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Shure Drum Microphones

Shure offer a range of cymbal and drum microphones. Whether you need a drum microphone for the stage or the studio, for kick/bass drums, snares, tom toms or cymbals, Shure will have a microphone to suit your needs and budget. Use this site to help you find an individual drum microphone.

Where to buy

Choose your application to find the right drum mic

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Ideal for Hihats and Overheads:

Beta 181
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Ideal for Toms:

Beta 98AMP/C
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Ideal for Toms:

Beta 98AMP/C
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Ideal Hihat & Overheads:

Beta 181
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Ideal for Bassdrum:

Beta 91a
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Ideal for Hihats & Overheads:

Beta 181
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Ideal for Hihats & Overheads:

Beta 181
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Ideal for Snare:

Beta 56A
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Learn about drum miking


The drum kit is one of the most complicated sound sources to record. Although there are many different methods, some common techniques and principles should be understood. Since the different parts of the drum kit have widely varying sound they should be considered as individual instruments, or at least a small group of instrument types: Kick, Snare, Toms, Cymbals, and Percussion.

Beta 181   Beta 91A   Beta 56A  
Beta 52A   Beta 98AMP/C   Beta 57A  
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This is the most piercing drum in the kit and almost always establishes tempo. In modern music it usually indicates when to clap your hands! This is an extremely transient drum with little or no sustain to it. Its attack energy is focused in the 4 - 6kHz range. Typically, the drum is miked on the top head at the edge of the drum with a cardioid or supercardioid microphone.

Ideal for Snare:


Beta 56A

Beta 57A

While the kick and snare establish the low and high rhythmic functions, the toms are multiple drums that will be tuned from high to low between the snare and kick. They are primarily used for fills, but may also be consistent parts of the rhythmic structure. The attack range is similar to the snare drum, but often with more sustain. An individual directional mic on the top head near the edge can be used on each drum and panned to create some spatial imaging. A simpler setup is to place one mic slightly above and directly between two toms.

Ideal for Toms:


Beta 98AMP/C

The kick drum’s energy is primarily focused in two areas: very low-end timbre and “attack”. Although this varies by individual drum, the attack tends to be in the 2.5- 5kHz range. A microphone for this use should have good low frequency response and possibly a boost in the attack range, although this can be done easily with EQ. The mic should be placed in the drum, in close proximity (1 - 6 inches), facing the beater head. Or for less “slap” just inside the hole.

Ideal for Bass/Kick-Drum:


Beta 91A

Beta 52A

Many times the overhead mics will provide enough response to the high hat to eliminate the need for a separate hi-hat microphone. If necessary, a mic placed away from the puff of air that happens when hi-hats close and within four inches to the cymbals should be a good starting point. Simpler methods of drum miking are used for jazz and any application where open, natural kit sounds are desired. Using fewer mics over sections of the drums is common. Also, one high quality mic placed at a distance facing the whole kit may capture the sounds of kit and room acoustics in an enjoyable balance. Additional mics may be added to reinforce certain parts of the kit that are used more frequently.

Ideal for Hihats & Overheads:


Beta 181


Beta 181

Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone with interchangeable capsules
Beta 181 Small diaphragme condenser microphone with interchangeable capsules
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Beta 181 Drum Microphone

Beta 181 capsules: Supercardioid, Cardioid, Bidirectional and Omnidirectional

 

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The Beta 181 is an ultra compact, small diaphragm side-address condenser microphone with interchangeable capsules for different polar patterns. This enables discreet placement and versatility in tight conditions for various applications.

Show Beta 181 Specs

Beta 181 on shure.eu (Link)

Alternatives for this application:


Beta 91A

Boundary Microphone for Kickdrum
Beta 91A Bassdrum Microphone
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Beta 91A Bassdrum Microphone

Beta 91A Boundary Microphone in bass drum

 

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Beta 91A Kick Drum Microphone: The Beta 91A is optimised for kick drums, as well as traditional low end applications including piano. It uses a half-cardioid condenser boundary microphone with an integrated XLR preamplifier that is tailored for a strong low-end response. It has a two-position contour switch for optimised sound signature depending on application.

