Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Microphone


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The Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Microphone is a premium side-address cardioid condenser microphone for highly critical studio recording and live sound productions. With an extremely flat, extended frequency response, the KSM32/SL provides transparent reproduction of the original sound source. A 15 dB attenuation switch allows the mic to handle the high SPLs associated with drums, percussion, and ensembles.

The Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Microphone delivers a smooth, neutral sound reproduction with full character and can be used on an almost endless list of applications, some of which include vocals, acoustic and wind instruments, low frequency instruments such as double bass and kick drum and various overhead miking applications. The Shure KSM32/SL is equally at home on the stage or in the studio.

Performance Characteristics
You can expect a smooth, neutral reproduction with full character. The Shure KSM32/SL Condenser microphone is a clear, accurate and detailed mic with a full and extended bass response, although the inclusion of both gentle and steep high-pass filters allows the bass end to be tamed very effectively if need be. Performance characteristics also include very low self noise and high input SPL capability.

Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Microphone Applications

  • Brass and woodwind instruments
  • Orchestras, choirs, and wind ensembles
  • Overhead miking of drums and percussion instruments
  • Close-miking of acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar, violins, drums, and percussion
  • Low-frequency instruments such as double bass and kick drum
  • Electric guitar and bass amplifiers
  • Vocals and speech
  • Room ambience

Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Microphone Features

  • Class A, transformerless preamplifier circuitry eliminates cross-over distortion for improved linearity across the full frequency range
  • Embossed, high-compliance diaphragm provides extended low frequency response and consistent off-axis rejection
  • Ultra-thin, 2.5 µm 24-karat gold-layered, low-mass Mylar® diaphragm for superior transient response
  • 15 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high SPLs
  • Variable low-frequency filter provides greater flexibility to counteract proximity effect or to reduce mechanical rumble
  • Integrated three-stage "pop" protection grille reduces plosives and other breath noise
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces the pickup of unwanted sounds
  • Internal shock mount reduces handling and stand noise
  • Superior build construction withstands daily use on the stage or in the studio

Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Microphone Specifications

  • Cartridge Type: Electret Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 150 Ohm
  • Sensitivity (Open Circuit Voltage, @ 1 kHz, Typical): –36 dBV/Pa (16.0 mV)
  • Maximum SPL 1 kHz at 1% THD:
    • PAD ON:
      • 2500 Ohm Load: 154 dB
      • 1000 Ohm Load: 148 dB
    • PAD OFF:
      • 2500 Ohm Load: 139 dB
      • 1000 Ohm Load: 133 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 81 dB
  • Dynamic Range @ 1 kHz:
    • 2500 Ohm Load: 126 dB
    • 1000 Ohm Load: 119 dB
  • Clipping Level (20 Hz to 20 kHz, 1% THD):
    • 2500 Ohm Load: 9.0 dBV
    • 1000 Ohm Load: 3.0 dBV
  • Self Noise (Equivalent SPL, A-Weighted, Typical): 13.0 dB SPL-A
  • Common Mode Rejection (20 to 20,000 kHz): = 50 dB
  • Attenuator Switch: 0, -15 dB
  • Low-Frequency Filter Switch: Flat, –6 dB/Octave below 115 Hz, or –18 dB/Octave below 80 Hz
  • Connector: Three-pin Professional Audio (XLR), Male, Balanced
  • Polarity: Positive Pressure on Diaphragm Produces Positive Voltage on Pin 2 with Respect to Pin 3
  • Finish: Champaign
  • Power Requirements: 11–52 V DC Phantom Power (IEC-61938), 4.7 mA
  • Net Weight: 490 g (17 oz.)

Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Microphone Includes

  • 1x Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Microphone
  • 1x Red Shure Microphone Protective Pouch/Bag
  • 1x Shure A32SM Elastic Suspension Shock Mount for KSM32
  • 1x Shure A32M ShureLock® Stand Mount
  • 1x Shure Carry Case (Fits microphone, shock mount and stand mount)
  • 1x Manufacturer’s Warranty

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  • 5
    R Scott Riekena

    the whole kit is great, top end built, its a well known pro studio mic last forever.

  • 4
    Excellent mic for the price

    I just discovered this mic a few months back and it is a great workhorse. I do a fair amount of stuff with horns and depending on the session, I often don't have enough ribbon mics (my fav for the application) to go around. Most new condensers (especially ones at this price point) seem to have an overly bright top end...not the case with this one. I've been very please with using this on trumpet, trombone and sax in a big band setting. Worth a shot if you looking for a darker/fatter sounding condenser!