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An embossed single-diaphragm, side-address, cardioid condenser microphone for highly critical studio recording and live sound productions. The Shure KSM32 offers an extended frequency response for an open, natural sounding reproduction of the original sound source.


  • Class A, transformerless preamplifier circuitry eliminates cross-over distortion for improved linearity across the full frequency range.
  • Embossed, high-compliance diaphragm provides extended low-frequency response.
  • Ultra-thin, gold-layered, low-mass, Mylar® diaphragm for excellent transient response
  • 15 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL)
  • Switchable low-frequency filter provides greater flexibility to reduce background noise or to counteract proximity effect.
  • Integrated three-stage pop protection grille reduces "pop" and other breath noise
  • Internal shock mount reduces transmission of handling noise
  • Replacement cartridge: RK374

Performance Characteristics
  • Extended frequency response
  • Very low self-noise
  • Exceptional low-frequency reproduction
  • High output level
  • High input SPL capability
  • No cross-over distortion
  • Extremely uniform polar response
  • Superior common mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency interference
  • Applications

Some typical applications for the KSM32 are listed below. Microphone use, however, is a matter of personal taste. The KSM32 may be used for a variety of applications other than those listed.

Voice -- solo, background, voice-over, broadcasting
Acoustic instruments -- such as piano, guitar, drums, percussion, strings
Wind instruments -- brass and woodwind
Low frequency instruments -- such as double bass, electric bass, kick drum
Overhead miking -- drums or percussion
Ensembles -- choral or orchestral
Room ambiance pick-up -- guitar amplifier or drums


Best Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

...some choices like the U87 and C800, but then things are all over the place. First off, why is the KSM32 on the list instead of the 44? I'm not even sure you can "technically" call the 32 a large cap as the capsule is closer in size to a small cap. If you're...

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Sanity check, how would you spend 3500$ on microphones?

I'd drop the AT4033's. Get a couple Shure KSM 32 instead. Or maybe a Lewitt LCT540 pair. Lewitt's have more character and the KSM32 is more neutral. Either are better than the 4033 IMO. Leave room for a couple CAD M179 to hang on drum kits.

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$5k budget - Help me outfit my studio

...kick later on, due to his high spl (and pads) capabilities, if desired. And some ksm32 are such workhorses that could do basically everything (Billy Cobham used these as OH in his live performances, at least some years ago). But you could use these for room, vocals, gtrs, toms, and virtually anything really. Milab DC196 is also...

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