Shure KSM32 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone - Charcoal Gray

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with 15dB pad, Bass Roll-off, and Carrying Pouch - Charcoal Gray
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The KSM32: A Permanent Resident in Every Studio!

When you need perfection, the KSM32 delivers! Offering natural, clear sound reproduction and flexible operation, the KSM32 is one of the preeminent side-entry microphones in the world. This cardioid condenser microphone features Class A transformerless preamp circuitry, an ultra low mass 2.2 micron diaphragm for excellent transient response, and very low self-noise. The KSM32 works sonic magic on acoustic instruments, wind instruments, and vocals, giving them a vibrant, arresting tone that you can't take your ears off of. But perhaps the best quality of the KSM32 is its remarkable way of capturing those ephemeral, indefinable elements that can go into making a great recording, things like "atmosphere" and "ambience." Such a quality microphone comes with a high price, but when you listen to the results, you'll know it was worth it!

Shure KSM32 At-a-Glance:
  • Versatile Studio Mic
  • Built-in Pad and Roll-off Filter
  • For Studio or Stage

Versatile Studio Mic
The KSM32's frequency response with presence peaks at 7kHz and 10kHz makes it ideal for vocals, but the high SLP handling opens it up to use for a number of louder sources as well. Engage the 15dB pad and park the KSM32 in front of a guitar cabinet or over a drum kit with no fear of distortion. Anywhere you need to make sure that every detail of the sound is accurately captured, the KSM32 should be near the top your list.

Built-in Pad and Roll-off Filter
With the built-in pad and roll-off, the KSM32 can be tailored for use in loud applications or engage the roll-off filter to minimize proximity effect and place the mic up close on the sound source. A built-in 3-stage pop filter virtually eliminates the need for an external pop shield, and the internal shockmount greatly reduces handling noise.

For Studio or Stage
Equipped with a cardioid polar pattern (along with the aforementioned internal shockmount) the KSM32 can function equally well on stage as it does in the studio. The cardioid pattern helps isolate the KSM32 from other sound sources on stage. And the pop filter allows a singer to use it on stage for superb sound on vocals without pops.

Shure KSM32 Features:
  • Cardioid, Permanently Biased (Electret) Condenser
  • Class A Tranformerless Preamplifier Circuitry
  • Built-in three stage pop filter
  • Attenuation switch: 15dB pad
  • Three position bass roll off switch: Flat, 6dB per octave below 115 Hz, and 18dB per octave below 80 Hz.
  • Low self-noise, 13dB typical, A weight
  • Dynamic range: 126dB
  • Maximum SPL: 154dB with pad
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 KHz, slight presence peak at 7KHz another peak at 10 KHz
  • Excellent low frequency response
  • High output level
  • Internal shock mount reduces transmission of handling noise
  • Charcoal Gray finish
  • Includes carrying pouch
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Shure KSM32 - Versatile Mic for Stage or Studio with Superb Sound!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.75" (19mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 133dB (148dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 81dB
Self Noise 13dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (-18dB/octave), 115Hz (-6dB/octave)
Pads -15dB
Color Charcoal Gray
Connector XLR
Weight 1.08 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number KSM32/CG

Customer Reviews

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Great Choice

Great choice for drum overheads. I was leaning a different direction and our rep strongly suggested the KSM32. For the money I could not be happier. Low self noise, clarity and definition describe the sound. It lacks that little sparkle that makes truly spectacular mics stand out, but it is rock solid...
Music background: Professional

Awesome Drum OHs

I got the chance to use these the other day while recording drum tracks and was blown away with the sound that I was able to get from these! They did a great job with the overall sound of the kit, but I especially appreciated the clean and bright sounds of the cymbals. I would highly recommend these getting a pair of these for drum drum OHs.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Musician, Hobbyist, and Student

Great for all around use!

I am so glad my salesperson recommended this to me instead of a less expensive model. The -15db switch is great for my loud saxophone and to get background noise from the neighborhood silenced. Also, my wife's vocals are clean and crisp on this mic; the sound really has a lot of body.
Music background: Jazz Musician, Student, Recording Hobbyist
See also: Condenser Mics, Shure, Shure Condenser Microphones, Shure Condenser Microphones