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The SM81 is a condenser instrument microphone from Shure.

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Pros

an industry standard

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low RF susceptibility

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great for instrument recording (small condenser design)

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extremely accurate

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low noise

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can be used for vocals quiet effectively with a large windscreen - something bigger than what is provided with the mic

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well made

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versatile - can be used for any variety of situations and work well

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Cons

somewhat expensive

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senstive to plosives

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low volume detail is lacking

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The SM81 is a condenser instrument microphone from Shure.  The microphone has a unidirectional cardioid polar pattern making it suitable for recording studio, broadcasting, and sound reinforcement applications.  It offers a wide frequency response of 0 to 20,000 Hz with a flat response curve for accurate sound reproduction.  The SM81 also has low noise characteristics and low RF susceptibility, making it recommended for use with acoustic instruments like guitar, piano, or cymbals.  It is designed with a rugged steel construction for durability and can perform in a variety of temperature or humidity conditions.  The microphone operates on Phantom power and comes with a 2 year limited warranty.

Features/Specs
  • Flat response curve
  • Low noise and high output clipping level
  • Low distortion
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Low RF susceptibility
  • Selectable low-frequency response: flat, 6 or 18 dB/octave rolloff
  • 0 dB/10 dB lockable attenuator switch
  • Phantom powering
  • Rugged steel construction
  • Frequency Response: 0­ to 20,000 Hz
  • Field-usable over wide range of temperature and humidity conditions
  • 2 year limited warranty
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