Shure KSM32 - Champagne

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with 15dB pad, 3-position Bass Roll-off, Shockmount, and Case
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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
  • Champagne finish
  • Includes case and shockmount
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Shure KSM32 - Versatile Mic for Stage or Studio with Superb Sound!

Additional Media

KSM32 Spec Sheet
KSM32 User Manual
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 Champagne
Connector XLR
Weight 1.08 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Stand Mount, Aluminum Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number KSM32/SL

Customer Reviews

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Maybe my favorite mic - ever

I've used a lot of mics. I've had more expensive mics for vocals but none of them really sounded better to my ears. This mic just sounds great pretty much no matter what. It's my absolute favorite mic for drum overheads. It sounds awesome on piano. I record vocals with it all the time. I mean, for the money, it can't be beat. Like all Shure mics, it's built like a tank. Get a pair and thank me later.
Music background: musician, engineer, producer

Shure ksm 32

The best microphone or one of them. Clean/Crisp/Pure sound.
Music background: ARTIST

Sounds great as a mic overhead

If you're going for a minimalist drum miking technique, try this guy as a mono overhead. You won't be disappointed!
Music background: Musician, Amateur Engineer

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

Amazing OHs

These are great as drum overheads. I used these today on a project and they blew away mics costing twice as much. I also tried a pair of Neumann km 184s, Shure SM81s, and AKG c414s and none of them could compare. A spaced pair of these does a great job of picking up the whole kit. If your one of the people who thinks overheads are just to pick up cymbals, these aren't for you, but for anyone who knows what over heads are meant for, these are your best bet.

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Tim Harrington

Excellent mic for recording! Its flat response makes it great for multi-applications: Choir, Big Band, wonderful on vocals male and female, drum overheads and strong enough to handle the sound pressure level of Marshall guitar amps.

Stuart Niven

The Shure KSM32 is a wonderful, detailed, and clean studio microphone for your collection. Like all of the KSM range from Shure, it captures what you put it in front of with no coloration, providing you with a very natural and neutral sound. A perfect general purpose microphone that will always find a use in any session!
See also: Condenser Mics, Shure, Shure Condenser Microphones, Shure Condenser Microphones