Shure KSM141

Small-diaphragm Cardioid/Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone
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The Shure KSM141 is an end-address condenser microphone with mechanically switching dual polar patterns (cardioid and omnidirectional). Designed for studio use, yet rugged enough for live applications, the KSM141 can withstand extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL). Its low self-noise and extended frequency response make it ideal for recording musical instruments.

Shure KSM141 Mic Features:
  • A mechanical polar pattern switch for highly consistent cardioid and true omnidirectional polar patterns. Provides flexibility in a wide variety of recording applications
  • 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
  • Three-position switchable pad (0dB, 15dB, and 25dB) for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPLs)
  • Three-position switchable low-frequency filter to reduce background noise and counteract proximity effect
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Performance Characteristics:
  • 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

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
How To Mic Drums for Recording, Part 3 — Multiple Microphones

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni
Diaphragm Size .75" (19mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 134dB SPL; 159dB SPL w/20dB Pad
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Self Noise 14dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 80Hz, -18dB/octave; 115Hz, -6dB/octave
Pads -15dB, -25dB
Connector XLR
Weight .34 lb.
Manufacturer Part Number KSM141/SL

Customer Reviews

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Shure KSM141

This is a great mic for the money. My experience with this mic is limited to the studio and I've yet to be able to make it sound bad on an acoustic instrument. Sounds very nice as a spaced pair on an acoustic guitar or as the mid mic in a mid-side set up. It doesn't sound as good as some of the more expensive small-diaphragm condensers like the Neumann KM184, but for my money Id rather have the KSM141 because you get multiple patterns and a pad build in.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer, Recording and Mix Engineer, life long musician

Very Accurate Mics

I bought the stereo pair of these mics for recording acoustic guitar. Still waiting on my interface so I've only used one at a time, but I can say that this is a super accurate microphone with very little coloring. If anything I would characterize it as a slight metallic sheen on top, nothing that a good preamp couldn't warm up. Picks up harmonics particularly well - highs are defined and clear, good lows and mids. Just needs a little more warmth like I say, but for a stereo pair of small's this is about as good as you can get outside Neumans. Perhaps for the money it's even a better deal. Someone recommended I go with these over and above the SM-81's. These were well worth it and also available in a stereo pair. Very accurate.
Music background: Musician

KSM 141 Rock and sounds amazing

I use this mic when I play my nylon guitars live. I run the mic straight to the house board. Usualy a Macki and the mic capures the gutiar wonderuflly. I keep the mic about 1 1/2 feet away from the gutiar sometiems a bit clooser but its just a grat mic to work with and the price is right. My secret wepon that I keep in my case as well.
See also: Condenser Mics, Shure, Shure Condenser Microphones, Shure Condenser Microphones