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Shure SM81 Cardioid Condenser Microphone  

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The Shure SM81 is a high-quality, unidirectional condenser microphone designed for studio recording, broadcasting, and sound reinforcement. Its wide frequency response, low noise characteristics, and ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Shure SM81 is a high-quality, unidirectional condenser microphone designed for studio recording, broadcasting, and sound reinforcement. Its wide frequency response, low noise characteristics, and low RF susceptibility have made it a standard for applications involving acoustic instruments, especially guitar, piano, and cymbals. The SM81 is ruggedly constructed. It operates on phantom power and performs over a wide range of temperatures and humidity conditions. It is furnished with a swivel adapter, attenuator-switch lock, foam windscreen, and case for carrying and storage. Other accessories are available.

Features
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • Flat response curve for accurate sound reproduction
  • Low noise and high output clipping level
  • Low distortion over a wide range of load impedances
  • Cardioid polar pattern with maximum rejection
Specifications
  • Audio
    Analog or digital: Analog
    Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
    Max SPL: 146 dB
    Connectivity: XLR

    Pattern and Type
    Capsule: Condenser
    Polar pattern: Cardioid
    Type: Mounted
    Switches: Yes
    Phantom power required: Yes

    Size and Weight
    Diameter: 2 in.
    Length: 7.56 in.
    Weight: 1.37 lb.

    Included Accessories
    Case: Yes
    Clip: Yes
    Shockmount: N/A
    Power supply: N/A
    Cable: No
    Stand: No
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on wireless mics, mixers, and circuitry products.
2 year warranty on wired mics.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.


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ShureSM81 Condenser Mic
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Microphone

By duder744

from Peoria, IL

Comments about Shure SM81 Condenser Mic:

I have this microphone and use it frequently on Acoustic Guitars and cymbals, usually in stereo with an AKG C414B. Alone, the microphone records my acoustic guitar brilliantly, and it also serves as a great overhead drum mic, and it's great for cymbals (recording or live sound). It would probably sound good on vocals, but I've never used it for that.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great in double

By Aaron

from moorpark ca.

Comments about Shure SM81 Condenser Mic:

I've been recording for about two years now...mainly large big band jazz band live gigs. I've been using these mics as stereo pairs in front of the horn section roughly 20feet in front of the section and about 8 feet up centered. I was astonished when i went to master the sound, expecting huge amounts of clipping from the trumpets and completely hidden trombones, and found that i had to do nothing to get the correct balance. Best investment in mics i've made!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Throw away all other drum mics

By Jim

from Lancaster PA

Comments about Shure SM81 Condenser Mic:

Just got 2 81s to use as drum overheads in the studio....if you have 2 of these and a kick mick (I have an AKG D112) you are set. The 81s give you a true acoustic drum sound and even more importantly when EQing them on an analog board, you can easily separate cymbals, toms and snare to give your mix an outstanding sound. You may never close mic again.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic and Versatile

By Sheridan

from Austin, TX

Comments about Shure SM81 Condenser Mic:

This microphone has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Our church owns 4 and has used them for everything from miking the piano (which we don't do anymore) to miking women's ensemble to children's choir. We've been amazed how one mic can project 8 women. These mics work well with the stereo mic clip too.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding

By TomD

from DFW

Comments about Shure SM81 Condenser Mic:

I own a number of pairs of high quality condenser mics. The Shure SM 81 is extremely neutral in its sound. It is quiet, has extremely fast transient response and reproduces acoustic guitar, drum cymbals, and violins more naturally than any other mic I've tried.

 
5.0

Reliable mic

By Dan

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Comments about Shure SM81 Condenser Mic:

Reliable workhorse for overhead sound.

 
5.0

Perfect for acoustic instruments

By Wyatt Counterman

from Kalamazoo, MI

Comments about Shure SM81 Condenser Mic:

This mic is great!! Not disappointed at all. You get a nice quality condenser mic without sacrificing price. It records almost any acoustic instrument well. I've used it on piano, drum overheads, marimba, ukulele, and all sorts of other instruments and it works great. I highly recommend it for any home studio

 
5.0

BEST OVERHEAD DRUM RECORDING AND LIVE SOUND MICROPHONES BY FAR

By Ed Pigan

from Murrysville, PA

Comments about Shure SM81 Condenser Mic:

I have used 2 SM81's in the studio and when I play live for about 6 years now. As others have said, these Mic's pick up the Toms very well, but in my opinion, excel on the cymbals. They pick up every cymbal ping and handle the wash as well. These Mic's also pick up my HI-Hat (open and closed) very well. I believe in keeping things simple, I use an AKG D 112 for my Bass Drum and a SHURE SM57 for the Snare in combination with these 2 SM81 Condensers running through a Peavey Mixer (so I can control Mix, Panning, Tone and Volume right at the set) and the sound is consistent, very clear and powerful. I highly recommend these Microphones.

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