Shure KSM141 Dual Pattern Instrument Microphone  From Shure

Dual-pattern end-addressed condenser microphone

Shure

$399.00

Retail:  $499.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Shure

The KSM141 is a dual-pattern end-addressed condenser microphone with a rotating collar, allowing easy switching between a consistent cardioid or true omnidirectional polar pattern for smooth and extremely focused sound reproduction. 

Designed for studio use, yet rugged enough for live applications, the KSM141 can withstand extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL). Its low self-noise and extended frequency response make it ideal for recording musical instruments.

Features

  • A mechanical polar pattern switch for highly consistent cardioid and true omnidirectional polar patterns. Provides flexibility in a wide variety of recording applications
  • Ultra-thin, 2.5 micron, 24 karat gold-layered, low mass Mylar® diaphragm for superior transient response
  • Class A, discrete, transformerless preamplifier for transparency, extremely fast transient response, no crossover distortion, and minimal harmonic and intermodulation distortion
  • Premium electronic components, including gold-plated internal and external connectors
  • Subsonic filter eliminates low frequency rumble (less than 17 Hz) caused by mechanical vibration
  • Three-position switchable pad (0 dB, 15 dB, and 25 dB) for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPLs)
  • Three-position switchable low-frequency filter to reduce background noise and counteract proximity effect 

Performance Characteristics 

  • Extended frequency response
  • Low self-noise
  • Exceptional reproduction of low-frequency sounds
  • Can withstand high sound pressure levels (SPL)
  • High output level
  • No crossover distortion
  • Uniform polar response
  • Superior common mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency interference 

Applications 

Some typical applications for the KSM141 are listed below. Microphone use, however, is a matter of personal taste. The KSM141 may be used for a variety of applications other than those listed.

  • 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 strongly affect the sound obtained from miking a source. You may need to experiment with microphone placement and room treatments to achieve the best overall sound for each application. 

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About Manufacturer

Since 1925, musicians and music enthusiasts around the world have chosen Shure with confidence in the unparalleled sound and performance of our products. For forty years and counting, the Shure SM58 has been the most popular vocal microphone in the world, revered for its natural sound and famed durability. Our wireless microphones are synonymous with innovative technology and bulletproof reliability. And our award-winning earphones are redefining the audio experience for the most discerning listeners. But Shure stands for more than quality products. We are passionate about enabling performances that engage, energize and inspire audiences -- performances that help shape the course of history. Shure was there when Elvis stepped into Sun Studios and when JFK vowed to put a man on the moon. We've been on the world's biggest stages, from Live Earth to the Oval Office, ever since. Shure is also passionate about getting it right. We work tirelessly to develop flawless products and support them with the best customer service in the industry. In fact, in everything we do, we are committed to delivering a great audio experience -- because that's the true measure of legendary performance.

Specifications

Cartridge Type
Permanently Biased Condenser
Frequency Response
20 to 20,000 Hz 
Directional Polar Pattern
Cardioid/Omnidirectional
Output Impedance
150 ohms (actual)
Attenuation Switch
0 dB, 15 dB, or 25 dB attenuation
Low Frequency Response Switch
Flat; -6 db/octave below 115 Hz
-18 dB/octave below 80 Hz
Phantom Power
48 Vdc +/- 4 Vdc (IEC­268­15/DIN 45 596), positive pins 2 and 3
Current Drain
4.65 mA typical at 48 Vdc
Common Mode Rejection
>50 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Polarity
Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on output pin 2 relative to pin 3
Dimensions and Weight
20 mm (0.8 in.) diameter, 146 mm (5.75 in.) long
156 grams (5.5 oz.)
Sensitivity (typical, at 1000 Hz; 1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
-37 dBV/Pa
Self­noise (typical, equivalent SPL; A-weighted, IEC 651)
14 dB
Maximum SPL
5000 ohm load (Attenuator on): 145 (160, 170) dB
2500 ohm load (Attenuator on): 139 (154, 164) dB
1000 ohm load (Attenuator on): 134 (149, 159) dB
Output Clipping Level*
5000 ohm load: 15 dBV
2500 ohm load: 9 dBV
1000 ohm load: 3 dBV
*20 Hz to 20 kHz; THD < 1%. THD of the microphone preamplifier when applied input signal is equivalent to the cartridge output at specified SPL.
Dynamic Range
5000 ohm load: 131 dB
2500 ohm load: 125 dB
1000 ohm load: 120 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio**
80 dB
**S/N ratio is difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self-noise A-weighted.

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KSM141 User Guide

KSM141 Spec Sheet (Includes Polar Pattern Graphs)