Shure Beta 98AD/C Miniature Cardioid Condenser Drum Microphone


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  • The Shure Beta 98A is a precision-engineered compact, high-output miniature condenser microphone for professional sound reinforcement and studio recording. An extremely uniform cardioid polar pattern provides excellent gain-before-feedback and off-axis rejection of unwanted noise.

    The Beta 98AD/C features high sound pressure level capability (SPL) and includes the A98D drum mount with flexible gooseneck that makes it an essential, accurate choice for toms, snares, and percussion.


    • Uniform cardioid polar pattern provides maximum gain-before-feedback and rejection of off-axis sound for smooth high-end response and control
    • Frequency response tailored for drums and percussion applications with a wide dynamic range for use in high SPL environments
    • Precision-engineered design for unobtrusive microphone footprint
    • Ships with external in-line preamplifier for discreet cable placement, snap-fit windscreen, and zipper pouch
    • Ships with A98D drum mount featuring a flexible gooseneck for precise placement and secure attachment
  • TypeElectret Condenser
    Frequency Response 20 to 20,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Impedance 179 Ohms
    Sensitivity (at 1 kHz, open circuit voltage) –48.0 dBV/Pa (4.0 mV)
    Maximum SPL (1 kHz at 1% THD) 1000 Ohm load: 144 dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio (referenced at 94 dB SPL at 1 kHz) 64 dB
    S/N ratio is difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self noise, A-weighted
    Dynamic Range (at 1 kHz) 1000 Ohm load: 114 dB
    Common Mode Rejection (20 Hz to 20 kHz) > 50 dB
    Clipping Level (20Hz-20 kHz at 1% THD) 1000 Ohm load: 1.0 dBV (1.26 V)
    THD of microphone preamplifier when applied input signal is equivalent to cartridge output at specified SPL
    Self Noise (typical, equivalent SPL, A-weighted) 30 dB SPL
    Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
    Weight Net: 12 g (0.6 oz.)
    Connector Three-pin professional audio (XLR), male, balanced
    Power Requirements 11-52 Vdc phantom power, 3.6 mA
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