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Shure Beta 58 A

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Shure Beta 58 A
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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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incredible warmth
Kostas Paz 06.05.2022
One of the best microphones on the market is the Shure Beta 58A, capable of delivering nice and clean vocals without killing your budget. Also it provides incredible warmth of voice.
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It is a shure...
Anonymous 04.08.2015
this microphone was to replace my Rode S1 and my old SM58

Soundwise it does not impress me - but that said, you can not go wrong with this mic: it is punchy, it is durable and reliable, it does not feed easily, and you can replace your old SM 58 with this one, and make everyone sound just a bit better.

So, why am I not impressed? I think it lacks some clarity, it feels a bit like you reach out for the shelving treble knob all the time, but it does not add the airiness to the microphone as you are looking for. I may add, that this is only an issue when i running throguh my Allen Heath digital desk - running it in a dynacord powermate, and I am as happy as can be.

Conclusion. It is a worthy successor of the SM 58, but today I just expect a bit more ...
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Little better than sm58
PeterJohn 04.11.2023
It has a little more high ends and clarity from the sm58. So, if you like it in this way, is great. For me after a couple of hours of use, it sounds like a small upgrade from the sm58. The sm58 sounds a bit more bassy and compressed, fact which I like actually. Beta sounds a step closer to my AKG c300b studio mic. More natural and clear. However, you have to want such a thing in order to appreciate it.
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Favourite dynamic mic!
Anonymous 17.06.2014
Very smooth sound, rather like a more refined SM58. Great live or in the studio! Also incredibly durable, as you'd expect from Sure. You could give it a good beating and it will sound just as good as it did the first time you used it!
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Great mic
Skintard 12.12.2019
Great mic, an all time classic
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Old time classic
Mecengin 17.08.2019
Best mic for all around lives
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Sm58a
MattN 10.09.2014
Not much to say, it's an SM58a.

Genuine Shure product, great price and the usually speedy delivery to the UK from Thomann!
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Shure Beta 58 A
Stephen749 19.09.2013
Bought as a package with boom stand. Quick delivery and faultless experience.
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Great mic
Marius862 14.04.2015
This is my main stage mic and I love its simplicity as well as the sound and feel. I would have liked perhaps and on/off button but I can live without it. It has a round sound, very balanced and I can get both highs and lows out of it to my satisfaction. I tried in the past on the regular basis SM57 and for my taste the 58 Beta is superior in sound.
Very sturdy piece of equipment, so it seems because I never encountered "accidents" to see what happens with mine. It looks like it can take e beating.
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