Shure BETA 181 – Side-Address Condenser Microphone

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Shure BETA 181 – Side-Address Condenser Microphone with interchangeable capsules


The precision-engineered BETA 181 is a versatile condenser instrument microphone with interchangeable polar pattern capsule options.

Side-address condenser microphone includes XLR preamplifier, microphone clip, windscreen, zippered case, and choice of condenser capsule. Capsule options include cardioid, supercardioid, bi-directional, and omni-directional polarities.

The Beta 181 is a multipurpose instrument microphone and can be used on a wide variety of applications including guitars, bass and drums (overheads and snares). A total of four different capsules (Cardioid, Supercardioid, Bi-directional, Omni-directional) are available, allowing you to interchange them according to application.

The cardioid capsule is best suited to overheads, piano and acoustic instruments. You can also use the cardioid capsule for M/S stereo micing (in conjunction with another microphone with a bi-directional capsule).  The supercardioid capsule is best suited to snare, toms, acoustic instruments and other forms of close distance micing. The omni-directional capsule could be used for choirs, orchestras and ambient recording applications. Lastly, the Bi-directional capsule can be used for mono overheads, or for the recording of two instruments simultaneously on one channel.



  • Interchangeable polar pattern capsules attach to a compact preamplifier with integrated XLR connections
  • Precision-engineered, compact side-address design features innovative locking ring to provide secure connection between capsule and preamplifier
  • Frequency response tailored for wide dynamic range applications for use in high SPL environments
  • Beta 181/C (cardioid) for drum overhead, piano, acoustic instrument applications, M/S stereo technique (paired with Beta 181/BI)
  • Beta 181/S (supercardioid) for snare drum, acoustic instrument, close-miking applications
  • Beta 181/O (omnidirectional) for ambient/room, instrument ensemble applications
  • Beta 181/BI (bidirectional) for mono drum overhead, dual instrument sound source applications, Blumlein stereo technique (pair of Beta 181/BI)