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SHURE BETA 87A MICROPHONE Vocal condenser, supercardioid

Stock code
92-438
Brand
Shure
Model number
  • BETA 87A
SHURE BETA 87A MICROPHONE Vocal condenser, supercardioid

Beta 87A Vocal Microphone

The Shure Beta 87A is a premium quality supercardioid hand-held electret condenser vocal microphone with exceptionally smooth frequency response and high sound pressure level capability. Used for professional sound reinforcement, broadcasting, and studio recording applications, the Beta 87A combines superb performance with the ruggedness needed for touring and field production.

The Beta 87A features a controlled low-frequency roll-off that compensates for proximity effect and prevents the “boomy” sound often associated with close pick-up. The characteristic Shure presence rise brightens the upper midrange. The tight supercardioid pattern, with null points at approximately 125 degrees, provides maximum isolation from other vocalists or instruments while offering minimal off-axis coloration. The Beta 87A operates on phantom power.

Features

  • Smooth frequency response with gradual presence rise
  • Highly consistent supercardioid polar pattern provides superior gain-before-feedback
  • Electronic low-frequency roll-off compensates for proximity effect
  • Wide dynamic range (117 dB) and low distortion characteristics
  • Very low susceptibility to RFI and electromagnetic hum
  • Advanced cartridge shock-mount system absorbs mechanical shocks and reduces handling noise
  • Built-in pop filter reduces undesirable wind and breath sounds
  • Legendary Shure quality and reliability

Specifications

Cartridge Type
Condenser (electret bias)
Frequency Response
50 to 20,000 Hz
 
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Polar Pattern
Supercardioid
Output Impedance
Rated at 150 ohms (100 ohms actual +/- 20%)
Recommended minimum load impedance: 800 ohms
Sensitivity (at 1,000 Hz)
Open Circuit Voltage -52.5 dBV/Pa (2 mV)
(1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
Clipping Level (at 1,000 Hz)
1000 ohm Load: -6 dBV (0.5 V)
Maximum SPL (at 1,000 Hz)
140.5 dB (0.25% THD, 1000 ohm load)
Self-Noise
(equivalent sound pressure level; measured with true rms voltmeter)
23.5 dB typical, A-weighted
25.5 dB typical, weighted per DIN 45 405
Dynamic Range
117 dB (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
70.5 dB at 94 dB SPL (IEC 651)
(S/N ratio is difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self-noise A-weighted.)
Polarity
Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3
Power
Phantom Supply Requirement: 11 to 52 Vdc, positive at both pins 2 and 3
Current Drain: 1.0 to 1.2 mA
Connector
Three-pin (XLR) professional audio
Case
Aluminum construction with blue metallic finish, and hardened steel grille with nickel satin chrome plating
Dimensions
See User Guide
Net Weight
207 grams (7.6 oz)

User Guides

SHURE MICROPHONES - Handheld or stand - Vocals

This selection of microphones ranges from the PG Alta (PGA) family delivering 'rock-solid sound and reliability that sets the bar for accessible, professional-caliber gear for performance and recording', through the legendary SM series microphones which have 'come to define the sound of live performance', the Beta series, 'microphones for demanding environments', 'renowned for their warmth, presence and sensitivity to fine detail', the KSM premium microphones, 'designed to capture and control the detailed sonic nuance of critical studio performance' and, finally, the Classic series, a set of 'iconic microphones that feature elegant, renowned product design with Shure sound quality'.

The models shown here are described by Shure as 'best suited to' speech or vocals. All Shure products are available from Canford. If the model required can not be found on this site, please contact Sales.

PGA48-QTR, PGA48-XLR - Cardioid - Dynamic

The PGA48 is a 'professional quality vocal microphone with an updated industrial design that features a black metallic finish and classic silver ball grille'. 'Ideal for use in spoken word and karaoke performance', the PGA48 has an on/off switch, and a dynamic cartridge with a cardioid polar pattern which 'picks up audio from the source while rejecting unwanted noise' and has a 'tailored microphone cartridge design specifically for clarity in the standard frequency range of speech'.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Speech. Also great for: Vocals.' Response: 70Hz - 15kHz. Supplied with stand adapter, 'Zipper pouch' and cable. QTR refers to 4.57m cable with female XLR for the microphone and a 6.35mm jack plug to the equipment. The -XLR suffix substitutes a 3-pin male XLR for the jack.

PGA58-QTR, PGA58-XLR - Cardioid - Dynamic

Apparently the 'PG58 Vocal Microphone' is a 'rugged microphone tuned to accentuate the clarity of lead and back-up vocals'. It has a dynamic cartridge with a cardioid polar pattern, a neodymium magnet for high output level and an internal shock mount for reduced handling noise. A 'professional quality vocal microphone with an updated design' it has a black metallic finish and grille 'offering an unobtrusive visual presence'. An on/off switch offers on-stage control while a hardened steel-mesh, tapered grille resists wear and abuse and contains an internal pop-filter.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals. Also great for: Speech'. Response: 50Hz -16kHz.Supplied with swivel adapter, carrying pouch and cable. QTR refers to 4.57m cable with female XLR for the microphone and a 6.35mm jack plug to the equipment. The -XLR suffix substitutes a 3-pin male XLR for the jack.

