Shure KSM141

Discussion in 'Location Recording' started by MicHead, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. MicHead

    MicHead Active Member

    Does anyone have comments on the KSM141? The key interests are quality and accuracy. Will they hold up for heavy location use?. Please don't compare to Schoeps, AKG or Coles.

  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    They're great mics - durable as heck and pretty darn good sound! I wouldn't hesitate to use them right next to the mics that you said not to compare them to. It's one of the handful of multi-pattern mics that I like and as long as you keep the mechanism clear and clean, you should have a working mic until shortly after the last ****roach dies.

  3. MicHead

    MicHead Active Member

    Thank you for the info. I see we think a bit alike. Although not right next to them these little battle tanks are destined for that nasty, hazardous duty job as accent mics. This is why I asked if they would hold up. You know, there is nothing like the feeling you get when a choir or orchestra tramples through your mic field on their way to an overdue smoke and cell phone break. And you watch in horror as cables get tangled in feet and (as they will tell you), those almost invisible mics begin toppling into music stands on the way down to sure death. So I have learned to leave the big stuff strapped to telephone poles that are electrified out front, and away from the cattle. So now when I scream at the top of my lungs "Hey, your destroying my Shure mics!!" they at least have some name recognition and might be able to prevent "microphone Armageddon". But if you holler, "hey!! your your ruining my Brauner!!", they generally think someone's bra strap got hooked on the Oboe behind them. So, another problem solved, and at a much lower cost. Take care.

  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Oh, so you have that problem with oboes as well. Amazing how it keeps cropping up.
  5. MicHead

    MicHead Active Member

    Well, I have tried them out and can hear that they are going to do what any good "blue collar" mic would do -- operate well on the factory floor. So they now reside in the kit and I'm quite happy. Problem resolved. Thanks again for your insight J.
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    My problem with oboes isn't necessarily their bra straps, it's when they open their mouth and speak. High frequencies and a double reed addles their brains.
  7. MicHead

    MicHead Active Member

    Amazing! What the human body can do under stress -- the lights, the crowds and all. That's why these mics are important. You can dispatch them to these semi-hostile environments we all know as the concert stage. I would suggest to Shure that they issue a camo version of the KSM141 in a battle ready carrying case.
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Digital pattern......MARPAT edition!!!! I've already re-purposed all of my gas mask SKB cases with the purge valves! NOW you've gone and got me motivated! LOL Except we don't have any no account oboes in the real Corps. (Pres Own being figure head fake Marines-no boot camp or weapons training or deployments-lots of friends up there though from Grad school etc)

    And nothing is Marine Proof. When it absolutely positively has to be destroyed overnight. OK, enough fun from me. I'll contain my motivated outbursts for another year or so in deference to the sensitivity of our readers. And my genteel reputation. ^_^
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Amen to the Genteel Rep.

    I like the idea of the mic being "blue collar".....I had wondered for a while what they do and it seems that this price point makes them a close relative to certain 'desert island mics' we all use and love.
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