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ShotgunShure VP89L

Shotgun Condenser Microphone

The VP89L is a professional full-length shotgun microphone. It is part of the VP89 series of modular shotguns, and consists of the VP89 preamplifier (p/n RPM89/PRE) plus the longest available capsule head (p/n RPM89L), measuring 386mm (or 488 including the head amp).

Two shorter capsule heads are available, with progressively wider acceptance angles (due to their shorter interference tubes):

ModuleLengthAcceptance Angle
RPM89/PRE head amp102mm
RPM89S Short Capsule137mm70°
RPM89M Med. Capsule239mm50°
RPM89L Long Capsule386mm30°

The VP89L has a narrow acceptance angle of only 30 degrees. Its requency response has a natural taper below 200 Hz, which is steeper with the high-pass filter engaged, and increased HF response approximately +5dB from 6kHz - 20kHz.

The capsule assembly is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, within which is the aluminum interference tube and half-inch electret capsule.

The VP89M includes the VP89 head amplifier, the long capsule head, a foam windscreen (p/n A89LW), and a cylindrical storage case (p/n A89LC).

A89U Adapter for VP89 Shotgun MicrophoneOptional accessories include Shure’s unique U-shaped “double-barrel adapter,” (p/n A89U) which allows the long capsule head to be mounted parallel to the head amplifier, reducing the overall length of the assembly.

Industry-standard “softie” windscreen accessories are made for the VP89 by Rycote. The company also offers numerous shockmounts based on its Lyre suspension technology; the selection includes a pistol grip (Shure p/n A89M-PG), a camera clamp adapter (p/n A89M-CC), a hotshoe mount (p/n A89M-SH), and a boom adapter (p/n A89LM-BA).

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The mic was released in 2011.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Shotgun (21.1 mV/Pa; 60 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Filter: HPF @ 200 Hz 12dB/Oct (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 12.5mm
115 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 132 dB
Self-noise: 15.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
174g (6.14oz) 386mm (15.20'') 21mm (0.83'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 11-52v

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