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Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone

The Beta 52 is a dynamic microphone designed for kick drum and other bass instruments. It was replaced in late 2002 within Shure’s product line by the Beta 52A, which differs in two respects: the integral stand mount was modified to increase the space between the XLR jack and the threaded inset where the stand goes, and the clutch/hinge was improved to make it more robust.

Sonically, the two microphones are identical. Visually, they are nearly identical. (For verification: the photo on this page shows the Beta 52.)

The Beta 52 does not use an output transformer. According to Shure, it contains a passive EQ circuit consisting of “two capacitors, an inductor, and a resistor.”

The Beta 52 shipped with a storage bag (Shure p/n 26A25) and a thread adapter.

The Shure Beta 52 is also known as: Beta52.


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Beta 52 Supercardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Supercardioid (0.6 mV/Pa; 20 - 10,000 Hz)
Coil Diameter Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 150 Ohms (Low) SPL n/a
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
605g (21.34oz) 163mm (6.42'') n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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