Shure KSM27
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Shure KSM27

KSM27, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from Shure.

09/30/2011

Shure KSM27 : Anonymous 's user review

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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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.