General Description

The VP89 is a professional shotgun microphone for use in critical A/V media production applications.  Designed with interchangeable long, medium and short capsules, the VP89 models provide scalable, superior off-axis rejection for focus and flexibility in a wide variety of on-site locations.


The VP89 is available with long, medium, and short capsules in three model variations: VP89L, VP89M, and VP89S.

The VP89 microphone has a tighter acceptance angle (is more directional) when used with longer capsules, as shown in the graphic below.


  • Premier production microphone crafted with Shure quality, ruggedness, and reliability
  • Highly directional, uniform polar pattern optimized for distant pickup
  • Modular design allows optimal performance in a wide variety of production settings
  • Designed for extremely low susceptibility to radiated and conducted hum, GSM, and radio frequency interference (RFI)
  • Superior common mode rejection
  • Low self-noise and high output level
  • Class A, discrete preamplifier provides transparent, extremely fast transient response with no crossover distortion and minimal harmonic and intermodulation distortion
  • Selectable low-frequency response
  • Lightweight, compact design accommodates prolonged operation, minimizing operator fatigue attributed to many shotgun microphones
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum alloy construction resists wear and abuse
  • Operates over a wide range of temperatures and humidity

Selecting Low-Frequency Response

A two-position switch on the preamplifier adjusts the low-frequency response. Use the low-frequency filter to reduce room noise or proximity effect.

Normal response: Provides the most natural sound in most applications.

Low-frequency rolloff: Provides a 12 dB-per-octave rolloff below the specified frequency for each model (see product specifications). Reduces floor rumble and low-frequency room noise from heating and air conditioning systems.

Changing Capsules

  1. Turn off phantom power supplied to the microphone.
  2. Unscrew the capsule from the preamplifier. Store the unused capsule with its protective cap (included with the purchase of additional capsules).
  3. Thread the replacement capsule to the preamp. Do not overtighten.

Note: Before each use, ensure the capsule is tightly secured to the preamp to prevent signal loss during operation.


The VP89 is designed for forward and backward compatibility with Shure SM89 shotgun microphones. Capsules and preamplifiers can interchange seamlessly between the two models.

Rycote Custom Accessories

Shure offers custom Rycote® suspension mounting and wind-protection solutions designed for Shure VP shotgun microphones.

Wind Protection

Use the supplied windscreen to reduce wind-noise. For increased protection, Shure offers two premium Rycote® wind protection accessories:

  • Softie Windshield: Attenuates up to 25 dB of wind-noise
  • Suspension Windshield Kit: Attenuates up to 38 dB of wind-noise while preserving critical high frequencies; included Lyre suspension mounts provide up to 25 dB of isolation

Suspension Mounts

Shure offers four Rycote® Softie Lyre Mounts to reduce handling noise and low-frequency vibrations up to 15 dB:

  • InVision Video: Secures to a standard camera shoe; for VP89S and VP89M
  • Camera Clamp Adapter (CCA): Fits into a standard camera clamp; for VP89S, VP89M
  • Pistol Grip: Adjustable handheld mount; for VP89S, VP89M
  • Boom Adapter: Secures to a boom pole; for VP89L

Note: All Softie Lyre Mounts (except InVision Video) are equipped with 3/8” and 5/8” female threaded adapters for additional mounting options.

A89U Double-Barrel Adapter

The A89U adapter routes the VP89 preamp and cable connection beneath the capsule, shortening the length of the microphone by up to 6” (150 mm). Use the adapter to make a highly directional microphone in a compact form-factor.

XLR Connector Gasket

This microphone is supplied with a small corrugated rubber ring in the XLR connector to absorb the mechanical slack between the microphone and cable. Many high-end cables are made with a rubber shoulder on the XLR-F for the same purpose. When connecting this microphone to a cable with a rubber shoulder XLR-F connector, remove the corrugated rubber ring from the microphone to ensure a proper fit.

Load Impedance

Maximum SPL capability, output clipping level, and dynamic range vary with the input load impedance of the preamplifier to which the microphone is connected. Shure recommends a minimum input load impedance of 1000 Ohms. Most modern microphone preamplifiers meet this requirement. Higher impedance results in better performance for these specifications.

Power Requirements

This microphone requires phantom power and performs best with a 48 V DC supply (IEC-61938), but it can operate with supplies as low as 11 V DC. Most modern mixers provide phantom power and require the use of a balanced microphone cable: XLR-to-XLR or XLR-to-TRS.

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Cartridge Type

Electret Condenser

Polar Pattern


Frequency Response

40 to 20,000 Hz 50 to 20,000 Hz 65 to 20,000 Hz

Output Impedance

115.0 Ω


open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, typical

-33.5 dBV/Pa[1] (21.1 mV)

Maximum SPL

1 kHz at 1% THD[2]

2500 Ω load 132.0 dB SPL
1000 Ω load 128.5 dB SPL

Signal-to-Noise Ratio[3]

79.0 dB

Dynamic Range

@ 1 kHz

2500 Ω load 117.0 dB
1000 Ω load 113.5 dB

Clipping Level

@ 1 kHz, 1% THD

2500 Ω load 4.0 dBV
1000 Ω load 0.0 dBV

Self Noise

equivalent SPL, A-weighted, typical

15.0 dB

Common Mode Rejection

20 to 20,000 Hz

≥70.0 dB

Low-Frequency Filter Switch

-12 dB/oct below specified frequency

Flat Response 100 Hz
Low Frequency Rolloff 200 Hz

Operating Temperature Range

-18°C (0°F) to 57°C (135°F)

Storage Temperature Range

-29°C (-20°F) to 74°C (165°F)

Operating Relative Humidity

0 to 95%


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


Charcoal-grey metallic painted aluminum alloy handle and grille with stainless steel screen

Power Requirements

11–52 V DC[4] phantom power (IEC-61938) , <2.0 mA

Net Weight

174 g ( 6.1 oz.) 138 g ( 4.9 oz.) 117 g ( 4.1 oz.)

[1] 1 Pa=94 dB SPL

[2]THD of microphone preamplifier when applied input signal level is equivalent to cartridge output at specified SPL

[3]S/N ratio is the difference between 94 dB SPL and equivalent SPL of self noise, A-weighted

[4]All specifications measured with a 48 Vdc phantom power supply. The microphone operates at lower voltages, but with slightly decreased headroom and sensitivity.





Optional Accessories

Double-Barrel Adapter

The A89U adapter

Windshield Kit


Replacement Windjammer


Softie Windshield


Softie Lyre Mount with InVision Video (Shoe) for VP89M and VP89S


Softie Lyre Mount with Pistol Grip for VP89M and VP89S


Softie Lyre Mount with Camera Clamp Adapter for VP89M and VP89S


Softie Lyre Mount with Boom Adapter for VP89L

VP89L: A89L-BA

Furnished Accessories



Foam Windscreen

VP89L: A89LW
VP89M: A89MW
VP89S: A89SW

Protective Case

VP89L: A89LC
VP89M: A89MC
VP89S: A89SC


This product meets the Essential Requirements of all relevant European directives and is eligible for CE marking.

The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from Shure Incorporated or any of its European representatives. For contact information please visit

The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from:

Authorized European representative:

Shure Europe GmbH

Headquarters Europe, Middle East & Africa

Department: EMEA Approval

Jakob-Dieffenbacher-Str. 12

75031 Eppingen, Germany

Phone: +49-7262-92 49 0

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