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Shure SM89

Pricing & Availability

  • MSRP: $932
  • Discontinued


SM89 Documentation

ShotgunShure SM89

Shotgun Condenser Microphone

The Model SM89 is a highly directional “shotgun” condenser microphone designed for broadcast and video work.

On axis, the SM89 produces a presence peak for speech intelligibility. The mic’s frequency response below 3000Hz is nearly identical up to 30° off axis; Shure explains the benefit of this feature:


The SM89 can be used for pickup at greater angles off-axis than is possible with other shotgun microphones. This feature permits deliberately locating the desired source up to ±30° off-axis in order to ensure that an undesired source is entirely off-axis and will not be picked up. Changes in frequency response above 1,000 Hz can then be compensated by simple equalization if necessary.

The mic’s amplifier circuit contains a hardwired high-pass filter (-15dB @ 60Hz) to reduce rumble; the filter’s effective frequency can be changed to 160Hz via a recessed switch on the mic body.

It ships with a carrying case and foam windscreen. A shockmount (Shure p/n A89SM) is available separately, as is a a mic clip (p/n A57F) for mounting on a conventional mic stand.

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Frequency Response - ShotgunClick Graph to Compare!
SM89 Shotgun Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Shotgun (22.2 mV/Pa; 60 to 20,000 Hz)
  • Filter: HPF: -15dB/octave @ 60Hz (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -15dB/octave @ 160Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
100 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 127 dB
Self-noise: 16.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
195g (6.88oz) 524mm (20.63'') n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 11-52v

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