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Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic

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Studio-quality sound in a rugged stage mic.

The Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic gives you all the advantages of Shure's SM line with condenser mic clarity. It's ruggedly built to handle touring, with a frequency response tailored for clear reproduction of vocals. The cardioid polar pattern minimizes background noise and feedback. The SM86 has a built-in 3-point shockmount for minimizing handling noise and a 2-stage filter for reducing breath noises and pops.

It requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • Condenser capsule provides studio-quality sound
  • Rugged design handles the abuses of touring
  • Tailored frequency response for clear reproduction of vocals
  • Cardioid polar pattern minimizes unwanted background noise
  • Works excellently with both stage monitors and in-ear personal monitors
  • Built-in 3-point shockmount minimizes handling noise
  • 2-stage filter reduces wind and breath pop noise
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Transducer type: Condenser (electret bias)
  • Frequency response: 50 to 18,000Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Output Impedance: 150Î at 1kHz (Recommended minimum load impedance: 600Î)
  • Sensitivity (at 1,000Hz): Open Circuit Voltage: -50dBV/Pa (3.15 mV) (1 Pa = 94dB SPL)
  • Output Clipping Level: 1000Î Load at 1,000Hz: +3dBV (1.41 V)
  • Maximum SPL (at 1,000Hz): 1000Î load (1% THD): 147dB
  • Self-Noise: 23dB typical, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range (1000Î): 124dB (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 71dB at 94dB SPL (IEC 651)*
  • *S/N ratio is difference between 94dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self-noise A-weighted
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of the output connector.
  • Power (Phantom Supply Requirement): 11 to 52 VDC, positive at both pins 2 and 3
  • Current Drain: 5.2 mA
  • Connector: Three-pin (XLR) professional audio
  • Dimensions (H x W): 183mm x 49mm, 7.2" x 1.92"
  • Net Weight: 278g (9.8oz.)
  • Environmental Conditions;Operating: -18 to 60 C (0 to 135 F) (relative humidity >90%), Storage: -29 to 74 C (-20 to 165 F) (relative humidity >80%)
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ShureSM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

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    (23)

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    (2)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Good audio (3)

Cons

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    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Condenser Mic for the Price

After trying a number of different mics on my singer's voice ($100 to $400 price range), this model stood out from the pack. It was the perfect combo of warmth and clarity for...Read complete review

After trying a number of different mics on my singer's voice ($100 to $400 price range), this model stood out from the pack. It was the perfect combo of warmth and clarity for his particular voice. For the price, this mic simply can't be beat. After owning this mic for about a month now, here are a couple of issues we have had that might help others out.FEEDBACK: This mic does like to take off a little bit around 8k but it is easily resolved with a 2 db or so reduction on the monitor EQ (note: monitors initially rung out with a 58). Otherwise, we did not experience any significant feedback issues as others have stated on here. It could be possible that the input gain was being pushed too hard in those cases, causing the feedback - difficult to say without seeing the application.ELECTRICAL SHOCK: We just had this issue come up today in a different venue. Singer was getting shocked on the face (by the mic) while playing electric guitar. The issue is NOT with the mic but rather the outlet the guitar amp was plugged into (outlet was not grounded properly). Needless to say, we will be carrying around a ground-fault tester from now on.Overall, if you're looking for a great condenser at a fair price and are doing acoustic, R&B, funk, etc. , this could be the ideal mic for you. I don?t think I?d recommend this for metal / hard rock due to the typically loud stage volumes you?d be fighting with for monitors. Bottom line: test a few different mics to insure it's the ideal mic for you...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Muffled, dull and weak

As a soloist singer/guitarist I do not have much in the way of competing music sources, so I like to employ condenser mics for my vocals. I tend to turn my head and...Read complete review

As a soloist singer/guitarist I do not have much in the way of competing music sources, so I like to employ condenser mics for my vocals. I tend to turn my head and move around the vocal mic a lot, and dynamics lose me on the fringes – so I go with condensers for their wider pick-up swath & range, 'tis good for me. I thought I would treat myself and upgrade to the Shure-86 from my old Sterling, but after actually hearing it I am going back to the Sterling. The 86 sounds like it has a muffler on it, dull and dead and maybe about 1/3 the volume of the Sterling. I thought maybe there was a "remove before use" tape or some packing material inside the windscreen or something, but no, it was fine, just very weak and muffled – like singing through a wool blanket. It actually doesn't' even sound as crisp, nor as loud as my old Shure-57 dynamic mic. Maybe I got the one bad one - could be, but I cannot recommend this mic…especially for the price. It does seem to be very solidly built however – just like my old 57, unfortunately I don't really need a hammer at the end of my mic-stand, I need a good sounding mic that will faithfully reproduce my voice without the "wool blanket effect"…this ain't it.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Condenser Mic for the Price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

