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Shure SM81

Condenser Studio Microphone

The Shure SM81 is a high-quality, unidirectional condenser microphone designed for studio recording, broadcasting, and sound reinforcement. Its wide frequency response, low noise characteristics, and low RF susceptibility have made it a standard for applications involving acoustic instruments, especially guitar, piano, and cymbals. The SM81 is ruggedly constructed. It operates on phantom power and performs over a wide range of temperatures and humidity conditions. The SM81 is equipped with a switchable high-pass filter and 10 dB attenuation. Foam windscreen, and case for carrying and storage are included.

  • Cardioid characteristics for maximum isolation of the signal source and reduced background noises
  • High-quality permanently polarized condenser microphone
  • Flat response curve for accurate reproduction of sound sources
  • Low noise and high output clipping level
  • Low distortion over a wide range of load impedances
  • Low RF susceptibility
  • 3-Stage selectable high-pass filter: flat, 6 or 18 dB / octave roll-off
  • Switchable 10 dB attenuation
  • Phantom powering (DIN 45 596 voltages of 12 to 48 V)
  • Rugged steel construction
  • Field-usable over wide range of temperature and humidity conditions
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Output impedance: 85 Ohm
  • Open circuit sensitivity: -45 dBV/Pa (5,62 mV)
  • THD (131 dB SPL at 250 Hz, 800 Ohm load): < 0,5%
  • Max. Sound pressure (at 1 kHz, 800 Ohm load: 136 dB SPL)
  • Incl. windscreen
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Battery Powered No
Directional Microphone No
Stereo Pair No
switchable lowcut Yes
switchable pad No
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Studio classic that goes beyond advertisment

06.03.2017
It is a very well-known acoustic guitar mic, which would beautifully record both nylon and steel strings. But, although it is never advertised as a vocal mic, it can do an amazing job with bass/bass-baritone voices, making frequencies between 1500-2000 hz blend into the mix.
Pad and high-pass filter make it even more practical.
It will be very useful both as a single mic and as a stereo pair (shure says that sm81's "quality of the microphone is such that you can purchase two SM81's at random and know that they will be the equivalent of a matched set.")
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Excellent SDC for Percussion and Acoustic Guitar

13.03.2016
The SM81 is an industry standard for high hats. Extremely robust, it really can take the abuse which comes with life on the road, and even the occasional off target attack from an enthusiastic drummer's stick.

I have three of these, as in addition to micing hats, they also make excellent overheads.

On acoustic, they produce a slightly more mellow tone than the KM184, or some other SDCs in the arsenal. I personally find them a useful option for jazz guitar. If you are comparing them to SDCs of a more modern design which follow the trend for a brighter tone, you may find them a little dull on anything stringed, However, they do take EQ well.

The mic comes with a pop shield (essential if using for any vocal recording as this mic is extremely sensitive to plosives), and mic clip. All is contained in a robust, gig-proof plastic case.

All in all, an excellent SDC, which because of its wide industry acceptance and rider-friendly qualities, I enthusiastically recommend particularly as a mainstay for live work.
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