Shure SM81Item ID: SM81
Small-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with 20Hz-20kHz Frequency Range and 136dB SPL
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Shure SM81 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features at a Glance:
The Shure SM81 is a pro choice for acoustic instrument miking!
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Todd, Dunedin, FL
Reviewsbased on 19 reviews
Best Acoustic Instrument Mic There Is
by Brad Richardson from East Wenatchee, WAWe bought one of these for micing my wife's violin for live gigs. She had been using a piezo pickup for years, and her fiddle sounded like it was coming through a 1910 Victorola. Not so with this bab... read more [+]y! Now it sounds clean and full...just like it is supposed to. If you play live or record with any type of acoustic instrument, buy this mic. It will be the best $350.00 you ever spent! She even tried using it to record some vocals with it, and was floored listening to the playback! I haven't read a bad review of this mic yet...and there's a reason for that...it is simply the best. Period. close [-]
February 13, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician
I Shure Love It
by VL from San Diego, CAI bought this mic recently to use in a spaced pair arrangement on acoustic guitar because I’d heard it mentioned often as a great choice on various discussion boards. I typically use a LDC off the pi... read more [+]cking hand and a SDC aimed at the 12th fret, and I’d used an AKG Perception 170 in the past. This mic, to my ears, is several classes above that one. I tried this mic out with a number of different preamps in either position, and it was really great in every case. With the right preamp, it captures the instrument accurately as it sounds in the room, which is exactly what I wanted. It is detailed and balanced. I will continue to use it in the neck position but I wouldn’t hesitate to use it anywhere really. Just a top quality mic, very happy with the purchase. close [-]
November 30, 2012
Music Background: Home recordist, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Clean, Accurate Reproduction
by Nick from Rudyard, MILove these mics on acoustic drum overheads!
August 10, 2012
Music Background: Musician & Recording Engineer
Great Workhorse Mic
by Wally Billingham from Silver Spring, MDI am the house sound engineer at a very large church. Each week we run a different set up for our worship teams, and run many special events during the year. I have found that these mics always perfor... read more [+]m and do what I need them to. I LOVE to have a pair of them on the top and bottom of my snare drums, I have also found them to be great overhead drum mics, and great mics for flutes and violins. For harder/metal music where you have two guitar cabs in a stack I like to pair one of these with another mic and then run them together as a matched pair on my PM5D close [-]
July 10, 2012
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer, Hobbyist Keyboard Player
Swiss Army Knife
by Benjamin Trimpe from Seattle, WAYou rarely ever read a bad review about these mics b/c as long as you have some clue about what you are doing, these mics rarely every give you a bad sound. I often pair a set of these with an A-Desig... read more [+]ns MP2-A preamp and get nothing but amazing results on acoustic guitar and drum overheads. I also love this mic on percussive sources. Its response is a quicker than most LDCs so you get a little more out of percussion. The 3 position Low Cut filter is always nice and the -10db pad comes in handy when tracking transient rich percussive sources. They also sound stellar on top and bottom snare. This is not designed to be a vocal mic but I have employed them as such several times and I am always pleased.
April 13, 2012
Music Background: Producer / Engineer
A bad mic with a good preamp sounds about as awful as a good mic with a bad pre. If you already have a decent pre or two, this mic (especially in pairs) is a studio workhorse that always gives me excellent results. close [-]
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