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Shure Beta 57A Microphone  

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Overview

  • Optimized response for maximum warmth and presence
  • Supercardioid pattern for superior gain-before-feedback
  • Hardened grille holds up to rough handling
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $174.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $35.00
  • Your Price:
    $13900

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Ideal for both acoustic and electric instruments as well as for vocals.

The Shure Beta 57A Microphone improves on the design of the favorite Beta 57 to optimize warmth and presence. Many leading performers use the Beta 57A mic to capture drums, guitar amps, brass, woodwinds, and vocals. An excellent supercardioid pattern gives superior gain-before-feedback across its frequency spectrum. The grille is hardened for longer life and designed for close placement to enhance low-frequency proximity effect. A high signal-to-noise ratio is achieved through use of a neodymium magnet structure, An internal shockmount decreases handling noise. 50Hz to 16kHz frequency response.

Features

  • 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

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Beta 57A Microphone Specifications:

  • 50 - 16,000Hz frequency response
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ShureBeta 57A Microphone
 
4.9

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great sounding all around mic

    This is an excellent mic. The Beta57 has excellent off-axis noise rejection and it is my favorite vocal mic. We use it in a very loud rock band with loud monitor wedges and rarely...Read complete review

    This is an excellent mic. The Beta57 has excellent off-axis noise rejection and it is my favorite vocal mic. We use it in a very loud rock band with loud monitor wedges and rarely have feedback (with a properly eq'd system) I have also used the Beta57 for recording vocals on demos and it sounds great. Works great on snare, guitar, even kick drum with the proper eq... And it is extremely tough with its hardened steel grill.

    One of the reviews by travisposey from Alabama states that the sound is harsh and brittle and the mic does nothing but feedback. This guy must know absolutely nothing about setting up a sound system or about proper mic placement and usage. There are many factors that contribute to feedback - speaker placement, the way the performer uses the mic, and room acoustics play a huge role.

    Pay no attention to the negative review. The Beta57 is a professional microphone. Highly recommended for almost any job you need it for.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not for vocals !!! Harsh & Bright on instruments.

    This is one of the worst microphones I have ever owned for vocals. I normally use a Shure SM57 to sing through. I bought this one after seeing Greg Allman & Warren Haynes...Read complete review

    This is one of the worst microphones I have ever owned for vocals. I normally use a Shure SM57 to sing through. I bought this one after seeing Greg Allman & Warren Haynes singing through one. I thought the tight Supercardioid pattern would help control feedback & bleed-over on a loud stage. All this thing could do is feedback, feedback, feedback. I do not recommend this for vocals. It is OK for instruments like guitar cabinets but is far from warm like the description says. It is very harsh & bright sounding.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Acoustic Harmonica Mic

    By Mad Dog Harp

    from Lafayette, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Acoustic
    • Harmonica
    • Harp
    • Mic

    Cons

    • Not Super Clear For Vocal

    Best Uses

    • Live recording

    Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

    Just tried out the Shure Beta 57a for harmonica on an acoustic gig.
    Fantastic mic for the price. 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
    maddogharpDOTcom

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    5.0

    AMZING!

    By sillyrabbit010419

    from L.A, CA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      my Pastor recommended me this mic for my sax. I love it! I use it both for singing and playing and the sound is amazing. For vocals it is a little bit to harsh and it catches everything, I mean EVERYTHING. other than that I would buy it again! and it is light and fits perfectly in my hand!

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sounding all around mic

      By old rocker dude

      from WNC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

        This is an excellent mic. The Beta57 has excellent off-axis noise rejection and it is my favorite vocal mic. We use it in a very loud rock band with loud monitor wedges and rarely have feedback (with a properly eq'd system) I have also used the Beta57 for recording vocals on demos and it sounds great. Works great on snare, guitar, even kick drum with the proper eq... And it is extremely tough with its hardened steel grill.

        One of the reviews by travisposey from Alabama states that the sound is harsh and brittle and the mic does nothing but feedback. This guy must know absolutely nothing about setting up a sound system or about proper mic placement and usage. There are many factors that contribute to feedback - speaker placement, the way the performer uses the mic, and room acoustics play a huge role.

