Shure KSM141 SL Dual-pattern End-Address Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

93 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank Recommendation

The KSM141 SL appeared on our recommended list for Condenser Mics from October 2018 until March 2020 when it was removed due to being out-ranked by other mics.

It also appeared on our Microphones for Recording Acoustic Guitar recommended list from January 2016 to June 2017 and again from July 2018 until March 2020.


The Shure KSM141 SL is a premium small diaphragm condenser microphone, featuring a low mass 2.5 micron thin mylar condenser diaphragm that allows it to handle loud sound sources.

To achieve this, Shure designed the mic to have high max SPL handling of 159dB thanks to its three position switchable pad which attenuates at 25 dB, 15 dB and 0.

It also houses a Class A transformerless design preamp that further improves overall performance while reducing noise.

In addition, the KSM141 SL comes with two polar patterns, cardioid and omnidirectional for easier positioning. The cardioid pattern lets you do traditional mic setups where in the capsule faces the sound source at your preferred angle. On the other hand, you can use the Omnidirectional pattern to capture ambience or multiple sound sources at once.

And since this mic is from Shure, you know that it will last you a long long time.

The Shure KSM141 SL is a solid investment for studio owners and musicians who are looking for a reliable and great sounding small diaphragm condenser mic. And it has to be said that since this is from Shure, you know that it will last you a long time.


  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omnidirectional
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 134dB (159dB with Pad)
  • Applications: Recording of drums, guitar amps and acoustic instruments
  • Power Requirements: 48V

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Shure KSM141 SL Frequency Response and Polar Pattern Charts

Shure KSM141 SL frequency response chart