There are a lot of microphones in the Shure lineup, with each one about as renowned as the next. And although their dynamic mics are some of the most widely used gear onstage all over the world, maybe you're looking for something with condenser mic clarity instead? If so, the Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic is definitely the one to watch. It's designed to offer condenser performance along with all the usual advantages of Shure's SM series, like road ready durability and a frequency response tuned especially for vocals. And of course, there's the cardioid polar pattern to keep the mic focused on just what's in front of it, reducing background noise and feedback.
One of the biggest drawbacks of condenser microphones on the stage is that you can't exactly slap on a pop filter and shockmount if you want to be able to handle the mic. The SM86 solves this by putting them on the inside instead: there's a built in 3 point shockmount and a 2 stage filter to prevent noise from handling, breathing and plosives. Like all condenser mics, the SM86 does require a phantom power source except, of course, for wireless versions like the Shure SLX2SM86 Wireless Handheld Transmitter Microphone H5, which use a capsule powered by the transmitter. In fact, one of these systems could be the best choice if you're looking for maximum versatility, since all you'll need is another capsule or two and you can have your choice of mic characteristics simply by swapping them.
With the SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic, you have all the power to choose your preferred style: go for the top selling wired version to keep things simple, or take your pick of wireless models based on Shure's SLX, GLX or PGX transmitters. You can opt for a transmitter on its own if you've already got the matching receiver, or get the full kit to start from scratch. There's even a bundle (the Shure PGXD24SM86 Handheld Wireless Package) with an included cable and boom stand so if you've been waiting for the right opportunity to get all the gear you need at once, it's safe to say the time has come!