Shure KSM32

High end quality from a midrange microphone.Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic

The sturdy construction of this mic really stood out in my mind. I liked the strong grille and the metal construction really gives it a professional feel. The sound from the Shure KSM32/SL condenser mic was really good. I like that it picks up all sounds well and how it’s able to perform similarly to higher priced microphones.

The sound from the KSM32/SL microphone isn’t perfect. While this mic is great as a multi-tasker, when it comes to specifics, there’s an odd problem. For example, voices are a little too sharp. This interferes with sound quality.

Overall, this is a wonderful choice for people looking for a jack-of-all-trades microphone. It performs well with instruments and vocals, and can be used in all kinds of situations. However, if you have the cash to buy specific mics for specific jobs, I would do that instead.

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The Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic: Finally, A Mic That Can Do it All

This is a good mic choice for those looking to buy a jack-of-all-trades mic because it can do it all.

When it comes to the Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic, special attention must be paid to its stylized aesthetic.  Personally, whenever I pick up a midrange microphone, I’m dismayed by the amount of cheap plastic accessories that ship with it, and the shoddy protective screening that invariably ends up bent and broken over time.

From its seemingly indestructible protective screening, to its beautifully curved lines, the Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic is every bit as classy as those that cost five times its price.  It also comes in a premium aluminum-sided carrying case.  This case is darn near indestructible, too.  However, since it’s aluminum, the sides are prone to scratching, so you’ll need to take care of it.

Okay, on to what really matters. The sound quality of the Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic is much more than what you'd expect from a midrange solution, but it doesn’t quite match the quality of much higher priced specialty microphones.  While this mic is a great all-around performer in very specific situations, it can’t give you the performance that high-end microphones will.

I tested it while recording on a drum synth.  The Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic was fantastic at catching the true bass but it didn’t quite catch the brighter tones as accurately as I would’ve liked.  Granted, this can usually be fixed in postproduction or through some high-end boosting so it’s not really a problem; just an annoyance.

Recording vocal performances was also a mixed bag.  The Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic elicits sharpness in vocal recordings.  Though this isn’t unpleasant, this characteristic isn’t necessarily true to life, either.  In my opinion, it’s really just a matter of personal preference.

In any event, the Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic is a fantastic piece of machinery for its midrange price.  I highly recommend it as a low cost multi-tasker in the recording studio.

Technical Info:

Cartridge Type: Permanently Biased Condenser
Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Output Impedance: 150 Ohms (actual)
Attenuation Switch: 0 dB or -15 dB attenuation
MSRP: $1070

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You can find this Mic on this Insturment Pro Page. It may also be available on the American Musical Supply Site

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