        Pay no attention to the negative review. The Beta57 is a professional microphone. Highly recommended for almost any job you need it for.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Microphone

        By old rocker dude

        from WNC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          The Beta 57 is a workhorse of a mic. It has great off axis rejection which really helps in a loud rock band - and it can handle a screaming vocalist. I have used mine for almost every micing job you can think of except drum overhead (need condensers for that) I have 4 Beta 57s and two SM58s, and I prefer the Beta 57 over the SM58 for vocals because it is a little more crisp. The 57 is also a killer mic for drums. Of course it's awesome for snare but I also use it for kick and it amazes people when they come up after the show and see that I am using a Beta 57. I simply lay it in the drum on a piece of foam and EQ and gate the kick drum. I get an awesome, tight bass sound that is perfect for double bass. The Beta 57 also works extremely well for saxophone. As is true with all Shure mics, these thing are super durable too with their hardened windscreen.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Glad I made the switch.....

          By DK1968

          from Chattanooga, TN.

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          I play the drums and sing some songs and all the backing vocals. I have used a Shure SM10 for many years because I did not want to have a stand getting in the way of my playing. If I only sang backing vocals it would not matter, but singing lead I found the SM10 fell short. I researched mics with very tight cararoid patterns, it came down to the Beta57a and the Audix OM5. The Beta57a was the better choice for my aplication and all I can say is wow. It is clearer than any of our SM58's and the guitar players Sennheiser. If you are a singing drummer this is the mic for you. Just let the sound guy know what your using, or he will be scrambling for the gain knob lol.
          Tightest pickup pattern in its class.
          It is a Shure

          Comment on this review

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Southern Rock vocal work horse Sure Beta 57

          By Tim Goodhall

          from Union, CT

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          I am the lead singer/ harp player for a full sounding Southern Rock Tribute. The guitars are hot and this mic cuts with out picking up stage noise and causing a loop like most others. Nothing like it.
          I have used this mic since it came out. It replace the good old SM 58.
          Great quality. I have to replace it every several years due to abuse.
          The price is right only when it's on sale.

          Comment on this review

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beta 57A in my Video Work

          By HDVbyMG

          from Annapolis, MD

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          I bought the Beta 57A for use in my event video production work, specifically, handheld use for interviews where the ambient noise level is high. Example is a wedding reception with loud music in the background or general handheld interviewer use. I specifically like its durability and dynamic design, saving me from worrying about batteries or phantom powering. Just two issues: (1) Shure's blue elastomer band around the windscreen has a way of getting lost, and won't bind with adhesive; (2) the mic is subject to proximity effect (excessive booming) if the speaker holds the mic too close. I instruct speakers to use the Rule of Thumb is setting distance.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Review

          By Bryn1972

          from Canton, OH

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          I got one about a year ago to go along with my SM57. I use the two of them together and they work very well recording my classical and Taylor guitar. The 57A I have aimed at the bridge and the SM57 Both are placed about 4 inches from the guitar. I get a nice balanced sound from them, but the 57A is a little hotter/more sensitive than the SM57. I know these aren't the best mics for acoustic guitar, but I haven't had any trouble or complaints about the sound quality of my recordings.

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          (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          For $40 dont even think about it

          By NegrodeAmerica

          from Buenos Aires

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          I recently bought one for my male vocals to use it live: I tried Shure SM-58, the better Audix OM-2, and the better senheiser 835 (the best for $100). Also Blue enCore 200, Audix OM-5, Shure beta 57A (the best for $150) and the condenser Shure Beta 87A. Since I was unable to hear a difference between Beta 58A and Beta 87A (Im sure there is) in a medium size PA (the biggest I will use) I decided to buy Beta 58A.

          Comment on this review

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Incredible mic!

          By tlctog

          from Denver, CO

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          If you are considering an SM 58, get this instead! Like others have said, this thing blows a 58 out of the water side-by-side. I have both and reach for the 57A every time. I use it for vocals and have found it works excellently with male voices. Do yourself a favor and grab this for a little extra money...you won't be disappointed!

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