Shure Beta 52A Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone

Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone for Kick Drum and Bass Instruments
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Shure Beta 52A Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone
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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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Loved it.

Bought this in January, buried it in June. Sounded great but I dropped it once and now it's dead. Sounds so much better than the SM57 I am now using. Just can't afford $ per drop. Bummer.
Music background: Blues

Shure Beta 52A

I was pleasantly surprised at how well this picked up the low end on my Leslie 3300 A great mic for the price and a great sound too!.

Best bass mic I ever heard

We played at a huge indoor venue in North Carolina and my direct out on my SVT IV went down. The engineer hooked up Shure 52 and I was blown away!!! True to live speaker response reproduction! My bandmates all commented on how clear it sounded!
Music background: Kabin Fiva bass player

THE Wow Factor For My Kick Sound!

Love the beta 52 mic! Amazing sound, has THE punch that my kick was lacking, but gives it a nice warm low end when your playing is more subtle. I really dig the way my kick sounds now! Thanks Sweetwater Dudes!
Music background: Semi-pro musician, sound engineer, Bus driver, ect....

Not just for Kick Drums

I started using this for its intended purpose, but I wanted something to use for stereo mic'ing an upright Piano from the back side of the soundboard. I had been using an MXL R-80 ribbon mic that had great bottom-end presence. Now. I'm using the Beta 52a to mic the bass strings and an SM57 to mic the treble strings. The combination is affordable and fantastic. Search Sweetwater for an article titled: Piano-miking Techniques for Worship Services.
See also: Dynamic Mics, Shure, Shure Dynamic Microphones