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The KSM137 is an end-address condenser microphone with a single cardioid polar pattern. Designed for studio use, yet rugged enough for live applications, the KSM137 can withstand extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL). Its low self-noise and extended frequency response make it ideal for recording instruments. Versatile, durable, and precise, the KSM137 is an outstanding microphone for instruments ranging from percussion to wind, strings to brass, and piano to guitar. Features Highly consistent cardioid polar pattern 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 Switchable 15 dB pad for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPLs) 3-position switchable pad (0 dB, 15 dB, and 25 dB) for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPLs) 3-position switchable low-frequency filter reduces background noise and counteracts proximity effect Performance Characteristics Extended frequency response Exceptional reproduction of low-frequency sounds Can withstand high sound pressure levels (SPL) Superior common mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency interference Common Applications 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


Warm sounding SDC on a $300 budget

KSM137 is ok in that price range. I would look around for a used Josephson c42 or used Beyer MC930. I paid around $300 for each of those no ebay a while back A decent dynamic mic for acoustic is the beyer m201. They are like $250 new.

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Drum overheads SDC alternative to Oktava 012

I swear by the KSM137 or KSM141 I have been using them for years Bright, open sound

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Yes, this was an amazing post thank you. I thought slate was sub-only? If I can buy T2 on sale, I'm in. good looks on that tip. I've never tried an RE anything in a bass cab... That's a fun idea. I was thinking SSL maybe, I used those 500s on...

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