Shure Beta 57A Handheld Dynamic Microphone

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Shure Beta 57A
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Shure Beta 57A Supercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Excellent for acoustic and electric instruments as well as for vocals, the extremely versatile Shure Beta 57A dynamic microphone provides optimal warmth and presence.

Shure Beta 57A Dynamic Microphone Details

The Beta 57A maintains a true supercardioid pattern throughout its frequency range. This insures high gain before feedback, maximum isolation from other sound sources, and minimum off-axis tone coloration. A completely new grille design lets you take better advantage of proximity effect. The Beta 57A is an exceptionally versatile microphone. Typical applications include drums, guitar amplifiers, brass, woodwinds and vocals.

Shure Beta 57A Dynamic Microphone Features

  • Tailored frequency response provides drums, guitars, vocals, and horns with studio quality sound
  • Uniform supercardioid pattern for high gain-before-feedback and superior rejection of off-axis sound
  • Hardened steel mesh grille that facilitates use of proximity effect and resists wear and abuse
  • Neodymium magnet for high signal-to-noise ratio output
  • Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
  • Frequency response: 50 to 16,000 Hz

Shure Beta 57A Dynamic Microphone 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 â?"51 dBV/Pa* (2.8 mV) *1 Pa = 94 dB SPL
  • Impedance: Rated impedance is 150 (290 actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low Z
  • Phasing: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
  • Connector: Three-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
  • Case: Silver blue enamelâ?"painted die cast metal with hardened, matte-finished steel mesh grille
  • Adjustable Stand Adapter: Slipâ?"in, adjustable through 180°, with standard 5/8â?-27 thread
  • Net Weight: 275 grams (9.6 oz)

Shure Beta 57A Dynamic Microphone Applications

  • Guitar Amp
  • Bass Amp
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Brass/Saxophone
  • Snare Drums
  • Rack/Floor Toms
  • Congas
  • Woodwinds
  • Lead Vocals

What We Think - Shure Beta 57A Review

The Shure Beta 57A is one of my workhorse mics. With me since the late 90â??s my Beta 57 has been on guitar, vocal, and drum tracks, on many of sessions â?" and styles of music. It has a slightly darker character (in comparison to the SM57), and less honk to it. I really like its darker top end for lead guitars, and its mid fullness for hard rock, punk, and metal vocals. However, this has been my â??gotoâ? snare mic for as long as I can remember. I get the majority of my snares attack from the overheads, so the fuller sound of the Beta 57 gives me the guts of the snare, and with the darker top and super cardioid pattern, hat bleed is minimal and easy to deal with. And like all Shure mics, this one is a tank. Misplace your hammer, and need to do some woodwork? The Beta 57 can be that substitute, and still track a killer snare, vocal, or guitar â?" the same day.

- Ryan Ferris

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  • 5
    Great mic

    Posted by Phill Richardson on Jan 14th 2010

    The Beta 57 is about as versatile of a mic as one can find. With a little effort you can capture almost endless numbers of sources. Stick it on a guitar amp speaker, stick it near the neck/ body joint on a acoustic, stick it on a snare or high hat. Heck, even try dropping one or two into a console piano. Plus, it can hold it's own as a dynic vocal mic