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Shure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone  

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The Shure Beta 56A is a super cardioid pattern dynamic mic that features a wide mounting base capable of accommodating a large range of microphone st...Read More

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Engineered for superior drum and instrument miking.

The Shure Beta 56A is a super cardioid pattern dynamic mic that features a wide mounting base capable of accommodating a large range of microphone stands. Even works with the LP Claw (443262 - see customer product box). Compact, pivoting design boasts an extremely uniform pickup pattern with high gain-before-feedback and excellent rejection of unwanted noise. Built-in dynamic locking stand adapter with an integral XLR connector simplifies installation. Perfect for miking tom-toms, percussion instruments, guitar amplifiers, brass instruments, and woodwinds.

  • Built-in stand adapter
  • Dynamic locking system
  • XLR connector
  • Uniform supercardioid pattern
  • High gain-before-feedback
  • Superior rejection of off-axis sound
  • Compact design
  • Hardened steel mesh grille
  • Neodymium magnet
  • Advanced pneumatic shock mount system

The one to grab for incredible live or studio miking of high-impact instruments. Order now.


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ShureBeta 56A Instrument Microphone

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Ya BETA Fershure

By Mr B

from Palo, MN

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  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone:

    They say this is a tom tom mic. However, it is working just fine as my tenor sax mic.

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    By Richard Lucas

    from California

    Comments about Shure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone:

    The other night had an eight piece band in for a session. Used a 56a on sax and a scratch vocal track. because we were running low on mics. Highly impressed with the sax, and we are thinking about keeping the vocal track. Nah, maybe we will use the Royer for her.
    It is a dynamic mic. The swivel joint is helpful to pin point the source. I recorded two brothers on Sax (alto and tenor). They were right next to each other, and the 56a had no bleed whatever.
    Tough metal construction. Sure makes great microphones.
    For the money this mic has real good reproduction of sound. I bought these to mic my toms, and they work great. Now that I am also recording I found they can be used for many things.

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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


    Much better than using a SM57

    By TazZ-rDXum

    from Asheville, NC

    Comments about Shure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone:

    I play tablas with a group that is very drum heavy - we have a lot of loud drums on stage ? and as such, a lot of stage noise. I used to use one Shure SM57 for a while, but wasn't satisfied with the sound quality. At the advice of a professional sound guy, I picked up the Beta 56a. For my needs, It works exponentially better than the 57!!Back when I used to use the 57, I could hear the attack from the tablas, but that was it - there was an almost instant cutoff - no natural sustain was picked up. We had to add reverb to get a fake sustain of sorts (which made the sound of the bass tabla muddy). Now, with the Beta 56a, the subtle nuances and beautiful sustain of the tablas power through the mix - we hardly need any reverb at all. Tablas are very quiet drums, and they almost always get overpowered. You've really got to crank up the gain to be able to hear them well. Now, with this mic, in addition to the increased quality of sound, feedback is much less of an issue. I'm guessing it has to do with it's pickup pattern when compared to that of the 57.In closing, it's perfect for what I need it to do. Just one 56a, placed in the middle, just above the drum heads, beautifully and clearly reproduces my tablas in a loud stage stage environment. Not to mention it's more aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. :)

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    pick this up!

    By reno, nv

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Shure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone:

    i have been using a sm57 on my snare for a year, and i just switched to the beta 56 and it is wayyyy better!! the 56 has so much more punch and natural tone, you barley need to eq.... highly recommended!

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    well, it's a microphone

    By wado1942

    from idaho

    Comments about Shure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone:

    You can't expect a lot of feature in a dynamic microphone hence the lower rating there. I mean, it has a diaphragm, a body and a swivel joint, what else is there to say? Anyway, I got this mic (along with a bunch of other clip-on mics) because my drumset is very tightly put together and most conventional setups don't work for me. Finally, an engineer told me I should just pack my own mics around with me so that's what I now do. This mic sounds fantastic on snare drum and electric guitar (haven't tried it on anything else though) and is super compact so I think it's well worth the money. Sounds much better than the traditional SM57 and doesn't get in the way. OH, and it's rock solid but don't expect that rubber band or the "beta 56" name plate to stay on the mic very long.

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    Shure Beta 56

    By BoomerDuder

    from Port St. John, Fl

    Comments about Shure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone:

    This mic Rocks... if you want accurate reproduction, or extreme EQ'ing this mic will give it to you. It also handles very high SPL's without distortion. Good stuff.

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    Not bad, but needs a couple of design improvement.

    By SlowSlide

    from Mililani, HI

    Comments about Shure Beta 56A Instrument Microphone:

    The sound quality of the Beta 56 is excellent. Basically it's a Beta 57 that has an up and down pivot point. I have two major problems with this design.1. Inside the pivot mechanism is a set of teeth and a rubber washer used to grip together so the microphone remains stable at that pivot point. The problem is that this rubber washer gets caught in the teeth even when you loosen the tightening screw and change the pivot setting. Eventually the rubber washer gets chewed up and rendered useless.2. The XLR jack on the microphone is located at the bottom of the microphone pivot arm where the mounting mechanism screws on. This not a problem if you use the LP Claw to mount your microphone. I use the Mic-Eze tom-tom clip. The problem is that the wing nut that adjusts the angle of the of the mounting arm on the clip interferes with the microphone cable plug.What Shure needs to do is make the Beta-56 more like the PG-56, which solves both of these problems.

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