The Shure BETA 181 is an ultra-compact, small-diaphragm side-address condenser microphone, designed for discreet placement and control in live and studio environments. Featuring interchangeable cardioid, supercardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional capsule options for superior versatility, the small diaphragm design provides superior audio with consistent, textbook polar responses in a form factor small enough to get close to the source in the tightest conditions.
- Interchangeable polar pattern capsules attach to a compact preamplifier with integrated XLR connections for the ultimate in low-profile application flexibility (Each Beta 181 ships with one polar pattern capsule and one XLR preamplifier. Capsules available separately for custom flexibility.)
- Precision-engineered, compact side-address design features innovative locking ring to provide secure connection between capsule and preamplifier
- Frequency response tailored for wide dynamic range applications for use in high SPL environments
- Furnished with stand adapter, windscreen and carrying case (carrying case will securely protect up to four polar pattern capsules)
- BETA 181/C (cardioid) for drum overhead, piano, acoustic instrument applications, M/S stereo technique (paired with Beta 181/BI)
- BETA 181/S (supercardioid) for snare drum, acoustic instrument, close-miking applications
- BETA 181/O (omnidirectional) for ambient/room, instrument ensemble applications
- BETA 181/BI (bidirectional) for mono drum overhead, dual instrument sound source applications, Blumlein stereo technique (pair of Beta 181/BI)
|Frequency Response||20 to 20,000 Hz|
|Polar Pattern||Cardioid, Supercardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional|
|Phantom power required?||11–52 V DC phantom power (IEC-61938) 2.4 mA, maximum|
Additional specifications are available in the user guide.
A181C Zippered Carrying CaseWorks with Beta 181.
A181WS WindscreenReplacement foam windscreen for use with Beta 181.
A57F Microphone ClipWorks with Beta 181, KSM137, KSM141, SM63, SM63L, SM63LB, SM81, VP64A, VP64AL, MX412, MX418, MX412S, MX418S, MX412SE, and the MX418SE microphones and standard microphone stands.
RPM181/BI Bidirectional Polar Pattern CapsuleBidirectional Polar Pattern Capsule. Works with Beta 181.
RPM181/C Cardioid Polar Pattern CapsuleCardioid Polar Pattern Capsule. Works with Beta 181.
RPM181/O Omnidirectional Polar Pattern CapsuleOmnidirectional Polar Pattern Capsule. Works with Beta 181.
RPM181/PRE Replacement XLR PreamplifierReplacement XLR Preamplifier. Works with Beta 181.
RPM181/S Supercardioid Polar Pattern CapsuleSupercardioid Polar Pattern Capsule. Works with Beta 181.
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Shure’s truly unique Beta 181 ultra-compact, side-address, condenser microphone is an eye catcher. It attracted more than a few glances upon its debut at last year’s AES Convention in San Francisco, ultimately enough to win a 2010 PAR Excellence Award...
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"The captured stereo image was true, with really nice top-end sheen."
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