Shure KSM137 Stereo Matched Pair Condenser Microphones
The Shure KSM137 is a popular high SPL (sound pressure level) microphone, so it is not surprising for a matched pair version to get the same positive response. It features an end-address condenser cardioid design, with a three-position dB pad that changes the microphone’s input volume. This allows it to handle different degrees of loudness, from vocals, to acoustic guitars, to drums.
The microphone also comes with a three-position low-frequency filter which helps to cut down background noise as well as prevent low-frequency rumble. This can be nifty when recording a bass heavy instruments or even a kick drum.
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 37 dBV/Pa (14.1 mV), Open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical: 1 Pa = 94 dB SP
- Impedance: 150 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 134 dB (159 dB w/Pad)
- Dynamic Range: 5000 ohms load: 131 dB, 2500 ohms load: 125 dB, 1000 ohms load: 120 dB
- Equivalent Noise Level: 14dB (A weighted)
- Power Requirements: 11V to 52V Phantom Power
- Connection Material: Gold Plated
- Weight: 3.5oz (100g)
- Extras: Carrying Case, Stand Adapters, A27M Stereo Mic Adapter, Windscreens, dB Pad (−15 & −25 dB), Low-Frequency Pad
Versatility is a common theme among the many owners and users who are impressed with the Shure KSM137. In addition to being good overheads, owners report they are just as good when used with stringed instruments like the harp, violin, viola, acoustic guitar and many more. There are even reports of them working well with other percussion instruments like the xylophone, marimba, conga, and more. As expected from a Shure mic, the KSM137 also gets a lot of commendations for its reliability and solid build.
There are some who feel that the mic loses some of the bottom end, but this is to be expected given its small diaphragm condenser design.
The Shure KSM137 Stereo Matched Pair is definitely worth the expense if you’re serious about recording. Aside from the pedigree carried by the Shure name, the microphone has a variety of features that make it incredibly versatile in the studio.
To see which stereo pairs are on our recommended list take a look at our guide to The Best Overhead Drum Mics - Matched Pairs.