The Shure SM87A microphone is a professional-quality, handheld condenser microphone for use in sound reinforcement, broadcasting, and studio recording installations. Its supercardioid polar pattern provides greater rejection of unwanted sound sources, making it ideal for miking individual instruments in a multi-microphone setting or for miking single sources in a reverberant or noisy environment. An integral three-stage wind and pop filter protects against wind and breath noise. Its built-in shock mount reduces stand and handling noise.

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

SuperCardioid:

Screens unwanted sound sources. Ideal for individual instruments in a multi-microphone setting, or single sources in noisy 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)
SM87A Specification Sheet (PDF)
SM87A User Guide (PDF)
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Features
  • Highly directional supercardioid pickup pattern
  • Controlled low-frequency roll-off
  • Very low RF and magnetic hum susceptibility
  • Minimally affected by varying load impedance
  • Built-in wind and pop filter
  • Transducer element shock mounted
  • Rugged construction for outstanding reliability
  • Field-usable over a wide range of temperature and humidity conditions
  • Accepts a wide variety of phantom power sources, including DIN 45 596 voltages of 11 and 52 Vdc
Specifications
Type
Condenser (electret bias)
Frequency Response
50 to 20,000 Hz
Polar Pattern
Supercardioid
Phantom power required?
Phantom Supply Requirement: 11 to 52 Vdc, positive at both pins 2 and 3. Current Drain: 1.0 to 1.2 mA
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.

RK214G

RK214G

Factory original replacement grille for the Shure SM87A wired microphone and wireless handheld transmitter.

R128

R128

Replacement microphone cartridge for Shure Model SM87 and SM87A supercardioid condenser microphones.

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.