Shure Beta 58A Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 33 customer reviews
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from Long Lake, NY USA
March 25, 2013Music Background:
Shure Beta 58AFor this price (and the little bit extra it costs to upgrade from the regular 58,) this is a worthwhile investment. There is a world of difference between the mics, especially in live performance. I would buy another one of these!
from Honolulu, HI
January 30, 2013Music Background:
Gigging Musician, Singer, Producer
Takes Some PracticeThis mic was hard to get used to. Bought it after losing the trusty old SM58 at a gig, decided to upgrade. This mic is way more sensitive to movement than the SM58, so much so that it took me almost a week of practice to get used to. If you close your eyes and sing into an SM, you can move around a little without the sound being affected much. With this mic, you need to keep that grill right in one spot and only pull back slightly, or else the level will drop. But the result? AMAZING feedback rejection. I've laid down scratch vocal tracks in the studio control room with monitors blaring 2 feet away from my face, and the leakage was almost inaudible on the playback. I highly recommend this mic for experienced singers who perform on loud stages. Pack it with you, if there's feedback, switch out the mic, plug this in.
from Manchester, NH, USA
January 11, 2013Music Background:
Excellent performance microphone, clear sound with mimized feedback.Excellent microphone.
I've tried several different models and the Shure Beta 58A has the lowest feedback and clearest sound of them all!
It picks up all vocal ranges. I had problems with some microphones not picking up anything above the 3rd octave on the piano scale, vocally, and others that would not pick up the lower base range.
from United States
December 21, 2012Music Background:
The best performance mic there isBefore purchasing my Beta 58A, I had a Blue enCore 200. It was a decent mic, but a wire came loose inside and I had to borrow the drummer's 58A while it was being fixed. Well, it was like the part in the Wizard of Oz when it goes from black and white to color. We're talking crisp, clear high end punch that cuts through the mix like a sharp blade. Further, the mic seems to be much more durable, too, and it is considerably lighter as well. I couldn't be happier with this microphone, and I would highly recommend it to any working musician who lives for vocals.
November 28, 2012Music Background:
Shure BETA SM58A - Great MicI've used the Shure SM58 for years and always felt it did a good job. Our drummer has been telling me to try the BETA SM58A, so I recently purchased one from Sweetwater.
Just a great mic. Out performed the SM58 in everyway. Our sound man said he turned my volume down 1/3 and I felt it was so much easier to sing. It may sound strange, but I didn't use nearly the effort that I used before to hit those hard for me to reach notes.
If you're like me and want the best quality you can get on a modest budget, then spend the money on this mic. It's well worth it.
November 26, 2012Music Background:
beta 58 reviewI'v been using beta 58 for my studio vocal recording and its better than many studio vocal condenser don't forget U2,Björk and many professional artist used beta58 for their album....
from Farmington, MO
October 31, 2012Music Background:
Singer-songwriter, contemporary praise and worship leader
Good dynamic micI bought this mic because the condensor mics I was using were feeding back at low volumes. I tried everything with no luck. I thought this mic with its supercardioid pattern might solve the problem and I was right. This mic is built very sturdy. It may not be as good of sound as a more expensive mic,but it is adequate. It is a good all around workhorse. I use it every week at church.
October 1, 2012Music Background:
vocals/ keys/ drums/ engineer
Beta 58Recently traded my 87c in for this mic because I like to sing loud and the condenser mic I had was to sensitive. But this mic being a dynamic mic handled everything. I also run it through an ART tube pre with a JJ tube upgrade and it is smooth . Add a little gate and de- esser and it sounds great in my studio. If you want to record vocals at high spl get it . I would recommend a tube pre to polish your recordings through this mic. I will not be dissapionted.
August 20, 2012Music Background:
Artist, Poducer, Manager,
Beta 58Crisp and clear....and built like a tank. Can't find a better vocal mic for the money.
from Clearlake Oaks, CA USA
August 14, 2012Music Background:
Single, live, full sound solo act w/PSR keyboard
Shure Beta 58AThis mic sounds great and the best part is it doesn't feedback as bad as the other mics do. It puts out a hotter signal before feedback. This combination is the ticket for pro use. I've used ball mics throughout my career. I've tried the ones with a flat spot and it just isn't my cup of tea. This is the one I choose out of all the rest. The only improvement I could ask for is I wish it had a switch. I had to use an inline Hosa switch which works great.
from Martinsburg, WV USA
July 21, 2012Music Background:
Multi-genre guitarist, live sound engineer and deck worker, recording/jazz student
Beta 58A - awesome.The Beta 58A is definitely a great microphone. There are pros and cons, as with everything in the industry, but this mic sounds and performs amazingly, and consistently. It's not really that much of an upgrade from the tried-and-true SM58, because it's not perfect for every vocal. In my experience, I've found this mic great on people who have a naturally rich tenor or above voice, because it gives a great presence peak that helps the voice cut through the mix better. The super cardioid pattern also allows for a wee more gain before feedback, but if your singer doesn't like to stay still when singing it will totally ruin the mix. I've had singers move out of the pickup area on the mic in the past. Overall, the mic seems to be just an ounce tougher than an SM, although I take good care of my gear, so I wouldn't really know. These are great mics and I've never had any major problems with them. These are definitely live mics. I don't recommend them for studio, unless it's all you have.
from Chicago IL.
