Shure Beta 91A

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Condenser boundary microphone

  • Combination of Beta 91 and SM 91
  • Switchable frequency range for bass drums or piano/ voice applications
  • Polar pattern: half cardioid
  • Frequency range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 146 Ω
  • 11-52 V Phantom power
  • SPL: 155 dB SPL max (@ 2500 Ohm)
  • Sensitivity: -48.5 dBV/Pa
  • Output: XLR-male
  • Weight: 470 g
available since November 2010
Item number 256092
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Condenser Microphone Yes
Polar Pattern Half Cardioid
$249
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Delightful, Versatile Microphone
D Rea 05.08.2020
Absolutely wonderful microphone. I don't go anywhere for work without this (live & studio). Predominantly, I use this mic for kicks and pianos, but also found uses for certain theatre/stage applications. The tight Half Cardioid design makes it ideal for these scenarios.

The cut around 400Hz has come in quite handy on a few occasions with problematic kicks or stage where conditions are not ideal. Pairing this mic in particular with the Beta52 means achieving a particularly accurate picture of a kick. Even without the 52, you'll still achieve a super clean, punchy tone. Predominantly I'll use it internally for Kicks and Grands and have to do very little to achieve top quality results.

There is a very good reason why touring engineers request this mic so often when sending on tech riders to venues.

Very sturdily made but of course with any mic, treat it like it was one of your own children and take care of it.
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Worth every penny!
willdefear 15.02.2022
My most used live mic. Great both on it's own, or when paired with a beta52 or similar kick out mic, and less harsh and more natural sounding than an e901, in my opinion. I use it nearly every show where I provide mics, is definitely one of my better investments, and if I could only take one of my live mics out on a gig with me, it would be this!

The new 91A variant improves on an old design by having a full sized xlr connector and no longer requires an external preamp module like its predecessors. A massive win as it's now absolutely bomb proof and you're not scared to take it out your mic box in case the cable breaks again!!

Also the frequency curve switch kind of lets you choose between a beta91 sound and a flatter sm91 sound, kind of... It is similar, but not quite the same the same as the classic sm91!

If you're looking at this mic then you probably know what it's all about. So just buy one and thank me later! :)
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Shure Beta 91A
Robert814 14.02.2016
I've been looking at the Shure Beta 91A and the low-mid cut switch at around 400Hz seems like a very useful and appropriate feature. The main doubt was the size and shape of this mic. Fortunately for me it turns out to be only about a quarter of the size I'd expected. (I didn't bother to ask). There is a rather good elastic suspension mounting kit available (not made by Shure though) which enables it to remain mounted inside the bass drum. The Thomann sound samples when compared with other bass drum mics appear to show this as a very clean and clear sounding mic. I usually find these samples very useful and if downloaded and listened to about 20 times in comparison to other mics, you get about an 80% idea of how the mic will actually sound. The technical spec pdf describes this mic as "Half cardioid" and shows a 60° angle above floor/stage pickup area, which is most appropriate and also explains why another reviewer discovered that placing this mic on the floor in front of the bass drum, but moving it back a bit further than normal picked up the whole kit, but with the bass drum strongest - great for in ear monitoring for the drummer (who didn't want too much of the other band members). I am most impressed with the sound when placed on the floor/stage in front of the bass drum at more conventional distances. That gives me the best bass drum sound I've ever achieved to date. Crisp, clean, with a well defined thump and still able to reject unwanted spill over in a live situation.
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Great kick drum mic
Handreas 13.07.2021
This is a great kick drum mic.
I'm a professional live sound person and I've never not managed to make any kick sound good using only this inside the drum. The only reason it has taken me this long to buy one for myself is that pretty much any rental company in the world has these in their mic locker, so I've never needed to bring my own to a gig.

"Luckily" this summer I do have a couple of gigs where one wouldn't be supplied, so I finally had an excuse to buy one.

Is it the BEST kick mic ever made for every genre? No, I wouldn't say so. And it's completely useless on kicks without a hole in the reso head.

But if I could only bring one kick mic for a festival and I needed something that'll _just work_ for every band, this mic is my guy. It also cuts down on stage clutter by not requiring a stand. Which not only looks good, but also means there's one less thing on stage for the vocalists to trip over.
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