SM48, SM48S - Cardioid - Dynamic

Designed as a vocal microphone that 'a budget conscious singer could use for lead or backup vocals on stage'. these microphones could also be used for 'speeches, pub quizzes and karaoke'. The SM48 is a 'rugged cardioid dynamic microphone' with 'great sound and durable construction'. It has a cardioid pickup pattern which 'provides superior gain before feedback'. Its frequency response is 'tailored for vocals, with a brightened mid-range and bass roll-off to control the proximity effect'. The cartridge is shock-mounted for 'exceptional ruggedness and reduced handling noise', protected by a pop-filter contained by a spherical, mesh grille.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Speech. Also great for: Vocals'. Response; 55Hz - 14kHz. Supplied with storage bag and swivel adapter. No cable.

The SM48S version has a lockable on/off switch.

SM58, SM58S - Cardioid - Dynamic

The 'legendary SM58 is an industry-standard, highly versatile cardioid dynamic vocal microphone, tailored to deliver warm and clear vocal reproduction'. 'Consistently the first choice for vocal performances around the globe',it’s 'an ideal choice for a professional vocal artist in any live performance setting', 'tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and backing vocals'. 'Even in extreme conditions, the SM58 is tailored to target the main sound source while minimizing background noise. It is also very popular with djs and presenters in clubs and in small and large live venues'. Durably constructed, the SM58 has a pneumatic shock-mount system while the iconic spherical grey steel mesh grille protects a foam wind and pop-filter.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals. Also great for: Speech'. Response: 50Hz - 15kHz. Supplied with storage bag and swivel adapter. No cable.

The SM58S version has a lockable on/off switch.

SM86 - Cardioid - Condenser

The SM86 has a condenser cartridge 'for studio quality sound and a cardioid pickup pattern which isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise, making it ideal if working with stage monitors and in-ear monitors'. It has an 'extended high frequency response of 15Hz - 18kHz and a high maximum sound pressure level (SPL) of 124dB'. The 'tailored frequency response for a clear reproduction of vocals' has a peak near 8kHz while the built-in, three-point shock-mount minimises handling noise, and a two-stage pop filter reduces wind and breath 'pop' noise.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals, speech'. Response: 50Hz - 18kHz. Supplied with storage bag and swivel adapter. No cable. Requires phantom power, 11 to 52V DC.

SM87A - Supercardioid - Condenser

A 'rugged, lightweight supercardioid condenser microphone with superior rejection for clear reproduction of warm and accurate lead vocals, the SM87A has an integral 'three-stage shock mount for low self-noise, and a tight polar pattern that excludes unwanted sound sources', making it 'an excellent choice for sound reinforcement in noisy or reverberant environments'.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals. Also great for: Speech'. Response: 50Hz - 15kHz. Supplied with storage bag and swivel adapter. No cable. Requires phantom power, 11 to 52V DC.

Beta 58A - Supercardioid - Dynamic

A 'high-output supercardioid dynamic vocal microphone designed for professional sound reinforcement and project studio recording', the Beta 58A 'has become a leading choice among vocalists and touring professionals worldwide'. Maintaining a' true supercardioid pattern throughout its frequency range', the Beta 58A has a 'shaped frequency response that is ideal for close-up vocals'. The 'superb performance of this microphone' is 'not affected by rough handling' because of it's 'rugged construction, proven shock mount system, and hardened steel mesh grille'.

Beta 58A has a supercardioid pick-up as opposed to the cardioid pattern of the SM58 and 4dB higher output. Also

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals. Also great for: Speech'. Response: 50Hz - 16kHz. Supplied with storage bag, 5/8 inch to 3/8 inch thread adapter and swivel adapter. No cable.

Beta 87A - Supercardioid - Condenser

This is a 'premium quality supercardioid hand-held electret condenser vocal microphone with exceptionally smooth frequency response and high sound pressure level capability', 'used for professional sound reinforcement, broadcasting, and studio recording applications'. The Beta 87A 'combines superb performance with the ruggedness needed for touring and field production'. With a controlled, low-frequency, roll-off 'that compensates for proximity effect and prevents the boomy sound often associated with close pick-up' the Beta 87A has the 'characteristic Shure presence rise' which 'brightens the upper midrange'. The 'tight supercardioid pattern, with null points at approximately 125 degrees', provides 'maximum isolation from other vocalists or instruments while offering minimal off-axis coloration'.

The Beta 87A has a polar pattern that is extremely uniform at all frequencies. This translates into slightly better gain before feedback in a sound system when compared to the SM87.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals. Also great for: Speech'. Response: 50Hz - 20kHz. Supplied with storage bag, and swivel adapter. No cable. Requires phantom power, 11 to 52V DC.

