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Shure Beta 58A Mic  

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If you want your vocals to be heard, the Shure Beta 58A Mic is built to make it happen. It's a high-output, supercardioid dynamic microphone designed...Read More

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Fantastic for live vocal applications!

If you want your vocals to be heard, the Shure Beta 58A Mic is built to make it happen. It's a high-output, supercardioid dynamic microphone designed for professional sound reinforcement and project studio recording. This has made it a leading choice among vocalists and touring musicians worldwide.

The Beta 58A maintains a true supercardioid pattern throughout its frequency range (50Hz-16kHz) and a shaped frequency response that is ideal for close-up vocals. Its neodymium magnet provides high sensitivity and output. The superb performance of this microphone is not affected by rough handling because of its rugged construction, proven pneumatic shockmount system, and hardened steel mesh grille. So whether you hold it in your hand or mount in on a stand, you'll get the kind of sound you planned.

FEATURES
  • Frequency response tailored for vocals, with brightened midrange and bass roll-off to control proximity effect
  • Uniform supercardioid pattern for high gain before feedback and superior rejection of off-axis sound
  • Neodymium magnet for high signal-to-noise output
  • Hardened steel mesh grille that resists wear and abuse
  • Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
  • Minimally effected by varying load impedance
  • Legendary Shure quality and reliability

SPECIFICATIONS

Beta 58A Mic

  • Type: Dynamic (moving coil)
  • Frequency Response: 50 to 16,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid, rotationally symmetrical about microphone axis, uniform with frequency
  • Output Level (at 1,000 Hz): Open Circuit Voltage: -51.5 dBV/Pa* (2.6 mV)
  • *1 Pa = 94 dB SPL
  • Impedance: Rated impedance is 150 ohms (290 ohms actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low Z Phasing
  • Case:Silver blue enamel-painted die cast metal with hardened, matte-finished, spherical steel mesh grille
  • Adjustable, Stand Adapter:
  • Slip-in microphone mounting, unbreakable, adjustable through 180 degrees with standard 5/8"-27 thread, black finish
  • Dimensions (DxW): 160mm x 50mm, 2" x 6.5"
  • Net weight: 278g (9.92oz)
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ShureBeta 58A Mic
 
4.8

(based on 105 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (18)
  • Durable (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (13)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent Microphone

    I've been using a Shure SM58 for long time, I saw some good reviews on the Beta model and thought I would give it a try, for my surprise and delight, I was...Read complete review

    I've been using a Shure SM58 for long time, I saw some good reviews on the Beta model and thought I would give it a try, for my surprise and delight, I was intensely pleased with this model, I could feel the difference from the first "test, 1, 2, 3", procedure, noted a pristine response in every aspect. It is now my stage microphone.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Well known, but mediocre

    I've been a guitarist for 13 years and my father has been a drummer and guitarist since 1962. For at least a decade his Shure Beta 58a was his "go to"...Read complete review

    I've been a guitarist for 13 years and my father has been a drummer and guitarist since 1962. For at least a decade his Shure Beta 58a was his "go to" live mic. We planned on purchasing 3 more Beta 58s for our studio/performance space, but right before biting the bullet I decided to see what else is out there. After reading a lot of reviews I decided to try two other mics: Electro-Voice N/D767a ($129) and Heil Sound PR-35 ($274). We now own both. First the Electro Voice (EV) arrived. We could not believe how much better it sounded than the SM58. Clearer and more powerful than the Beta 58a. Dad immediately swore off his old Shure. The next day the Heil arrived. It was hotter and beefier than both the EV and the Shure. Now we both have our own Heil PR-35, and the EV is used by guest vocalists. If you can afford it, get the Heil PR 35, it's a big sounding vocal mic, but if you can't afford it get the EV N/D767a. Both mics sound a lot better than the Beta 58a, which is lifeless and boring in comparison. Plus the EV is less expensive than the Shure. The Beta 58a may be a step up from the SM58, but it's a step down from the EV or the Heil. The Shure has been retired to a box as a backup.

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    4.0

    Brilliant with a but...

    By Mikeespinmusic

    from Sunshine Coast, Australia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Accruacy In Singing Tone
    • Clear Sound
    • Clear When Singing High
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • No Reverb Can Be Nasty
    • Not Forgiving
    • Pricey In General
    • Replacement Parts Pricey
    • Somewhat Nasty Wo Reverb

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

    In most situations it is my favourite mic so long as I have my gear to e.q it. I'll compare this to an SM58 and a Sennheiser E835 as reference points.

    If all microphones were just plugged in with no effects or e.q, this one is on par with the E835 in clarity. But the smoothness in tone is second to the E835. While the SM58 is still a solid good quality it will sound muddy/muffled compared to the other two.

    That being said, my favourite out of the 3 with no effects or e.q is still the SM58 because I feel like I can hit the notes with less fuss or hearing extra breathing stuff I don't want.

    When it comes to effects and e.q in the equation. The E835 and Beta 58A shine strong. The SM58 is no slouch but the clarity of the newer technology with those two makes a difference especially in bigger sounding bands.

