Shure KSM27
Shure KSM27

KSM27, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from Shure.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 11 reviews )
 6 reviews55 %
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johnrae's review"Pretty Good"

Shure KSM27
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.

stompboxjon's review"well rounded"

Shure KSM27
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.

ericthegreat's review"very good mic for cheap"

Shure KSM27
The Shure KSM27 is a vocal condenser microphone that is suitable for both use in the studio and the stage.  I have only used it in the studio, but it definitely has the look and the shape of a stage microphone.  However, since it is a condenser microphone it does need to be treated with a little bit more care than a normal dynamic microphone would because it is more sensitive.  It does also require phantom power as all condenser microphones do, so you need to have it plugged into a board that has phantom power if you are going to use it for live shows.


I've been using the Shure KSM27 for a few months here and there as a cheap option for laying down ideas.  I believe that this is what the M-Audio Aries is best suited for and I don't think I would recommend using it for much else in terms of use in the studio.  It has a pretty decent overall sound, but lacks a certain fullness that I would look for in a good condenser microphone.  Although I can't say that I have any experience doing so, I would bet that even though this is a condenser mic, that it would be suited well for live shows, granted you have the phantom power to use with it.  I say this because of the general make up of the mic, and how it is indeed a hand held mic.  It is specifically designed for vocals and definitely looks like a vocal mic.  The price of the Shure KSM27 is really cheap and is probably the main reason that people will be interested in this mic.  While it isn't one of the better mics by a long shot of mics that I have used either in the studio or for live shows, it will get the job done in both applications, of course depending what you are trying to do.

Anonymous 's review

Shure KSM27
The Shure KSM27 is a recently discontinued large diaphragm condenser microphone that is initially remarkable for how small it truly is. Shure has recently discontinued this microphone, replacing it with a fundamentally different SM27. It is a very barebones microphone, having a typical condenser microphone frequency response pattern starting down at 20 Hz and going all the way up to 20,000 Hz. The pad on this microphone gives it 15 dB more headroom, and the Shure KSM27 comes with the complete package of a shock mount, a velvet pouch, and a sturdy carrying case. It has a fixed polar pattern in the typical cardioid.

Keep in mind, this was a smaller, cheaper version of the KSM32, and while they share characteristics, the KSM27 certainly has a few distinct qualities to it that leave it able to perform every role the 32 did, but in a slightly different way.


The KSM27 is a great sounding microphone. Shure is very good with this, as over the years they have consistently failed to make a bad microphone. Just like its bigger brother the KSM32, the Shure KSM27 can fill a variety of roles. I've heard it on vocals, guitar, drum overheads, guitar cabs, and a bunch of other fun applications, like a wood block. This microphone shines, because it has that sound that one would imagine if the world just became more colorful. It sounds odd, but that is the experience I had with the KSM27. When I listened to it, I just felt the room light up. It was extremely vibrant, and while I love it, I can certainly see where the more subtle sound of the KSM32 or the newer version of the KSM27, the SM27.

Shure never fails, and it's a wonder why they discontinued this microphone at all; they could have offered the SM27 as a different flavor, because I really did like the SM27.

JayDMusic's review"I. Love. This. Mic."

Shure KSM27
This is a fantastic, silver, cardioid condenser mic. It's got so much mic packed in a small little case with three EQ options that make your vocals sound crisp, warm and clear. It's an XLR microphone, requiring the use of an interface, analog-to-digital converter, mixer, or standalone preamp. It's an amazing recording mic.


Overall, I love it. I love it more than my unborn son. It's my go-to mic for everything vocal. I have rappers, singers, talkers, people who just speak and let the mic do the rest. I love this mic mainly for its ability to EQ just perfectly. It has an option for a heavy roll-off in the lower ranges, or a softer one. I choose the softer one, and it rivals a Neumann. My friend who owns both a Neumann and a KSM27 recommended this mic to me, and I got it the next day. This mic is a fantastic piece of engineering. The box is packed precisely with everything you need including a unique shockmount with good elastics that will not come undone like most other shockmounts, and it's very easy to install the shockmount on the mic stand and the mic in the shockmount. Overall, with the exception of a Neumann, I wouldn't have it any other way.

moosers's review

Shure KSM27
The Shure KSM27 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that I've used in the recording studio. I guess you could use this for recording a live show, but I've never done so, so this review will focus on using the KSM27 in the studio. While this microphone is widely seen in studios, Shure has recently discontinued making it, replacing it with the SM27. The mic has a cardioid polar pick up pattern, with a frequency response ranging from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The mic also has a -15 db pad. The mic comes with a shock mount, velvet case, and a carrying case.


