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

Date Updated: May 7, 2018 FAQ #3504
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