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Shure BETA 98A/C Instrument Microphone

What is the Beta 98A/C best suited for?
It’s a premium instrument microphone that is ideal for use with a variety of instruments such as drums, conga, piano, reed, wind and string in both stage and studio applications ? in short, most acoustic or amplified instruments.

What are the characteristics of the Beta 98A/C?
The Beta 98A/C provides warm, natural sound reproduction, with a smooth high-end response.

What is the difference between the Beta 98A/C and the other versions of the Beta 98?
The Beta 98A/C is a cardioid condenser instrument microphone and comes with a swivel adapter. The Beta 98AD/C is exactly the same but also ships with the A98D drum mount which features a flexible gooseneck. Also available are super cardioid versions (Beta 98S & Beta 98D/S), and the Beta 98AMP/C which contains an integrated preamplifier.

Please note ? any Beta drum microphone featuring the letter ?A? following the model number contains a new capsule and as a result, you can expect a more natural high-frequency response.


Instrument microphone consists of a swivel adapter to provide warm, natural sound with a smooth high-end response due to its cardioid polar pattern.

The Shure BETA 98A/C is a high-performance instrument microphone designed for studio recording and live performances. This microphone is specifically engineered to capture the sound of acoustic instruments, such as brass and woodwind instruments, acoustic guitars, and cymbals. With its high SPL handling and cardioid polar pattern, the BETA 98A/C provides excellent isolation and feedback rejection, making it an ideal choice for drum overheads and amplified acoustic instruments.

Use cases:
The Shure BETA 98A/C is a versatile microphone that can be used in a variety of settings. Here are some use cases where the microphone excels:

Studio recording: The BETA 98A/C is perfect for recording acoustic instruments in the studio. Its compact size and clip-on design make it easy to position the microphone for optimal sound capture.

Live performances: The microphone is also a great choice for live performances, especially when used with amplified acoustic instruments. Its high SPL handling and cardioid pattern help to minimize feedback and unwanted noise.

Brass and woodwind instruments: The BETA 98A/C is specifically designed for use with brass and woodwind instruments, such as saxophones, trumpets, and clarinets. Its smooth and accurate frequency response captures the natural sound of these instruments.


Type: Condenser (electret bias)
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Sensitivity: -59.0 dBV/Pa (1.12 mV)
Max SPL: 155 dB
Impedance: 150 Ohms
Connector: 3-pin XLR
Technology used:
The Shure BETA 98A/C features a precision-engineered capsule that delivers smooth and accurate frequency response. The microphone’s cardioid polar pattern provides excellent isolation and feedback rejection, making it ideal for use in live performances. Its compact size and clip-on design make it easy to position the microphone for optimal sound capture.



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