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Perfect for all vocal applications.

The Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic is a new take on an old classic. The Beta 87 was consistently a top choice of performers and audio technicians due to its accuracy, detail, and rich vocal production. Now this longstanding favorite has been redesigned as the Shure Beta 87A. It has a thicker handle that gives a more comfortable feel when hand-held. It also includes a new break-resistant swivel adapter and low-frequency roll-off to compensate for proximity effect and to prevent boominess. The supercardioid pattern provides high gain-before-feedback, and its 3-stage pop filter minimizes breath pop and noise. Frequency response: 50Hz-18kHz.
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • Supercardioid electret condenser mic
  • Redesigned with a thicker shank for hand-held comfort
  • Break-resistant swivel adapter
  • Low-frequency roll-off
  • 3-stage pop filter

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ShureBeta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic
 
4.8

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Durable (6)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best live mic I've used in 40 years.

I have used many mics in my 40 years of pro playing. After trying many mics over the years I always reverted back to my original trusty Shure SM 58 that never let me...Read complete review

I have used many mics in my 40 years of pro playing. After trying many mics over the years I always reverted back to my original trusty Shure SM 58 that never let me down. I have several SM 58's including the first one I bought in 1974 and even with years of hard road use it still works great (I have replaced the ball/grill at least 3-4 times)so I have nothing but praise for the SM 58. I had the opportunity about a year ago to get a pair of Shure 87A mics from a friend who was getting out of the business and selling his entire (large) PA system. I had the chance to buy 6 of them at an extremely low bargain price and wish I had taken all of them.
The first night my partner and I plugged in the two 87a mics (the in place of our SM 58) we were amazed. I had the 58s standing by for a quick swap if needed but after two songs we both looked at each other with very positve nods. The difference in the upper mids was dramatic. The 87A was so much clearer than the 58. There was also a real difference in how the 87A worked with our in line vocal harmonizers. We use two Digitech Vocal harmonizers that we plug the mics directly into and then out to the PA mixer (Mackie). The 87A mics picked up and delivered a much more detailed and clearer vocal to the harmonizer thus making the vocals cut thru much better and gave the digitally created harmonies a much cleaner and more realistic sound overall.
We are extremely pleased in every way with the Shure 87A mics. If the 87A's went missing today I would order another pair immediately (or as soon as I could afford it).

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

I expected better

After reading mostly fabulous reviews, I bought this mic. Wow, what is all the hype? I run a sound company and use a wide assortment of mics and being old school I find...Read complete review

After reading mostly fabulous reviews, I bought this mic. Wow, what is all the hype? I run a sound company and use a wide assortment of mics and being old school I find today there are far better choices than Shure. Most of the sm57s and 58s I've sold. If you want a round warm sound with strong feedback control. Get the Sennheiser e945 or 935. Even the 835 and 845s give the shure 87a a run for its money at less than half the cost. Also the cad d189 and 195 are better choices. I simply expected a warmer creamer sound from this mic and it didn't deliver.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best live mic I've used in 40 years.

By Rick H.

from New Jersey

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

      I have used many mics in my 40 years of pro playing. After trying many mics over the years I always reverted back to my original trusty Shure SM 58 that never let me down. I have several SM 58's including the first one I bought in 1974 and even with years of hard road use it still works great (I have replaced the ball/grill at least 3-4 times)so I have nothing but praise for the SM 58. I had the opportunity about a year ago to get a pair of Shure 87A mics from a friend who was getting out of the business and selling his entire (large) PA system. I had the chance to buy 6 of them at an extremely low bargain price and wish I had taken all of them.
      The first night my partner and I plugged in the two 87a mics (the in place of our SM 58) we were amazed. I had the 58s standing by for a quick swap if needed but after two songs we both looked at each other with very positve nods. The difference in the upper mids was dramatic. The 87A was so much clearer than the 58. There was also a real difference in how the 87A worked with our in line vocal harmonizers. We use two Digitech Vocal harmonizers that we plug the mics directly into and then out to the PA mixer (Mackie). The 87A mics picked up and delivered a much more detailed and clearer vocal to the harmonizer thus making the vocals cut thru much better and gave the digitally created harmonies a much cleaner and more realistic sound overall.
      We are extremely pleased in every way with the Shure 87A mics. If the 87A's went missing today I would order another pair immediately (or as soon as I could afford it).

