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Beta 181

This the latest addition to Dave's arsenal of Shure microphones. After checking them out at the 2017 NAMM show, Dave had to try them out! They're now in Dave's studio and sometimes on his live kit, picking up the sound of Dave's toms.

The precision-engineered BETA®181 is a versatile condenser instrument microphone with interchangeable polar pattern capsule options.

- Side-address microphone for instrument miking in tight recording and performance spaces
- Condenser cartridge with choice of cardioid, supercardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional polar patterns
- Includes BETA 181 with choice of polar pattern, microphone clip, windscreen, zippered carrying case, and user guide

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Shure SM57

The Shure SM-57 unidirectional dynamic microphone is exceptional for musical instrument pickup or for vocals. It has been Dave's choice for his snare drums ever since he first began miking drums.

With its bright, clean sound and carefully contoured presence rise, the SM-57 is ideal for live sound reinforcement and recording. It has an extremely effective cardioid pickup pattern which isolates the main sound source while minimizing background noise. In the studio, it is excellent for recording drums, guitar, and woodwinds.

For musical instruments or vocals, the SM-57 is a consistent choice of professional performers. It is also the standard microphone used on the podium of the U.S. President for over 30 years. Its outstanding performance, legendary reliability, and diversity of application make this "workhorse" the choice of performers, producers, and sound engineers the world over.


-Contoured frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup
-Professional-quality reproduction for drum, percussion, and instrument amplifier miking
-Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while reducing background noise
-Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
-Extremely durable under the heaviest use
-Frequency response: 40 to 15,000 Hz

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Shure SM-81

The SM-81 is Dave's go-to mic for his hi-hats!

The SM-81 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.

-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

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Shure Beta-52
Bass Drum

The Shure Beta-52 is a professional quality kick drum mic made for studio and live use. It has a frequency response that has been specifically tuned for kick drums as well as other bass or low frequency instruments (like bass guitar). It has a great sound with excellent attack and frequency response. You can place it right in the kick next to the beater (if you like a lot of click) as it can handle up to 174 dB. The frequency response is 20Hz up to 10kHz.

The polar pattern is super-cardioid which is more directional at lower frequencies. The mic will reject sounds from the rear and sides which makes it work well in the studio and for live situations.

This is a a high output dynamic mic which can take the punishment of being on the road. It is Dave's choice for bass drums of any size. He also uses it for the DG Gregorio cajon (port miking) and underneath the Remo Tombek, producing a great low end sound.


- 20 Hz to 10kHz Frequency Response
- Designed Specifically for kick drums and bass instruments
- Built-in locking stand adapter
- XLR connector
- Great for Studio performance
- Can Handle upto 174dB SPL: extremely high sound pressure levels
- Supercardioid pattern allows high gain while rejecting sounds from rear and sides
- Steel mesh grille guards against wear and abuse
- Pneumatic shock mount system
- Neodymium magnet for high Ouput signal
- Low sensitivity
Shure Beta-98
Toms (occassionally used)

Dave still occassionally uses these mics (and the SM98s before them) for live situations, mostly for toms. However, he recently switched over to the new Beta 181s in the studio.

TECHNICAL: The Beta 98D/S is a high performance mini-condenser microphone designed to excel at professional sound reinforcement or recording. Its ultra-uniform supercardioid pickup pattern provides high gain before feedback and excellent rejection of unwanted noise. An optional cardioid cartridge lets you easily adapt the mic to different applications.

As the successor to the popular SM98A, the Beta 98D/S features several notable improvements. Dynamic range is 4 dB greater, as is headroom, while maximum SPL is 5 dB higher (now 160 dB!). Physically, the mic utilizes a thicker, beefier Triple-Flex® cable (detachable).

With the unique A98D microphone drum mount (supplied), no other rim-mounted microphone stays more securely in place. This hardware has been redesigned for quicker, more secure rim-mounting without the need for a drum key. Its flexible gooseneck lets you position the mic in practically any configuration, so you get a virtually unlimited choice of sound options. Its unobtrusive design and compact size help the Beta 98D/S reduce stage clutter to an absolute minimum. (The microphone is also available without the drum mount - model Beta 98/S.)

Because it bears the Shure name, you can be certain that the Beta 98D/S will withstand just about any abuse it may run across and keep delivering great sound.


-Tailored frequency response for studio quality performance
-Wide dynamic range for use in high SPL environments
-Uniform supercardioid pattern for high gain before feedback and superior rejection of off-axis sound
-Optional A98D drum mount is unobtrusive and versatile--allows precise positioning of the microphone while holding it firmly in place
-Compact design reduces stage clutter
-Detachable cable for easy storage
-Interchangeable microphone cartridges with different polar patterns are available
-Legendary Shure quality, ruggedness, and reliability
  Shure KSM 44
Overhead/Room Mic

This is Dave's first choice for that open overhead sound, capturing all of the drums and cymbals with a nice bright tone and big overall warmth.

The KSM44A is a premium, large-diaphragm, side-address condenser microphone with multiple polar pattern options (cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional). The refined and sophisticated design of the KSM44A features an externally biased, dual 1-inch diaphragms, extensive internal pop filtering and Prethos® Advanced Preamplifier Technology for a ground-breaking threshold minimum of self-noise. The KSM44A is the premier choice for the highest level of professional studio and stage performance.

A milestone achievement in sound reinforcement, Prethos Advanced Preamplifier Technology employs transparent internal circuitry architectures that enable unprecedented audio quality and performance.

Prethos® Advanced Preamplifier Technology: Class A, discrete, transformerless preamplifier provides transparency, extremely fast transient response and no crossover distortion. Minimizes harmonic and intermodulation distortions.

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  Shure KSM 141
Overheads Mics (on the road)

Dave's go-to overhead mic for the road, or tighter overhead applications in the studio.

The KSM141 is a dual-pattern end-addressed condenser microphone with a rotating collar, allowing easy switching between a consistent cardioid or true omnidirectional polar pattern for smooth and extremely focused sound reproduction.

Designed for studio use, yet rugged enough for live applications, the KSM141 can withstand extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL). Its low self-noise and extended frequency response make it ideal for recording musical instruments.

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