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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. It is furnished with a swivel adapter, attenuator-switch lock, foam windscreen, and case for carrying and storage. Other accessories are available. Shure SM81 Features 0 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response 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 Cardioid polar pattern, uniform with frequency and symmetric about axis, providing maximum rejection and minimum coloration of off-axis sounds Low RF susceptibility Selectable low-frequency response: flat, 6 or 18 dB/octave rolloff 0 dB/10 dB lockable attenuator switch Phantom powering (DIN 45 596 voltages of 12 to 48 Vdc) Rugged steel construction for durability Field-usable over wide range of temperature and humidity conditions


Setting up a community studio

...them. Here is a simple ensemble of mics and other gear: ________________________________________ Drums: 1 Sennheiser 421 2 Shure SM57 4 Shure SM98 2 Shure SM81 2 Shure KSM 32 Bass: 1 Countryman DI box 1 Sennheiser 421 Guitar: 2 Sennheiser 421 2 Shure SM57 Piano/Keys: 2 Countryman DI 2 AKG 414 Vocals: Shure SM57 Shure SM7 Misc: Mackie Big Knob 6 sets of Beyerdynamic D770 headphones Furman Headphone System w/ 5 boxes 3 Presonus M-80 mic...

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1 KM184 or a pair of something else (for acoustic guitar)

...but for the cost of one km184 new I snagged a pair of Lomo UM53 sdc's, which are gorgeous. Also, sm81's into nice pres is a nice, honest acoustic sound. You could have a pair of those. To me preferable to a pair of km184's for acoustic as it goes. 184's are too strident...

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Serious: Should I buy the Sphere L22?

...only kick mic I have is an AKG D112 MKII and my overheads are AT Pro37s. I have a random SM81 as well. I justify my lack of decent drum mics or balanced live room treatment with the logic of "at this point it's cheaper and more time-efficient for me to track drums for...

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