Available Options

KSM32/CG Charcoal Gray, with swivel mount and carrying case
KSM32/SL Champagne, with shock mount, swivel mount, aluminum case (shown)

An embossed single-diaphragm, side-address, cardioid condenser microphone for highly critical studio recording and live sound productions. The Shure KSM32 offers an extended frequency response for an open, natural sounding reproduction of the original sound source. 

Application

Acoustic Bass

Acoustic Guitar

Bass Amp

Brass/Saxophone

Cymbals

Guitar Amp

Orchestra/Strings

Percussion

Piano/Organ

Studio Ensemble

Studio Vocals

Woodwinds

Microphone Type

Condenser:

Lightweight, sensitive diaphragm. Precisely and smoothly captures sound nuances. Powered by battery or phantom power supply.

Polar Pattern

Cardioid:

Picks up the most sound in front of the microphone and some from the sides. Less susceptible to feedback in high volume environments.

Frequency Response

Flat:

Wide, uniform response. Consistent sensitivity through frequency range.

Form Factor

Side-Address

Model Line

KSM

Downloads
KSM Microphone Product Brochure (PDF)
KSM32 Specification Sheet (PDF)
KSM32 User Guide (PDF)
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FAQ's for KSM32
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Features
  • Class A, transformerless preamplifier circuitry eliminates cross-over distortion for improved linearity across the full frequency range.
  • Embossed, high-compliance diaphragm provides extended low-frequency response.
  • Ultra-thin, gold-layered, low-mass, Mylar® diaphragm for excellent transient response
  • 15 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL)
  • Switchable low-frequency filter provides greater flexibility to reduce background noise or to counteract proximity effect.
  • Integrated three-stage pop protection grille reduces "pop" and other breath noise
  • Internal shock mount reduces transmission of handling noise
  • Replacement cartridge:  RK374 

Performance Characteristics

  • Extended frequency response
  • Very low self-noise
  • Exceptional low-frequency reproduction
  • High output level
  • High input SPL capability
  • No cross-over distortion
  • Extremely uniform polar response
  • Superior common mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency interference

Applications

Some typical applications for the KSM32 are listed below. Microphone use, however, is a matter of personal taste. The KSM32 may be used for a variety of applications other than those listed. 

  • Voice -- solo, background, voice-over, broadcasting
  • Acoustic instruments -- such as piano, guitar, drums, percussion, strings
  • Wind instruments -- brass and woodwind
  • Low frequency instruments -- such as double bass, electric bass, kick drum
  • Overhead miking -- drums or percussion
  • Ensembles -- choral or orchestral
  • Room ambiance pick-up -- guitar amplifier or drums 

Both the acoustic environment and microphone placement have significant effects on the sound obtained when miking a source. You may need to experiment with these variables to achieve the best overall sound for each application. 

Specifications
Type
Permanently-biased Condenser
Frequency Response
20 to 20,000 Hz
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Phantom power required?
48 Vdc +/- 4 Vdc (IEC-268-15/DIN 45 596), positive pins 2 and 3
Accessories
Name Availability
A32SC

A32SC

Carrying Case, Aluminum, for KSM32 Microphone.

A32VB

A32VB

Pouch, Velveteen, for KSM32 Microphone

A32ZB

A32ZB

Padded zippered carrying bag for Shure KSM32 or KSM44 microphones.

A32M

A32M

Securely mounts Shure side-address, large diaphragm microphones to standard microphone stands. For use with Shure KSM27, KSM32, and KSM44 microphones. Available in black.

RK371

RK371

Grille for KSM32/SL Microphone, Champagne.

RK372

RK372

Grille for KSM32/CG Microphone.

RK374

RK374

Replacement cartridge for KSM32 Microphones.

A32WS

A32WS

Microphone windscreen reduces unwanted breath and wind noise. For use with SM27, KSM27, KSM32 and KSM44 microphones. Available in black.

PS-6

PS-6

Attenuates unwanted breath noise and plosives and can be clamped onto most stands.

A32SM

A32SM

Elastic suspension shock mount for use with Shure KSM32 microphones.