Shure KSM313/NE Review / Test (vs. SM7b, M160, KU5a, U87)

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Today i review the Shure KSM313/NE a figure-8 ribbon mic which offers a standard ribbon sound as well as a brighter ribbon sound depending on the side of the mic you use. It still has a full low end without being overpowering, a neutral mid section and a rolled off air frequency.

Interface: Focsurite Scarlett 18i20 2nd Gen
Conversion: 24-bit / 48kHz
Gain: ~4:30
Boosted in Post: +8dB

• Polar Pattern: Bidirectional
• Freq Response : 30Hz - 15khz
• Sensitivity: -54.5dBV
• Max SPL: 146dB
• Impedance: 270 Ohms

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00:00 - Intro / Setup
00:33 - What’s in the Box
00:55 - Build Quality / Walkthrough
01:18 - Specifications
01:29 - Polar Pattern Test (Tone / Rotation)
02:24 - Recording Two Sounds Demo
03:07 - Plosive Test
03:31 - Distance Test / Proximity Effect Test
03:55 - Background Noise Test
04:13 - Untreated Room Test
04:40 - Shock Rejection Test
05:00 - Mic Resonance Tap Test
05:14 - Intro to Comparison
05:41 - Shure SM7b Comparison
06:13 - sE Electronics VR2 Comparison
06:40 - Royer R10 Comparison
07:12 - Beyerdynamic M160 Comparison
07:42 - Rode NTR Comparison
08:16 - AEA KU5a Comparison
08:56 - Neumann U87 Ai Comparison
09:27 - Music Test
11:03 - Pros & Cons
12:30 - Overall Thoughts
14:13 - Recommendation
15:18 - Outro

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