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Shure SM89 Shotgun Microphone

The SM89 is a highly directional 'shotgun' condenser microphone with distant pickup characteristics suitable for on-location film and television production, theatre sound reinforcement, spot news coverage, and wildlife recording. The SM89 discriminates at a distance in favor of the desired sound and against ambient noise, even in noisy surroundings.

The on-axis frequency response of the SM89 is very smooth and extended. For clarity and speech intelligibility, a slight presence rise optimizes the high-frequency response to compensate for high-frequency losses. A low-frequency roll-off minimizes pickup of wind, mechanical vibration, ambient noise, and rumble without affecting voice frequencies.

Applications: Film, TV, Theatre, Wildlife Recording.


  • Frequency Response 60 Hz to 20 KHz
  • Highly directional polar pattern optimized for distant pickup.
  • Smooth, wide on-axis response.
  • Designed especially for location film and TV production, and theater sound reinforcement.
  • Extremely lightweight, can be suspended on fishpole for long periods of time without operator fatigue.
  • Extremely low hum, noise, and RF pickup.
  • Two low-cut frequencies, switch selectable.
  • Minimally affected by varying load impedance.
  • Uses readily available 11 to 52 Vdc phantom supply.
  • Rugged and reliable, operates over wide range of temperature and humidity.
  • Aircraft-grade materials used throughout.
  • Supplied with foam windscreen and strong luggage-grade carrying case.

Response Charts

Shure SM89 Frequency and Polar Response Charts

Technical Specifications

lnsert TypeCondenser (electret bias)
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid (Shotgun)
Frequency Response 60 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Low-Cut Filter15dB per octave, switchable 60 Hz or 160 Hz
Output ImpedanceRated 150 Ohms (100 Ohms Actual)
Output Level-33 dBV/Pa (22.2 mV) at 1 KHz, 1 Pa = 94 db SPL
Output Clipping Level 800 ohm load: -1 dBV (0.89 V)
  150 ohm load: -12 dBV (0.25 V)
Maximum SPL 800 ohm load: 127 dB SPL
  150 ohm load: 119 dB SPL
Dynamic Range111 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio79 dB re 94 dB SPL
Self Noise16 dB SPL typical, A-weighted
Power Phantom 11 to 52 Vdc
Current Drain2 mA
Weight195 g
ConstructionSatin-black vinyl painted aluminum alloy handle and grille with stainless steel screen.

Ordering Information

DescriptionOrder Code
Shure SM89 Shotgun MicrophoneSHU-SM89
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Revised: 23-Dec-2010 Copyright (C) 2010 Adena Limited