Shure BETA 52A - Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone for Bass Instruments

Model #BETA 52A

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Specifications

General Information

Transducer Dynamic (moving coil)
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz to 10kHz
Maximum Input Sound Level not specified by manufacturer
Power Requirements dynamic microphone, no power required
Output Impedance Rated Impedance is 150 Ohms (45 Ohms actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low Z
Output Connectors 3-pin Male XLR
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 174 dB at 1000 Hz (calculated)
Dimensions 3.750 x 6.406 x 3.750" (95.25 x 162.72 x 95.25mm) LxHxW
Weight 605 grams (21.6 oz)
User Reviews
Sweetwater.34753460
20 June 2017
10/10

I started using this for its intended purpose, but I wanted something to use for stereo mic'ing an upright Piano from the back side of the soundboard. I had been using an MXL R-80 ribbon mic that had great bottom-end presence. Now.

Sweetwater.34753460
27 April 2017
10/10

This kick drum microphone has been used with the biggest name artist & concerts in the world for a long time. That is why I consider it the best kick or bass microphone ever. If your system has subs and is set-up right, it is hard to mess this sound up.

Sweetwater.34753460
5 December 2016
8.0/10

I've used this mic forever on kick, and imo, it is THE best kick mic in this price range, and if you wanna avoid using multiple mics. But I just recently picked up another one to use for floor tom, bass cab, and other low frequency type things.

Sweetwater.34753460
31 August 2016
10/10

I've used a lot of kick mics, and had grown tired and less satisfied with my last one, a D112. I knew the 52A would be an improvement, and it definitely is. I'm mainly using it for live use, and like the feedback rejection (while using serious new subs nearby).

Sweetwater.34753460
8 June 2016
10/10

You can't ask for any more from a bass drum mic. It gets the ideal sound, and doesn't completely break the bank. No complaints at all. The only thing I'd say is that I don't use it alone. I pair this mic with an Audix i5 on the batter head to get the sound I'm looking for.

Sweetwater.34753460
21 June 2017
10/10

Bought this in January, buried it in June. Sounded great but I dropped it once and now it's dead. Sounds so much better than the SM57 I am now using. Just can't afford $ per drop. Bummer.

Sweetwater.34753460
10 March 2017
10/10

This mic brings life to your kick drum! Simply amazing!

Sweetwater.34753460
17 January 2017
2.0/10

Too woofy, no attack, messy low end.

Sweetwater.34753460
18 November 2015
10/10

I have tried everything over the years for micing my bass drum and I do mean everything - Beyerdynamic, AKG including a d122 & 414, Rode, older Shure's and Audix... Don't waste your time. Every live show that impresses with me with bass drum tone uses a Beta 52A.

Sweetwater.34753460
26 May 2015
10/10

I was pleasantly surprised at how well this picked up the low end on my Leslie 3300 A great mic for the price and a great sound too!.

Product Highlights
    In The Box
    • Shure BETA 52A - Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone for Bass Instruments
    • 5/8" to 3/8" (Euro) Thread Adapter
    • Storage Bag
    • 2 Year Warranty
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