Shure Beta 98/S Microphone  From Shure

Compact, high-output supercardioid condenser microphone


Manufacturer's Description from Shure

The Shure Beta 98/S is a compact, high-output supercardioid condenser microphone for professional sound reinforcement and studio recording. Its extremely uniform supercardioid pickup pattern provides high gain-before-feedback and excellent rejection of unwanted noise. Its high maximum sound pressure level (SPL) makes it useful for a variety of instruments including drums, piano, reed, wind, and string. The Beta 98/S can also be used for amplified guitars.

The optional A98D drum mount has a specially designed gooseneck that allows the microphone to be positioned freely, yet holds it securely in place once the ideal placement has been found.


  • Tailored frequency response for studio quality performance 
  • Wide dynamic range for use in high SPL environments 
  • Uniform supercardioid pattern for high gain before feedback and superior rejection of off-axis sound 
  • Optional A98D drum mount is unobtrusive and versatile, allowing precise positioning of the microphone while holding it firmly in place 
  • Compact design reduces stage clutter 
  • Detachable cable for easy storage 
  • Interchangeable microphone cartridges with different polar patterns are available 
  • Legendary Shure quality, ruggedness, and reliability

About Manufacturer

Since 1925, musicians and music enthusiasts around the world have chosen Shure with confidence in the unparalleled sound and performance of our products. For forty years and counting, the Shure SM58 has been the most popular vocal microphone in the world, revered for its natural sound and famed durability. Our wireless microphones are synonymous with innovative technology and bulletproof reliability. And our award-winning earphones are redefining the audio experience for the most discerning listeners. But Shure stands for more than quality products. We are passionate about enabling performances that engage, energize and inspire audiences -- performances that help shape the course of history. Shure was there when Elvis stepped into Sun Studios and when JFK vowed to put a man on the moon. We've been on the world's biggest stages, from Live Earth to the Oval Office, ever since. Shure is also passionate about getting it right. We work tirelessly to develop flawless products and support them with the best customer service in the industry. In fact, in everything we do, we are committed to delivering a great audio experience -- because that's the true measure of legendary performance.



Condenser (electret bias)

Frequency Response

20 to 20,000 Hz

(measured at 304.8 mm [1 ft] from a spherical sound source, free field conditions)

Polar Pattern

Supercardioid (as supplied), uniform with frequency, symmetrical about axis. Cartridge for cardioid polar pattern also available.

Output Level (at 1,000 Hz)

Open Circuit Voltage: -59 dBV/Pa* (1 mV) typical

*1 Pa = 94 dB SPL

Maximum SPL

(20 Hz to 20 kHz, less than 1% THD)

2.5 kilohm load: 160 dB

1 kilohm load: 156 dB

Preamplifier Output Clipping Level

(20 Hz to 20 kHz, less than 1% THD)

2.5 kilohm load: + 6 dBV (2.0 V)

1 kilohm load: + 2 dBV (1.26 V)

Dynamic Range

(at 20 Hz to 20 kHz, less than 1% THD, 2.5 kilohm load)

125 dB (max SPL minus A-weighted noise)

Output Noise

35 dB SPL, A-weighted

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

59 dB re 94 dB SPL

Output Impedance

Rated at 150 ohms (actual)

Recommended minimum load impedance: 1 kilohm

Hum Pickup

-7.5 dB equivalent SPL in 1 mOe field (60Hz)


Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3

Phantom Power

48 Vdc +/- 4 Vdc(IEC-268-15/DIN 45 596), positive pins 2 and 3.


7.6 m (25 ft) light-weight, two-conductor shielded, TA4F to TA3F mini connectors.


Microphone: Matte black enamel brass case and stainless steel inner grille

Preamplifier: Matte black enamel finished steel


Microphone: 11.7 mm X 35.6 mm (0.46 in. X 1.40 in.)

Preamplifier: 20 mm X 99 mm (0.79 in. X 3.89 in.)

Net Weight

Microphone: 12 g (0.4 oz) less cable

Preamplifier: 96 g (3.4 oz)





Beta 98/S Spec Sheet, includes Polar Pattern Graphs (Note: 98D/S discontinued)

Beta 98/S User Guide