Shure SM27

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone for Studio or Stage with 3-position Low-frequency Filter and 15dB Pad
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Rugged Shure quality for studio or stage!

Shure's SM27 brings the rugged reliability of the SM series to the world of large-diaphragm condensers. This side-address cardioid condenser is delicate enough to effectively capture vocals, but rugged enough to easily handle more raucous sources, such as bass and guitar cabinets. Tailor the SM27's frequency response to the sound source with the built-in 15dB pad and 3-position low-frequency filter. The large Mylar diaphragm reacts quickly to transients and three separate mesh layers reduce wind and breath noise, making the SM27 a great fit onstage or in the studio.

Shure SM27 at a Glance:
  • Continuation of a legacy
  • Multi-purpose

Continuation of a legacy
There are few mics that are as widely used and trusted as those in the Shure SM Series. Their rugged reliability and stellar performance have made them staples of both the studio world and the live stage. Shure's latest addition to the SM Series is the SM27, a large-diaphragm condenser mic that takes its cues from the hugely successful KSM27.

With a frequency response that's perfectly tailored for vocal applications - essentially flat until the crucial "airy" frequencies, where the SM27 exhibits a bump that really lets vocals shine. High SPL handling and accuracy allows the SM27 to expand its reach into other sonic arenas, such as guitar cabinets or drum overheads.

Shure SM27 Features:
  • Cardioid
  • Large-diaphragm condenser
  • Side address
  • 20Hz-20kHz
  • Max SPL: 152dB
  • Bass roll-off: 80Hz, 115Hz
  • Pad: 15dB
  • Superior off axis rejection
  • Superior transient response from a low-mass large Mylar diaphragm
  • Flat, neutral frequency response
  • 3-position switchable low-frequency filter
  • Durable metal construction.
  • Three separate mesh layers reduces wind and breath noise
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Shure's SM27 is a great mic for live or studio work!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 133dB (147dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 84.5dB
Self Noise 9.5dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (-18dB/octave), 115Hz (-6dB/octave)
Pads -15dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.41 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Microphone Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number SM27-SC

Customer Reviews

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Seriously Good

I happened upon this mic when I was recording a band at a new studio and forgot to bring my standard overhead mics. I was extremely happy with the transparency, clarity, and versatility of this mic, that I wound up purchasing a pair for myself. They're built like a tank and I am in love with their ability to capture the source at hand.
Music background: Recording/Mixing Engineer, Musician

Great condenser for the price.

Using with a Bose L-1 with a Martin acoustic and harmonica. Love it!

Just the right side address mic

First used for a bluegrass band performing in a park. Bass player, Banjo and Mandolin shared. All came over the PA very nicely, and they were able to switch positions easy for each break. The bass just blended right it. Nice.tone and coverage, no feedback.


This microphone is amazing. It is small and rugged and completely portable and the response is amazing. It requires very little extra body even including EQ or compression for the voice work that I use it for on The Less Desirables podcast. Almost makes my SM7B sound wimpy. I love this mic. I have 3 on the podcast, one for my co-host one for my color commentator and one for any guest we have (I use the SM7B). I have to do the most post-production on the SM7B and almost nothing with the 27s.
Music background: 25 years of recording musician, 6 years self-recording musican, 2 year professional podcaster

Very Nice!

I've had this mic for about a month and I really enjoy using it. My vocals are really dynamic and this mic is able to handle it. The vocal replication is accurate but not harsh. The Shure SM27 is a microphone that I highly recommend. Very Nice!
Music background: Experienced Vocalist
See also: Condenser Mics, Shure, Shure Condenser Microphones, Shure Condenser Microphones