KSM32 Studio Condenser Microphone

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

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

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 ambience 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

Cartridge Type
Permanently-biased condensor

Frequency Response
20 Hz to 20 kHz

Directional Pattern
Cardioid

Sensitivity (at 1000 Hz)
Open Circuit Voltage....................... -36dBV/Pa (16mV) typical (1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)

Self Noise (Equivalent SPL)
13 dB typical, A-weighted (IEC 651)

Total Harmonic Distortion (20 Hz to 20kHz, 2500 ohm load)
<0.08% for a 120 dB equivalent SPL input

Maximum SPL (20 Hz to 20 kHz, THD < 1%)
2500 ohm load ................................139 dB (154 dB w/attenuation)
1000 ohm load ................................133 dB (148 dB w/attenuation)

Output Clipping Level (20 Hz ro 20kHz, THD < 1%)
2500 ohm load ................................ +9 dBV (2.82 V rms)
1000 ohm load ................................ +3 dBV (1.41 V rms)

Dynamic Range (20 Hz to 20 kHz, 2500 ohm load)
126 dB (maximum SPL minus A-weighted noise level)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio
81 dB (IEC 651)

Output Impedance
150 ohm (actual)

Attenuation Switch
0 or -15 dB

Low Frequency Response Switch
Flat, -6 dB/octave below 115 Hz, -18 db/octave below 80 Hz

Power
Phantom Power ................................ 48 Vdc ±4 Vdc (IEC-268-15/DIN 45 596), positive pins 2 and 3
Current Drain ................................... 4.65 mA typical at 48Vdc