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Shure BETA 87A Supercardioid Condenser Microphone for Handheld Vocal Applications
- Smooth frequency response with gradual presence rise
- Highly consistent super cardioid polar pattern provides superior gain before feedback
- Electronic low-frequency roll off compensates for proximity effect
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The Shure Beta 87A is a precision-engineered supercardioid condenser vocal microphone with an exceptionally smooth frequency response. Built to withstand extreme sound pressure levels, the Beta 87A is ideal for professional sound reinforcement and studio recording applications - and constructed to withstand the rigors of touring. Shure Beta 87A 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 Reliability for years of trouble-free performance 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. The Beta 87 has consistently been a top choice of performers and audio technicians around the world due to its superb accuracy and detail, and rich vocal production. This long-standing favorite now features a new design and has been renamed the Beta 87A. In response to user requests, Shure has redesigned this microphone by just slightly thickening the handle for a more comfortable feel when hand-held. In addition, the Beta 87A now includes the A25D break-resistant swivel adapter. Shure Beat 87A Suggested Applications Lead Vocals Backup Vocals
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I bought one for the band that I engineer for and they loved it so much they bought three more for their entire vocal line up. On stage, this mic really shines. The output on this mic is plenty hot, but the noise rejection is excellent. You really have to get in close to this mic. Stage noise just doesn't get picked up. The supercardioid pattern give great feedback rejection on stages with less than perfect monitor positions. Bottom line, this is the best live stage vocal mic I have ever worked with.
Seriously though, after much testing and listening, this is my favorite vocal microphone for many applications. My favorite application is the ability to get very high quality recordings from less than desireable recording environments. Take note podcasters and independent voice actors
The pickup pattern is Supercardioid which has a little more rear-pickup than you'd think; but sound quality alone trumps this small annoyance. The think that separates the 87A from the rest of the Shure handheld pack is that it is a condenser microphone - so don't use it on terribly loud sound sources. It works best for me on vocals that nice more hi-end definition.
Overall, it earns every one of the five stars I gave it - and buying on Amazon saves you a ton of coin over the big box competitors!
Make sure you have phantom power enabled on your board or you won't get any signal from the mic.
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