    If I was just a singer that moved around I'd stick with the E835 because of price point. But the Beta58 A has a larger grill surface which is better for me when playing guitar at the same time.
    There's not much difference between the 3 in small acoustic sets but when it gets bigger and bigger the Beta58A wins it for me and my needs. But you should try out all 3 because those with lower voices would probably benefit the most with the trusty SM58.

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    5.0

    Great Mic

    By Austin

    from Salt Lake

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

        Great mic to use for live performances. I've had mine for over 6 years and it still sounds great.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        For real vocalists...

        By 1iJack

        from Venice, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

          I had personally used an SM58 for years until I decided to try a Beta58 on the recommendation of a friend. I'll always use a Beta now if I have the chance. It is just a more sensitive mic that picks up the range of colors that a real vocalist can produce. It also frees the singer from singing within an inch of the mic, seems to have a pretty even pickup at 6 inches or even more.
          The reviews that I read talked about this being preferred for female singers, but every singer I have used it with prefers it. I'm a baritone with a 3 octave range and I will choose this mic ev ery time I get the chance.

          I now support a band with three singers, so bought two of more so I could have all of three singers on the same mic. This Mic is a clear winner in my book. I'm sure there are other fine mics for this purpose, but I don't use condenser mics for live sound applications, so this is the best I've found so far.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Mike

          By JB

          from Frankfort, KY

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Clear Sounding
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • For The Money Can't Go Wr
          • No cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home And Live

          Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

          This mike has a very sweet clear sound. It's almost perfect.
          The bass/treble is just right for me. Very clear sounding also. Bottom line it's a great mike. My number one..

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Sweet Mic!

          By Cully

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Better Than Regular Sm58
          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reduces feedback
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

              Wanted something brighter than the regular SM58. This Beta58 is quite the winner. Haven't tried the Beta57A, but this seemed to have a nice mid-high tonal balance and a rock sturdy build for live use. For singing rock, folk, singer-songwriter kind of stuff this mic was perfect for me. In the home studio was trying to record my vocals with a Neumann TLM 103, and it was just too much. The Beta 58A captured less detail than the fancy condenser (favorably in this case), and with warm mids-highs, making it a nice fix for my style. It still cuts through nicely in a mix amongst guitars, drums, bass, etc. Oh yea, and it's eliminated most all feedback problems I was having singing into my PA. Didn't give it 5 becasue I'm not totally in love with the dry signal, but really it requires pretty minimal tonal tweaking to make it 'perfect.' Either way sweet & rugged mic; highly recommended for rock styles.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Definitely a step up from a SM58

              By 1iJack

              from Venice, FL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

                I decided to try the BETA 58 having used SM58s pretty much exclusively for live performance for the last 5 years, although I have been very satisfied with the SM58s. The Beta really does just as advertised: it's a slightly hotter mic (longer pickup range) with a stronger mid-range, but with SHURE's legendary durability.

                For a typical yelling rock singer, I'm not sure you'll notice much difference, but a real vocalist who uses a range of vocal colors and dynamics, will be pleased with the difference and will prefer this mic.

                I'm told it makes a bigger difference for female vocalists. I can't speak to that. I am a baritone and I find that the Beta enables subtlety that gets lost with an SM58.

                I wouldn't suggest dumping all your SM58s and replacing them with BETA 58s, but for solo vocal performance it's worth checking out in my opinion.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                best mic for live bar performance.

                By lock and load

                from simi valley, ca.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

                    last month i bought a very expensive 945. i used this mic at 1 gig, and was drowned out by the other 2 singers. (both had 58 betas) lucky for me musicians friend has an exchange policy that i can really trust. i received my exchange within 5 days. it was just in time for next gig. all i could do was smile after each song with a 3 part harmony we did.

                    big thumbs up for 58 beta and musicians friend!

                    ML.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Microphone

                    By JCAlexandres

                    from NE Ohio

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Great response
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording
                      • Stage

                      Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

                      I've been using a Shure SM58 for long time, I saw some good reviews on the Beta model and thought I would give it a try, for my surprise and delight, I was intensely pleased with this model, I could feel the difference from the first "test, 1, 2, 3", procedure, noted a pristine response in every aspect. It is now my stage microphone.

                      Comment on this review

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Good mic, but Compare.

                      By Kento

                      from My basement studio

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

                          I'm assuming you already know the 58 is an industry standard. Bought this a month ago. Used it to rehearse and at 2 gigs. Very good mic. Here's a curious thing. When I brought it home, I set it up with my PA in an A/B arrangement with my 30+ year old SM58 (also a good mic). Went back & forth with various settings, distances, etc. I could never tell a difference. At all. My wife came in and sat facing away from me and listened as I repeated the A/B comparison and couldn't tell a difference. The one time she thought she might have heard a diff, she guessed the old one was the new one. So I'm just sayin', the SM58, at 63% the cost of the Beta model, might be a far better purchase.

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                          5.0

                          Great mic for anything

                          By GUITARMAN

                          from KENTUCKY

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Ask me a question

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances

                            Comments about Shure Beta 58A Mic:

                            great mic

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