The Shure KSM27 is a side-address condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. It was made with studio use in mind, but it's a pretty rugged unit overall. It has a great sound and reproduces very accurately. It runs on 48V Phantom Power. It sounds great through a variety of pre amps. It doesn't color the sound too much either, very faithful, good reproduction.The roll off and pad are very precise, you can see the difference in a spectrometer, and it's pretty impressive. The KSM27 is physically a solid mic for the money, and it's built for quality. It has more switches/features than cheaper mics. I think it's best suited for guitar or to add a slightly warm sound to instruments or vocals. It's a solid piece of craftsmanship compared to cheaper condensers now flooding the market. I would highly recommend this mic to people recording instruments like guitar, double bass, saxes, and clarinets. Nothing too strong as to preserve the diaphragm, but softer instruments like woodwinds and strings are perfect.
My favorite thing about this mic is the quality of sound and build. It's simply a piece of art, and a GREAT deal at 400 bucks. Mics like this that are cheaper, awesome quality, and well built are being released to fill the gap between low end and very high end mics. It's a great time to take advantage of the deals companies are offerning on great mics like these. This is a great mic for any beginner, home studio, or mid level studio space. It's not a professional mic by any standards, but still an awesome piece of equipment. I would recommend this to people who need a good and reliable microphone for studio applications, as condenser mics are generally not suited for live performance and this one is no exception. Well built as it is, it must be treated with care and delicacy.
The Shure SM27 is a well rounded mic that is a condenser mic that doesn’t cost a lot of money and will provide you with a pretty good sound. It came out years ago for around 400 or maybe a little more than that. But now can be purchased brand new for less than 300 dollars. I am not sure why its such a difference in price but im all for it.
Some of the key features of the SM 27 are that it can react very quick and use its mesh layers to reduce wind and popping noises on your “P” words. This mic is not really made for instruments but I have used it on some before and it seemed to work great. I have actually even seen It in a local rock station being used to interview people such as bands that are local or local business owners for radio ads and it works great. Some bad news about it though is that I have heard that its not very heavy duty and if it gets dropped the wrong way it can really mess the mic up and not make it work properly again. Plus a few people told me there mic chord gets shorted out from time to time and they have to keep replacing it. It could be do to something with the hook up on the mic or just that they kept getting cheap chords.
Overall, the mic seems worth it to me, I havent had a bad experience with it. I kept it at home and didn’t take it anywhere with the fear of something happening to it. But for use at home or in a bigger studio it will work for you. Plus it’s a Shure, so you know you are getting good quality. Buy it and try it out.
Purchased at Guitar Center, NJ, for vocal recording in home studio. Paid $299.
Crystal clear, sound quality. Extremely sensitive to even the smallest of aural detail. Very sturdy build. Nice shock mount included.
Not a single thing!
This microphone feels like a monster. So solid and rugged, yet beautiful and refined. If I were a microphone, I'd want to look like this (strange, I know).
I absolutely LOVE this microphone! Shure must have been reading my mind when they designed this thing. I am an opera singer and also a voice-over professional, and the KSM27 fits both bills very nicely. Robust and smooth up close, and very sensitive at a distance. Let me put it this way; I demoed all the top mics in this price range and none even came close to this one. And when the salesperson accidentally "drop" tested the thing from five feet off the floor, I told him "if that thing still works, I'll buy it." It did, and so did I. I couldn't be happier.
$299 at Musician's Friend on the web. I needed a quality studio condenser mic for my project studio.
I like everything. With Shure, the performance is always there, but the capability for this mic to be able to take a vocal source one minute and then mic a guitar amp the next is truly amazing. It still maintains clarity as well.
The unit is also well built, solid and attractive.
There's not a thing I've found yet. I will let you know if I do, but I seriously doubt it at this point.
Built very solid like all of Shure's mics. This one might not be able to take the hard road abuse as the SM57 or SM58, but you could drop it a few times in your studio without worrying too much, I'm sure. The quality is impeccable.
For around $300 you can now afford a great quality studio condenser microphone from a reputable company. What more could you ask?