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Shure KSM27

Large diaphragm condenser microphone

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Pretty Good

By johnrae, 21/06/2012
The Shure KSM27 is a side-address condenser microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. It was made with studio use in mind, but it's a pretty rugged unit overall. It has a great sound and reproduces very accurately. It runs on 48V Phantom Power. It sounds great through a variety of pre amps. It doesn't color the sound too much either, very faithful, good reproduction.The roll off and pad are very precise, you can see the difference in a spectrometer, and it's pretty impressive. The KSM27 is physically a solid mic for the money, and it's built for quality. It has more switches/features than cheaper mics. I think it's best suited for guitar or to add a slightly warm sound to instruments or vocals. It's a solid piece of craftsmanship compared to cheaper condensers now flooding the market. I would highly recommend this mic to people recording instruments like guitar, double bass, saxes, and clarinets. Nothing too strong as to preserve the diaphragm, but softer instruments like woodwinds and strings are perfect.


My favorite thing about this mic is the quality of sound and build. It's simply a piece of art, and a GREAT deal at 400 bucks. Mics like this that are cheaper, awesome quality, and well built are being released to fill the gap between low end and very high end mics. It's a great time to take advantage of the deals companies are offerning on great mics like these. This is a great mic for any beginner, home studio, or mid level studio space. It's not a professional mic by any standards, but still an awesome piece of equipment. I would recommend this to people who need a good and reliable microphone for studio applications, as condenser mics are generally not suited for live performance and this one is no exception. Well built as it is, it must be treated with care and delicacy.

well rounded

By stompboxjon, 17/06/2012
The Shure SM27 is a well rounded mic that is a condenser mic that doesn’t cost a lot of money and will provide you with a pretty good sound. It came out years ago for around 400 or maybe a little more than that. But now can be purchased brand new for less than 300 dollars. I am not sure why its such a difference in price but im all for it.


Some of the key features of the SM 27 are that it can react very quick and use its mesh layers to reduce wind and popping noises on your “P” words. This mic is not really made for instruments but I have used it on some before and it seemed to work great. I have actually even seen It in a local rock station being used to interview people such as bands that are local or local business owners for radio ads and it works great. Some bad news about it though is that I have heard that its not very heavy duty and if it gets dropped the wrong way it can really mess the mic up and not make it work properly again. Plus a few people told me there mic chord gets shorted out from time to time and they have to keep replacing it. It could be do to something with the hook up on the mic or just that they kept getting cheap chords.

Overall, the mic seems worth it to me, I havent had a bad experience with it. I kept it at home and didn’t take it anywhere with the fear of something happening to it. But for use at home or in a bigger studio it will work for you. Plus it’s a Shure, so you know you are getting good quality. Buy it and try it out.

very good mic for cheap

By ericthegreat, 20/12/2011
The Shure KSM27 is a vocal condenser microphone that is suitable for both use in the studio and the stage.  I have only used it in the studio, but it definitely has the look and the shape of a stage microphone.  However, since it is a condenser microphone it does need to be treated with a little bit more care than a normal dynamic microphone would because it is more sensitive.  It does also require phantom power as all condenser microphones do, so you need to have it plugged into a board that has phantom power if you are going to use it for live shows.


I've been using the Shure KSM27 for a few months here and there as a cheap option for laying down ideas.  I believe that this is what the M-Audio Aries is best suited for and I don't think I would recommend using it for much else in terms of use in the studio.  It has a pretty decent overall sound, but lacks a certain fullness that I would look for in a good condenser microphone.  Although I can't say that I have any experience doing so, I would bet that even though this is a condenser mic, that it would be suited well for live shows, granted you have the phantom power to use with it.  I say this because of the general make up of the mic, and how it is indeed a hand held mic.  It is specifically designed for vocals and definitely looks like a vocal mic.  The price of the Shure KSM27 is really cheap and is probably the main reason that people will be interested in this mic.  While it isn't one of the better mics by a long shot of mics that I have used either in the studio or for live shows, it will get the job done in both applications, of course depending what you are trying to do.

Kierkes's review

By Kierkes, 30/09/2011
The Shure KSM27 is a recently discontinued large diaphragm condenser microphone that is initially remarkable for how small it truly is. Shure has recently discontinued this microphone, replacing it with a fundamentally different SM27. It is a very barebones microphone, having a typical condenser microphone frequency response pattern starting down at 20 Hz and going all the way up to 20,000 Hz. The pad on this microphone gives it 15 dB more headroom, and the Shure KSM27 comes with the complete package of a shock mount, a velvet pouch, and a sturdy carrying case. It has a fixed polar pattern in the typical cardioid.

Keep in mind, this was a smaller, cheaper version of the KSM32, and while they share characteristics, the KSM27 certainly has a few distinct qualities to it that leave it able to perform every role the 32 did, but in a slightly different way.


The KSM27 is a great sounding microphone. Shure is very good with this, as over the years they have consistently failed to make a bad microphone. Just like its bigger brother the KSM32, the Shure KSM27 can fill a variety of roles. I've heard it on vocals, guitar, drum overheads, guitar cabs, and a bunch of other fun applications, like a wood block. This microphone shines, because it has that sound that one would imagine if the world just became more colorful. It sounds odd, but that is the experience I had with the KSM27. When I listened to it, I just felt the room light up. It was extremely vibrant, and while I love it, I can certainly see where the more subtle sound of the KSM32 or the newer version of the KSM27, the SM27.

Shure never fails, and it's a wonder why they discontinued this microphone at all; they could have offered the SM27 as a different flavor, because I really did like the SM27.
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Shure KSM27 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Shure
  • Model:KSM27
  • Category:Large diaphragm condenser microphones
  • Added in our database on: 03/24/2004

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