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Shure KSM27 Studio Condenser Microphone

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The Shure KSM27 Studio Microphone is a side-address condenser mic with a cardioid polar pattern. Designed for studio use, yet rugged enough for live ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Superb recording quality and professional flexibility

The Shure KSM27 Studio Microphone is a side-address condenser mic with a cardioid polar pattern. Designed for studio use, yet rugged enough for live applications, the KSM27 has an externally biased, 1" ultrathin, gold-layered, low mass Mylar diaphragm to provide superior transient response. An extremely low self-noise level and selectable frequency response deliver superb recording fidelity no matter what the source.
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • Externally biased condenser
  • Cardioid pattern
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • 150 ohms impedance
  • 15dB attenuation
  • Selectable frequency response: flat; -6dB/octave below 115Hz; -18dB/octave below 80Hz
  • 14dB self-noise
  • 138dB maximum SPL (133dB attenuated)
  • 81dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • Phantom power required

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Very low self-noise (14 dB A)
  • Wide dynamic range (>124 dB into 2.5K)
  • Very high maximum SPL (>138 (153) dB into 2.5K)
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4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful sound for any application

I did a lot of research on condenser mics before purchasing this one. My primary need was for micing acoustic guitar. For my home recording I was trying to find a microphone that would...Read complete review

I did a lot of research on condenser mics before purchasing this one. My primary need was for micing acoustic guitar. For my home recording I was trying to find a microphone that would be great for acoustic instruments and one that would excel in vocal recording as well. I was initially set on the SM81, but after talking with some pro audio sales personnel, a couple guys recommmended the KSM27. It was not too expensive compared to high-end studio/broadcast condenser mics. The KSM27 ultimatelly had the greatest value and versatility.To get the best sound out of my equipment I connect the KSM27 with a Mogami gold XMR cable to my Mackie mixer (which has very good pre-amps). At first I was blown away by the mic sensitivity. At medium gain/volume it was picking up wind blowing from outside the house! And unbelievably it was picking up my shirt sliding across my skin when I turned to adjust the mic stand at 6ft away! What a mic! I am getting fabulous tone micing my acoustic guitar. It really captures the room acoustics. It might be worth investing money into a custom sound room just for this mic or a higher-end mic. For me though, I plan on getting my existing room as quiet as possible(turning off air conditioners etc.) and setting gain/volume settings on the mixer so that I have to be very close to the mic for it to pick up sound. It's tough though. Snapping your fingers from about 20 ft. away will register with this mic.Overall, I didn't expect to get this good of sound out of it. It's the best mic I've ever heard for acoustic recording (without spending $3,000 on a mic that is). And for vocals, it's awesome for any kind of singing/rapping/screaming.

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Beware the Shock Mount

I am very pleased with the quality and value of the KSM 27 as it relates specifically to the microphone. However, after using the product for less than six months, the rubber o-rings...Read complete review

I am very pleased with the quality and value of the KSM 27 as it relates specifically to the microphone. However, after using the product for less than six months, the rubber o-rings on the shock mount broke and the mic fell. The manufacturer replaced the o-rings, but I have lost confidence in the shock mount and purchased a generic mount to prevent any future problems.

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5.0

Perfect for voice-over & broadcast recording!

By Voiceman1000

from San Diego, CA

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I'm a voice-over professional and have used a lot of mics in the studio, but none comes close to this one in terms of richness, depth, warmth, clarity, and trueness of response across the entire dynamic range of the voice. And it's whisper-quiet! And talk about VALUE! It easily matches and even out-performs much more expensive studio mics... If you have heavy duty professional voice applications, RUN - don't walk - and get yourself several of these gems!

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5.0

What I think.

By shane in dego

from San Diego

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This is a REAL review from a regualr dude who lives in San Diego. I'm always skeptical of who writes these reviews, maybe some reps from the companies are writing them who knows heh. Anyway, very simply put, this mic ROCKS. It has a very extremely focused sound. I have the famous C1 Studio project mic that picks up things behind it, infront, to the left and right of it. Which is great for certain situations, but not for doing vocals. I gave it a 9 overall because I haven't tried the 2,000 dollar nuemans yet. I really don't see why I need to because I am getting professional studio quality sound USING MY YAMAHA MIXER. That's right, no 1,000 dollar tube pre amp. No joke. It's an awesome mic. And I'm not just some joe shmoe who has no ear at all. I'm very picky, and this mic did not disappoint me.

