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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.

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

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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SPECIFICATIONS

Beta 57A Microphone

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

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Acoustic Harmonica Mic

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...Read complete review

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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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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5.0

Excellent Road Mic

By 

from Harrisburg, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

    I play banjo in a bluegrass band and this mic gives me the depth and crisp clear notes that I'm looking for. The sound from this mic is comparable to others that would cost thousands. Just a hair better than the regular 57 in that this one gives more clarity and presence. Rarely any feedback and this baby is tough as nails. I love it and wouldn't go any other way.

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    5.0

    Excellent product!

    By 

    from Savannah GA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I own a Beta 58 for my vocals (which I love), an SM58 (extra vocal mic), and up until recently was borrowing my bass player's extra SM57 to mic my amp. I own a Fender Blues Jr...a great amp for small gigs but definitely needs to be mic'd. The SM57 I was using seemed to be doing fine. I knew I had to buy my own one day and when I found an 'openbox' Beta 57A in mint condition with only a 25 buck difference from the new SM57...I thought I'd give it a try. Wow. I wasn't sure what to expect but I immediately had to tweak the settings on my amp because the sound with the Beta was clearer, had more bass, mid and treble control, just everything that the amp normally does got crisper, thicker, louder. It was like I lifted a blanket off my amp. I realize tastes in mics can be really subjective but overall all the reviews I read were accurate about this mic and I just wanted to add my satisfaction here so the next guy will have an easier decision when deciding between the Beta 57A and the normal SM 57.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Acoustic Harmonica Mic

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      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 

      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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        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sounding all around mic

        By 

        from WNC

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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.

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Microphone

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          from WNC

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Glad I made the switch.....

            By 

            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

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Southern Rock vocal work horse Sure Beta 57

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            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.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beta 57A in my Video Work

            By 

            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 

            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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