Shure KSM32/SL Cardioid Condenser Microphone w/FREE Pop Filter

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  • Shure KSM32/SL Cardioid Condenser Microphone w/FREE Pop Filter
  • Shure KSM32/SL Cardioid Condenser Microphone w/FREE Pop Filter
  • Shure KSM32/SL Cardioid Condenser Microphone w/FREE Pop Filter
  • Shure KSM32/SL Cardioid Condenser Microphone w/FREE Pop Filter


The KSM32 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 provides transparent reproduction of the original sound source. A 15 dB attenuation switch allows the KSM32 to handle the high sound pressure levels associated with drums, percussion, and ensembles. Comes with shock mount, swivel mount, aluminum case.


  • 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.
  • Integrated three-stage pop protection grille reduces "pop" and other breath noise
  • Internal shock mount reduces transmission of handling noise
  • Replacement cartridge:  RK374
  • 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
  • Champagne finish


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

Both the acoustic environment and microphone placement have significant effects on the sound obtained when miking a source. You may need to experiment with these variables to achieve the best overall sound for each application.

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Cartridge Type Permanently-biased Condenser
Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
Directional Polar Pattern Cardioid
Output Impedance 150 ohms (actual)
Attenuation Switch 0 or -15 dB attentuation
Low Frequency response switch flat; -6 db/octave below 115 Hz; -18 dB/octave below 80 Hz
Phantom Power 48 Vdc ±4 Vdc positive pins 2 and 3
Current Drain 4.65 mA typical at 48 Vdc
Common Mode Rejection > 50 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on output pin 2 relative to pin 3
Dimensions 55.9 mm (2.20 in.) maximum body diameter, 187 mm (7.37 in.) long
Weight  490 grams (17.3 oz.)
Sensitivity (typical, at 1000hz; 1 Pa = 94 dB SPL) -36 dBV/Pa (16 mV)
Self-noise (typical, equivalent SPL; A-weighted, IEC 651) 13 dB
Maximum SPL at 1000hz
2500 ohms load (attenuator on) 139 (154) dB
1500 ohms load (attenutator on) 133 (148) dB
Output Clipping Level
2500 ohms load +9 dBV
1000 ohms load +3 dBV
Dynamic Range
2500 ohms load 126 dB
1000 ohms load 119 dB
Signal to Noise ratio 81 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), 2500 ohms load <0.08% for a 120 dB equivalent SPL input

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