 
5.0

WOW! crickets outiside?

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This thing sounds unbelievable. just make shure you have a semi quiet environment, as this thing picks up airplanes and birds and your refrigerator. highly recommended for the price. it will be your baby.

 
4.0

Good mic

By Nate-8EA2u

from San diego, ca

Very deep mic. picks up everything..even the dog barking in the next room :-) My only complaint is the shockmount that comes with the mic. Flimsy rubber holds the shockmount in place. after about 2 years of owning this mic, the shock mount came apart and fell on the floor (with my mic in it!!) so, Great mic..but I would recommend that you get a better shockmount.

 
5.0

Great studio mic

By Serafin

from Houston, TX

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This mic is my second condensor purchase. I love it, and will likely buy the same mic again. Great sound, no problems.

 
5.0

Great Mic for Vocals and Guitars.

By 2funky

from Saudarkrokur -ICELAND

Only one pattern but Great! (according to the price value)The mic that sends the vocal at its place and saves you headaches at mixdown.

 
5.0

Great Mic for the money

By Entropyrocks

from Fulton, MO

For the money you spend, you will not find a better sounding mic. As well as being a great mic in the studio, I've used this mic live as well, and like other shure products, you can depend on it to hold up and provide a great sound. Most people probably use this as just a vocal mic, but I've gotten some killer sounds from bass and guitar cabinets (the -10dB cut was handy) with it and gotten great acoustic guitar sounds as well. And of course, it's excellent for vocals--the roll off selector saves you the pain and processing power of having to eq out boominess in the vocal tracks during mixdown. You might find better mics out there than this one, but they are going to cost you at least twice as much!!! My only complaint is that the stand adapter, while still quite functional at preventing floor rumble, is considerably less robust and tank-like in construction than the mic itself, which is quite trivial when the mic is this good.

 
5.0

A revelation!

By Tom Akstens

from The Adirondacks

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I bought one of these last week, after years of prompting by engineer friends. Worked it for two days on vox, dobro and acoustic guitar--and promptly ordered another. Very nice clarity--but still captures a lot of substance and weight. Every bit as good as a U87 on dobro--and you could buy a good used car with the price difference. Put my AT 4033 and my AKG mike on ebay today, and I won't look back. Hope this helps.

 
5.0

Very good mic

By Kevin Mc.-CNNOH

from Nevada City, CA

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I've been using this mic for just over 4 years now and it still sounds great. As a gigging percussionist I place this over the congas and bongos - one mic - great sound. It's particularly sensitive to the slap tones produced by the bongos and does a nice job of projecting the lower tones from the congas. It also feeds well through the main sound system and through the monitors. So it's definitely not just for studio recording. I've also used this as a single room mic to record practice sessions and just like any condenser mic, it loves drums. We aim it mostly away from the drums and directly towards the instrument amps, while raising it in the air on a boom stand. Grabs a ton of detail from all instruments and it's rugged.

 
5.0

Beautiful sound for any application

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I did a lot of research on condenser mics before purchasing this one. My primary need was for micing acoustic guitar. For my home recording I was trying to find a microphone that would be great for acoustic instruments and one that would excel in vocal recording as well. I was initially set on the SM81, but after talking with some pro audio sales personnel, a couple guys recommmended the KSM27. It was not too expensive compared to high-end studio/broadcast condenser mics. The KSM27 ultimatelly had the greatest value and versatility.To get the best sound out of my equipment I connect the KSM27 with a Mogami gold XMR cable to my Mackie mixer (which has very good pre-amps). At first I was blown away by the mic sensitivity. At medium gain/volume it was picking up wind blowing from outside the house! And unbelievably it was picking up my shirt sliding across my skin when I turned to adjust the mic stand at 6ft away! What a mic! I am getting fabulous tone micing my acoustic guitar. It really captures the room acoustics. It might be worth investing money into a custom sound room just for this mic or a higher-end mic. For me though, I plan on getting my existing room as quiet as possible(turning off air conditioners etc.) and setting gain/volume settings on the mixer so that I have to be very close to the mic for it to pick up sound. It's tough though. Snapping your fingers from about 20 ft. away will register with this mic.Overall, I didn't expect to get this good of sound out of it. It's the best mic I've ever heard for acoustic recording (without spending $3,000 on a mic that is). And for vocals, it's awesome for any kind of singing/rapping/screaming.

