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Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone

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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
  • Recommended for live vocals and podcast/voiceovers

A proven stage performer time and time again, order the Beta 58A today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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 Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 121 reviews)

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    (6)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (34)
  • Durable (31)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Lightweight (12)

Cons

  • No cons (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (28)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

best mic for live bar performance.

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...Read complete review

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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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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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Well known, but mediocre

By Justin H.

from Midwest USA

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Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

      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.

      (7 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Eh

      By Maria Vastano

      from NJ

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      Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

      If you have a cheap Shure mic and switch to the Beta58A then you will most likely love it. I, for one did not have any other microphone before the Beta58A but based on reviews I bought it. Ever since day one I have not been keen on this microphone. I am in a rock band and it picks up tons of feedback from the guitars and drums. Compared to my Sennheiser e835, it has a brighter tone which makes vocals sound a bit papery while my Sennheiser gives a nice warm and full tone to the voice. I would recommend this mic for maybe a classical type of singer, but for music with loud instruments this just doesn't hold up. As far as durability goes, I have no idea, I keep my mics in great condition and always put them in their case when I am done.
      Don't just buy Shure because it's a SHURE microphone. Yes, they are the most popular brand, but that is mostly due to their marketing scheme, there are tons of better mics out there for half the price.

      (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Only big name hype again for Shure!

      By hoovie87

      from Florida

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      Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

      I used to use four of these every week. Typically, the proximity affect on these mics is pretty apparent, so that needs rolled off. There is a midrange spike around 500Hz, that need notched out. Then the highs just don't sound clear, so a high shelf is needed. Here's where the trouble comes in. I get feedback at 9kHz every time I go up like 3dB or so on the high shelf filter in the floor monitors. They just don't sit well in a mix and sound muddy just like an SM58. It will make a bad singer sound better, though. I mean, they are durable and sound ok for most people, but if you have a decent system, PLEASE, PLEASE, consider your options. Shure technology is OLD...sometimes 30+ years old. Listen and go on forums before buying something considered a "precision instrument." They really are not. I now use an Audix VX5 in combination with Heil Sound PR-35's. The difference in sound quality is JAW DROPPING and...NO FEEDBACK anymore!!! I know VX5 is condenser and PR-35 is dynamic, but, Bob Heil knows what he's doing and they sound about the same in clarity and transient response. Frequency response is slightly different on the two though. I can crank anything I want on those PR's and they're fine. They can be had on sale if you look around for the same price as a beta58. Youtube has comparisons of Heil PR series mics and the 58's. Difference is eye opening. When I got my first PR, I used it in combo with four of the beta58's. It was so clear and crisp (with great transient response) that no matter now much I turned down my vocalist on the PR-35, you could still clearly hear him cut through the beta58's. I was like wait a minute, no way the betas are that bad. It was a surprise to me, and will be to you too if you try a PR mic. Put Shure to the test and realize there now is better technology. Way better technology...

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      THE stage mic for drunk singers!

      By Kurt Gepke

      from Las Vegas, NV.

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Fattens me up vocally
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Bedroom toy
        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

        Just bought my second Beta 58. First one bought circa mid 80's and still kicking butt. These mics bring out the nuances and lows in my voice. My singing sounds like geese farts on a muggy day when using other mics. The Beta58 makes me want to talk and talk and talk. Now, the band hates me. :-)
        BTW, I've never experienced any feedback issues or picking up unwanted sounds from drum kits, basses, and guitars. Even on postage stamp sized stages ( and we've ALL been there before.......or still)
        This mic is danged near indestructable! Mine has spent a significant amount of time on the floor as well as getting smashed into my teeth by drunken dancers in a SMALL venue with no stage.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A SOUND MAN'S PERSPECTIVE OF A SHURE BETA 58A

        By 88-Key-Swamp-Boy

        from Charlotte, NC

        Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

        I quit a band in Canada because I had to transfer to North Carolina. I'm a musician and sound guy. There were four vocalists in the band I was in while in Canada. All of us had Shure Beta 58A microphones. Running sound with Shure Beta 58A vocal microphones was never a problem for setting levels, repeatibility, and predictability. After coming to NC, the guys all had El-Cheapo Behringer mics, or Shure SM 58 mics. We had feedback problems, I was having to push levels up very high for the guys to hear them through the mains and monitors and it was a battle between getting the levels high enough to hear the vocals or low enough to prevent feedback. Finally, I told them to all get Shure Beta 58A microphones or don't plan on hooking your crap through the board any more. They did. It was a major difference.I swear by these microphones. Many of the touring musician/singers in Nashville and L.A. use the Shure Beta 58A microphones when they are on concert tour. Why? Because you can own them for years, drive nails with them, and sound guys NEVER have a problem getting these microphones to be in the mix. Especially if the instrument levels are up and you need to get the vocal microphone levels up, these Shure Beta 58A microphones are up to the task. Believe me. I'm a sound guy for many years.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        For real vocalists...

