Beta 52A Kick Drum Microphone

 

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Optimized for low-frequency bass punch and high-power SPL handling, the Beta 52A's supercardioidPicks up most sound in front of the microphone and very little from the sides, making it more directional than a cardioid mic. Read moreGo to the glossary design provides maximum isolation from other onstage sounds.

Best suited to:
Bass Drum

Also great for:
Bass

Dynamic
Supercardioid
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Description:

What is the Beta 52A best suited to?

Its ideal for the professional musician looking to mic up their kick drum, bass amp and acoustic bass. It has the quality and durability to be used on stage and in the studio.

What are the characteristics of the Beta 52A?

The supercardioidcardioid pickup pattern limits interference from other on-stage sound sources and reduces feedbackSustained howl when a mic hears a loudspeaker already reproducing that mic's sound.Read moreGo to the glossary. The frequency responseThis is the range of frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary is perfectly tailored for bass instruments with a 20Hz to 10kHz frequency responseThis is the range of frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary with a presence boost at 4kHz to let electric basses and kick drums cut through the mix.

The Beta 52A is available as part of the DMK57-52 Drum Mic Kit, which includes three SM57 Microphones, one Beta 52A Microphone, three A56D Drum-mounting Systems, and a Lightweight and Durable Carrying Case.

Features:

  • Frequency responseThis is the range of frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary shaped specifically for kick drums and bass instruments
  • Built–in dynamicDynamic mics have a simple, rugged construction and can handle very high sound pressure levels.Read moreGo to the glossary locking stand adapter with integral XLR connector simplifies setup, especially inside a kick drum
  • Studio quality performance, even at extremely high sound pressure levels
  • SupercardioidPicks up most sound in front of the microphone and very little from the sides, making it more directional than a cardioid mic. Read moreGo to the glossary pattern for high gain before feedbackSustained howl when a mic hears a loudspeaker already reproducing that mic's sound.Read moreGo to the glossary and superior rejection of unwanted noise
  • Hardened steel mesh grille that resists wear and abuse
  • Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
  • Neodymium magnet for high signal–to–noise ratio output
  • Low sensitivityThis is how mich signal a microphone produces for a given amount of sound.Read moreGo to the glossary to varying load impedanceThis describes how resistant an electrical circuit is to the flow of electricity passing through it.Read moreGo to the glossary
  • Legendary Shure quality and reliability

Specs:

  • Transducer TypeA transducer converts sound into an electrical signal. The two most common types are dynamic and condenser. Read moreGo to the glossary : DynamicDynamic mics have a simple, rugged construction and can handle very high sound pressure levels.Read moreGo to the glossary
  • Polar PatternPolar pattern describes how well the microphone hears sound from different directions.Read moreGo to the glossary: SupercardioidPicks up most sound in front of the microphone and very little from the sides, making it more directional than a cardioid mic. Read moreGo to the glossary
  • Frequency ResponseThis is the range of frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary: 20 Hz - 10 kHz
  • SensitivityThis is how mich signal a microphone produces for a given amount of sound.Read moreGo to the glossary (1 kHz): -64 dBV/Pa / 0,6 mV/Pa
  • Weight: 605 g
  • Frequency ResponseThis is the range of frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary Curve:

In the box:

  • Storage Bag (Part No: 95A2324)   
  • 5/8” to 3/8” (Euro) Thread Adapter (Part No: 95A2050) 

Artists using the Beta 52A

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Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, whose style not only reflects his technical gift...
“Shure mics replicate the natural sound of my drum kit as I intend it to be heard, whether live or in the studio, with...

Technicians on the Beta 52A

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