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Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic

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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
  • 50Hz-18kHz frequency response

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ShureBeta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic
 
4.8

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (11)
  • Durable (7)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (10)

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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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By Rickholly

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).

      (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      I expected better

      By Trib

      from Mount Pleasant, PA

      See all my reviews

      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.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A solid mic, but missing something

      By danestych

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      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.

        (6 of 6 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...

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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

        By Rickholly

        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.

        (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)

         
        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.

        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Beta 58a is much better. loud plosives

        By Rusty Todd

        from SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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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.

          (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 5 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!!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a fantastic upgrade!

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

          I recently upgraded all my vocal mics to the Beta 87A. What a noticable and tremendous difference. I have used Shure SM58s and Beta 58s, EV ND series mics, Audio-Technica mics and Audix OM series mics. The Beta 87A is just soooo noticably better than anything else I have ever used. Of course it costs more, but if you are a vocalist, you owe it to yourself to have your own hig-end microphone to use.The Beta 87A wins on several fronts: It is generally louder than its dynamic bretheren, so that is a good thing for the performing vocalist. It has a super cardioid pattern, so it rejects feedback better, and thus sound engineers can push it more in the monitor mix--awesome! It is a high quality condenser, and in this particular case it translates into better annunciation and reproduction from a vocalist. When singing through the Beta 87A versus a typical dynamic mic (like the Shure SM 58) I feel like I do not need to push as hard or work as much to sound intelligibly. The first time I used these mics was the first time I ever thought the vocals through the stage monitors were actually too loud! What a joy it was to actually ask to have the vocals lowered in the mix. That NEVER happens.The only reservation I had when purchasing the three mics I picked up is the fact that the Beta 87A is a condenser and therefore requires phantom power. But the more I considered it, the more I had to recognize that every PA system I ever worked with or performed through had phantom power for condenser microphones, so it is not an issue. Now when I walk into someplace to perform, I will have my own vocal mic, just like I have my own guitar and amp.Are the Beta 87A mics more delicate than dynamic mics? They are supposed to be very sturdy, but I must admit that I have no intention of slamming my $250.00 microphones around anymore than I plan to kick over my $1500.00 Marshall amp or bang around my 1970s Les Paul. This is a pro mic, and I plan to treat it that way.The only mics above the quality of the Beta 87A that I could find are the new Shure KSM 9 and the Neumann KMS 104. Those cost more than twice as much. I could not justify the expense.Happy hunting and I hope this helps someone decided what to purchase. If you have been working with dynamic mics for years like I have, you will find the Beta 87A a real pleasure to sing through.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent stage or recording mic!!

          By Kat

          from Groveton nh

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

            This mic is just great. It's like singing with no mic, it sounds as your real natural voice. This mic is just excellent, I love it. I am using it to perform live and also to record.

            I am also a lead guitar and I could concentrate more on my playing because I could be away from the mic when I sing.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Save up & just buy it......

            By SteveSteve

            from Kalamazoo, MI

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

            This thing was meant for "SINGERS". If you scream, stick to dynamic. I've found that using different chorus and reverb effects through this are just incredible. I personally have a problem with too much mid-punch, and way too much low-end (naturally from voice). Now that I'm using this mic, the highs are coming through so powerfully that the recording mix is just beautiful. I have absolutely no complaints. I originally bought the EV CE410, and it was also a spectacular mic. But it kept cutting out for now reason...so I bought this one. Either of the two mics make me happy.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            For Shure

            By Bob

            from Kingston, PA

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

            I have used a Shure SM58 for over 25 years. The same mic and usually the best one on stage at any time. I first tried the Beta 87A out at a music store and was able to hear parts of my voice that I never heard before! I mean REALLY heard. The boxiness I always got from mics was gone too. For comparison I tried a AKG C5, a lower priced condenser mic, and that sounded just like all the rest. I have yet to try out the Shure KSM9, but don't know if it would make a difference. You should really try out mics if you are able to compare them live. Otherwise if you are on a budget just stick with the SM58. (Or read reviews like this.)

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great mic

            By Barry Paul Project

            from newport OR

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

            10
            I think for the money you are getting a quality mic. Ive used a lot of mics and love this mic it always sounds good. Its not a Neumann in the studio everyone uses its a live mic meant to be used in gigs not the studio. So if you banging on this mic at that price look out there, there is nothing better. Its a solid dependable great mic that can be gig night after night and won't let you down. This mic is plenty warm and very smooth. If you can sing like Halford or Dio and hit those note you better spend a lot more money than what your getting here. For us earthlings this is a great mic !

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'll Never Go Back

            By Jorge from Boxcar the Band

            from San Diego

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

              Wow, this microphone really distinguishes itself. I have been singing with a Shure SM58 for years and now will never go back. I even bought my own phantom power supply so I can use it in venues that have older sound boards with no 48V supply. Now the SM58 is a great mic, but the 87A is an amazing mic. One of my favorite things about the 87A is the clarity. I'm in a acoustic rock band and people say (and from listening to our live recordings) that you can really hear the words a lot better than with the 87A. When I have a good monitor I can hear this clarity myself and it is beautiful. You can hear for yourself on our facebook page with the song "I Been Thinking About You" (granted it is a compressed file), just use /boxcartheband to check it out. If you are a singer who cares about how you sound do yourself a favor and get this mic, it make you sound better with more clarity to the audience, there is no excuse (besides extreme poverty, but come on this is an investment!) not to be using this mic if you are a singer.

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great company

              By upc

              from texas

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

              I have purchased from this company more than one tome and will do so again.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absolute Clarity

              By PVinKC

              from Kansas City, MO USA

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

              That's what you get with this mic, absolute clarity! I picked up 3 of these for my fellow bandmates to use (I'm wireless) and I never had it so good. I run the PA and I can get all the gain that I need to push the mic even for singers who don't sing-up like they should.This mic is PERFECT for us...does exactly what it's supposed to and doesn't seem to add unwanted 'mic character' to the sound. Whatever you put in...you get out. Great mic and one I couldn't live without. Pack this for that desert island trip!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Shure Beta 87A - Can't Be Beat

              By Tim-L.cdQ

              from South Plainfield, New Jersey USA

              Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

              This mic is absolutely amazing! I'd like to be critical, but I am completely unable to find any faults in this mic! The sound is chrystal clear and so natural. Feedback is totally eliminated. I've been using the legendary SM58 for the past three years and this mic eliminates that "Gee! I feel like I'm singing in a box" sound. Amazing mic... You get quality condenser sound in a rugged, live performance package. Well worth your money!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Lead Singer

              By Jill Horn

              from Pleasanton, California

              Comments about Shure Beta 87A Supercardioid Condenser Mic:

              I am one of two singers in this folk/rock group and the clarity that I get especially on the low end is amazing. It really gives a warmth to my vocals.Absolutely worth the price.

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