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Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic  

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Overview
  • 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
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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)."

      Note: for more information about individual units in the signal chain, enter the Item ID# into our search box.

      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

      Your kick drum is the most important sound in the mix. Mike it right with a Beta 52.

       

      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 150Ω (45Ω 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.)
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      ShureBeta 52A Kick Drum Mic
       
      4.8

      (based on 51 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (41)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Durable (5)
      • Easy to use (5)
      • Good audio (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances (5)
        • Professional recording (4)
        • Home studio (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Solid

        I had used D12s and D112s almost exclusively for years. Played a gig where the drummer used a no-name '60s red-sparkle kit with a 20" kick with an Evans emad beater head....Read complete review

        I had used D12s and D112s almost exclusively for years. Played a gig where the drummer used a no-name '60s red-sparkle kit with a 20" kick with an Evans emad beater head. The sound of that cheap-o kick through the PA was so brutally heavy it was making my ribs creak. Bought one the next day and I find it very easy to work with. This is a mic to use if you are looking for mass rather than tap. I like a kick sound that makes my pant legs flap in the breeze rather than a super-scooped ticky sound. Wood beaters, an emad batter head, and a Beta 52, and I get the fat, wet, smack in the sack I'm looking for with ease. The sound is almost infinitely variable with position relative to the beaters. I tend to have it a few inches into the port hole and pointed at the beater impact location to get the sound I want. If I need more tap, closer to the head it goes.

        The only real con is that this is a heavy mic and a well-weighted stand is required to offset the mass of the mic itself. Hardly a problem, but it is noteworthy.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        muddy....

        I'm not too impressed by many Shure microphones, mainly because they have become such a staple and they therefore produce a rather generic tonal quality, that's slowly getting on my nerves. To be...Read complete review

        I'm not too impressed by many Shure microphones, mainly because they have become such a staple and they therefore produce a rather generic tonal quality, that's slowly getting on my nerves. To be unbiased though, the BETA 52A is a horrible choice for bass drum. Usually I prefer using a Sennheiser e602 (it's got low end and a great click), then the D112 (great punch and click), and the ATM25 (great click). The D6 is also an excellent choice but beware that it is a strong kick drum sound. The Shure is just too muddy to be clean and clear in a mix, it blends with bass and guitar frequencies and just sounds terrible. Some people do like the Shure sound so maybe it's your thing, it wasn't mine. If you want woof over click than this is your mic.

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        5.0

        Great mic for bass cabs and kick drums

        By Dan

        from Frankfort, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

          I have owned this mic for over 6 years. I got it back when I played through a vintage Bassman 100 to use as a cab mic. Also used it for a kick mic routinely at gigs for drummers throughout the years.

          Since that time I've used more modern heads with a DI, but during a recent recording session for a new release I pulled it out of the bag and dusted it off to use in addition to my line out signal.

          It still holds up. The best kick mic I've ever used for micing a bass cab. Picks up everything you want, and nothing you don't. Great for both kick drums and bass cabs.

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          5.0

          Awesome Kick!

          By Steve

          from Middle Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

            Great punch and clarity! Significant improvement over the Peavy that I used prior.

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            5.0

            Great mic!

            By DaveMC

            from Huntsville, Alabama

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

            It's a sure... what else can I say!

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Solid

            By Doug Appel

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

              I had used D12s and D112s almost exclusively for years. Played a gig where the drummer used a no-name '60s red-sparkle kit with a 20" kick with an Evans emad beater head. The sound of that cheap-o kick through the PA was so brutally heavy it was making my ribs creak. Bought one the next day and I find it very easy to work with. This is a mic to use if you are looking for mass rather than tap. I like a kick sound that makes my pant legs flap in the breeze rather than a super-scooped ticky sound. Wood beaters, an emad batter head, and a Beta 52, and I get the fat, wet, smack in the sack I'm looking for with ease. The sound is almost infinitely variable with position relative to the beaters. I tend to have it a few inches into the port hole and pointed at the beater impact location to get the sound I want. If I need more tap, closer to the head it goes.

              The only real con is that this is a heavy mic and a well-weighted stand is required to offset the mass of the mic itself. Hardly a problem, but it is noteworthy.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just buy it.

              By Somedadskid

              from Upper michigan

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

                Couldnt get a decent sound out of several mics, EQ didnt help, i was getting major frustration. Bought this, plugged it in, stuck it in the drum port and got exactly the sound i wanted with no eq or effects

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Definitely Worth The Money!

                By Matthew Thomas

                from Greenville, SC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

                  I purchased this microphone with intention of replacing a much cheaper Nady microphone I have been using to record my bass drum. The Nady microphone was fine, but I was looking from something to give a little more warmth to my bass drum sound. I had read other reviews and many suggested that this microphone offers more 'boom' than 'punch'. To an extent, I agree with that; I don't have a large enough port hole in my front bass drum head for this microphone so I miked the batter side of the head with the Shure and used the Nady to catch more of the inside of the bass drum and the front head. The sound was ok but nowhere near what I wanted. The sound was muddled with not a whole lot of definition.

                  I then read a review where someone strongly suggested getting a SHU internal bass drum mount which would greatly benefit the sound when using this microphone. I would like to say "thank you" to that person because they were right on the money. Once I got my hands on the SHU and mounted the Shure inside the bass drum a few inches away from the batter head, the sound of the bass drum was exactly what I heard in my head. There was a nice, strong punch sound followed by a nice, decaying boom sound. I highly recommend anyone buying this microphone to invest in purchasing a SHU internal bass drum mount. No matter what bass drum sound you desire, the combination of this microphone and mount will surely give you the sound you want out of your bass drum.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great punch!

                  By Johnnie Edwards

                  from Benton Harbor, Mi.

                  Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

                  The Beta 52A mic has a great punch. My friend thought I should have gone with another mic, then he heard a recording of my Beta 52a. He thought about taking his back and when I told him the price, he got one too! Pay the money, it's worth it.

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                  (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Not very versitle.

                  Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

                  I've used this mic to record drums and for live bands. This mic does not work well for rock style of music. It is very heavy on the low frequencies which is fine but there are no mids. I've tried Eq and I still can't get the hit of the beater. The best I can describe it is you don't hear a Boom you just hear the oom. In my recordings the bass drum disappears in the mix and has no distinction. Live like I said all you hear is low end umph. Which by itself is cool but in the mix it just sounds muddy. If you are using a double pedal forget about using this mic. It will just sound like rumbling.So for Jazz or Hip Hop style drumming this mic would probably be great. If you want you're kick to stand out then look elsewhere. For me I switched to the PG52(The beta's cheap brother) because that's what I already had. It has less low end but you can hear the beater hits. I'll be searching for a better alternative later.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By DSMunk

                  from Denver

                  Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

                  I've had a pair of these for 7 years and have used them live and in the studio on a regular basis. They have never failed me though the spring loaded angle adjustment can be a bit finicky. The low end you get out of this is truly top notch. Pair a 52 a few inches back from the beater dead center in the drum with a 57 on the beater side with the phase reversed and you can't go wrong.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Classic Drum Punch

                  By Musicman212

                  from Cleveland, Ohio

                  Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

                  After using many "recommended" drum mics and never satisfied with the punch, picked up the Shure Beta 52A. Used on the batter side of the kick drum really adds the punch.

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