The KSM8 has a wide sweet spot, due to the design of the Dualdyne element and its ability to control proximity effect. Additionally, the neutral mid/high frequency response of the KSM8 requires little-or-no external signal processing - resulting in consistent, natural-sounding audio, regardless of the artist's mic technique. In a sound reinforcement system, the KSM8 addresses proximity effect (the build-up of bass frequencies) in a manner unique for dynamic microphones.
The design of the KSM8 Dualdyne cartridge creates a new standard for polar pattern uniformity. This can be heard when one monitors the off-axis sound (stage-bleed) as picked up by the KSM8 cardioid polar pattern. The off-axis sound is uncolored and natural sounding.