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Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic 

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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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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
SPECIFICATIONS

Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic

  • 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 150? (45? 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
 
4.7

(based on 52 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not very versitle.

By mrbassbc

from MO

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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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid

By Doug Appel

from Pittsburgh, PA

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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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Definitely Worth The Money!

    By Matthew Thomas

    from Greenville, SC

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    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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just buy it.

      By Somedadskid

      from Upper michigan

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      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

        (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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not Bad!

        By hoovie87

        from Florida

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        Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

        This mic has huge low end. If you are a live guy, make sure you have some 18" subs to pump the low end out of this mic. It easilly extends down to the 30Hz range to get that rumble out of the kick drum. While that part of it is good, there isn't a whole lot of attack. The beater hit is a bit weak and mid-rangy. If you record, you'll notice yourself taking out some bottom end and/or hitting up the punch around 100Hz. At least I do a lot; even live. You may want to try this in combination with another mic if you need attack. For the type of music I use it for though, it's good. If I were to buy one for my personal system though, I'd be looking around first to get the sound I'm looking for.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super good!

        By YAYAYYYAYAY

        from New Jersey

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        Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

        If you have a home studio or are planning to mic drums during a show then you really should get this mic. I use it to record my own complete crap drums that were probably picked up at a garage sale at one point and they make that kick sound AWESOME! It cuts through the mix and you really get that thump that you feel, without really any mixing whatsover. However you cant get that click sound with it that is popular with hard rock or metal bands, for that opt for the d112, but if you want a more traditional sound then this is perfect.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good mic

        By Mes

        from Hollywood, CA

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        Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

        I got this mic and was planning to use it to record with it for my band. I used it a couple times, then realized that I can never get that clicky, thumpy sound I wanted. I ran it through a good preamp, so I know it wasn't because of a preamp. I realized that for a metal/hardcore band, this mic wouldn't perform quite the way I would want it to; so I went and returned it and bought the AKG D-112. Don't get me wrong, the Beta 51A was a great mic, did it's job, but it's just a matter of taste. If you want your kick to sound nice and clicky, and at the same time have some good low end too, you should buy the AKG D-112 mic. It's perfect for double bass. But if you want a lower end sound, get the Beta.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Great Bass and Kick Mic!

        By T. Zimmerman

        from Kalamazoo, MI

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        Comments about Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum Mic:

        There are two common dynamic microphones used for kick drums and bass cabinets, the Shure Beta 52A andthe AKG D112. If you are looking for a the click and air in a kick and growl in a bass use the AKG. If you wanta solid bottom and fast attack use the Shure. This microphone gives you flawless response detail. I like theAKG, but it is more for the color it provides and less for it'sability to accurately reproduce the source. IF you find this mic is not providing the tone you need I'd look at the source or placement instead of the microphone, not meant to be insulting, but it is a great microphone.

        (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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