After trying a number of different mics on my singer's voice ($100 to $400 price range), this model stood out from the pack. It was the perfect combo of warmth and clarity for his particular voice. For the price, this mic simply can't be beat. After owning this mic for about a month now, here are a couple of issues we have had that might help others out.FEEDBACK: This mic does like to take off a little bit around 8k but it is easily resolved with a 2 db or so reduction on the monitor EQ (note: monitors initially rung out with a 58). Otherwise, we did not experience any significant feedback issues as others have stated on here. It could be possible that the input gain was being pushed too hard in those cases, causing the feedback - difficult to say without seeing the application.ELECTRICAL SHOCK: We just had this issue come up today in a different venue. Singer was getting shocked on the face (by the mic) while playing electric guitar. The issue is NOT with the mic but rather the outlet the guitar amp was plugged into (outlet was not grounded properly). Needless to say, we will be carrying around a ground-fault tester from now on.Overall, if you're looking for a great condenser at a fair price and are doing acoustic, R&B, funk, etc. , this could be the ideal mic for you. I don?t think I?d recommend this for metal / hard rock due to the typically loud stage volumes you?d be fighting with for monitors. Bottom line: test a few different mics to insure it's the ideal mic for you...

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great live vocal mic!

By Sam-Pk9U5

from Hilton Head, SC

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Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

I have been singing in a band or solo for a VERY long time. My mic has always been the tried and true Shure SM58. I wanted a cleaner sound so I got one of these SM86 mics. The difference is like night and day. I love the sound this mic produces, even on some lower end equipment I use for some lesser gigs. I have no problem at all with feedback, but I dont know why. I sit and sing about 6 feet beside and slightly to the front of the speaker, but I can turn up the gain pretty high before any feedback occurs. I would recommend this mike in a heartbeat to anyone.
It has what it needs. No more, no less.
I am hard on equipment. I just finished my 3rd tourest season (gigging 6 nights a week from the end of may through labor day) setting up and tearing down every day. This mic is tough! not a mark on it except for maybe a rust spot or two on the screen where I got caught in a downpour.
It could be priced lower, but still, for the money it is a great value.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic

By Beny

from Florida via NJ

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Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

This is one of the best condenser mics you are likely to fine (especially at this price). Its clarity, and depth across the board is in a catagory with much more expensive condenser mics.Great product.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Feedback

By Johnny one time's house of potatoes

from knoxville, tn

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Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

Used this for about 200 shows now and I'm always fighting feedback. Probably the best tone ever in a mic, makes me sound like a better singer than I probably am...there is a lot of life in this mic, but it's a tradeoff with our biggest problem; not having enough dbs in the vocals. I'm a lead guitarist/singer in a hard rock/blues band. Anytime we don't have a huge stage our sound guy and I struggle with feedback and bleed. The tone is awesome on these and great for recording but after last night playing at one of the better venues in town, although a but cramped (the problem for these), I think I am going to go with an Audix OM-7 for all our live shows from now on.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent choice.....

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

As an alternative to the SM58, the SM86 excels at vocal and instrumental recording. It will give you a pleasant tone before any EQ and can really emphasize the middle tones of vocals. I am quite pleased with this mic.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By Track Star 1

from Eynon, Pennsylvania

Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

From it's tailored frequency response, to it's sleek design, the SM86 is a extremely nice microphone. You will be allured by it's smooth, shimmering, presence, and find comfort in it's ability to feel any mix."A well designed and pristine sounding microphone, at a appealing price."

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Search no more!!!

By Tim B

from Washington, WV

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Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

I sing in a Gospel Trio and we use these mics a lot. A friend of our group turned us on to the SM 86. We bought 3 mics soon after trying one out. For clean, clear, consistent vocals you wont find a better mic at this price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great mic but,

By dyemusica

from on the road.

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Amazing Tone
  • Clear Sound

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

    As a long time singer in many different styles of music, I have to say this is my favorite mic for live use. It sounds amazing. The only issue is it is NOT rugged. I have gone through a couple of these in the last year. They just stop working. As a guitar player I obviously keep the mic in a stand at all times, and we use very nice mic cases and road cases to transport our gear. Take CARE of them and they will sound awesome.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    duh!

    By ToneSearcher-ygggv

    from L.A.

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    Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

    just buy them...as many as possible before they disappear.best mic deal on the planet.blow away my more expensive peices when applicale live or in studio.

