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The Shure SM81 cardioid condenser instrument microphone is a highly acclaimed piece of equipment that has been used by professional musicians and recording studios all over the world. Shure has built a reputation on creating reliable, excellent-sounding products that are a fantastic value. With its wide frequency response, the SM81 does an excellent job at producing clear acoustics for large range of instruments. It also has a unidirectional, cardioid polar pattern that helps to isolate the main source and reduce background noise, making it versatile enough to be used in a live or studio setting.

Tailored Acoustics for Versatility

This mic has a tailored frequency response with a wide range of 20Hz–20kHz, which is ideal for a variety of instruments. With its low distortion, minimal RF susceptibility and high-output clipping level the SM81 performs extremely well in many different applications. The cardioid polar pattern does an excellent job of rejecting off-axis sound and delivering a high-gain signal before encountering any interference. It has a clear tonal range and does well in catching sonic details for a balanced acoustic performance.

Rugged Durability for Versatile Portability

This condenser mic runs on phantom power and is usable over a wide range of humidity and temperature conditions, making it extremely versatile and durable. The rugged steel body is created to endure the rigors of gig work and gives this mic a long-lasting life. The SM81 delivers a full, balanced sound perfect for any instrument, and versatile enough for studio or live application, making it a well-rounded, accessible mic that is made to last. Included with this dynamic microphone is a carrying case, attenuator-switch lock and a swivel adapter.

Shure SM81 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

collapse expand iconFeatures

  • 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

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm

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  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz
  • Max SPL: 146dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
Pattern and Type
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted
  • Switches: Yes
  • Phantom power required: Yes
Size and Weight
  • Diameter: 2"
  • Length: 7.56"
  • Weight: 1.37 lb.
Included Accessories
  • Case: Yes
  • Clip: Yes
  • Shockmount: N/A
  • Power supply: N/A
  • Cable: No
  • Stand: No

collapse expand iconWarranty

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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