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Beta 57A, Dynamic Microphone from Shure in the BETA series.


14 user reviews
Prices starting at $10 average price: $74

Shure Beta 57A tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Shure
  • Model:Beta 57A
  • Series:BETA
  • Category:Dynamic Microphones
  • Added in our database on: 03/30/2004

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Shure Beta 57A user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 14 reviews )
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stompboxjon12/04/2012

stompboxjon's review"Universal"

Shure Beta 57A
The Shure Beta 57A is a very rugged mic, the transients with the 57A are clean and very fast. This microphone will sound awesome with no matter what you put it in front of. I have used it on guitars, vocals, drums, and even horn instruments. I feel like it sounds the best with a snare drum though and toms. The frequency response is just tweaked for the snare drum to me. This microphone is beyond durable, it reminds me a lot of the SM57 because of how tough it is with the steel mesh grille.

OVERALL OPINION

You can say this microphone is a great all around microphone and it is if you need it to be. It is definitely a microphone that you need to have around because you never know when you will have a use for it but I would not use it for vocals if you do not have to. It only cost 170 dollars now brand new, it is very affordable and you can purchase it and keep it for your drums and guitars. If you can stay away from using it with vocals I would. Not that it would record you cleanly, but that you can get a much cleaner vocal with a different Shure microphone like the SM57 and that microphone can be used just for your vocals. When it comes to vocals you need to have 1 designated microphone for that.
If you must use the Beta 57A for vocals and instruments then don’t be afraid to. It will handle the task with a doubt. This microphone is one of my favorite ones that Shure has made because it is very affordable, it is built to last a long time (like most Shure mics are) and it is awesome on drums. The polar pattern is supercardioid and the frequency range is 50Hz-16kHz giving it just the right touches to be a universal microphone for your home studio.
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MGR/Tim12/28/2004

MGR/Tim's review"Shure Beta 57A"

Shure Beta 57A
I bought this mic from Guitar Center for $99.00 after very extensive research. I found this price on the internet and Guitar Center matched it. In fact, they were only able to match it down to $99.99 and had to take the extra $.99 off of the table stand I bought with it! That's how good a price I got it for. It was a good deal...

Welp, quite honestly, I like everything about this product. I am very satisfied with it. This thing is built like a tank with classic Shure heft, so durability is absolutely no problem here. It sounds so clear and so natural too. I use it primarily to mic my 30 watt amp, but it has so many other applications as well. I know that my drummer plans on getting one for his snare and it is used to mic anything from vocals to harmonicas aside from these applications! Pretty cool...
Also, I should mention that this mic has completely eliminated feedback as well. I was afraid this would be a problem, but it really isn't. I guess that this is due to this mic's supercardioid design and superior gain before feedback...
Another thing is that I am able to get so many different sounds depending on how I place this mic in relation to my amp. At first, I had it -center and was met with a sharp aggressive sound. By moving it a mere 2.5" down to the left, however, I found that it was a much smoother, natural sound. It's fun... I love this mic!

There's nothing that I dislike about this microphone. I have been unable to find any faults as of yet. I am very satisfied.

Again, this is a Shure and built like a tank. I expect this mic to outlive me!

I am very satisfied with this and would recommend it to anyone. In my opinion, this is the ultimate instrument mic and every musician should own one. Go for it!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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miramadar09/07/2004

miramadar's review"Shure Beta 57A"

Shure Beta 57A
Bought this mic on Ebay for $100.00. I needed a better mic for instrument/vocal recording.

The Beta 57A is a great sounding mic for both instrument and vocal applications. It offers plenty of gain and doesn't feedback easily. I've used it to record acoustic guitar, vocals and used it in live performance to mic fiddle, saxophone, harmonica and vocals. In all applications, it performed great.

This particular mic is a little heavy on the mid-range. Some folks like that and for certain instruments it's really called for. I'm not a huge fan of strong mid-range, but I've been able to set the EQ to get a really sweet sound anyway.

It's a Shure! Rock solid. Solid metal...heavy construction. And unlike the standard 57's, this mic has a metal grill for added ruggedness.

Great mic for recording or live performance. A true asset to have in your mic lineup.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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James...01/29/2012

James...'s review"Great for everything"

Shure Beta 57A
Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz016kHz
Impedance 150 ohms
Length 6.23"
Width 1.69"
Depth 1.69"
Weight .6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BETA 57A

OVERALL OPINION

I actually bought this mic to use as a guitar cab mic initially. I was micing in a live situation with a Suhr Badger amp and a Bogner 1x12 cube cab. Nothing really fancy. It works wonderfully for that purpose. It doesn't have the awkward midrange that the sm57 and beta 58 do. But as I have owned this mic over the years I've learned that it does a lot more than speaker micing. One day I was having problems with my beta 58 picking up tons of stage noise. Tried an sm58. Didn't sound right with my voice. Tried a couple of Cad dynamic mics. Sounded good but they fed back some. Finally, given no other choices I decided to put my Beta 57 up there for kicks. Not only is it impervious to stage noise but I didn't have to eq it at all. It just naturally sounds very good on my voice. Since then I've tried it on about everything. Female singers? Great. Snare drum? Suprisingly awesome and puts an sm57 to shame. Sax? Yes it does that too.

I would go as far to say that if I had to choose one mic to have for the rest of my live show career, it would be this one. I'm serious about that. It just excels in so many applications. It never ever peaks out from high volumes and it always seems to sound very wide and open no matter what.

My only complaint is that it isn't terribly useful in the studio, outside of tracking very aggressive vocals and maybe some super loud guitar parts. But everything else about it is tops. Never had any technical issues despite really abusing a few of these.
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