 
5.0

An awesome mic...

By JE-7qWgp

from Greenfield, MA.

Upon recommendation of a sound engineer, I tried out a KSM44. It was awesome. I researched the KSM line and discovered that the KSM27 also has a 1" diaphram and a similar sound to the KSM44, while the KSM32 has a 3/4" diaphram. Thanks to the KSM44 testing, I realized that I liked the cartoid pattern the best and didn't need the figure-8 or the omni... thus the KSM27 was looking better all the time, and more affordable. The sensitivity is fab. I record my classical guitar with the KSM27 sitting about three feet away. It picks up evey nuance. I run it through an ART Tube V3 preamp (for that really warm sound) and record on a Tascam Pocket Studio 5. A very inexpensive setup, and a very nice clean sound.

 
5.0

Definitive Condenser

By Guitarguybil

from Lancaster, PA

Okay, This mic isn't a neuman. If you're like me and you use pre-amps in a soundboard you're not going to get the best depth. But this mic is a great purchase. I've used audio technicas, senneisers and other shures but this is in my opinion the best ever mic for acoustic guitars. If you're not into the gaping acoustic guitar sounds from huge studios this mic is for you. For Vocals again, It's not a neuman but in my opinion the next best thing.

 
3.0

The Ford Mustang of Cond Mics

By DrDoLitl

from Northern Michigan

Big Bang for the Buck here. Excellent studio vocals mic for the beginning or expert vocalist. I've used it for about 3 years now and would suggest getting 2 for the price of some of the "better" models. Very little eq'ing required, phantom power makes this a warm, transparent choice for even the most critical engineers.

 
1.0

Great Sound, but reliability issues

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought four KSM 27s for a project and have had to send 3 back to Shure for replacement in the last two months. I have been very careful with them, no drops or bumps.... power on always after hook up etc, and always stored back in the boxes. They sound great but I'm getting tired of having to send them back.

 
5.0

Wow factor off scale

By SCStudio

from Nitro WV

This is a High quality sound for recording vocals etc, This mic beats everything out there for the price.If you need a recording michrophone buy it, buy it now!You will not be disappointed.

 
5.0

A silent killer

By o.z.

from Fort Worth TX

I have been recording in studios for about 5 years now and have gone through several mics. Everything from 100 dollars to 1,000 and I simply can't get over what a deal you get when you own this microphone. The cardoid switch is a great option, especially for home recording. From amateurs to professionals, I definitely recommend investing the little it takes to produce a rich, warm vocal sound.

 
5.0

Nice Mic.

By Ed-quLH9

from Pittsburgh

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I am extremely pleased with this microphone because it makes my Larivee acoustic guitar SHINE! It really evenly captures the sound of the instrument. I haven't really tried too much with vocals, but I am impressed with the true response and lack of coloration with what I have done.

 
3.0

Beware the Shock Mount

By Dave-xNW4c

from Portland, OR

I am very pleased with the quality and value of the KSM 27 as it relates specifically to the microphone. However, after using the product for less than six months, the rubber o-rings on the shock mount broke and the mic fell. The manufacturer replaced the o-rings, but I have lost confidence in the shock mount and purchased a generic mount to prevent any future problems.

 
5.0

Great Vocal Mic

By Dthriller

from No Trash Production Chicago

This mic is great for the price and the sound I get from is wonderful also. good for lead and background vocals.

 
5.0

compares with the big boys

By PTPLZ

from Oklahoma City

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I used to work at a studio with several high end mics. I brought this in one day and sang the same vocal line 4 times with 4 different mics, the 27 being one of them. The other three mics were an akg 414, akg gold tube condenser ($5k), and some other high end german mic. Without knowing which mic was which, I asked my buddy which mic he liked the best during playback, and it was a toss up between the 414 and the 27. With a $700 difference between the two, I would say you cannot beat the value. At the studio I ran it through a focusrite pre, but at home I currently run it straight into my mbox, and it just sounds fantastic. I am very please with my ksm27, and it'll definitely stay in my collection!

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