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Shure Beta 57A Microphone

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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 57...Click To Read More About This Product

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

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7)

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

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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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding all around mic

By Old Rocker Dude

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.

    (10 of 10 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!

    (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.

    (8 of 8 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.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Instrumentalist's dream

    By WGTROUTMAN

    from kentucky

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

    I gig very frequently, mostly to crowds of around 100 people or less. in most all of my shows, i use my Taylor NS42 (which i usually plug into the PA), Mandolin, and Banjo. as a multi-instrumentalist, this thing ROCKS. it's like a sm57 but better and more responsive, with less feedback. on vocals it kills an sm58 side by side. this is your do everything improved workhorse microphone; mine has been used thoroughly and i am more than pleased. mics guitar cabs exceptionally well; all that there is left to do is break out the harmonica; something tells me i won't be disappointed.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Glad I made the switch.....

    By DK1968

    from Chattanooga, TN.

    See all my reviews

    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

    (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.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Microphone

    By Old Rocker Dude

    from WNC

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SM Beta 57A

      By Jim-GvYym

      from New York State

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I have owned this microphone for about 2 years now and have had nothing but good luck with it. I use it mostly when I am micing Instruments I have used it a couple of times for vocals when I have been in a bind with out a Vocal Mic. Nothing but good crisp clear sound every time I use it.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Acoustic Harmonica Mic

      By Mad Dog

      from Colorado

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      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

      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

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

      By www.travisposey.com

      from Alabama

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      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.

      (2 of 15 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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A fine microphone

      By singnplay

      from Rhode Island

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I use this mic to capture my voice AND my Martin guitar (no electronics). I love the way it picks up my vocal because I can stand aback and sing with power, then come in close and whisper and it seems to pick up everything in that range. It also picks up my "no-electronics" dreadnaught guitar. It's a great little mic for my purposes! I use a Bose personal sound system with a Mackie 12-channel, with effects, mixer.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Microphone

      By Trucktrail7

      from Marion, OH

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      We use these microphones for live performances as guitar amp mics. These things have great off axis rejection seeing as they are super-cardioid. Isolates the amp very well. Very good investment.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best I've used

      By Moofis

      from Kansas City

      Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

      I've used this mic side by side with an sm57 in my little home "studio", initial thinking it couldn't be that much different. But sure enough, the quality and clarity was noticeably better. I was also amazed at the the tone I got from my amp with almost any placement. Great product, solid build, would recommend it to anyone.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Road Mic

      By Josh

      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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent product!

        By droppindimes

        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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awsome little monster!

          By Anselmo

          from RVK

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          I use this mic mostly for snare, toms and guitar-cabs. Its sound is more open and bright compared to the sm57, not so muffled, which is awsome for snares and guitars.If you like the sm57, youll probably like this one as much or better!

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Even works for Bass Amps

          By bassguitarded

          from South Dakota

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          I recently bought a Shure Beta 52 for my bass rig. I had a couple people recomend the 57, but my hard-headed butt went with the 52. Well, twice now, I have been proven the fool. Once at a a bar my band played, the house sound guy put a 57 in front of my SVT 810. He explained the house can handle the low end, and the 57 is better for letting the mids through. He was right. Last week when we went into the studio, the producer also used a 57. Wow. I've just bought a 57. Should have listened from the beginning. The beta 52 is nice, but only if the lows are all you want.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Completely Amazing!

          By shaepes the cool

          from Milford, CT

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Shure Beta 57A Microphone:

          This is the best mic I have ever used... What more could I say. Ive played many local shows with other peoples PAs and mics and I always realized that bad mics were a big problem, so I decided to invest. This mic completely blew me away. Vocals came out clearer, warmer, louder, and just all around better sounding. Its soo good for micing horns, acoustics, really anything. The price isnt bad either! And it will last you the rest of your life, even if you do tend to through your stuff around.

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