Shure KSM32 Embossed Single-Diaphragm Microphone, Charcoal Grey

April 6, 2017 - Comment

An embossed single-diaphragm, side-address, cardioid condenser microphone for highly critical studio recording and live sound productions. The Shure KSM32 offers an extended frequency response for an open, natural sounding reproduction of the original sound source.Designed for studio use but rugged enough for live applications, the Shure KSM32 side-address condenser microphone with cardioid polar pattern features a permanently-biased 3/4-inch

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An embossed single-diaphragm, side-address, cardioid condenser microphone for highly critical studio recording and live sound productions. The Shure KSM32 offers an extended frequency response for an open, natural sounding reproduction of the original sound source.Designed for studio use but rugged enough for live applications, the Shure KSM32 side-address condenser microphone with cardioid polar pattern features a permanently-biased 3/4-inch diaphragm, extremely low self-noise, and an extended frequency response specially tailored for vocal tracking and instrument recording.

The Shure KSM32 microphone in charcoal.

Key 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. Ultra-thin, gold-layered, low-mass, Mylar diaphragm for excellent transient response 15 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL) Switchable low-frequency filter provides greater flexibility to reduce background noise or to counteract proximity effect.

Frequency response.

Polar pattern. Integrated three-stage pop protection grille reduces “pop” and other breath noise Internal shock mount reduces transmission of handling noise

Performance Characteristics
Extended frequency response Very low self-noise Exceptional low-frequency reproduction High output level High input SPL capability No cross-over distortion Extremely uniform polar response Superior common mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency interference

Applications
Some typical applications for the KSM32 are listed below. Microphone use, however, is a matter of personal taste. The KSM32 may be used for a variety of applications other than those listed. Voice — solo, background, voice-over, broadcasting Acoustic instruments — such as piano, guitar, drums, percussion, strings Wind instruments — brass and woodwind Low frequency instruments — such as double bass, electric bass, kick drum Overhead miking — drums or percussion Ensembles — choral or orchestral Room ambiance pick-up — guitar amplifier or drums

Specifications

Type: Permanently Biased Condenser Frequency Response: 20­ to 20,000 Hz Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid/Omnidirectional Output Impedance: 150 ohms (actual) Attenuation Switch: 0 or -15 dB attenuation Low Frequency Response Switch: Flat; ­6 db/octave below 115 Hz; -18 dB/octave below 80 Hz Phantom Power: 48 Vdc +/- 4 Vdc (IEC­268­15/DIN 45 596), positive pins 2 and 3 Current Drain: 4.65 mA typical at 48 Vdc Common Mode Rejection: ≥50 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz Sensitivity (typical, at 1000 Hz; 1 Pa = 94 dB SPL): -36 dBV/Pa (16 mV) Self­noise (typical, equivalent SPL; A-weighted, IEC 651): 13 dB Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on output pin 2 relative to pin 3 Weight: 17.3 ounces

Product Features

  • Cardioid polar pattern.
  • Low frequency filter virtually eliminates background noise
  • Utilizes an embossed, ultra-thin, high-compliance Mylar diaphragm
  • Shure-quality construction and pop protection.
  • 15dB switches pad for very high input SPL sources.

Comments

lush says:

KSM32-Great condenser mic at a great price Work in radio and we started using Shure KSM44 mics in all the announce positions a few years ago. They are absolutely great but cost about $1000. For my home studio I went with the KSM32. It sounds just as good and is half the price. I have done voice work at the station with the KSM44 and punched-in changes in the voice track at home with the KSM32 and cannot hear any difference. Both mics are great multi-purpose studio mics. Have used them to mic guitars, amps, as audience mics,…

Andrea G. Morse says:

… KSM32’s and I dare say that they make the best overheads for the money

Dietrich J. Kappe says:

Amazing for $500

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