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CardioidSupercardioidShure Beta-98

Detachable-Capsule Condenser Microphone

The Beta 98 is a high performance mini-condenser microphone designed for drums, cymbals, and percussion. According to Shure, it is the replacement for the SM98 microphone, which employed a capsule that was “difficult to manufacture.”*

The mic has a unique two-piece design, in which the inline preamp (Shure p/n RPM626) is housed separately from the capsule housing.

As the successor to the SM98A, the Beta 98 features several improvements. Dynamic range is 4 dB greater, as is headroom, while maximum SPL is 5 dB higher (now 160 dB!). Physically, the mic utilizes a thicker detachable cable.

Three mounting options are available:

  • A98D drum mount (included with model Beta 98D/S)
  • Shockmount swivel adapter (included with model Beta 98/S)
  • A98KCS universal horn mount

The A98D gooseneck drum mount has been redesigned for quicker, more secure rim-mounting without the need for a drum key.

RPM626 PreampThe Beta 98 ships with an inline preamp (RPM626) and the necessary cable to connect the capsule to the preamp, a soft case (26B21), and either a swivel mount (for Beta 98/S) or gooseneck rim mount (for Beta 98D/S).

The Shure Beta-98 is also known as: Beta-98D-S, Beta 98D-S, Beta98DS, Beta98S, Beta 98S.


Compatible Capsules
Shure RPM108Cardioid Shure RPM108
Cardioid capsule
Sensitivity: 1 mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $53.75 | Still In Production
Shure RPM110Supercardioid Shure RPM110
Supercardioid capsule
Sensitivity: 1 mV/Pa
Freq. Resp.: 20 - 20,000 Hz
MSRP: $60.81 | Still In Production
Pads & Filters Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 150 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 160 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
12g (0.42oz) 36mm (1.42'') 12mm (0.47'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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