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Shure KSM141

Small-diaphragm dual-pattern condenser microphone

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Our take on the Shure KSM141

The Shure KSM141 condenser microphone was designed for recording instruments in the studio. You can easily switch between the mic's cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns, to capture the most accurate sound from a variety of instruments.

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The Shure KSM141 condenser microphone was designed for recording instruments in the studio. You can easily switch between the mic's cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns, to capture the most accurate sound from a variety of instruments.

Shure KSM141 condenser microphone

Use two KSM141mics in an X/Y configuration for capturing great acoustic guitar sounds.

The mic's subsonic filter rejects sounds below 17 Hz, virtually eliminating low frequency rumble. A selectable low-frequency filter lets you further reduce the effect of background noise. And the mic's three-position switchable pad lets you make adjustments for handling extremely high sound pressure levels, helping to keep the recorded sound clean and accurate.

Superior build quality for superior sound

This end-address mic features an ultra-thin 24k gold-layered Mylar® diaphragm. The Mylar makes it extremely durable — and its low mass ensures accurate transient response. Gold-plating on internal and external connectors ensures clear signal transfer.

Versatile studio mic for instruments

The KSM141 delivers precise sound from acoustic instruments like guitar and double bass. Its response is also well-suited to stringed instruments, brass, and woodwinds, as well as choral and orchestral ensembles. You can even use it to record percussion instruments (especially cymbals), as well as piano and organ.

Product Highlights:

  • dual-pattern end-address condenser microphone
  • designed for instrument recording
  • selectable cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns
  • rotating collar for easy switching between polar patterns
  • ultra-thin low mass Mylar diaphragm for superior transient response
  • built-in discrete, Class A, transformerless preamp for transparent sound with low distortion
  • three-position switchable pad (0 dB, 15 dB, 25 dB) for handling high sound pressure levels
  • three-position low-frequency filter reduces background noise and counteracts proximity effect
  • subsonic filter eliminates low-frequency rumble (below 17 Hz) caused by mechanical vibration
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • output impedance: 150 ohms
  • sensitivity: -37 dBV/Pa
  • max. SPL: 134 dB, 159 dB w/pad
  • 5-3/4" length x 7/8" diameter
  • weight: 3.5 oz.
  • XLR connector
  • requires 48-volt phantom power on your mixer or audio interface
Included Accessories:
  • carry case
  • windscreen
  • stand adapter
  • stereo mic adapter
Other Info:

What's in the Box:

  • Microphone
  • Carry case (Hard plastic)
  • Stand adaptor
  • Windscreen
  • Owner's manual (Eng / Span / Fren and Others)
  • Warranty card
  • Safety and Warnings

Shure KSM141 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

A fine product

Oldcabdriver from the Washington, DC Area on 12/1/2014

I bought a pair of these to mic my acoustic guitars in my home studio. They work very well together in that role, with one aimed roughly at the 12th fret and the other toward the bridge. It takes some tinkering around to find the "sweet spot," but it's there. The sound using one mic instead of two is still quite good. It just loses some of the richness that twin mics provide in acoustic guitar recording. I'm sure that there are even better alternatives out there, but this is fine product at a reasonable price.

Pros: Sound quality, durability, ease of use

Cons: Limited to instrument recording -- but does a very good job in that role.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Application For live & studio use
Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Selectable
Phantom Power Y
Connector XLR
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity -37dBV/Pa
Max SPL 170
Diameter 0.98
Length 5.725
Weight 5.5 oz.
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Shure KSM141 is a dual-pattern, end-addressed condenser microphone designed for studio use, but rugged enough for live applications. It features a rotating collar switch, that allows the polar pattern to be either cardioid or omnidirectional, making this mic flexible enough for a wide variety of recording and live applications. An ultra-thin, 2.5 micron, 24-carat gold layered, low mass Mylar diaphragm offers superior transient response. With the ability to withstand extremely high sound pressure levels and an extended frequency response, the KSM141 is ideal for recording wind and acoustic instruments, low frequency instruments like kick drums and bass guitars, as well as for overhead miking and choral or orchestral ensembles.

Polar Patterns: The KSM141's rotating collar-switch lets you select either a cardioid or omnidirectional polar pattern.

  • Cardioid: With this pattern, the microphone picks up sounds directly in front of it, while rejecting sounds from the sides and rear. This is most commonly used in studio recording and live sound.
  • Omnidirectional: This pattern picks up sounds from all directions and is best for miking several sources, such as an ensemble or multiple singers, simultaneously. An omnidirectional pattern is also good for picking up room ambience and overhead miking of drums.

High-pass Filter: A three-position switch on the mic lets you adjust the low-frequency response. This helps reduce unwanted bass caused by room noise, wind, and the proximity effect. The three settings include:

  • Flat: No filtering. This provides the most natural sound in most applications.
  • Low Frequency Cutoff (1): This setting provides an 18 dB/octave cutoff at 80 Hz.
  • Low Frequency Cutoff (2): This setting provides a 6 dB/octave cutoff at 115 Hz.

Attenuation Pad: Miking loud sound sources or placing a mic extremely close to an instrument can subject the diaphragm to very high sound pressure levels, which may cause audible distortion. The KSM141 includes an 3-position attenuation switch with 0, -15 dB, and -25 dB settings.

Phantom Power: Because the KSM141 is a condenser microphone, it requires +48 Vdc phantom power.

Connection: The output connection is a gold plated, 3-pin, male XLR connector, that offers a balanced, low impedance output.


  • Element: Electret condenser
  • Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omnidirectional
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Output Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: -37 dB/Pa
  • Signal to Noise: 80 dB
  • Phantom Power: +48 Vdc
  • High-pass Filter: Flat, 80 Hz @ 18 dB/octave, 115 Hz @ 6 dB/octave
  • Attenuation: 0 dB, -15 dB, -25 dB
  • Maximum SPL: 170 dB (-25 dB pad, 5000 ohm load @ 1000 Hz)
  • Dimensions: Length - 5.725", Diameter - 0.98"
  • Weight: 5.5 oz.

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