Shure KSM137 Stereo Pair

Small-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone - Stereo Pair
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Stereo set of the KSM137 studio instrument mic.

The Shure KSM137 is an end-address condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. Designed for studio use, yet rugged enough for live applications, the KSM137 can withstand extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL). Its low self-noise and extended frequency response make it ideal for recording musical instruments.

Shure KSM137 Stereo Pair Features:
  • A highly consistent cardioid polar pattern
  • Ultra-thin, 2.5 micron, 24 karat gold-layered, low mass Mylar diaphragm for superior transient response
  • Class A, discrete, transformerless preamplifier for transparency, extremely fast transient response, no crossover distortion, and minimal harmonic and intermodulation distortion
  • Premium electronic components, including gold-plated internal and external connectors
  • Subsonic filter eliminates low frequency rumble (less than 17 Hz) caused by mechanical vibration
  • Switchable 15 dB pad for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPLs)
  • Three-position switchable pad (0 dB, 15 dB, and 25 dB) for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPLs)
  • Three-position switchable low-frequency filter reduces background noise and counteracts proximity effect
  • Extended frequency response
  • Low self noise
  • Exceptional reproduction of low-frequency sounds
  • Can withstand high sound pressure levels (SPL)
  • High output level
  • No crossover distortion
  • Uniform polar response
  • Superior common mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency interference
  • Requires +48V phantom power

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 134dB (159dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Self Noise 14dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (-18dB/octave), 115Hz (-6dB/octave)
Pads -15dB, -25dB
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 0.22 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KSM137/SL STEREO

Customer Reviews

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So far..excellent

So far I've only mic'd a hi hat with one, and bottom of a snare with the other and was SUPER happy with the results. Can't wait to get them on guitar and piano.

Versatile, Beautiful Stereo Imaging

The KSM137s are excellent mics for pretty much any source you throw at it: OHs, Acoustics, vocals, hats, etc. It's a stereo pair for a reason: because it sounds absolutely amazing. XY, AB, you name it the image is going to be accurate and pristine sounding. I highly recommend recording with the windscreens to keep the harshness down on the HF side of things, it's more balanced that way. As always, if you're tracking something loud with these, make sure to adjust the pad! If you don't own a pair of these, you're missing out on some of the best Live/Studio mics on the planet. Anything shines with this pair!
Music background: Recording/Mixing Engineer

The versatile little Shure KSM137

This is my third purchase of pairs of Shure KSM137s. By far the most versatile mic I've ever owned. It's great for extreme X-Y recording, and the new bracket is amazing. And separately, I use them for just about everything: violins, violas, acoustic guitar, percussion, harp, xylophone, vibes and marimba, congas, overheads and hihat. With the wide frequency and dynamic range, they can do just about anything, with no distortion and a crisp clean high end. I do a lot of live and studio work. On a club gig, they didn't have a suitable kick drum mic. I gave it a try. The subwoofers really got a workout. I even use it with a good windscreen for voiceover work. With the 137's tight pattern, it gets the job done when in a less than ideal studio atmosphere.
Music background: Recording and Live Sound Engineer
See also: Condenser Mics, Shure, Shure Condenser Microphones, Shure Condenser Microphones