The Shure SM81 Condenser Mic is a unidirectional cardioid mic with studio, broadcast, and sound reinforcement versatility. Its wide frequency response, low noise, low RF susceptibility, and rugged con... Read More
The Shure SM81 Condenser Mic is a unidirectional cardioid mic with studio, broadcast, and sound reinforcement versatility. Its wide frequency response, low noise, low RF susceptibility, and rugged construction allow it to excel in all applications. It is furnished with a swivel adapter, 10dB attenuator with locking switch, a 3-position low-cut filter, foam windscreen, and a case for carrying and storage.
The SM81 requires phantom power.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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