Shure Beta 181 Microphone Kit

Shure Beta 181 Microphone Kit

Shure Beta 181 Microphone Kit

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Shure Beta 181 Microphone Kit

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  • Beta 181 XLR Preamplifier
  • Interchangeable Condenser Capsules
  • Cardioid, Supercardioid Capsules
  • Bi-Directional, Omnidirectional Capsules
  • Works on a Variety of Music Sources
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Shure 181 overview

  • 1Description

The Beta 181 Microphone Kit from Shure includes a Beta 181 handheld XLR preamplifier and interchangeable side-address cardioid, supercardioid, bi-directional, and omnidirectional condenser capsules. This line-up of capsules allows you to use the Beta 181 on a variety of sources ranging from drum overheads to piano to acoustic instruments and vocals.

  • RPM181/PRE Replacement XLR Preamplifier

    The RPM181/PRE Replacement XLR Preamplifier by Shure is designed to work in combination with one of four interchangeable capsules for the Shure Beta 181 side-address instrument microphone. The capsules come in cardioid, supercardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional polar patterns making a highly versatile pair.

    With a capsule attached, it weighs only 5.1 oz and gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions. Its wide frequency response and high SPL handling is great for miking dual sound sources such as between toms or acoustic instruments. It is also very useful as a mono drum overhead or pair two to create the Blumlein stereo effect.

    The RPM181/PRE matched with any of the available capsules performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction. The pair provides exceptional audio with consistent, textbook-like polar responses resulting in a mic with noteworthy sound and versatility.

    Works with one of four interchangeable capsules for the Shure Beta 181 instrument microphone
    The cardioid, supercardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional capsules make this mic highly versatile
    Weighs only 5.1 oz with attached capsule and captures any source even in the tightest conditions
    Matched with any available capsule it performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction
  • RPM181/C Cardioid Polar Pattern Capsule

    The RPM181/C Cardioid Polar Pattern Capsule by Shure is one of four interchangeable capsules for Shure's Beta 181 side-address instrument microphone. It features a locking ring which provides a secure connection with the Shure RPM181/PRE. Paired with this preamp, its compact design weighs only 5.1 oz and gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions. With its wide frequency response and high SPL handling, it's great for piano, acoustic instruments, or used as a drum overhead. It also performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction.

    The capsule is made with a hardened steel mesh grille that resists denting, wear and abuse. Along with its compact form factor, the diaphragm provides exceptional audio with consistent, textbook-like polar responses resulting in a mic with noteworthy sound and versatility.

    Interchangeable side-address Cardioid capsule for the Shure Beta 181
    Locking ring provides secure connection between capsule and Shure RPM181/PRE preamp
    Compact 5.1 oz design gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions
    Provides wide dynamic range and high SPL handling
    Performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction
    Hardened steel mesh grille resists denting, wear and abuse
  • RPM181/S Supercardioid Polar Pattern Capsule

    The RPM181/S Supercardioid Polar Pattern Capsule by Shure is one of four interchangeable capsules for Shure's Beta 181 side-address instrument microphone. It features a locking ring which provides a secure connection with the Shure RPM181/PRE. Paired with this preamp, its compact design weighs only 5.1 oz and gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions. With its wide frequency response and high SPL handling, it's great for close-miking in performance settings as well as snare drums and acoutsic instruments. It also performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction.

    The capsule is made with a hardened steel mesh grille that resists denting, wear and abuse. Along with its compact form factor, the diaphragm provides exceptional audio with consistent, textbook-like polar responses resulting in a mic with noteworthy sound and versatility.

    Interchangeable side-address Supercardioid capsule for the Shure Beta 181
    Locking ring provides secure connection between capsule and Shure RPM181/PRE preamp
    Compact 5.1 oz design gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions
    Provides wide dynamic range and high SPL handling
    Performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction
    Hardened steel mesh grille resists denting, wear and abuse
  • RPM181/O Omnidirectional Polar Pattern Capsule

    The RPM181/O Omnidirectional Polar Pattern Capsule by Shure is one of four interchangeable capsules for Shure's Beta 181 side-address instrument microphone. It features a locking ring which provides a secure connection with the Shure RPM181/PRE. Paired with this preamp, its compact design weighs only 5.1 oz and gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions. With its wide frequency response and high SPL handling, it's great for capturing room ambience, string ensembles and used as a mono drum overhead. It also performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction.

