The Shure SM86 is a unidirectional (cardioid) condenser vocal microphone for professional use in live performance. An extremely rugged microphone, the SM86 withstands the rigors of touring while delivering a clear, studio-quality sound.

A cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise. The built-in three-point shock mount minimizes handling noise, and a two-stage pop filter reduces wind and breath "pop" noise. 

  • SM86-LC:  Cable not included.
Application

Live Vocals

Studio Vocals

Microphone Type

Condenser:

Lightweight, sensitive diaphragm. Precisely and smoothly captures sound nuances. Powered by battery or phantom power supply.

Polar Pattern

Cardioid:

Picks up the most sound in front of the microphone and some from the sides. Less susceptible to feedback in high volume environments.

Frequency Response

Tailored:

Smooth, extended response. Tuned to accentuate specific types of instruments or voices.

Form Factor

Handheld

Model Line

SM

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SM Microphone Product Brochure (PDF)
SM86 Specification Sheet (PDF)
SM Microphone Product Brochure
SM86 Specification Sheet
SM86 User Guide
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FAQ's for SM86
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Features
  • Condenser cartridge for studio quality sound
  • Tailored frequency response for a clear reproduction of vocals
  • Rugged construction withstands the rigors of touring sound
  • Cardioid polar pattern minimizes unwanted background noise
  • Excellent choice for stage monitors and personal monitors
  • Built-in three-point shock mount minimizes handling noise
  • Two-stage "pop" filter reduces wind and breath noise
Specifications
Receiver Type
Condenser (electret bias)
Frequency Response
50 to 18,000 Hz
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Phantom power required?
Phantom Supply Requirement: 11 to 52 Vdc, positive at both pins 2 and 3
Accessories
Name Availability
A25D

A25D

Break resistant microphone clip that securely mounts the SM58, SM57, SM87A, Beta 87A, Beta 87C and all other microphones with 3/4-inch and larger handles to a standard microphone stand.

A55HM

A55HM

Shock Stopper Isolation Mount/Swivel Adapter, Half Mount, for SM57, SM58, Beta 57A, Beta 58A, Beta 87A, Beta 87C or any Shure tapered handle mic.

A55M

A55M

Isolation mount and swivel adapter securely attaches Shure models SM57, SM58, SM86, Beta57A, Beta58A, Beta87A, and Beta87C to standard microphone stands.

RPM226

RPM226

Factory original replacement grille for Shure SM86 wired microphones and handheld transmitters.

A85WS

A85WS

Microphone windscreen reduces unwanted breath and wind noise. For use with Shure microphones such as the Beta 87A, Beta 87C, SM87A, and SM86 microphones. Available in black.

User Guides
File Language Type File Size
SM86 User Guide English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish PDF 1.59 mb