Shure KSM32 by edva
The Shure KSM 32 is a single diaphragm, fixed pattern, cardioid condenser microphone intended primarily for studio use, although it has found its way into the live arena as well.
The mic shares the now-familiar Shure LDC body design, and appears to be well constructed. It ships in the usual, very nice, small metal case, with mounts and cloth bag. It is available in either "champagne" or "charcoal" finishes.
The mic has both pad and lo-cut switches provided.
Sonically, the KSM 32 has a clear, bright tone that is noticeably tilted toward the high frequencies. The highs are relatively smooth, but can sizzle a bit with a sibilant or crispy source. I tested the KSM 32 on vocal and other sources through a Midas H3K console, and found myself using EQ to control the highs, as they were not "silky" but instead a bit too present or forward for my personal tastes. I have also used the mic to distant-mic choirs and string sections, and it performs better in those types of situations, where its high frequency capture and reach are a good fit for the task at hand.
The KSM 32 is a quality instrument, but would not be my first call on most things, because it is too hyped in the highs and not quite smooth enough in that area for my tastes. But, for those wanting a well built, bright sounding mic, it is a decent value.