Shure KSM8 Dualdyne - Nickel

Dual-diaphragm Cardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone with Neodymium Magnet, Internal Pumping Pneumatic Shockmount, and Patent-pending Diaphragm Stabilization System - Nickel
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Dual-diaphragm Dynamic Delivers Smooth Sound

The first dynamic mic of its kind, the Shure KSM8 Dualdyne microphone combines two diaphragms, aerospace SoftMag technology, a patent-pending Diaphragm Stabilization System, and internal shockmounting to provide you with phenomenally smooth and consistent sound that will revolutionize your vocals onstage and in the studio. A massive sweet spot and minimal proximity effect provide dependable performance across a wide range of mic techniques. Combined with the way it naturally tames harsh upper mids, the KSM8 is ideal for both vocals and various instrument sounds.

Dualdyne cartridge kills proximity effect and smooths highs

Thanks to its unique Dualdyne 2-diaphragm dynamic cartridge and reverse airflow design, the Shure KSM8 exhibits the lowest proximity effect of any standard-size handheld microphone Sweetwater engineers have gotten their hands on. As a result, you'll find this microphone ideal for vocalists who like to choke up on the mic. While it handles deep, booming voices beautifully, you'll be equally impressed by the way the KSM8 evens out upper mids, providing you with polished results, right at the mic.

Massive sweet spot accommodates highly active performers

If there's one word that best describes the KSM8 Dualdyne dynamic microphone, it's "consistent." Whether you're right up on the grille or considerably backed off, the sound is remarkably similar. This has two immediate benefits. First, if you're working with an active vocalist whose performance style brings them closer and farther away from the microphone, they can always be in the sweet spot, never sounding too thin or too boomy. Second, if you're recording overdubs in the studio, the KSM8 is a lot more forgiving than most microphones, so you don't have to worry as much about mic positioning if you're coming back to a session. And, as an added benefit of its breakthrough dual-diaphragm arrangement, the KSM8 also minimizes plosive pops, adding further consistency to your sound.

Your new secret-weapon mic for taming harsh instruments

While the KSM8 may be one of the most innovative vocal dynamic microphones ever created, it's also an absolutely brilliant instrument microphone. In fact, the same mellow and smooth upper-midrange handling that makes the KSM8 ideal for vocals takes the harsh edge off of brass instruments, honky guitar cabinets, hi-hats, and more. Once you start experimenting with this amazing microphone, you'll find yourself using it constantly, both in the studio and onstage.

Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Dynamic Microphone Features:

  • Handheld dynamic microphone introduces Shure's Dualdyne cartridge
  • Dual dynamic diaphragms and reverse airflow virtually eliminate proximity effect
  • Highly consistent sonic performance accommodates active vocalists
  • Internal shockmounting and Diaphragm Stabilization System reduce handling noise
  • Internal windscreen and capsule design dramatically reduce plosive pops
  • Rich bass response and smooth upper mids provide an incredibly musical profile
  • Ideal for vocals but also impressive on instruments that tend to sound harsh
  • Same rugged durability for which Shure mics are renowned

Additional Media

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dual-diaphragm dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz-16kHz
Output Impedance 300 ohms
Color Nickel
Connector XLR
Weight 11.64 oz.
Manufacturer Part Number KSM8/N

Customer Reviews

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Just get it!!

Hands down one of the best vocal mic you can buy. Period. I alternate with an Audio Technica AE5400 Artist Elite and between the two I get a consistent sounds both live and in my project studio. My vocals are crystal clear and with just a little compression my voice really sounds great. This mic needs very little if any eq. I find the KSM8 really shine when placed a foot away from my tube twin guitar amp. In the studio you can really hear the breakup of tube that has also help me dial in my live sound. This mic may just have me putting my SM57 away.
Music background: Semi-Professional bassist and guitarist, vocalist, recording and mastering engineer


I just bought this mic. I have never heard such clarity in a live mic before. I'm a drummer that uses an in-ear setup and I was able to hear absolutely everything that I put into the mic. Cuts out so much unwanted noise and makes it painfully obvious when you're off key. Now I just need 4 more.
Music background: Punk

My Favorite Microphone

I have been performing for over 60 years( I started early). As far back as I remember, I have always used Shure Microphones and am accustomed to making note of the various difference's. This Jewell can easily take the front seat by providing all the attributes of the SM-58; 58A Beta; 87A Beta. I have more than one of these microphones, but the KSM 8 Dualdyne surpasses all of these and gives even more, especially for the Large sweet spot.Thank you to several of the Sweetwater team for helping me to decide on this microphone..
Music background: Singing and Bands for over 60 years


I have a deep voice and like to sing close to the mic. This mic has little or no proximity effect so it never gets boomy. Nice clear and accurate vocals.
Music background: Singer/songwriter/performer/guitar player

Shure KSM8 Dualdyne - Nickel Microphone

I love my new Shure KSM8 Dualdyne - Nickel microphone. It's worth every dime I paid for it. My voice is so much richer and crisp sounding. My other microphone made me sound muddy and muffled. I would def recommend this microphone to all the female singers out there.
Music background: In a band for over 20 years

Sweetwater Advice

Shelby Strunk

I've run live sound at various venues for over eight years, so I've used a wide variety of stage microphones. Our lead vocalist moves around a lot while he plays guitar, so I got a Shure KSM8 to help him get a more consistent sound. The dual-diaphragm design clearly cuts down on proximity effect, which makes a huge difference. The KSM8's flat frequency response and even sound also translate well when we record live.
See also: Dynamic Mics, Shure, Shure Dynamic Microphones, Shure Dynamic Microphones