Shure KSM27
Shure KSM27

KSM27, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from Shure.

ericthegreat 12/20/2011

Shure KSM27 : ericthegreat's user review

« very good mic for cheap »

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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.