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Muffled, dull and weak

    By CMB

    from Western USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

      Cons

      • Barely Audable
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Sounds Deaddullweak

      Best Uses

        Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

        As a soloist singer/guitarist I do not have much in the way of competing music sources, so I like to employ condenser mics for my vocals. I tend to turn my head and move around the vocal mic a lot, and dynamics lose me on the fringes – so I go with condensers for their wider pick-up swath & range, 'tis good for me. I thought I would treat myself and upgrade to the Shure-86 from my old Sterling, but after actually hearing it I am going back to the Sterling. The 86 sounds like it has a muffler on it, dull and dead and maybe about 1/3 the volume of the Sterling. I thought maybe there was a "remove before use" tape or some packing material inside the windscreen or something, but no, it was fine, just very weak and muffled – like singing through a wool blanket. It actually doesn't' even sound as crisp, nor as loud as my old Shure-57 dynamic mic. Maybe I got the one bad one - could be, but I cannot recommend this mic…especially for the price. It does seem to be very solidly built however – just like my old 57, unfortunately I don't really need a hammer at the end of my mic-stand, I need a good sounding mic that will faithfully reproduce my voice without the "wool blanket effect"…this ain't it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Live Vocal Mic

        By Ryan

        from Virginia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clarity
        • Clear Sound

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

        This is really a great mic for live use, especially at this price. My wife and I have been performing for many years, and most of that time we used SM58's just because they were available and we knew many acts used them. This mic was a complete revelation. The clarity is outstanding and makes the SM58 sound as if it has a bag over it for comparison. We tested this mic against 10 others in this price range (AKG, Sennheiser, EV, Audix, etc.), and this won for my wife's vocals (although I think it could easily work for mine as well). Makes me wish we had tried it sooner!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Professional Low-Budget Recordins

        By Pete-HOZdV

        from Philadelphia, PA

        Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

        I just got this mic about three weeks ago and it is awsome. Great sounding vocals were the one things missing from my home studio which i've kept very inexpensive. This mic offered great sound at a very good price. It is also great for live situation if you have a mixer or phantom power because the feedback gain is so low that it can go really loud. Also use it turned way up to recording very natural sounding guitar, like iron & wine.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Most overlooked mic...

        By Kevin Mac

        from Nashville

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        Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

        This mic is incredible. I can't believe people pay $*** more for Beta 87s that aren't even built as well. It boggles the mind. The 86 is crisp and clear and a steal at this price. It spanks the 58 and the Beta 58, and the flat face feels good on the lips, for an overall more balanced vocal experience. I've been waiting 15 years for a mic this good in this many ways!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Stage Vocal Mic for Not too much money

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

        If you are looking simply for the best mic in live sound today this would be my top pick. I would pick this over the Beta 87A since it's less and honestly the mic is almost identical in sound and behavior. If you are thinking about the Beta 58A or 57A forget them because you are wasting your time. This mic is the real deal. It is by far the best mic I've ever performed with. It makes voices shine like I've never heard in a concert setting. This could probably make a good double as a home studio vocal mic as well though I've never tried it as one. Shure has definitely come out with another winner here I highly recommend.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best Road Mic Around

        By AaronT.

        from Columbia, SC

        Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

        If you are looking for the best road mic around buy this. If you need your vocals to punch through a swarm of guitar, bass, and drums, buy this mic. If you want reliability, and utility search no further.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great mic

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

        This mic is to be compared to the Beta 87C, not the Beta 87A. The SM86 has a cardioid pattern like the Beta 87C; The Beta 87A has a supercardioid pattern. These patterns can sound different. It picks up a little sound from the rear of the mic. The SM86 and the Beta 87C do not, which gives them more isolation.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My go-to live microphone!

        By eabrunner

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Live Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

          The SM86 is my go-to mic at my live performances. I would highly recommend this mic to any musician looking for a very clear sound for performing. The SM86 is also great in the studio. It produces very clear sound when placed on instruments, especially drums. Just keep in mind that this mic requires phantom power! I purchased Shure's phantom supply so I can use this mic anywhere!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          No EQing

          By Hotkeys

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

          I love this mic! I bought this to replace my old sm58. This mic reproduces vocals with great clarity. And with my voice needs almost no equing!I am using this mic in live sound. Watch the gain levels b/c this is a hot mic and may pick up other unwanted sounds if you have the gain too high. This mic will be good for you with GOOD placement of it. I highly recommend this mic if you want your vocals to sound great!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Microphone

          By Torchwood

          from Columbus, OH

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          Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

          This mic provides crisp, clean, clear, and concise sound that is very musical and sophisticated. If you're tired of hearing SM58's all the time like I am (because they really aren't that good of mics for the money) then the SM86 is for you. The only mic I've found to like more is the AKG C5900 Tripower series condenser and that mic is about $120 more. Because this mic has a great frequency response, high sensitivity, and a high max SPL for a condenser it also makes a great instrument mic for stage and studio use. It'd be best suited on acoustic guitars, pianos, bass drum, toms, and snares judging by what little use I've had with it so far. They are the only Shure mic I'd be caught dead with. I use it onstage for vocals and in the studio to mike all of my toms and snare (with one mic) or as a bass drum mic.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great vocal mic

          By Skinns From Kent

          from Ravenna, Ohio

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          Comments about Shure SM86 Cardioid Condenser Vocal Mic:

          i have owned a lot of mics and this one has them beat, great lows and highs and mid-range, very, very clear.

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