Shure PG81-XLR Condenser Mic with XLR Cable  

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Excellent capture of acoustic guitars, overhead percussion, pianos, strings, and woodwinds.

The Shure PG81-XLR Condenser Mic with XLR Cable features a cardioid pattern that rejects noise and controls feedback. Probe shape permits up-close placement. Flat frequency response lets a variety of instrumental voices shine through naturally. Internal shockmount and on/off switch. Frequency response: 40Hz-18kHz. Includes clip, mic pouch, educational guide, and 15' XLR cable.
Requires phantom power.

  • High-sensitivity condenser cartridge
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Internal shockmount
  • Flat frequency response
  • Probe style allows close miking
  • On/off switch

PG81-XLR Condenser Mic with XLR Cable Specifications:

  • 40-18,000Hz frequency response
  • Output impedance: 600 ohm
  • Output at 1,000Hz: -48dBV/Pa (4.0 mV)
  • Maximum SPL: 131dB
  • Output noise: 20dB typical, A weighted
  • 11-52 Vdc phantom power
  • Battery 1.5V AA size; life up to 10,000 hours
  • Weight: 8.8 oz. (less battery)
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Great value, somewhat limited application.


from New Zealand

Comments about Shure PG81-XLR Condenser Mic with XLR Cable:

I got this mic with a PGDMK6 drum mic kit from Shure. It works well for overheads (infact, fantastically for the price), however, its limited frequency response (40-18) means that it isn't quite the perfect mic for this application, at least not in the studio. I have however found it to be an absolutely fantastic mic on acoustic guitar, especially in A-B or X-Y stereo configurations. The slight peak in highs gives extra clarity to steal strings. In this application, I use it in preference to a number of large diaphragm condensors (AKG C3000B, Rode NT1A, Rode NT1000) as well as standard dynamic mics (SM57s etc). It also serves well on brass and orchestral string instruments, however be careful for it's somewhat exaggerated proximity effect. The only thing it really isn't much good for is vocals, where it picks up far too much breath noise.

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Very natural


from Dothan, Alabama USA

Comments about Shure PG81-XLR Condenser Mic with XLR Cable:

This is the best mic I've found for live sax sound. I believe you would need to use a large diaphragm studio mic to top the natural sound for sax. I use it with my own 4 piece jazz group and just finished a two-week tour with a big rhythm-and-blues band in Italy, and I love the sound. While there is a slight proximity effect on low notes on tenor(not necessarily bad, if you are going for a breathy sound), it is very flat for alto, soprano and clarinet and there is a rather large sphere in which it picks up very uniformly. I'm thinking of buying several more to mic drums (I hate the sound of SM57s). One major drawback is that it can't handle breath for speaking and usually makes more racket than you can put up with if you try. It's pretty much an instrument mic.

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