Vocal microphone delivers a tailored response for a warm, natural sound. It features a cardioid polar pattern for maximum isolation, minimal off-axis tone coloration, a 3-stage pop filter to minimize breath noise, and a break-resistant stand adapter.

  • Smooth, wide frequency response with slight presence rise
  • Uniform cardioid polar pattern for maximum isolation
  • Minimal off-axis tone coloration
  • Low-frequency roll-off compensates for proximity effect
  • Three-stage pop filter minimizes breath pop and noise
  • Break-resistant stand adapter
  • Frequency response: 50 to 20,000 Hz

What is the Beta 87C best suited to?

The Shure Beta 87C is a premium quality cardioid 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. The cardioid polar pattern makes it ideal for use with in-ear monitoring.

How does the Beta 87C compare to the Beta 87A?

Both mics have the same sound characteristics. The difference is in the polar pattern, with the BETA87C using cardioid and the BETA87A using a supercardioid pattern.

Amount Part Title
1 Swivel Adapter Part A25D
1 Carrying/Storage Bag Part 26B21

Technical specifications

207 g
160.0 mm
43.0 mm
Frequency Response:
20 Hz – 16 kHz
Frequency Response:
-51.00 dBV/Pa – 2.00 mV/Pa
Equivalent Selfnoise:
22 dB(A)
Sound Pressure:
139 dB
Transducer Type:
Polar Pattern:
Switchable low cut:
3 Pin XLR
Interchangeable Capsule:
Main Functionality:
Headphone Output:
Requires Phantom Power:
11 to 52 VDC
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Beta 87C Wireless Options

As a wireless microphone the Beta 87C 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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