Shure KSM313/NE

Dual-voice Ribbon Microphone with 30Hz-15kHz Frequency Response, Proprietary Ribbon Material, and 146dB SPL-handling
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You Get Two Great Ribbon Mic Voices Plus High SPL Handling!

Get dual-purpose performance from Shure's KSM313 ribbon microphone! One side of the KSM313 provides a brighter character that shines on your vocals, while the other side offers a rich, full sound that's ideal for your amplified instruments. Among its other premium components, this striking ribbon mic features Roswellite ribbon material, which is stronger than the standard foil used by conventional ribbon mics. The result? You get superior sound and great performance at high SPLs. Call your Sales Engineer today and find out how great you can sound, with a KSM313 mic!

Shure KSM313 Dual-voice Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
  • What Roswellite can do for you
  • Premium construction
  • You'll love this mic's "split personality"

What Roswellite can do for you
If fear of damaging a ribbon mic's fragile ribbon element has made you hesitant about adding one to your locker, worry no more. Shure's KSM313 uses a stronger element made of Roswellite material, which has better "shape memory" than conventional materials. This means the KSM313 can withstand high SPLs without ill effects - and still give you the smooth ribbon-mic character you're looking for.

Premium construction
In addition to its Roswellite ribbon element, the KSM313 comes packed with premium components. Inside, for example, you'll find a double-shielded transformer, which gives you robust output while minimizing RF and magnetic interference. This is a must for modern recording situations. This hand-assembled mic includes high-quality machined steel, silver, gold, and aluminum materials throughout, and you can expect it to remain a mainstay in your studio for years to come.

You'll love this mic's "split personality"
While the difference between the KSM313's "bright" and "dark" voices isn't exactly of "Jeckyll and Hyde" proportions, you'll find that it does make this mic sound great on several different sources - without losing its essential character. Sing into the bright side, and you're treated to a clean, clear, and smooth sound with plenty of articulation. Turn the mic around to capture amplified instruments, with a full, natural sound.

Shure KSM313 Dual-voice Ribbon Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Bi-directional polar pattern delivers premier audio with superior off-axis rejection
  • 1 side tuned to sound warm and full on amplifiers, the other side tuned to sound bright and flattering on vocals
  • Roswellite proprietary ribbon material has high tensile strength, toughness and shape memory for superior resilience at extreme SPLs
  • Custom-sourced components for superior presence, minimized signal loss and maximized output
  • 146dB SPL across 30Hz-15kHz frequency range ideal for capturing fast transients
  • Legendary Shure quality and superior construction
  • Hand-assembled machined steel, silver, gold and aluminum materials
  • Protective wood case included for storage
  • Sensitivity (at 1kHz, open circuit voltage): -54.5dBV/Pa (1.88 mV/Pa)
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on front side of ribbon produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3, pin 1 ground
  • Connector: 3-pin professional audio (XLR) male
You'll love the way the Shure KSM313 dual-voice ribbon mic sounds on both vocals and instruments!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type Roswellite Ribbon
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 30Hz-15kHz
Max SPL 146dB
Output Impedance 270 ohms
Connector XLR
Weight 0.88 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number KSM313/NE

Customer Reviews

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Perfect VO Mic

I was looking for the best ribbon for voice overs when I bought this. I do mostly audiobooks so the less sensitivity to mouth noise is a big plus with a ribbon. Saves hours in post. The sound is fantastic (I use the back side). No one can believe I am adding no EQ, it is that warm. The raw file sounds like it has already been mastered. Have not used anything else in months now. Blows away my Sennheiser 416.

Wow. Seriously.

This mic is special. I was looking for a mic that could excel on outside kick, guitar amps, loud vocalists, so naturally my impulse said something like a condenser with high SPL handling. The problem was, most condensers I tried were far too bright for guitar amps and loud vocals. I wanted more detail and less honk than a dynamic though. I assumed ribbons were out of the picture because of plosives on vocalists and heavy air movement from the kick. However, after reading about the Roswellite material that can withstand air blasts, I figured I'd give it a shot. MAN - this thing kills! So smooth, so versatile, totally durable. Doesn't flinch. Sounds amazing on all those things! Almost similar sound to a 67, actually. Not nearly as much low end as most ribbons (which is good, I usually had to roll that off anyway). Fits in the mix great! Highly, highly recommended.
Music background: Recording Engineer / Mixer / Musician

Great! buy one now!!!!!

is the best microphone I've used for recording guitar, combined with the SM57, is the perfect combination ..... captures the voices and exquisite quality, very happy I bought
Music background: Owner Recording Studio, drummer.

KSM 313 For Electric Guitar

I recently purchashed this mic to use with my live electric guitar rig. I put the 313 right in front of my AC30 when i got it, and was completely blown away by the sound quality coming from the PA. It pretty much sounded like i was playing directly into the system...unreal. Not to mention this mic is hott looking!
Music background: Aspiring professional guitarist.

Versatile Mic!

I have 2 of these we were just using for tracking acoustic guitar. The sound is right even before EQ, etc. Read reviews using for drums and other loud/plosive sound and Wow! They were right! These mics sound great whatever you throw at em'. I even have a singer who uses the KSM313 for his very dynamic vocals. A very clean, low noise mic. You can't go wrong. Upgrade to the KSM313 and 353.
Music background: Owner Rough Wood Recording Studio

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Sam Hillman

The Shure KSM313 is a true workhorse ribbon microphone. I recently won a recording competition using the KSM313 when tracking drums, aux percussion, electric guitar, dobro, upright bass, and vibraphone. It excelled at capturing the perfect combination of detail and vibe that only a ribbon mic can deliver.
See also: Ribbon Mics, Shure, Shure Ribbon Microphones