Beta 87C - Cardioid - Condenser

'Excellent for touring professionals', the Beta 87C ia a 'premium vocal microphone' which 'delivers studio-grade performance and a smooth, extended high-end frequency response in a cardioid condenser design'. The microphone 'adds warmth to the frequency response and creates an ideal environment for personal monitoring'. The 'highly consistent cardioid pattern offers excellent rear rejection'. Vocalists who use personal monitor systems 'will appreciate how effectively the Beta 87C rejects ambient sound from the rear of the microphone' with 'minimum off-axis tone coloration' and 'low-frequency roll-off compensates for proximity effect' A 'three-stage pop filter minimizes breath pop and noise'.

Comparing the Beta 87C with the Beta 87A, 'the primary difference is the pick-up pattern', cardioid and supercardioid respectively. The 87C was 'introduced for performers using in-ear monitors'. A cardioid type is 'often preferred by in-ear monitor users' as it sounds more 'natural' with the in-ear mix. If using floor monitors, the Beta 87A 'may be a better choice' as it will often provide 'a bit more gain before feedback' than the Beta 87C.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals. Also great for: Speech'. Response: 50Hz - 20kHz. Supplied with storage bag, and swivel adapter. No cable. Requires phantom power, 11 to 52V DC.

KSM8/B, KSM8/N - Cardioid - Dynamic

The Shure KSM8 is a cardioid dynamic vocal microphone that has been designed for production studios, live performance and broadcast productions. Using a second, passive, diaphragm Shure's Dualdyne element gives the user an extended 'sweet spot' and a 'virtually eliminated' proximity effect, resulting in a more stable sound for a wider range of microphone techniques. An 'advanced suspension shock mount system' 'isolates cartridge from handling and stand noise', while a frequency response of 40Hz to 16kHz and a neutral mid/high frequency response helps provide a smooth and consistent sound. The KSM8/B is finished in black, the KSM8/N has a brushed nickel finish.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals, speech'. Response: 40Hz - 16kHz. Supplied with carrying pouch and stand adapter. No cable.

KSM9/CG, KSM9/SL - Cardioid or supercardioid, switched - Condenser

The KSM9 is a 'premium vocal condenser microphone that captures vocal subtlety with extraordinary detail to deliver clear articulation, functional flexibility, and precise vocal reproduction for live performance'. Engineered to 'exacting standards', the KSM9 'reveals nuance and subtlety in a microphone optimized for the most demanding live environments'. With its dual diaphragm design and switchable polar patterns (supercardioid/cardioid), the KSM9 is 'the choice for the world's most accomplished vocal performances'. 'Exceptional consistency across all frequencies', provides more gain before feedback, while decreasing proximity effect. An 'advanced suspension shock mount system' 'isolates cartridge from handling and stand noise' while a subsonic filter 'eliminates rumble from mechanical vibration below 17 Hz'. A switch can be accessed by unscrewing the grille, which selects the pick-up pattern, supercardioid or cardioid.

The KSM9/CG is finished in charcoal grey, the KSM9/SL is 'champagne' coloured

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals. Also great for: Speech'. Response: 50Hz - 20kHz. Supplied with aluminium carrying case, swivel adapter and 5/8 inch to 3/8 inch thread adapter . No cable. Requires phantom power, 11 to 52V DC.

55SH II - Cardioid - Dynamic - Classic

The iconic Model 55SH II provides the classic Unldyne II design, coupled with modern acoustic components to 'meet today's performance standards.' It has a cardioid (unidirectional) polar pickup pattern and a low-impedance balanced output designed for connection to microphone inputs rated at 75 to 300 ohms. The microphone has a cartridge shock-mount to reduce stand-noise, an on/off switch, and an attached, self-tensioning, 5/8 inch thread swivel mount. It is useful in applications where a stand-mounted microphone with a classic look is desirable as seen in many music videos and in films.

Applications: 'Best suited to : vocals. Also great for speech'. Response: 50Hz - 15kHz.

545SD

Predecessor to the SM57, the 'Unidyne III' vocalist and drum microphone has a uniform cardioid pattern and shaped response. Switchable high and low impedance, plus lockable on/off switch. Dynamic capsule.

Applications: 'Best suited to : vocals. Also suits lectern use and drums'. Response: 50Hz - 15kHz. Supplied with an A25D swivel adapter but no cable.

565SD - Cardioid - Dynamic - Classic

Described by Shure as the '565SD All Purpose Microphone' this is the updated version of the Unisphere I, the original Shure microphone with the spherical wire-mesh grille over a foam pop-filter. A dual-impedance, unidirectional, dynamic microphone, it is supplied configured for low-impedance connection and has a 'silent magnetic reed on/off switch with lock-on option'. The cardioid pattern, response of 50-15000Hz with a presence boost and the internal rubber vibration-isolator make it a 'popular choice for use in public auditoriums, churches, convention halls, and schools'.

Applications: 'Best suited to: Vocals. Also great for: Speech. Response: 50Hz - 15kHz. Supplied with an A25D swivel adapter but no cable.

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