Show Beta 91A Specs

Beta 91A on shure.eu (Link)

Alternatives for this application:


Beta 56A

Snare / Tom Microphone
Beta 56A Drum Microphone for Snare and Tom
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A compact drum mic engineered for close miking of snare and toms. Thesupercardioid design provides maximum isolation from other onstage sounds.

Show Beta 56A Specs

Beta 56A on shure.eu (Link)

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Beta 52A

Kick Drum Microphone

Beta 52A Kick Drum Microphone
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Optimized for low-frequency bass punch and high-power SPL handling, the Beta 52A's supercardioid design provides maximum isolation from other onstage sounds.

Show Beta 52A Specs

Beta 52A on shure.eu (Link)

SM27

 

Beta 27

 

Beta 91A

   
         

   
 

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Beta 98AMP/C

Instrument Microphone

Beta 98AMP/C Instrument Microphone
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Beta 98AMP/C Instrument Microphone

Beta 98AMP/C rack mounted on Tom

 

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The Beta 98AMP/C drum microphone combines an integrated preamplifier with a miniature cardioid condenser capsule to provide a smooth, natural tailored response for drums and percussion. It offers a flexible gooseneck and the A75M universal microphone mount for accurate and secure placement in any configuration.

Show Beta 98AMP/C Specs

Beta 98AMP/C on shure.eu (Link)

Alternatives for this application:

Beta 98A/C

 

Beta 98AD/C

 

Beta 56A

   

   
 

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Beta 57A

Dynamic Instrument Microphone
Beta 57A Dynamic Instrument Microphone
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Beta 57A Dynamic Instrument Microphone

 

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The Beta 57A is a precision-engineered dynamic microphone designed for detailed reproduction of amplified or acoustic instruments. A tight supercardioid polar pattern provides high gain before feedback in demanding environments.

Show Beta 57A Specs

Beta 57A on shure.eu (Link)

Alternatives for this application:


A75M

Universal Drum Mount
A75M Universal Drum Microphone Mount
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A75M Universal Drum Microphone Mount

 

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Rugged microphone mounting accessory for versatile and secure placement and removal. Featuring a dual-jaw, quick release design for easy mounting drums, percussion, drum hardware and stands.


KSM Microphones

KSM137

 

KSM32

 

KSM44A

   

   
 

 


Complete Drum Microphone Sets

PGDMK4 Drum Microphone Kit

 

PGDMK4 Drum Microphone Kit

The PGDMK4 is an entry level, 4-piece drum microphone set. It contains specialised drum microphones for Bassdrum (1x PG52), Snare, Toms and Percussion (3x PG56). Mounting plates, cables and a rugged carry case are included.

PGDMK4 includes:

  • 1 x PG52 Dynamic Microphone for Bass Drum
  • 3 x PG56 Dynamic Microphone for Snare, Toms and Percussion
  • 3 x A50D Microphone clips (fits to most standard drum rims)
  • 4 x XLR-XLR cables 4.5m
  • Comes in a rugged carrying case

 

PGDMK4 on shure.eu (Link)

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PGDMK6 Drum Microphone Kit

 

PGDMK6 Drum Microphone Kit

The PGDMK6 is an entry level, complete 6-piece drum microphone set. It contains specialised microphones for Bass drum (1x PG52), Overheads (2x PG81), Snare, Toms and Percussion (3x PG56). Mounting plates, cables and a rugged carry case are included.

PGDMK6 includes:

  • 1 x PG52 Dynamic Microphone for Bass Drum
  • 3 x PG56 Dynamic Microphone for Snare, Toms and Percussion
  • 2 x PG81 Condenser Microphone for overhead and cymbal miking
  • 3 x A50D Microphone clips (fits to most standard drum rims)
  • 6 x XLR-XLR cables 4.5m
  • Comes in a rugged carrying case

 

PGDMK6 on shure.eu (Link)

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DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit

 

DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit

The DMK57-52 is a professional 4-piece drum microphone set. It includes three SM57 instrument microphones ideal for Toms and Snare drums and a Beta 52A kick drum microphone. Mounting hardware and a durable carrying case are included.

DMK57-52 includes:

  • 3 x SM57 Dynamic Microphone for Snare and Toms
  • 1 x BETA52A Dynamic Microphone for Kick Drum
  • 3 x A56D Universal Drum Mounting System
  • Comes in a rugged carrying case

 

DMK57-52 on shure.eu (Link)

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