The Shure KSM27 is an overall great sounding condenser microphone. It's the perfect in between microphone, as it has a pro studio sound without having the large price tag. I've used the KSM27 for a variety of applications, including vocals, acoustic guitar, and a set of them as drum overheads one time. The mic has a very vibrant sound, with a lot of overall clarity. The most recent thing that I used the KSM27 was for recording acoustic guitar with an API 512 mic preamplifier, which was a great combination as it yielded a very clean sounding guitar for me. While the KSM27 isn't on par with some of the best condenser microphones out there, it's outstanding for the price. If you're looking for an all purpose large diaphragm condenser microphone for your home studio, the Shure KSM27 should definitely be considered, as to me it's one of the best all around condenser microphones for the price. There are definitely a lot of condenser microphones to choose from in this price range, but Shure is a company that has built an incredible reputation for themselves, as it's very well known that they make quality microphones that sound great and last a lifetime. Now that they no longer make the KSM27, you can probably find it even cheaper used. Definitely a great microphone choice for any studio...

soccerplayer25's review

Shure KSM27
The Shure KSM27 is a condenser microphone that I have used both in the studio and live. It works great for all applications and especially as overheads on a drum set in a live The shape of it makes it easy to capture a wide array of sounds and makes it easy to capture most of the sound you are after.


I've been using this microphone for about six months. Its got a very clear and full sound to me, although it does color it a bit. I went with the thinking that you really can't go wrong with a Shure, and I was not disappointed. The price is very reasonable for a great sounding condenser mic. The shock mount it comes with is a great feature as well, as it makes it extremely easy to place. I also have a MXL 990 and an Audio Technica and I would have to say that this is my favorite of the three even though it is the most expensive. While it doesn't have the craftsmanship or sound of a Neumann, it doesn't claim to and for the price you shouldn't expect it. To me it is worth the price to have a great sounding condenser built with the quality that I am assured of with Shure products. Overall, if I were to break mine I would certainly get a new one.
MGR/Keith Bolves12/16/2001

MGR/Keith Bolves's review"Shure KSM27"

Shure KSM27
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.

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MGR/Recording Super Genius10/20/2001

MGR/Recording Super Genius's review"Shure KSM27 Studio Condenser Mic"

Shure KSM27
$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?

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ThunderStick's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure KSM27
The KSM27 is electrostatic micro transistors, capture latral, cardioid configuration. It is equipped with a Mylar diaphragm layer of 24 carat gold, thickening of 2.5 m. The XLR connection and internal components (prampli Class A) are also 24k gold.
His transition is worthy of rponse MODELS of legends, its curve flat frequency drives (except a bump from 3 KHz for more shine) from 20 Hz 20,000
A attnuateur - 15 dB is derrire the microphone, the ct slecteur rponse of low frequencies, to adorn themselves against the pressures of ecrtage extreme acoustic my. However, it is unlikely to serve as the acceptable maximum SPL is 137 dB (without attnuateur. With: 152 dB).
For those who do not have serious ® religion, a switch connecting a low-cut filter is derrire three positions the microphone.


<ul> I use this microphone for a little over a year, and although it should be any use because of its CHARACTERISTICS (I record everything with it), live recording and one I would Reserved overheads in place for my battery, paired with a second KSM27 (KSM141 they say the more appropriate for that, but the KSM27 sounds wonderful). At present, there is nothing in this microphone dplu me. Purists will find fans Neumann probably wrong, but without going into the luxury I find this microphone perfect: solid, good-looking, functional. In terms of sound: trs neutral, no coloration, bass reproduction of impressive size, sharp and fine Fidler, excellent tonal balance. Almost all the microphones I tested before the KSM27 are my possession, and they are almost all of the brand Shure because I am a huge fan. All have their own personality, so I can not compare. I test once a Rode NT1 and a T-Bone SCT 2000 in store, and although he sounded extraordinarily well, I still prfre KSM27 (I possde nanmoins an SCT 2000 for singing, the track lights give a beautiful sound). The report qualitprix is ​​stunning: it is far from Behringer in terms of price but also quality of Contents - it makes sense to put a little more than his wallet! If I have to say that a sentence at the risk of leaving a "slogan" is this: it's excellent price of gold. With exprience, I remake that choice without any hsitation.