Shure KSM141 Multi-Pattern Microphone

Rotate the KSM141's collar to easily switch pickup patterns from omni to cardioid. Engage the -25 dB pad to capture even the loudest percussion sources.

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


- A mechanical polar pattern switch for highly consistent cardioid and true omni-directional polar patterns. Provides flexibility in a wide variety of recording applications
- Ultra-thin, 2.5 micron, 24 karat gold-layered, low mass Mylar(R) 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

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.

Shure KSM141 Performance Characteristics

- Extended frequency response
- Low self-noise
- Exceptional reproduction of low-frequency sounds read more
- 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

Sensitivity and Toughness

Meticulously crafted from premium components, KSM microphones are exquisitely engineered to capture the detailed sonic nuance of critical studio performances, while withstanding the rigors of the most demanding stage environments. Delivering a level of clarity, control, and durability that is simply unprecedented, KSM microphones represent the pinnacle of Shure audio innovation-- defining greater standards in audio performance.

Shure KSM141 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 -- 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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- Cartridge Type: Permanently Biased Condenser
- Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
- Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid/Omni-directional
- Output Impedance: 150 ohms
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SHU KSM141SL
KSM141/SL ST, Stereo Matched Pair
Shipping Weight: 3.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SHU KSM141SLST

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-516-2525

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (10 ratings)
Submitted January 16, 2019 by Jonathan B in Mesquite, TX

"Best SDC Pair Under $2,000"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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These mics are a stupid good value. I don't think you can do better for twice the price. The frequency response is very flat, with just a smidge of added air on the top end. They have ridiculous low end extension for a small diaphragm condenser. They're more like an LDC in how deep they reach, but without losing that SDC speed. Speaking of speed, the transient response on these mics is very, very good.These guys work well on everything. Overheads, hi-hat/ride, snare, toms, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, even vocals with a pop filter. The switchable polar pattern is also very convenient. No switchable capsules to loose or break. If you're going to only buy one pair of SDCs, I don't think there's a better choice than these anywhere near the price point. They're very versatile. The case and stereo bar if you buy the pair are also very nice.I typically use these as overheads live, either in cardioid or omni depending on the genre, room and stage volume. They're built like tanks and hold up well to the rigors of the road.

Musical Background:

Professional FOH Engineer for 20+ years.

Musical Style:

Whatever pays the bills. Usually rock and pop type bands.
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