Shure VP89 Wrap-Up

Shure VP89 Wrap-Up

Now that I’ve had a chance to listen to my recordings in Brazil with the ShureVP89M-medium shotgun I’ve gotta say, it did real well. It’s hard to evaluate a mic’s performance until you get the recordings back into the controlled listening environment of a studio. We can be critical on location but until you see the shot and hear the recording in place, you can’t be Shure….

Shure VP89 line of Shotguns

Looking back at the recording conditions (if you weren’t following my blog), it was windy, the ambience was louder then usual for a rural setting, and I was recording little voices (children).  Then with the same VP89M I recorded the host, who has a big strong voice. The performance of the VP89M was well tested.

It’s all there! It sounds excellent, and for the most part everything is usable – I did bump a tree, the wind gusts on several shots were way too much, and those little voices talking at their shoes were sometimes a little hard to understand. I also had an issue with a reflection off a wall that became pronounced during my evaluation – even though I felt I fixed it on location. But for the most part, I’m very pleased. In my opinion the VP89M’s rejection was better then most medium shotguns I’ve used and the mic sounds expensive.

When I got home, I checked out how the VP89M and VP89S matched in tone, volume, and handling. A simple recording with the VP89S at approximately 8 inches above my head, and a recording with the VP89M about 30 inches above my head, and then booming with quick starts and stops with 100Hz set on my mixer should do. They both sounded and performed very well, a little bright for me, but again the voice sounds expensive. The VP89M was a little loud and I had to bring down the volume to match – pushing the ambience a little too far back for my liking. But most operators will like the reach of this medium shotgun. The handling of both mics was user friendly. With only a Rycote Softie I could whip them around without any handling or wind noise – excellent for fieldwork!

All in all, Shure has put out an impressive line of shotguns that are very reasonably priced. The street price of the VP89S is around $410 and the VP89M $590. They would be an excellent tandem in any location operators kit.

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4 Comments

  1. July 2, 2013, 6:48 am   /  Reply

    Hi Dean! I love your blog! What’s the specific difference between the “S” and “M” models? Why would you want short and médium range? I was searching them at bh and found out they’re more expensive and also there’s a third model un the line, the “Long”, any knowledge of that one? Thank you! Keep this awesome blog going!

    • Dean Miles
      July 2, 2013, 11:05 am   /  Reply

      The “VP89S” is a short shotgun. It’s reach is about 2 feet tops with a wide pickup pattern. It’s great for indoors and groups of people. It’s wide pattern makes it easier to cover several people at once as long as they’re not to far apart.

      The “VP89M” is a medium shotgun. It can reach about 4 feet, so when the frame gets big and you have to raise the mic to get out of the frame the mic can still record clean dialogue. On indoor locations most medium shotguns don’t work the best due to cancellation and reflections, they’re more of an outdoor mic.

      The “VP89L” long shotgun is for big wide shots where your need reach and maximum cancellation of unwanted ambience.

  2. bruce
    March 10, 2014, 8:53 am   /  Reply

    Hi Dean,
    Just wondering how sensitive the Shure VP89m is against your new NTG3? I heard the NTG3 is much more sensitive.

  3. Bryan
    April 16, 2016, 12:04 am   /  Reply

    Very interested too how this Shure VP89 compares to Rode NTG3.

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