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The Shure SM81 is a high-quality, unidirectional condenser microphone designed for studio recording, broadcasting, and sound reinforcement. Its wide frequency response, low noise characteristics, and low RF susceptibility have made it a standard for applications involving acoustic instruments, especially guitar, piano, and cymbals.The SM81 is ruggedly constructed. It operates on phantom power and performs over a wide range of temperatures and humidity conditions. It is furnished with a swivel adapter, attenuator-switch lock, foam windscreen, and case for carrying and storage. Other accessories are available. Shure SM81 Features 0 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response Flat response curve for accurate reproduction of sound sources Low noise and high output clipping level Low distortion over a wide range of load impedances Cardioid polar pattern, uniform with frequency and symmetric about axis, providing maximum rejection and minimum coloration of off-axis sounds Low RF susceptibility Selectable low-frequency response: flat, 6 or 18 dB/octave rolloff 0 dB/10 dB lockable attenuator switch Phantom powering (DIN 45 596 voltages of 12 to 48 Vdc) Rugged steel construction for durability Field-usable over wide range of temperature and humidity conditions

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1 KM184 or a pair of something else (for acoustic guitar)

...but for the cost of one km184 new I snagged a pair of Lomo UM53 sdc's, which are gorgeous. Also, sm81's into nice pres is a nice, honest acoustic sound. You could have a pair of those. To me preferable to a pair of km184's for acoustic as it goes. 184's are too strident...

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Upgrade Audio interface or preamp?

...because you've put the mic too close and aimed it wrongly. People have been getting good acoustic guitar sounds with SM 81's for something like 40 years now, and there's no reason why you can't too, if you spend enough time experimenting. Yes, you can get some ideas from online videos, but what they...

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Singer-songwriter mic setup

...put them both up and learn the differences between them. An Oktava MC012, a Warm Audio WA84 or the venerable Shure SM81 are good SDC's that fit in this budget along with maybe an LDC with a K47 capsule like the Roswell Mini K47 or Tech Zone X2 Vintage or on the more expensive side...

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