Shure SM137

End-address Cardioid Condenser Mic with 15dB Pad
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A great mic for detailed recordings!

Shure's SM137 gives you the kind of accurate response characteristics you need to capture natural sound and detail from all kinds of sources. The SM137 uses an ultra-thin diaphragm for quick response, a very smooth high end, and tight bass. Add its transformerless design, low-noise operation, and handy 15dB pad, and you've got a real studio workhorse that's bound to earn a permanent spot in your mic locker. When you're seeking the most natural sound reproduction possible, the best solution is a microphone with a very flat response — like the SM137.

Shure SM137 Features:
  • Cartridge Type: Permanently Biased Condenser
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • End-address condenser
  • Cardioid
  • 15dB pad
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Legendary Shure performance for studio and stage with the SM137!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 150dB (165dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Self Noise 19dB (A weighted)
Pads -15dB
Connector XLR
Weight 0.43 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SM137-LC

Customer Reviews

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Nice Microphone

Playing Guitar in a bluegrass band can be tough when you play a fingerstyle guitar. Most mics feedback awfully when you get them turned up to pick up the full spectrum of your guitar. Pickup's are a real challenge to get a accurate sound reproduction out of. I bought the SM 137 to replace an Audix I5 ( like an sm57). The SM 137 picks up sound incredibly well. I find that it sounds best when my soundhole is between 6 and 12 inches from the mic, and the reproduction is really fantastic. It captures the guitars delicate highs, mids and lows very well, even when playing with my fingers. This piece changed the live music game, when trying to compete with the mandos, banjos and dobros, I don't have to get the mic inside the sound hole to get it to pick up well. This Mic is prone to feedback some when playing in very cramped quarters so you'll want to make sure that you don't have a lot of acoustic bounce in front of where ever it is aimed and turn it up slow. This is probably the most expensive non- OMNI mic that I have ever used, but I appreciate the sound so much more than the next step down in instrument mics that I felt compelled to review this thing. If you are considering an SM 57 or i5, I would spend the extra money and get an sm137, I was impressed straight away, and I'm very happy with the way this thing sounds.
Music background: Trying to live the dream


Great mic, with a very natural and clean sound, excellent for drums.
Music background: Music Engineer
See also: Condenser Mics, Shure, Shure Condenser Microphones, Shure Condenser Microphones