Shure KSM27SL

Shure KSM27SL

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KSM27SL, Large diaphragm condenser microphone from Shure.

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Shure KSM27SL tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Shure
  • Model: KSM27SL
  • Category: Large diaphragm condenser microphones
  • Added in our database on: 10/13/2004

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Shure KSM27SL user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 5 reviews )
 1 user review20 %
 3 reviews60 %

mooseherman's review"Affordably-priced condenser microphone"

Shure KSM27SL
This is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that I use quite frequently nowadays. It's a lot cheaper than many other large diaphragm condenser microphones that are of a similar quality. While it's generally used more for studios than live, I do think that it is a better option than most large diaphragm condensers for live because it's built tough and it is on the cheaper side, so it's more easily replaceable on the offchance that it does break (this is unlikely unless you are careless, though). There is only one cardioid pattern, which other reviews have mentioned, which is unfortunate but that's the trade-off that you make for having such a good price.


I like the surprisingly versatile use of this microphone. I have used a pair of them as overheads, which is a decidedly unique but often effective use for them. I have also used it in tandem with a dynamic mic on a guitar cabinet, which resulted in a fantastically detailed sound. I don't particularly like them as room mics as they don't have a more encompassing cardioid pattern. But there are certainly good uses for them, if you have no other options for vocals these aren't really a bad option, and they work on acoustic guitars well too. The sound is definitely not on par with a Neumann U87, or any tube-based condenser, but that's to be expected given the price difference between those mics and this one. Also, you don't have to worry about this one breaking on you and costing a fortune to fix. I think that for the home studio, or even some live situations, this is a great bet especially if you are on a budget (which, honestly, most of us are). Highly recommended unless you've already got better mics to work with.

victormelamade's review

Shure KSM27SL
The KSM 27 is a very cheaply priced large diaphragm condenser from the legendary mic company Shure. Shure is so well known in the audio world that you can basically trust anything they put out to be a quality product. The KSM27 is in my opinion definitely no exception. It's a large diaphragm condenser type microphone that is supposed to be for studio usage but I have also seen people use them on stage to mic up a latin percussion section. They had a stereo pair of them mounted on booms pointing down at the section, and it sounded awesome coming through the venue speakers. More commonly you will find these in studios though. I know some people swear by using these as drum overheads even though they are not that expensive. They seem to have a frequency response that works very well for capturing an entire drum set with focus on the cymbals. Even though they're large diaphragm they have a very tight high frequency response that really can make the cymbals shimmer. It's a cardioid mic and unlike the other KSM mics you can't change the pattern on it, which is too bad since that makes it a lot more flexible. Shure will give you a nice case and shock mount with this mic which is a nice deal.


I have been using KSM mics pretty much since they came out. They are very common in nicer studios as well as home studios. It's very good sound quality for relatively short money, so it's no surprise these things sell very well. They are very solid and heavy mics as most Shure mics are, which is reassuring since you feel like you could drop it and it would be fine. It does lack a few key features like a low cut filter, but overall for the price it's hard to be disappointed with this mic. I recommend it.

webstersays's review

Shure KSM27SL
The ksm27 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that is often used for recording and sometimes for live too. It is mostly used for music but I have a friend who uses it for the theater stage as well. It is a cardiod microphone so it mostly picks up what is right in front of it. The fact that it's a condenser makes it useful for things with quick transients and high frequencies. This being the case it is used for drum overheads a lot of the time. Again since they are cardioid, you can get away with using them live since they won't be picking up all of the spill from the other parts of the stage. There is no polarity switch unfortunately so if you want an omni or a figure 8 mic you won't be able to have that kind of flexibility with this one.


I don't own this mic but my band has recorded with it using it as drum overheads, and also I have played shows where these had been used as overheads. That's been over the past few years so I've encountered them plenty of times. The sound of them is very clear and works very well to capture the shimmers of cymbals and crack of the drums. They are very quiet as when playing back the recordings, I couldn't hear a lot of static on the tracks. I have encountered a good deal of other condenser mics, and this one is sort of average. They are very sturdy, you could drop it and it seems like it would be fine which is nice. It doesn't really do anything to the sound, but it's more like a mirror. Some would definitely prefer a more animated sound, while this one is almost transparent to a fault. These are not very expensive for the sound quality, so they're certainly a good value. I don't own one myself, but if I ever wanted to get drum overheads these are one of the first types I would consider.

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

Shure KSM27SL
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.

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