Shure SM81-LC - Cardioid Condenser Mic

Shure SM81-LC - Cardioid Instrument Condenser Microphone

Shure SM81-LC - Cardioid Instrument Condenser Microphone

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The Shure SM81 is a high-quality small diaphragm, cardioid condenser microphone. Its flat, neutral frequency response, make it particularly well-suited for use on acoustic guitar, piano, cymbals and choirs.

Flat response curve for accurate reproduction of sound sources
Low noise and high-output clipping level
Low distortion over a wide range of load impedances
Cardioid polar pattern effectively isolates source signal
Low RF susceptibility
Selectable low-frequency response: flat, 6 or 18dB/oct roll-off
0dB/10dB lockable attenuator switch
Phantom powering (DIN 45 596 voltages of 12 to 48 Vdc)
Rugged steel construction for durability
Field-useable over wide range of temperature and humidity conditions
UPC: 042406051194
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Shure SM81-LC - Cardioid Instrument Condenser Microphone
  • (A57F) Swivel Adapter
  • (34A830) 10 dB Attenuator Lock
  • (65A1797) Carrying/Storage Case
  • (49A111) Foam Windscreen
  • 2 Year Warranty
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    Shure SM81 specs

    Transducer (Electret Bias) Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Dynamic Range (Typical) 120 dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 78 dB, (@ 94 dB SPL, IEC 651)
    Maximum Input Sound Level 136 dB, (@ 250 Hz 0.5% THD)
    146 dB, (with Pad)
    Power Requirements Phantom 11 - 52v DC
    Output Impedance 150 Ohms (85 Ohms Actual)
    Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
    Pad -10 dB Attenuation
    Low Frequency Roll-Off -6 dB/Octave @ 100 Hz
    -18 dB/Octave @ 80 Hz
    Applications Sound Reinforcement, Broadcast and Studio Recording.
    Dimensions 212 x 23.5 mm LxDiameter
    Weight 8 oz. (230 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.9 x 6.0 x 3.1"

    Shure SM81 reviews

    SM81-LC - Cardioid Condenser Mic is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What you hear is what you get! I'm a musician, producer and audio designer, recording professionally for over 5 years. The SM-81 has been the small diaphragm condenser of choice in many studios since it was released. I own a pair of them and have used them primarily as drum overhead mics, and for stereo mic'ing acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments. The SM-81 is one of the most accurate mic's I've used (what you hear is what you get). They are also very well made... like long, silver, cylindrical jewels. The -10db pad and low end roll off switches are easy to get to, but not easy to accidentally switch on or off. They are also one of the quietest (low self-noise) mics. Many jazz artists love them because of their accuracy. They also work quite well for recording choirs and pipe organs.
    Date published: 2008-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Drummer Purchased two SM81-LC - Cardioid Condenser Mic by Shure to use for drum overheads. The bomb! These mics do not color the sound. What you hear when you play is what you will hear out of the mixer. Fantastic mics. I don't have any other instrument condensers to compare them to, and I will never need to. It couldn't get any better than this. I'm using recorderman setup with two additional mics on bass drum and bottom of snare. This is perfect for recording drums. Sounds fantastic on conga too!
    Date published: 2010-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Mic I bought a pair of these to mic my C7 and classical guitar. Although I am still experimenting with various placements, all placements that I have tried have produced excellent results. Seems to be flat and accurate.
    Date published: 2009-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Mic! After doing much research I settled on buying 2 of these. I had done some previous recording with 2 SM57's, but the SM81's have a flatter sound. I have only used these to record trumpet, but they sound is great and handles the loud sound and quick response very well. I also bought a Fathead Cascade to put right at my bell, and I personally like that sound better when I'm running only one mic. The 81's are going to sound great in the hall though. I do wish that they made one box for two mics.
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a keeper! Wow! The clarity on this mic is just what I needed on my guitar.
    Date published: 2016-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great mic excellent and versatile
    Date published: 2013-05-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great versatile
    Date published: 2013-05-26
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