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The Beta 87APremium Supercardioid Handheld Electret Condenser for Vocal ApplicationsThe Beta 87A features a controlled low-frequency roll-off that co...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Beta 87A
Premium Supercardioid Handheld Electret Condenser for Vocal Applications
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.

Extremely accurate supercardioid pattern at all frequencies provides the highest gain-before-feedback
Frequency response: 50 to 18,000 Hz

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Amazingly good mic


from Amarillo, TX

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Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

The difference between this mic and a sm58 is ridiculous. SM58's sound very muddy with no brilliance and the beta 87 is the exact opposite. It's a very clean and clear mic with a smooth top end that is not harsh. I have a tenor voice and it fits my range and style perfectly. The only other mics that are comparable are over 600 dollars, and I don't really think it's necessary to get something more than a beta 87 unless money is no object.

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Great responsive vocal mic


from Chico, CA

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Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

I have been a professional singer/guitarist for over 30 years and have always been partial to Shure microphones, especially the trusty SM58. About three years ago I took the plunge and invested in a condenser concert microphone, a Shure 87A. What a difference this microphone has made in my vocals. It captures every nuance of a performance. It took a little while for me to get used to using this microphone, as closer proximity results in a slight increase in bass response. Thus soft, passages sung close to the microhone are accentuated and appear warmer, while louder passages benefit from backing away a bit. The 87A has excellent feedback rejection and thus is naturally "hotter" than a SM58. I find this microphone is best used for jazz and pop music. For louder "rock and roll," I continue to prefer my SM58, since it provides a more basic and even response. In summary, if you are a singer that appreciates clarity and sensitive response, this is the microphone for you. Do keep in mind that this microphone requires phantom power from the board as it does not use a battery.

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