        By Gander

        from Florida

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          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.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Happiness!

          By Missy

          from Tennessee

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          Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          We are an acoustic/vocal duo. So it is imperative that everything in our live sound is right. Our vocal mics were just worn out I suppose and we replaced them with the Beta 58. We are soooo happy! This mic is clear, bright, and we are able to get the vocals up in the monitors without feedback. Just know that you will have to change you eq and change settings and get used to it. All the sparkles that are in your voice but often get lost over a sound system are now there--where they're supposed to be!

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          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.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Definitely a step up from a SM58

          By Gander

          from Florida

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

            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.

            (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Vocalist

            By DEDICATED TRUE VOCALIST

            from los angeles

            Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

            I am a vocalist in the So Cal area,I do alot a gigging and touring,I really depend on my mic to back me up and never let me down.never to my imagination especially being raised in my teenage years and after that the beta 58 green would let me down several times,i will never buy schure again. After trying the EV nd767 mic , thats all i ever need. It is for the mature vocalist. Please compare to anything at the music store before you buy. I dare you. thats the real test.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            An Awesome piece of Equipment

            By Warren Entertainment

            from Laplace, La.

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            Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

            I perform R&B, Gospel, Blues,Country, etc. I own one Beta 58A and 3 SM 58's. The 58A is my personal mic, but I've since sold the Sm 58s and will now purchase 3 more Beta 58's for my backup singers. This is an awesome mic and you don't work as hard using it as you do with the others.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beta 58A

            By Fred

            from Connecticut

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

              This mic is great for the person that does not project their voice loud enough. Used this mic for a female singer whose voice needed a boost and got the sound we needed . Great mic

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Time tested quality mic.

              By QDPJames

              from Tulsa, OK

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Time Tested Quality
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

                The Beta 58A is a great mic for the money. Are there better mics out there? Maybe. Will you be disappointed in buying this mic? Not at all. Road tested and always a great sound. You just can't go wrong with a Shure Beta.

                (3 of 4 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 Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

                    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.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Beta 58A Thumbs Up

                    By Franklin Mores

                    from Orlando

                    Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

                    I am not an industry person, just a dumbass guitar player. But I have 20 years of experience playing live and this is the one that get's it done.
                    I have been down the road with an number of other products, including Sennheiser e935, Audix and others and found my way back home to the BETA 58A to see it for the first time, and wish I never left. I have a Super 55 as well. Very unforgiving mic. Just keep it simple, because most sound men have their tone controls glued into position. I have learned my lesson about coloring outside the lines. It doesn't work. Stick with the 58, or better yet, the Beta 58A
                    10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
                    I paid more, and got less before.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Gold Standard

                    By Francisco Gutierez la padre la tiera

                    from Texas man

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

                      The Shure Beta 58a is the end of your search for the perfect mic. Warm and powerful, dependable and sturdy it's no wonder that these are the "go to" mics that set the industry standards for professionals worldwide....these mics are just plain comfortable.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent Microphone

                      By JCAlexandres

                      from NE Ohio, USA

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Great response
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording
                        • Stage

                        Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal 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 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.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Good mic, but Compare.

                        By Kento

                        from My basement studio

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

                            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.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Very Pleased

                            By C-ville Brent

                            from SE Ohio

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Feedback Resistent

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances

                              Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

                              I bought a Fender Passport 250 in 2004 when I started playing out solo. I used the mics that came with it until I could upgrade to an EV CO9. It was a step up. A couple months later I could afford a Beta58A. It worked great for my needs. The place I usually played was reasonablly small with a wall behind me. I was well satisfied with the sound, but its resistence to feedback was what really made me happy. It allowed me to play louder although there were still people who wanted it turned up even more. It ALWAYS worked.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              BEST VOCALIST MIC EVER !!

                              By PDOG

                              from SOUTH CAROLINA

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances

                                Comments about Shure Beta 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

                                HAVE TWO OTHER TYPES OF SURE MICS. THIS ONE IS BY FAR THE BEST LEAD VOCALIST MIC EVER!

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