Vocal microphone provides warm, accurate sound. It features high SPL capability and controlled low-frequency roll-off to compensate for proximity effect. Provides low susceptibility to RFI and a shock-mount system to absorb shocks and handling noise.

  • Smooth frequency response with gradual presence rise
  • Highly consistent supercardioid polar pattern provides superior gain-before-feedback
  • Electronic low-frequency roll-off compensates for proximity effect
  • Wide dynamic range (117 dB) and low distortion characteristics
  • Very low susceptibility to RFI and electromagnetic hum
  • Advanced cartridge shock-mount system absorbs mechanical shocks and reduces handling noise
  • Built-in pop filter reduces undesirable wind and breath sounds
  • Legendary Shure quality and reliability

What is the Beta 87A best suited to?

The Shure Beta 87A is a premium quality supercardioid hand-held condenser vocal microphone with exceptionally smooth frequency response and high sound pressure level capability. It is ideal for a professional lead or backing vocalist either on stage, for live recording or in the studio.

What are the characteristics of the Beta 87A?

The Beta 87A features a controlled low-frequency roll-off that compensates for proximity effect and prevents the “boomy” sound often associated with close pick-up. The tailored frequency responce with its presence rise , brightens the upper midrange and helps the vocals cut through the mix. The tight supercardioid pattern provides maximum isolation from other vocalists or instruments while offering minimal off-axis coloration. It operates on phantom power.

Amount Part Title
1 Swivel Adapter Part A25D
1 Carrying/Storage Bag Part 26A13

Technical specifications

207 g
160.0 mm
43.0 mm
Frequency Response:
20 Hz – 20 kHz
Frequency Response:
-52.50 dBV/Pa – 2.37 mV/Pa
Equivalent Selfnoise:
23,5 dB(A)
Sound Pressure:
140,5 dB
Transducer Type:
Polar Pattern:
Switchable low cut:
3 Pin XLR
Interchangeable Capsule:
Main Functionality:
Headphone Output:
Requires Phantom Power:
11 to 52 VDC
Frequency Response Curve Image:
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Beta 87A Wireless Options

As a wireless microphone the Beta 87A is available in different wireless systems - analog and digital.


How does it differ to the Beta 58A?

The Beta 58 uses a dynamic element; the Beta 87 is a condenser. That’s why they sound different. It will be a matter of personal preference, not a technical choice. Auditioning both at a Shure dealer is our best advice.

I connected the mic but it didn´t work. What should I do?

Probably no phantom power has been applied. This is needed to make condenser microphones work.

What is the difference between the 'A' and 'C' version?

The main difference between Beta 87A and Beta 87C is that the Beta87A uses a supercardioid polar pattern and Beta 87C uses a cardioid polar pattern.

When should I use the 'A' and when should I use the 'C' version?

The 87C was introduced for performers using in-ear monitors. In brief, a cardioid mic is often preferred by in-ear monitor users as it sounds more "natural" with the in-ear mix. If you use floor monitors, the BETA 87A may be a better choice as it will often provide a bit more gain before feedback than the BETA 87C. However, which model works better for you can only be decided via auditioning the mics.
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