Shure Beta 52A Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone

Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone for Kick Drum and Bass Instruments
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How low can you go? With the Beta 52A, it's pretty darn low. This microphone is specially designed for all kinds of bass, from kick drums to bass guitars. The Beta 52A will make your bass BOOM instead of getting lost in a low end swamp. The frequency response is 20Hz to 10kHz, and the mic is built to withstand the daily abuse of road work. Its supercardioid pattern aids isolation and it can handle up to 174dB SPL. For big bass sounds on stage or in the studio, the Beta 52A is the perfect choice.

Shure Beta 52A at a Glance:
  • Amazing Kick Stage Mic
  • Great for Studio Work
  • Rugged Reliability

Amazing Kick Stage Mic
The supercardioidcardioid pickup pattern limits interference from other on-stage sound sources and reduces feedback. The frequency response is perfectly tailored for bass instruments with a 20Hz to 10kHz frequency response and a presence boost at 4kHz to let electric basses and kick drums cut through the mix.

Great for Studio Work
In the studio, the Beta 52A excels on low-frequency sound sources. Supercardioid mics have a tendency toward increased proximity effect. Since the Beta 52A sports a supercardioid pickup pattern, positioning the mic closer to sound sources results in a bigger bottom-end response. This is great for tailoring the sound for the specific project.

Rugged Reliability
Like all Shure mics, the Beta 52A is built like a tank, meaning that you can travel with it from gig to gig and rest assured that it will last. Shure mics are famous for their bulletproof construction, and the Beta 52 is no exception. Night after night, the Beta 52A will perform!

Shure Beta 52A Features:
  • Perfect for kick drum and other low frequency information
  • 20Hz to 10kHz, presence boost at 4kHz
  • Strong proximity effect for tonal variation
  • Supercardioid pickup pattern for excellent isolation
  • Max SPL: 174dB
Shure Beta 52A - Great kick and bass sounds on stage or in the studio!

Additional Media

Beta 52 Spec Sheet
Beta 52 User Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide
How to Mic a Kick Drum by Sweetwater
How To Mic Drums for Recording, Part 3 — Multiple Microphones
How To Mic Drums for Recording Part 2 — Four Microphones
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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-10kHz
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.33 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BETA 52A

Customer Reviews

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This kick drum microphone has been used with the biggest name artist & concerts in the world for a long time. That is why I consider it the best kick or bass microphone ever. If your system has subs and is set-up right, it is hard to mess this sound up. It is very easy to dial in, that is why it is used all over the world!
Music background: Sound Engineer

Awesome Product

This mic brings life to your kick drum! Simply amazing!

Solid mic

I've used a lot of kick mics, and had grown tired and less satisfied with my last one, a D112. I knew the 52A would be an improvement, and it definitely is. I'm mainly using it for live use, and like the feedback rejection (while using serious new subs nearby). It has a fat, round sound without being too restrained. You can get a good click when needed, and overall it has a nice tightness to it. Kick mics are really a taste thing, and so subjective depending on application. But the 52A has the versatility those of us that can only have one kick mic in our locker need. It can have a more refined, detailed sound recording a well-tuned drum, or thump out fatness for a live rock band.

Perfect bass drum sound

You can't ask for any more from a bass drum mic. It gets the ideal sound, and doesn't completely break the bank. No complaints at all. The only thing I'd say is that I don't use it alone. I pair this mic with an Audix i5 on the batter head to get the sound I'm looking for.
Music background: Drums

The Correct Bass Drum Mic

I have tried everything over the years for micing my bass drum and I do mean everything - Beyerdynamic, AKG including a d122 & 414, Rode, older Shure's and Audix... Don't waste your time. Every live show that impresses with me with bass drum tone uses a Beta 52A. The combination of the 52a and a Cascade X15 overhead is simply the best sound and best stereo (spatial) separation you will ever get from your drum kit. It doesn't matter what mic you use for toms, snare or hats after you buy those two mics - believe me. I'm sure that Earthworks and other combinations sound awesome, but for less than a $1000 your kit can sound like any professionally recorded kit with little to no EQing.
Music background: Semi-Pro Drummer and Recording Engineer
See also: Dynamic Mics, Shure, Shure Dynamic Microphones, Shure Dynamic Microphones