    The capsule is made with a hardened steel mesh grille that resists denting, wear and abuse. Along with its compact form factor, the diaphragm provides exceptional audio with consistent, textbook-like polar responses resulting in a mic with noteworthy sound and versatility.

    Interchangeable side-address Omnidirectional capsule for the Shure Beta 181
    Locking ring provides secure connection between capsule and Shure RPM181/PRE preamp
    Compact 5.1 oz design gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions
    Provides wide dynamic range and high SPL handling
    Performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction
    Hardened steel mesh grille resists denting, wear and abuse
  • RPM181/BI Bidirectional Polar Pattern Capsule

    The RPM181/BI Bidirectional Polar Pattern Capsule by Shure is one of four interchangeable capsules for Shure's Beta 181 side-address instrument microphone. It features a locking ring which provides a secure connection with the Shure RPM181/PRE. Paired with this preamp, its compact design weighs only 5.1 oz and gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions. With its wide frequency response and high SPL handling, it's great for miking dual sound sources such as between toms or acoustic instruments. It can also be very useful as a mono drum overhead or use a pair to create the Blumlein stereo effect. It also performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction.

    The capsule is made with a hardened steel mesh grille that resists denting, wear and abuse. Along with its compact form factor, the diaphragm provides exceptional audio with consistent, textbook-like polar responses resulting in a mic with noteworthy sound and versatility.

    Interchangeable side-address Bidirectional capsule for the Shure Beta 181
    Locking ring provides secure connection between capsule and Shure RPM181/PRE preamp
    Compact 5.1 oz design gets close to any source even in the tightest conditions
    Provides wide dynamic range and high SPL handling
    Performs with little to no crossover distortion and provides exceptional low-frequency reproduction
    Hardened steel mesh grille resists denting, wear and abuse
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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • RPM181/PRE Replacement XLR Preamplifier
    Type Condenser
    Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern 181/C: Cardioid
    181/S: Supercardioid
    181/O: Omnidirectional
    181/BI: Bidirectional
    Sensitivity Cardioid: -46.5 dBV/Pa[1] (2.4 mV)
    Supercardioid: -49.5 dBV/Pa[1] (2.5 mV)
    Omnidirectional: -52.0 dBV/Pa[1] (2.6 mV)
    Bidirectional: -51.0 dBV/Pa[1] (2.6 mV)
    Output Impedance 110 ohms (at 1 kHz)
    Signal to Noise Ratio Cardioid: 73.5 dB
    Supercardioid: 71.5 dB
    Omnidirectional: 70.5 dB
    Bidirectional: 71.0 dB
    Self Noise Cardioid: 20.5 dB SPL-A
    Supercardioid: 22.5 dB SPL-A
    Omnidirectional: 23.5 dB SPL-A
    Bidirectional: 23.0 dB SPL-A
    Common Mode Rejection ≥55 dB
    Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
    Power Requirements 11-52 V DC[4] phantom power (IEC-61938) 2.4 mA, maximum
    Maximum SPL 1000 Ohm Load
    Cardioid: 149.0 dB SPL
    Supercardioid: 152.0 dB SPL
    Omnidirectional: 154.0 dB SPL
    Bidirectional: 153.5 dB SPL

    2500 Ohm Load
    Cardioid: 151.5 dB SPL
    Supercardioid: 154.5 dB SPL
    Omnidirectional: 157.0 dB SPL
    Bidirectional: 156.0 dB SPL
    Dynamic Range 1000 Ohm Load
    Cardioid: 128.5 dB
    Supercardioid: 129.5 dB
    Omnidirectional: 130.5 dB
    Bidirectional: 130.5 dB

