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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.
Make sure you have phantom power enabled on your board or you won't get any signal from the mic.
About the mikes: These have a back-off sensibility for those of us who play and sing together and tend to "ride the mike" a little hard. You will like that. You will also like the out-of-range noise rejection, which allows you to bring up the monitors a bit. This is Shure, and if you get the "real deal" then you are buying top-of-the-line performance at a price that you would expect. I have used Shure on/off stage since 1971. You can count on them.
I don't know anything about the 87A for instrument OR recording: my only experience is on-stage as a vocalist.
A built-in electronic bass roll-off circuit lets you set the EQ on your mixer once and forget it. The clarity and quality of your voice remain basically the same. No Bruce Banner when it's far away, no Incredible Hulk when it's close, it's always balanced, warm and clean.
To guarantee break-proof operation, Shure offers no switches of any kind on its wired mic line. So you should choose the pattern or circuitry you want by the model.
The Beta 87A is supercardioid (for venues or stages where the monitors are to your side)
The Beta 87C is cardioid (for club dates, bars or pickup bands, monitors are directly in front of you)
The SM87A has no bass roll-off circuitry, it has a black casing so you know the difference.
Not to be obvious, but there's no reason to use this wonderful microphone unless the rest of your P.A. system or audio interface is of equal quality.
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