Review: Shure KSM32
Positives:Great sound, not terribly expensive.
Negatives:NO pattern options
The Shure KSM32 is a large diaphragm electret condenser microphone utilizing a transformerless circuit. It’s big brother, the KSM44a has the true 1″ condenser element but this mic sounds just about as good with its electret style capsule. In fact, I have used this mic in conjunction with the KSM44a for M-S micing technique on overheads with GREAT results. The mic is heavy and very solidly built. The grille has a rough outter layer on older version, unlike the fine mesh used by the 44, which newer versions now employ. Even though the mic has a permanently charged electret, this mic requires phantom power (+48v) from your mic pre to power the on board pre circuit. Other features include a bass roll off and -15db Pad. The KSM32 can handle up to 126db of SPL which is ample to handle most situations. The mic sounds great on vocals as well as on acoustic guitars and on lower toms. Like it’s big brother, there really are no bad points about the mic. It’s clean, clear and sound phenomenal! It’s priced right for the features and quality you get.