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The Shure Beta 57A mic improves the design of the favorite Beta 57 to optimize warmth and presence. An excellent supercardioid pattern gives superior gain-before-feedback. Its grille is hardened for l... Read More

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The Shure Beta 57A mic improves the design of the favorite Beta 57 to optimize warmth and presence. An excellent supercardioid pattern gives superior gain-before-feedback. Its grille is hardened for longer life and designed for close placement to enhance low-frequency proximity effect. Shockmount decreases handling noise. Frequency response: 50Hz-16kHz.

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  • Optimized response for maximum warmth and presence
  • Supercardioid pattern for superior gain-before-feedback
  • Hardened grille holds up to rough handling
  • Internal shockmount reduces handling noise
Specifications
  • 50 - 16,000Hz frequency response
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ShureBeta 57A Microphone
 
4.8

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if you can only buy one mic.

First, This mic is like a luxurious SM57. If you are a cheapskate, buy an sm57 instead. If you appreciate finer nuances, and a lush brilliance, read on. This was my...Read complete review

First, This mic is like a luxurious SM57. If you are a cheapskate, buy an sm57 instead. If you appreciate finer nuances, and a lush brilliance, read on. This was my first mic. It has served double-duty as a vocal and electric guitar mic for about 7 years. This mic has stood the test of time concerning durability and performance. It has a nice heavy,high-quality feel found in mics built for the road. Compared to the sm57, this mic is a little brighter, and dare I say it, fuller. There is a boost in the high mids that makes a singer shine, and a shredder smoke. This mic will handle earth-shattering SPL's from your meanest guitar amp. If you don't appreciate finer details, the sm57 is a great mic. Go buy that one. If you are a perfectionist, and you want one mic to do the job of five, get a beta 57A right now.

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Reliable and versital with eq

I bought this microphone about 5 years ago, I have done a lot of studio recording with this mic and was able to achieve transparency and a veriety of great sound with a parametric...Read complete review

I bought this microphone about 5 years ago, I have done a lot of studio recording with this mic and was able to achieve transparency and a veriety of great sound with a parametric eq. Its smooth, neutral on vocals and instruments, midrange is aggressive when eq is bypassed. guitar cabinets and drums sound best with a parametric eq.

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5.0

As expected - this is a great mic.

By Scooter

from Central Minnesota

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
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      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I have always used the standard SM58 for my vocals and have also strongly suggested that others in bands that I've been in use it also. In terms of sound, having that quality, consistent sound was important to me. It made doing sound from the stage a lot easier. A friend of mine who is a sound engineer suggested that I try using a Beta 57 for my vocals in particular because he was having a tough time getting my vocals to come through the mix as much as he wanted. I hesitated but figured that since it was so similar to the SM58 that I could probably 'bend' the rules a bit and buy a Beta 57 to throw into the mix. I think he was right and here's why: because everything about the Beta 57 sounds as good as the 58 - *BUT* I think it is just a little "hotter" and as a result my vocals have been a bit more present in the mix. I suspect that is a combination of my mouth being slightly closer to the mic capsule (as the wind screen is flatter and closer) and maybe since it is a "Beta" model unit - the mic capsule itself might be a bit hotter. Regardless - it is a quality mic - just as you would expect if you are used to the legendary SM58. One last note: I actually removed the little blue ring around the windscreen because I wanted to keep the mics on stage looking as similar as possible. (silly I know) I'm from Minnesota - and we have a reputation as being "plain folks" up here. Having that showy "tell tale" blue ring around the windscreen just screams "ostentatious show-off!" (it is just rubber and can be put back on very easily.) Great mic!

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      5.0

      Shure beta 57a or Peavy PVi2?

      By SCOTT THOMPSON

      from Pullman, Washington

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      Got the Shure Beta 57A to replace a peavy mic (PVi2) with which I was having serious feedback issues. Turns out it was just my inexperience in locating the mic in relation to the speaker, but I resolved that issue and have been trying them out side by side. The Peavy has a warmer sound, but tends to feed back at a slightly lower volume than the Beta 57A. Especially if I'm using some delay. The Peavy starts screaming at about 11:30 on my volume knob, where the Shure Beta 57A I can get up to 1:30. I should add that my studio is an 8x10 room with rotten acoustics, but it's apples for apples with both microphones. My trials are using a tenor sax. The Peavy is a little longer and has a more bulb shaped head than the Shure. The Peavy has an off/on switch which could be handy in some situations, but since I also play the flute through a wireless mic, I use a volume pedal to mute them both and/or an A/B splitter to switch between the two. Switching to the flutes wireless mic shuts off the sax mic and visa versa. I like this arrangement better because my feet aren't as busy as my fingers, and I don't have to reach for the mic to shut it off.. At first I had buyers remorse when I learned that the feedback issue was my own doing, but having played with both microphones for a while I prefer the Shure Beta57A. I don't think the Shure's feedback superiority is worth three times the price of the Peavy ( Maybe the Shure's build quality might be better?). Best is to go to a music store and try a bunch of microphones out and hear for yourself. Second best is to read reviews and specs from your couch for three weeks like I did and finally bite the bullet. The Shure Beta 57A comes with a plastic zippered bag, nothing outstanding. It comes with it's own "holder" that screws onto your mic stand and has an adapter bushing so it will fit any stand you own. And best of all you get a SHURE bumper sticker, WooHoo. It's a fine mic for the price. You won't be sorry you bought it!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Acoustic Harmonica Mic

