Shure KSM141 SL Dual-pattern End-Address Condenser Microphone
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.
- 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
They may use different words like clean and glistening but most reviewers are saying the something similar, they credit sonic transparency as the main reason that they rate the Shure KSM141 SL highly. A big chunk of the positive reviews are for those who are impressed with how the mic works with acoustic guitars, but there are also plenty of reports where in the mic is used for other instruments, including as overhead for cymbals. Reliability also gets a lot of attention, with some users happily reporting that they haven't encountered any issues with the mic, even after many years of use. Its switchable polar pattern adds to the mics overall versatility, making it a practical tool to have in home studios where space and budget are limited.
Aside from a few who wish that the price was lower, there aren't any noteworthy complaints from owners. It's large number of features can be a bit daunting for beginners, so expect to have to experiment quite a bit if you haven't used similar mics before.
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.
Although this is a very good mic, there are even more highly rated options currently on our recommended lists which you can see in our guides to:
Shure KSM141 SL Frequency Response and Polar Pattern Charts: