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Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic
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      Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic (270267)
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Plenty of kick and punch!

The Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic is a high-output, dynamic microphone with a frequency response tailored specifically for kick drums and other bass instruments. It provides superb attack and punch, and delivers studio-quality sound even at extremely high SPLs. Its modified supercardioid pattern ensures high gain-before-feedback and excellent rejection of unwanted sound.

Channel Strips of the Stars: Ronan Chris Murphy

World-class producer/engineer/mixer Ronan Chris Murphy's credits include King Crimson, Steve Morse, Terry Bozzio, Victor Bisetti, Gregg Bissonette, Tony Levin, and projects with members of Tool, Ministry, Weezer, Dishwalla, and Yes. A huge fan of A Designs Audio, Ronan was kind enough to share some of his drum-recording signal chains:

"Well all of the drums for Terry Bozzio's Jazz trio were recorded with all A Designs Audio solid state preamps. For drum overheads I used Shure KSM32 condenser mics (#270141) into a Pacifica (#189903); for kick drums, I prefer the Shure Beta 52. Actually I have used the Shure KSM32 into Pacifica combo on tons of great drummers, including Terry Bozzio, Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos), Gregg Bissonette (Santana, David Lee Roth), and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Mister Mister, The Rembrandts)."

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Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic Features:

  • Frequency response shaped specifically for kick drums and bass instruments
    Built-in dynamic locking stand adapter with integral XLR connector simplifies setup, especially inside a kick drum
    Studio-quality performance, even at extremely high sound-pressure levels
    Supercardioid pattern for high gain-before-feedback and superior rejection of unwanted noise
    Hardened steel mesh grille resists wear and abuse
    Advanced pneumatic shockmount system minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
    Neodymium magnet for high signal-to-noise ratio output
    Low sensitivity to varying load impedance
    Legendary Shure quality and reliability


Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic Specifications:

  • Type: Dynamic (moving coil)
    Frequency response: 20 to 10,000Hz
    Polar pattern: Supercardioid, rotationally symmetrical about microphone axis
    Output Level: (at 1,000Hz)
    Open Circuit Voltage: -64dBV/Pa* (0.6 mV) *1 Pa = 94dB SPL
    Impedance: Rated impedance is 150O (45O actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low Z
    Phasing: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
    Maximum SPL: 174dB at 1000Hz (calculated)
    Connector: Three-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
    Case: Silver blue enamel-painted die cast metal with hardened, matte-finished steelgrille
    Adjustable, Locking Stand Adapter: Integral, dynamic locking, adjustable through 180°, with standard 5/8"-27 thread
    Net Weight: 605g (21.6oz.)


Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic

One year warranty on wireless mics, mixers, and circuitry products.
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  • Tough, durable and great sound

    As reviewed by Parnecio on 11/21/2006

    I was recommended the 52 when I was first getting into DAW recording. I needed to record drums and a recording engineer recommended this mic to me. He said for the money, you just don't get a more quality bass drum mic than this. I couldn't agree more. I've used this for both live shows and for recording CD's and it's never let me down. I've tried other bass drum mics and their sound is never quite on par with the Beta. Definitely a must have for your mic cabinet.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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  • What more can I say?

    As reviewed by Drumur on 10/11/2006

    What more can I say? This is the "Industry Standard" of kick drum mics. I've seen this mic being used on the kick drums in national act concerts more times than I can count. This mic kicks butt. I originally bought the Audix Kick drum mic that is supposed to be so great, but I returned it and bought this one. I got exactly what I was looking for. This mic has great lows, punch, and click(slap). I love it and I'm glad I own one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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  • Another Industry Standard!!!!

    As reviewed by fivesixonesk8er on 8/11/2006

    This mic sounds Awsome in any situation needing a low freq. mic. I ALWAYS use it for the Kick Drum and Bass Cabs. I use it nonstop while recording and has stood up through ALL the abuse. Im sure it will last forever and will never go out of date!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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