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Gearslutz - Nominations for - Favourite Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics under $1000?

I love the ksm32 !! It's very versatile and always seems to sound good!!

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Setting up a community studio

...Here is a simple ensemble of mics and other gear: ________________________________________ Drums: 1 Sennheiser 421 2 Shure SM57 4 Shure SM98 2 Shure SM81 2 Shure KSM 32 Bass: 1 Countryman DI box 1 Sennheiser 421 Guitar: 2 Sennheiser 421 2 Shure SM57 Piano/Keys: 2 Countryman DI 2 AKG 414 Vocals: Shure SM57 Shure SM7 Misc: Mackie Big Knob 6 sets of Beyerdynamic D770 headphones Furman Headphone System w/ 5 boxes 3 Presonus M-80 mic pres KRK...

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Best single channel mic pre for under $1200?

I would suggest UA LA-610 but also different microphone, if you sell TLM103 you could buy something like AEA N22, Rode NTR or Shure SM7 + KSM32, but I'm not a fan of TLM103 so YMMV

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Product Description

An embossed single-diaphragm, side-address, cardioid condenser microphone for highly critical studio recording and live sound productions. The Shure KSM32 offers an extended frequency response for an open, natural sounding reproduction of the original sound source. Features

  • Class A, transformerless preamplifier circuitry eliminates cross-over distortion for improved linearity across the full frequency range.
  • Embossed, high-compliance diaphragm provides extended low-frequency response.
  • Ultra-thin, gold-layered, low-mass, Mylar® diaphragm for excellent transient response
  • 15 dB attenuation switch for handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL)
  • Switchable low-frequency filter provides greater flexibility to reduce background noise or to counteract proximity effect.
  • Integrated three-stage pop protection grille reduces "pop" and other breath noise
  • Internal shock mount reduces transmission of handling noise
  • Replacement cartridge: RK374
Performance Characteristics
  • Extended frequency response
  • Very low self-noise
  • Exceptional low-frequency reproduction
  • High output level
  • High input SPL capability
  • No cross-over distortion
  • Extremely uniform polar response
  • Superior common mode rejection and suppression of radio frequency interference
  • Applications
Some typical applications for the KSM32 are listed below. Microphone use, however, is a matter of personal taste. The KSM32 may be used for a variety of applications other than those listed. Voice -- solo, background, voice-over, broadcasting 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