Shure Beta 58 A

Dynamic Vocal Microphone

In the tradition of the SM58, the dynamic Beta 58A has become the first choice among singers and professional sound engineers.

The Beta 58A is a dynamic, high-output vocals microphone designed for professional audio amplification and use in the recording studio. The supercardioid polar pattern extends over the entire transmission range and guarantees high, feedback resistant amplifications, maximum isolation from other sound sources and a minimum of off-axis sound. The contoured frequency response is ideal for close-up vocals.

Due to its robust construction, proven shock absorber system, and hardened steel windscreen, its outstanding performance is not compromised even with rough handling. Typical applications of the Beta 58A are lead vocals, backup vocals, and speech.

  • Supercardioid polar pattern
  • Optimised transmission range for excellent vocal quality in professional live use
  • Offers the highest level of feedback safety with maximum gain and maximum suppression of background noise
  • An air-sprung vibration absorber protects against impact sound and grip noise
  • Frequency range: 50 - 16,000 Hz
  • Maximum sound pressure level: 140.5 dB
  • Output impedance: 290 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: -51.5 dBV/Pa (2.66 mV)
  • Dimensions (L x Ø): 160 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 278 g
  • Included: Clamp, 3/8" reduction thread and bag
  • Suitable windscreen: Article nr 135783, matching spare basket: Article nr 148522 (both not included)
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"The every live event" vocal microphone.

Ivo Zlatanov, 14.11.2017
Exceptional quality and sound, very durable, very good looking and very reliable. I use it for vocals live and occasionally for some studio work. My voice is low and I find this mic the perfect for me. IMO the best possible quality for the price.
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Inudstry standard and great upgrade from SM58

Joel Nichols, 14.05.2013
While the SM58 may be the industry standard and the "go-to" choice for many musicians, the Beta 58A is a considerable step up in both quality and sound.

Starting with the design, the shape and size is identical to the SM58, but the addition of a hardened grille vastly improves durability. While an SM58 grille can be dented with a simple roll off a chair, the Beta grille can handle much tougher abuse. Indeed, as well as four Beta 58As, I also own one of the original Beta 58s from the mid 1990s - to this day, despite years of use, the grille is completely dent free!

Shure make considerable claims about the hypercardioid nature of the Beta 58A, and how it can help reduce feedback (providing monitors are placed correctly, of course!). While the pickup certainly isn't as narrow as something like an Audix OM7, I feel it strikes a good balance. It's certainly tighter than an SM58 and certainly offers greater isolation form other sound sources on stage, but it's wide enough that it allows a performer to run around the stage, coming back to the mic without needing to be precisely in front of it. Of course, this is also useful in applications where a user of the mic might be inexperienced in mic technique. All of this means the Beta 58A is useful in a huge variety of situations, and doesn't irritate musicians (like an OM7 sometimes can!) with an extremely narrow pickup, while still offering isolation and good feedback rejection.

In terms of sound quality, the versatility of the mic continues. Keeping the clear, tight and punchy mid-range that the SM58 is known for, the Beta has a top-end boost that's definitely noticeable, adding a good deal extra clarity to vocals. The low mids around 250Hz are also a lot less muddy, and I find myself not needing that much EQ for most voices. It could be said that the mid-range is perhaps not the smoothest around, and some feel the top end sounds slightly artificially boosted (it is a dynamic, keep in mind!) - so if you're looking for something a little fuller and smoother, you'll need to make the jump to a condenser like the Beta 87 or Sennheiser E865. That said the Beta 58A sounds good on most voices and with most genres, and there's a a reason it's the mic I keep most of in stock!
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