Instrument Microphone

Compact drum microphone engineered for close miking of snare and toms.


  • Tailored frequency response provides drums, amplified instruments, and horns with studio quality sound

  • Built–in stand adapter with dynamic locking system and XLR connector simplifies setup and provides greater flexibility

  • Uniform supercardioid pattern for high gain-before-feedback and superior rejection of off–axis sound

  • Compact design reduces stage clutter

  • Hardened steel mesh grille resists wear and abuse

  • Neodymium magnet for high signal–to–noise ratio output

  • Minimally affected by varying load impedance

  • Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration

  • Legendary Shure quality and reliability

Shure BETA 56A: Snare / Tom Mic



  • Dynamic (moving coil)

Frequency Response

  • 50 to 16,000 Hz

Polar Pattern

  • Supercardioid

Output Impedance

  • EIA rated at150  Ω(290  Ωactual)

Sensitivity at 1kHz,open circuit voltage

  • -51  dBV/Pa(2.8  mV)[1]


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



  • 0.468 kg (1.6  lbs)


  • Three-pin professional audio (XLR), male, balanced


  • Silver blue enamel-painted die cast metal with hardened, matte-finished steel mesh grille