    2500 Ohm Load
    Cardioid: 131.0 dB
    Supercardioid: 132.0 dB
    Omnidirectional: 133.5 dB
    Bidirectional: 133.0 dB
    Clipping Level 1000 Ohm Load
    7.5 dBV

    2500 Ohm Load
    10.5 dBV
    Weight 5.1 oz (145 grams)
  • RPM181/C Cardioid Polar Pattern Capsule
    General
    Type Condenser
    Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Sensitivity -46.5 dBV/Pa (2.4 mV)
    Output Impedance 110 ohms (at 1 kHz)
    Signal to Noise Ratio 73.5 dB
    Self Noise 20.5 dB SPL-A
    Common Mode Rejection ≥55 dB
    Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
    Power Requirements 11-52 V DC[4] phantom power (IEC-61938)2.4 mA, maximum
    Weight 5.1 oz (145 grams)
    Maximum SPLztbscvte
    1000 Ohm Load 149.0 dB (1,000 ohm load)
    2500 Ohm Load 151.5 dB SPL
    Dynamic Range
    1000 Ohm Load 128.5 dB
    2500 Ohm Load 131.0 dB
    Clipping Level
    1000 Ohm Load 7.5 dBV
    2500 Ohm Load 10.5 dBV
  • RPM181/S Supercardioid Polar Pattern Capsule
    General
    Type Condenser
    Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid
    Sensitivity -49.5 dBV/Pa (2.5 mV)
    Output Impedance 110 ohms (at 1 kHz)
    Signal to Noise Ratio 71.5 dB
    Self Noise 22.5 dB SPL-A
    Common Mode Rejection ≥55 dB
    Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
    Power Requirements 11-52 V DC[4] phantom power (IEC-61938)2.4 mA, maximum
    Weight 5.1 oz (145 grams)
    Maximum SPLztbscvte
    1000 Ohm Load 152.0 dB (1,000 ohm load)
    2500 Ohm Load 154.5 dB SPL
    Dynamic Rangeztbscvte
    1000 Ohm Load 129.5 dB
    2500 Ohm Load 132.0 dB
    Clipping Level
    1000 Ohm Load 7.5 dBV
    2500 Ohm Load 10.5 dBV
  • RPM181/O Omnidirectional Polar Pattern Capsule
    General
    Type Condenser
    Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
    Sensitivity -52.0 dBV/Pa (2.6 mV)
    Output Impedance 110 ohms (at 1 kHz)
    Signal to Noise Ratio 70.5 dB
    Self Noise 23.5 dB SPL-A
    Common Mode Rejection ≥55 dB
    Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
    Power Requirements 11-52 V DC[4] phantom power (IEC-61938)2.4 mA, maximum
    Weight 5.1 oz (145 grams)
    Maximum SPL
    1000 Ohm Load 154.0 dB (1,000 ohm load)
    2500 Ohm Load 157.0 dB SPL
    Dynamic Range
    1000 Ohm Load 130.5 dB
    2500 Ohm Load 133.5 dB
    Clipping Level
    1000 Ohm Load 7.5 dBV
    2500 Ohm Load 10.5 dBV
  • RPM181/BI Bidirectional Polar Pattern Capsule
    General
    Type Condenser
    Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern Bidirectional
    Sensitivity -51.0 dBV/Pa (2.6 mV)
    Output Impedance 110 ohms (at 1 kHz)
    Signal to Noise Ratio 71.0 dB
    Self Noise 23.0 dB SPL-A
    Common Mode Rejection ≥55 dB
    Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
    Power Requirements 11-52 V DC[4] phantom power (IEC-61938)2.4 mA, maximum
    Weight 5.1 oz (145 grams)
    Maximum SPL
    1000 Ohm Load 153.50 dB (1,000 ohm load)
    2500 Ohm Load 156.0 dB SPL
    Dynamic Range
    1000 Ohm Load 130.5 dB
    2500 Ohm Load 133.0 dB
    Clipping Level
    1000 Ohm Load 7.5 dBV
    2500 Ohm Load 10.5 dBV

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