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ShotgunShure VP89S

Shotgun Condenser Microphone

The VP89S is a compact short shotgun microphone. It is the shortest mic of the modular VP89 series, which includes a single preamplifier body and three detachable capsule heads of varying lengths.

The VP89S kit includes the VP89 preamplifier body (aka the “RPM89/PRE”) and VP89S capsule head. The ‘S’ in the model name stands for ‘Short.’

The VP89 head amplifier uses a transformer-coupled output circuit. The three capsule heads employ interference tubes made of aircraft-grade aluminum, nested within the aluminum exterior grille. The assembly is tested to survive a 12-foot drop without breaking. The capsules themselves are mounted at the rear of the interference tube, and are a half-inch electret design manufactured by Shure.

The mic’s frequency response has a natural taper below 200Hz, which is steeper with the onboard HPF filter engaged. It has a broad presence peak at 6kHz.

The 89S has a 70 degree acceptance angle, the widest of the three VP89 models, due to the shorter interference tube.

All VP89-series shotgun mics ship with a foam windscreen (Shure part number A89SW for the VP89S), and a cylindrical storage case (p/n A89SC for the VP89S).

The head amp, aka preamplifier, is available separately (p/n RPM89/PRE), as are the three “capsules”/interference tubes, as well as a unique “double-barrel” adapter that allows the head amplifier to be mounted alongside the interference tube to reduce the overall length of the unit (p/n A89U).

The VP89 mics are compatible with a variety of Rycote-manufactured windshields and Lyre mounts.

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The mic was released in 2011.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Shotgun (21.1 mV/Pa; 140 - 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)
117g (4.13oz) 137mm (5.39'') 21mm (0.83'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 11-52v

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