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Shure SM98A User Manual

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MODEL WM98 AND SM98A MINIATURE CONDENSER MICROPHONES
MICROPHONE
POLAR
MODIFIER
PREAMPLIFIER
GENERAL
Shure Models WM98 and SM98A are miniature electret con-
denser microphones with a unidirectional (cardioid) pickup pattern.
A smooth wide frequency response from 40 to 20,000 Hz makes
the microphones well suited for musical instrument pickup. The
WM98 is for wireless use; the SM98A is for wired applications. Both
models feature the 98 microphone element.
The cardioid polar response of the 98 discriminates against
sounds coming from the rear, permitting higher gain before feed-
back in sound reinforcement applications. With its true cardioid pat-
tern extending to 20,000 Hz, the microphone can often be used for
pickup of a particular instrument in an ensemble or orchestra.
When still stronger rejection of off-axis pickup is required, the
A98SPM Supercardioid Polar Modifier should be used. This device
changes the pickup pattern from cardioid to supercardioid with
minimal change of on-axis microphone frequency response. With
the A98SPM, the 98 becomes the smallest multi-pattern micro-
phone available, eliminating the need for costly multiple capsules.
The A98SPM is supplied with the SM98A.
A very high maximum sound pressure level allows use of the 98
with all acoustic instruments including drum kits and other percus-
sion as well as brass, reed, wind, string, and keyboard instruments.
The 98 can also be used with amplified guitars and keyboards.
The WM98 can be connected directly to a Shure wireless trans-
mitter using the supplied cable; other transmitters must be checked
for proper pin configuration, condenser microphone power supply,
and connector type.
TYPICAL FREQUENCY RESPONSE
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SWIVEL
ADAPTER
FIGURE 1
Models WM98 and SM98A User Guide
The WM98 is supplied with a versatile shock–mount swivel
adapter for mounting on a standard 5/8"–27 thread, a 1.47 m (5 ft)
cable with miniature 3– and 4–pin connectors, and an acoustic
foam windscreen to minimize wind noise in outdoor applications
and from air–moving equipment.
The Shure ILP-1, low-distortion high-clipping-level, phantom–
powered preamplifier, is furnished with the SM98A microphone.
Additional included accessories are: a windscreen for use with the
microphone alone, and a windscreen for use with the A98SPM, a
shock-mount swivel adapter and a detachable 4.6 m (15 ft) cable
with miniature 3–pin connectors (TA3F type).
The ILP-1 preamplifier provides switchable gain of 0 or +10 dB
and switch-selectable Flat or Low-Cut response to suit pickup for
various instruments. The Low-Cut position is also useful to filter out
low-frequency noise from such sources as wind noise or air condi-
tioner or heater fans. The ILP-1 can be powered by any 11– to
52–volt dc phantom supply from sound reinforcement, recording,
or broadcast equipment.
Optional accessories, designed exclusively for use with the
WM98 and SM98A, are available. These include the following:
A98MK Drum Kit, with gooseneck holder and clamp for mount-
ing the microphone directly on most drums.
A98KCS Horn Mount, a shock-mounted clamp designed espe-
cially for securely mounting the 98 on a horn, wind, or reed in-
strument.
Microphone Features:
Smooth, wide frequency response for accurate sound repro-
duction across the entire audio spectrum
Symmetrical cardioid pattern, uniform with frequency to 20 kHz
Very high sound pressure level capability
Very low distortion and high output clipping level
Low susceptibility to RFI, electrostatic and electromagnetic
hum
Smallest multi-pattern microphone available – without the need
for multiple capsules
Rugged construction for outstanding reliability
Cable detachable at both microphone and transmitter (WM98)
or preamplifier (SM98A)
Usable over very wide range of temperature and humidity
Supplied with unique shock-mount swivel adapter for mounting
on conventional microphone stands or goosenecks
Optional accessories to increase microphone versatility
TYPICAL FREQUENCY RESPONSE – SM98A WITH
A98SPM POLAR MODIFIER INSTALLED
FIGURE 2
Printed in U.S.A.

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  • Page 1 A smooth wide frequency response from 40 to 20,000 Hz makes the microphones well suited for musical instrument pickup. The WM98 is for wireless use; the SM98A is for wired applications. Both models feature the 98 microphone element. The cardioid polar response of the 98 discriminates against sounds coming from the rear, permitting higher gain before feed- back in sound reinforcement applications.
  • Page 2 Amplifier: Steel construction with matte black enamel finish Microphone: 12 g (0.42 oz) Amplifier: 170 g (6.0 oz) TYPICAL POLAR PATTERNS – SM98A WITH A98SPM actual) ..with reduced clip- ..
  • Page 3 Level specifications. INSTALLING THE A98SPM The A98SPM Supercardioid Polar Modifier is supplied with the SM98A . To mount the microphone in an A98SPM Polar Modi- fier, proceed as follows. The white internal element of the A98SPM is essential to maintaining the supercardioid polar pattern. Do not remove it! 1.
  • Page 4 NOTE: The Microphone-Polar Modifier assembly can be used with or without its supplied acoustic foam windscreen. When mounted on the SM98A-A98SPM, the windscreen not only pro- vides excellent wind and pop protection, but helps protect the A98SPM internal element from contamination.
  • Page 5 THE FOLLOWING SYMBOLS DENOTE: PC BOARD GROUND CHASSIS GROUND 3–PIN MINIATURE IMPEDANCE CONVERTER RED DOT BLACK 98 MICROPHONE BLACK SHIELD MODEL SM98A CABLE MICROPHONE WIRING DIAGRAMS FIGURE 12 GAIN CIRCUIT DIAGRAM – SM98A PREAMPLIFIER FIGURE 13 CONNECTOR (TB3M) BLUE BROW 90B4339C–3...
  • Page 6 SHURE Incorporated Web Address: http://www.shure.com 222 Hartrey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202–3696, U.S.A. Phone: 847-866–2200 Fax: 847-866-2279 In Europe, Phone: 49-7131-72140 Fax: 49-7131-721414 In Asia, Phone: 852-2893-4290 Fax: 852-2893-4055 Elsewhere, Phone: 847-866–2200 Fax: 847-866-2585...

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