Shure Unveils New Beta Mic
Shure revealed the latest addition to its line of precision-engineered Beta microphones: the side-address, super-cardioid Beta 27.
The Beta 27, according to Shure, is the company's only side-address, super-cardioid condenser microphone designed for professional sound reinforcement. It was developed in response to audio engineers' requests for a condenser microphone that offers better isolation of the sound source.
"Live acts have been using cardioid large diaphragm condenser mics for years, on drum overhead and guitar/bass cabinets," said Chad Wiggins, Shure's category manager for wired products, in a statement. "But for some big stages, engineers want more focus and better isolation of the sound source. That's what the Beta 27 offers. Plus, it's durable and it travels light-that's a must for touring acts."
According to the company, the Beta 27's super-cardioid polar pattern targets the sound source for fine detail in demanding acoustic environments. With its large diaphragm and low self-noise, the Beta 27 provides a high-caliber performance.
"Stage and studio are converging," Wiggins continued in the statement. "While the Beta 27 can handle multiple uses for studio recording projects, many acts nowadays are recording their live shows, and they want to put studio condensers on their stage. But, other microphones that are currently available pick up more splash and stage wash than the engineer might want. The Beta 27 is the answer."
Like other engineered mics in Shure's Beta line, the Beta 27 is designed for focus of sound reproduction and high gain-before-feedback.
Other features of the Beta 27 include an ultrathin 24 Karat gold-layered Mylar diaphragm; flat, neutral frequency response; a three-position, switchable, low-frequency filter; a -15 dB switchable attenuator; and an internal pop filter with three separate mesh layers for reduced wind and breath noise.
The Shure Beta 27 side-address condenser microphone is currently available for a retail price of $399 ($499 MSRP) and comes with a two-year limited warranty.