      (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      I expected better

      By Trib

      from Mount Pleasant, PA

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      Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

      After reading mostly fabulous reviews, I bought this mic. Wow, what is all the hype? I run a sound company and use a wide assortment of mics and being old school I find today there are far better choices than Shure. Most of the sm57s and 58s I've sold. If you want a round warm sound with strong feedback control. Get the Sennheiser e945 or 935. Even the 835 and 845s give the shure 87a a run for its money at less than half the cost. Also the cad d189 and 195 are better choices. I simply expected a warmer creamer sound from this mic and it didn't deliver.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A solid mic, but missing something

      By danestych

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

        This is a great vocal microphone. I've used it quite a bit with great results. However, some voices do not resonate on this mic, because the super-cardioid pattern makes it pickier. (The voice might sound clear, but not full.) I think the Beta 87C would be a better choice if you're looking for a versatile vocal mic.
        If you're looking to buy a mic for a specific voice, TRY IT OUT FIRST! I highly recommend finding a mic you can borrow for a gig or two. Reviews cannot fully describe the pros and cons of higher-end mics, especially on vocal mics.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Mic

        By Tarak

        from Sioux Falls, SD

        Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

        I bought a Beta 87 because I was always singing through a 58 and sounded muddy. I was never playing in places that had a good sound engineer, so I began to think that perhaps I should invest in a better mic and that might help. After reading around, it sounded as if several of my musical "icons" were using one, so I picked one up used. It has been a tremendous mic for me. It sounds good no matter where I am, no matter who is running the board- it really cleaned up the muddy quality of the 58 that I struggle with. I bring it everywhere I go and the 58 that I own is just weight in my bag!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Words alone won't do it. Borrow one, rent one and you'll get one.

        By Rick H.

        from New Jersey

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        Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

        I have been performing since I had my first garage band in the mid 60's. I have worked consistantly since then both full time (on and off) and part time. I own a pretty decent home studio with several pro grade condenser mics and and enough PA gear to put together several quality systems.
        I have been faithful to Shure SM-58 mics since I bought my first one in the mid 70's. I have no complaints about them. I own four SM 58's and even my original still works and sounds great after being abused on the road for for about 33 years. About 4 months ago a fellow musician told me a good friend of his had passed way and left some gear that he was trying to cell for the guys wife. Amoung the amps and mixers were two Beta 87A mics. I remember hearing some positive remarks about these mics so I made an offer and bought them (at the time I really didn't know what they cost or even if I really wanted them so I got them cheap). The very next night I used them with my partner in a fairly large club we reguarly play in. When setting up the mics in the PA I plugged them into the mixer and left the volumes at the same levels I use for the SM 58's. When I went to test them (testing 1-2-3........) the volume was amazing. This mic was so much louder, clearer and warmer than my trusty SM 58's that I was amazed.
        When my partner arrived I explained how I got these mics and I said lets's try them. I kept the SM 58's next to the mixer just in case we had to switch back to them quickly. After two songs, my partner and I looked each other smiling giving these mics a big thumbs up. I put my SM 58's back in the mic case and just carry them now as backups.
        One reviewer on another site said that the clarity and sound quality of the Beta 87A actually caused him to change the way he sings and made him a better singer. I agree. This mic allows you to use more dynamics in your singing. The quieter parts don't get lost or muddy. This mic is highly responsive and gets very loud long before it feeds back.If you can rent or borrow one of these Beta 87's, you will definately buy one. Try it and see.
        No great features. just great sound.
        The best mic I have ever used.
        OK it's on the expensive side for a PA mic but once you have it you won't care about the extra money.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Mic

        By elguapopelon

        from Oregon

        Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

        This is a great mic, it does exactly what it should, which is create a really accurate and spacious reproduction of the sound you put into it. People who are banging on this mic have unrealistic expectations..it will not sound like a 58 or like Neumann studio condensor...but just like a nice preamp gives space in the mix, this mic gives clarity and room. It's subtle, but it makes a big difference. Folks...you wouldn't expect a strat to sound like a les paul...if you don't like this mic it doesn't mean it's not quality...

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        THE Best Live Vocal Mic!

        By IronMan Mike Curtis

        from North Hollywood CA USA

        Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

        I've been a professional musician over 40 years, and have used just about everything out here. I've never cared much for SM58's, and have gone with better mics such as Audio Technica ATM63, etc. The Beta 87A is by far the best stage mic I've used. It's head and shoulders above anything else in its range. Compared to the SM58? Don't make me laugh. The SM58 is muddy, mushy, muffled, indistinct, with feedback problems. The Beta 87A is clear, distinct, pristine, with highs that you only get with a good small diaphragm condenser. It sounds *just* like me, only louder.I'm a cheapskate, and it's is a lot to spend on a stage mic. This stage mic is *worth it*.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Reviewing the Shure Beta 87A

        By Steve-fP66t

        from Evansville, IN.

        Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

        I have a CAD C-195, and it beats the beta 87A hands down!!! The Cad is much clearer(highs & lows)and hotter than the beta 87a, at less than half the price. I was totally disappointed. Don't waste your money on this mic, it does not live up to its promises!!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I bought one

        By sureman

        from Pooch Cove

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        Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

        Everyone is different , and every day is different. I like how I can get up on this mic without fear. I was told after the fact that its a good mic for in ear users. I like how the low end is supportive and not woofy. It sounds better than my 58.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Beta 58a is much better. loud plosives

        By Rusty Todd

        from SC

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Light Weight Heavy Duty

        Cons

        • Beta 58a Is Much Better
        • Can Hear Plosives And Pop

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

          This mic has very audible plosives and pops compared to shure beta 58a. I'd recommend a beta 58a any day over the beta 87a. This mic sounds thin.

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