design and construction for exceptional performance in rigorous environments
Applications and Placement
The following table lists the most common applications and placement techniques. Keep in mind that microphone technique is largely a matter of personal taste; there is no one "correct" microphone position.
|Application||Suggested Microphone Placement||Tone Quality|
|Kick Drum||5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 in.) away from beater head, slightly off-center from beater.||Sharp attack; maximum bass sound, highest sound pressure level.|
|20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 in.) from beater head, on-axis with beater.||Medium attack; balanced sound.|
|NOTE: To create a tighter sound with more “punch,” place a pillow or blanket on bottom of the drum against the beater head.|
|Guitar & Bass Amplifiers||2.5 cm (1 in.) from speaker, on-axis with center of speaker cone.||Sharp attack; emphasized bass.|
|2.5 cm (1 in.) from speaker, at edge of speaker cone.||Sharp attack; higher frequency sound.|
|60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 ft.) back from speaker, on-axis with speaker cone.||Softer attack; reduced bass.|
Directional microphones progressively boost bass frequencies as the microphone is placed in closer proximity to the source. This phenomenon, known as proximity effect, can be used to create a warmer, more powerful sound.
Avoiding Pickup of Unwanted Sound Sources
Place the microphone so that unwanted sound sources, such as monitors and loudspeakers, are directly behind it. To minimize feedback and ensure optimum rejection of unwanted sound, always test microphone placement before a performance.
Using the Quick-Release Lever
This microphone features a quick-release lever to easily adjust position.
- Pull the lever open
- Move the microphone into the desired position
- Press the lever back towards the microphone to tighten
Note: To adjust the tension on the lever, pull it open and use a flat head screwdriver to tighten or loosen the bolt on the opposite side.
Optional Accessories and Replacement Parts
7.6 m (25 ft.) Cable (XLR-XLR)
5/8" to 3/8" Thread Adapter
Vinyl zippered storage bag
Drum Microphone Mount
PGA52 Replacement GrilleGrille
PG52 Replacement Cartridge
Dynamic (moving coil)
50 to 12, 000 Hz
at 1 kHz, open circuit voltage
-55 dBV/Pa¹ (1.75 mV)
Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
454 g (16.01oz.)
Three-pin professional audio (XLR), male
|Operating Temperature||-20° to 165°F (-29° to 74°C)|
|Relative Humidity||0 to 95%|
1 Pa=94 dB SPL
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