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Shure PGA52

Make Brand SHURE
Series PG Alta
  • Bass Instruments
  • Live
  • Studio
Entry level Professional kick drum microphone

The Shure PGA52 is an entry level dynamic microphone with cardioid polar pattern designed for recording bass instruments, specifically, a kick drum. It replaced the older (now discontinued) PG52.

The frequency response is nicely tailored for the kick drum, providing a natural sound reproduction, but it also works very well with other bass instruments like cajon. The sensitivity is 1.75mV/Pa, which is optimal for isolating the mic from other instruments in ambience.

Some people may consider it to be a budget alternative of the Beta 52a, however the PGA52 is more recent, costs 1/4th the price but certainly not 1/4th the performance.

According to users, its more flexible for playing different styles than the beta 52a and sounds great for live performances as well as recording in a home studio.

At the end of the day however, the recording is only as good as the source it is recording. You can definitely get a decent sound with the PGA52 as long as your kick drum/other instruments sound good before putting the mic on it.

Frequency Response Graph
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Shure PGA52 Frequency Response Graph

Technical Specifications

Transducer Type Dynamic
Form Factor End-Address
Pickup Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Bandwidth 50Hz - 12000Hz
Sensitivity 1.75 mV/Pa
Output Impedance 150 Ω
Rated Input Impedance 2000 Ω
Max. Spl 158 dB SPL
Self Noise N/A
Signal to noise Ratio N/A
On/Off Switch No
Pads N/A
Connector XLR
Dimensions 108mm(L) x N/A(B) x N/A(H) x 67mm(D)
Weight 454 grams