Which microphone should I use on ... ? (Selection Guides)

FAQ #3504 Updated May 07, 2018

Question:

Which microphones do you recommend for various instruments?

Answer:

The following are current Shure microphones as of March 2018.

Vocals
Live Vocals
  • KSM8
  • KSM9
  • Beta 58A
  • SM58
  • Beta 87A
  • Beta 87C
  • SM86
  • Super 55
Studio Vocals
  • KSM353/ED
  • KSM313/NE
  • KSM42
  • KSM32
  • KSM44A
  • KSM8
  • KSM9
  • SM27
  • SM7B
  • SM58
Ensemble Vocals
  • KSM44A
  • KSM32
  • SM27
  • PGA27
  • KSM353/ED
  • KSM313/NE

Headworn/Speech
  • MX153
  • Beta53
  • SM35
  • WH20XLR
Headworn/Vocal
  • Beta54
  • Beta53
  • SM35
  • WH20XLR
Karaoke
  • SM58
  • SM48
  • PGA58
  • PGA48
  • 565SD

Choirs
  • KSM137
  • SM137
  • SM81
  • PGA81
  • MX202
  • CVO
Presentation (Handheld)
  • SM58
  • SM48
  • Beta 58A
  • KSM9
  • SM57
  • SM86
  • SM87A
Conference/Podium
  • MX412/C
  • CVG
  • Beta 58A
  • SM58
  • SM48
  • PGA58
  • SM57

Studio Broadcast
  • SM7B
  • SM58
  • KSM42
  • KSM9
  • PGA27
  • Super55

Instrument
Piano
  • KSM44A
  • KSM32
  • KSM137
  • KSM141
  • SM81
  • SM137
  • PGA81
Strings
  • KSM44A
  • KSM32
  • KSM137
  • KSM141
  • SM81
  • SM137
  • PGA81
Drums/Percussion
  • Beta 181
  • Beta 98A
  • Beta 52A/Beta 91A (kick)
  • KSM137
  • SM137
  • SM81
  • SM57
  • PGA81
  • PGA98D

Woodwinds
  • KSM44A
  • KSM32
  • KSM137
  • KSM141
  • SM81
  • SM137
  • SM57
Brass
  • KSM44A
  • KSM32
  • KSM137
  • KSM141
  • SM81
  • SM137
  • SM57
  • Beta 98H/C
  • PGA98H
Electric Guitar Amp
  • Beta 27
  • SM57
  • Beta 181
  • KSM313/NE
  • KSM32
  • Beta 57A
  • KSM137

Bass Amp
  • Beta 27
  • Beta 52A
  • SM57
  • Beta 181
  • KSM32
  • Beta 57A
Stereo Recording
  • VP88
  • KSM137/SL Stereo
  • KSM141/SL Stereo
  • SM81
  • SM137
  • PGA81
  • KSM44A

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