Shure KSM141 Stereo Pair Omnidirectional / Cardioid Condenser Microphones

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85 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$870
Shure KSM141 Stereo Pair Omnidirectional/Cardioid Condenser Microphones

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 85/100 is based on analysis of 40+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Designed for both studio and live use, each KSM141 mic has switchable polar patterns (Cardioid and Omni), and High Pass Filters.

They also feature permanently biased transducers and transformerless Class-A output circuitry.

Key Features

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omnidirectional
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz with 15 Hz, 6 dB/Octave and 80 Hz, 18 dB/Octave HPFs
  • Sensitivity: -37 dB at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 145 dB SPL with -15 dB and -25 dB Pads
  • Dynamic Range:131 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 14dB (A weighted)
  • Power Requirements: 48 V ± 4 V
  • Connection Material: Gold Plated
  • Weight:5.5 oz / 156 g
  • Extras: 1 x Carrying Case, 2 x microphone clips, 2 x foam wind screens, A27M stereo stand adapter. (Retailer dependent)

Pros

Users place great confidence in their roadworthiness and sound quality. Being able to withstand tours means they can be a longtime fixture in studios. Speaking more on sound quality, reviewers love the transparency of the pair especially for warmer, natural sounding drums. They work best for capturing vintage cymbals. Aside from drums, other users note that the mics sound great with acoustic guitar as well. adding to its versatility.

Cons

Frequency response may actually work against brighter and more sibilant rock oriented cymbals. Whether this is a true negative will also depend on stylistic choices.

Overall

This is a versatile pair of condenser mics that many users find work great with vintage drums. As a bonus, they sound great with acoustic guitar as well. With modern drum sounds however, may be a hit or a miss depending on your engineering choices.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Overhead Mics - Matched Pairs.

Polar Pattern and Frequency Response

Shure KSM141 Frequency Response

About the Author

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An audio engineer of 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.