      By Mark Friedman

      from Boulder, Colorado

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      Just tried out the Shure Beta 57a for harmonica on an acoustic gig. Fantastic mic for the price (runs around $135). Picks up clearly the subtleties of rhythm harp at around one foot away with some great bass proximity effects when you move in to around few inches from the mic for a lead. The tone is both warm and crisp filling in some of the mids that are normally missing from my Marine Band Crossovers on an acoustic set up and bringing out the beef on my Marine Band Deluxes and Blue Midnights. Think I might even use it in some of my home recording projects as well, even though it cost less than half of the AKG C2000 I current use for acoustic harp home recording! Think it might be almost comparable in sound quality to some of the ribbon mics I have used in various studios with much more of gritty live vibe. Mad Dog Friedman www.maddogharp.com

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      5.0

      Solid Mic - great for Instruments

      By Craig Miller

      from Lititz, PA

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I bought this from GC because I was in need of an all purpose mic. My primary need was to mic guitar amps with my secondary use for vocals. For instruments I couldn't be more pleased. I mic a 15w Fender Blues junior and even a small 5w Gretsch tube amp and the mic really picks up the amps personality as well as the single coil fender guitars and humbucker in myLes Paul. Regarding vocals, I can't give a lot of feedback. Some sound checks and limited singing indicate it will be just fine. It does seem slightly milder or smoother than perhaps a 58 but I don't have the ability to do a side-by-side so I'm just going from memory and we all know how memory and sound are - not always accurate to hold up in a court of law. Assess your needs but if what you need to do is mic an instrument I'd look long and hard at the 57A. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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      5.0

      Warm Sound

      By Lee Miyauchi

      from San Antonio, Tx

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I just purchased this mic and I was blown away. I use this microphone for vocals. My voice is clear and gives a warm prescence. I like to sing variety styles of music, and this microphone picks up a balance frequency.

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      5.0

      Hands Down, Amazing

      By Matt Torres

      from Lawndale, CA

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I personally do not own the microphone. I use it for when I practice with my band at my drummer's (belongs to her) house. The microphone pick up great on the vocals and project a very loud and clear tone when spoken into. We've recently used it to pick up on the drums and amps for recordings and its great. I would recommend this mic to any singer, vocalist, musician, etc. Truly you get what you pay for.

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      3.0

      Reliable and versital with eq

      By Mark Millan

      from Oceanside, Ca.

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I bought this microphone about 5 years ago, I have done a lot of studio recording with this mic and was able to achieve transparency and a veriety of great sound with a parametric eq. Its smooth, neutral on vocals and instruments, midrange is aggressive when eq is bypassed. guitar cabinets and drums sound best with a parametric eq.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid!

      By Dan M.

      from Charleston, SC

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I have used this mic for vocals in rock clubs many times. Decided to pick one up myself finally. Great microphone, solidly built. Much richer sound for vocals versus a plain SM57 or SM58.

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      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      sounds great as a vocal mic also!

      By cdp

      from Maryland

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I own a Beta 57 and a Beta 58, as well as a few 'standard' 57's and 58's. By my own ear and after getting several positive comments from vocalists and band members - the Beta 57 is my 'secret weapon' live vocal mic. For the right vocalist, it seems a touch warmer and less harsh than the Beta 58 when pushed. Two different female vocalists that I perform with absolutely love the sound of this mic, and I agree. Through my small/medium venue pa system, with little or no coloring from the EQ, this mic is warm and crystal clear, even when the volume increases. R&B, Jazz, Funk, Reggae and Blues vocalists- don't overlook this mic!

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      (29 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      if you can only buy one mic.

      By Guitarsliner

      from Fort Wayne, IN

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      First, This mic is like a luxurious SM57. If you are a cheapskate, buy an sm57 instead. If you appreciate finer nuances, and a lush brilliance, read on. This was my first mic. It has served double-duty as a vocal and electric guitar mic for about 7 years. This mic has stood the test of time concerning durability and performance. It has a nice heavy,high-quality feel found in mics built for the road. Compared to the sm57, this mic is a little brighter, and dare I say it, fuller. There is a boost in the high mids that makes a singer shine, and a shredder smoke. This mic will handle earth-shattering SPL's from your meanest guitar amp. If you don't appreciate finer details, the sm57 is a great mic. Go buy that one. If you are a perfectionist, and you want one mic to do the job of five, get a beta 57A right now.

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