June 14, 2012Music Background:
Shure Beta 58AGreat Mic I have been using them for 10 years now and I think they are the best. The 58 was good, but this Mic is great!!! I have a four piece band and we all sing through the Beta 58A. Our volcals are a big part of what we do, so a great stage Mic is a must!! Thanks to Sweetwater for caring about what they sell, and have interest in their customers needs and want's.
June 5, 2012
good mikegood mike
June 4, 2012
Love this micBlows away my old SM 58's, loud and clear mic. My fav live mic so far.
from Pittsburgh PA USA
May 10, 2012Music Background:
Beta beats the restI've used SM 58s for almost thirty years. Some of my old ones were getting a tad ragged. Last year I decided to save a couple of dollars and bought a few AKG D9000s. I was underwhelmed, they have already been replaced. I have used a few Beta 58s over the years and liked them a lot, but hesitated to shell out the extra $ for them over the SM58. After my experience with wasting the money on the AKGs, I decided to spluge and bought a Beta 58 to try. The other musicians in two different bands noticed the difference right away. Everyone who sings in both bands have recently bought Beta 58s. With this great experience I'm getting ready to try out a couple of beta 57s for my percusion setup. I'll let you know how that goes.
April 27, 2012
beta58The best vocal mic I've ever used
from Scotland, UK
April 9, 2012Music Background:
Loyal user but seek alternative.Used these all my singing life but due to excessive premature wear on cable connection giving cut out & crackling, I won't be buying another.
from York, Pa
March 20, 2012Music Background:
sound person for band
beta 58AOf all the mic's I have the Shure beta 58a is the perfered mic I use.
February 21, 2012
A Great Mic!For the price this mic is great for vocals. Has a very crisp sound and works with all types of singers.
from Minneola, Florida
January 5, 2012Music Background:
Absolute PerfectionOwned a SM57 for years, used an SM58, but not the Shure Beta 58A yet. Until now, and im stuck...I will never use another mic other than this one again...it is the best mic ive ever used and now own!
from Indianapolis, IN USA
October 21, 2011Music Background:
Beta 58ALove the warmth and clarity. Has upped my confidence in vocal projection. Great sonic dynamics.
from Cobourg, ON, Canada
October 12, 2011Music Background:
Great micThe Beta is hotter than the SM58 and it also has a nicer and crisper sound for all frequencies, highs, mids and lows. I'm glad to own it and use it. I expect it will be just as rugged as the SM58's are. Its rejection of feedback is also very good. Excellent value!!!
September 24, 2011
Awesome micMy band brings this mics to every show we play and it's the difference when we play compared to other bands. It always cuts through the mix and really takes a beating with SPL levels it takes. We wouldnt use anything else.
from Destin, FL
September 15, 2011Music Background:
Audio specialist, musician, Gator Handler
A+I received the mic very quickly and it is exactly what i was looking for! Again, Brian C. came through with flying colors. The man has been great to me and my company. Thanks again, B!
from Montpelier, ohio
September 10, 2011
Beta 58AIf you've always used/trusted SM58's - you gotta try these! Definitly an improvement over the originals - they sound better, clearer and louder. Well worth the difference in price.
from Sydney, Australia
August 7, 2011Music Background:
Live Sound, production
Industry StandardWhat can you say, industry standard for years, vertually bulletproof. Great sound and feedback rejection. What everyone uses!
from Washington, DC
July 8, 2011Music Background:
Pro Bassist, Recording Engineer, Producer, Bandleader, Instructor
Really Great Mic - Worth the extra bucksI bought one of these to try in the studio and wasn't that impressed, but on the first gig - WOW!!! I thought there was something wrong with the connections on the SM58's. The Beta was just so clear that it made the SM's sound like kazoos! Needless to say, I replaced all the mikes with Betas - even the Drummer's, LOL ;-) !
These just make everyone sound better, clearer, and let us use less gain playing live.
from Fort myers, FL
June 28, 2011Music Background:
Professional performing musician
Best mic for live vocals by far!I've always felt that to get a great sound you had to buy a slightly more expensive mic to really capture the full spectrum of your voice. Using Senheiser and a few other brands (which I'm not bashing they're still great companies) I recently switched over to this mic and immediately heard more lows and mids in my voice and haven't had any feedback issues at high gain. I use the TC Helicon hamony G for effects and vocal harmonies and even with my full band behind me and the mic and it's peak of hotness it's completely in control and doesn't feedback on me. I'll never buy another mic for live vocals ever again. See why this is the industry standard for yourself.
February 22, 2010Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Producer.
Not The BestI have 3 of these Mics, they seemed like a good idea at first but then the enCORE series came out... they are cheaper and sound way better. All the beta mics are too hissy. This 58A starts breaking up at about 2k and the only reason people buy them (in my opinion) is because they see the President using one. If you are really dedicated to Shure, then get the SM58, don't get the beta.
from Boyne City, MI
December 17, 2008Music Background:
20 years of giggin'
Excellent micThis mic does exactly what it says it does, and it does it perfectly. My band is big and loud, and while the traditional SM58 was working fine for me (I'm a loud male singer), it wasn't working for our female vocalists. A combination of their frequency range (high) and vocal style (not as loud) was giving us problems. Their vocals came out muddy too quiet, and were prone to feedback when we turned them up. The Beta 58 fixed everything: the frequency response sounds wonderful with their voices, giving them more presence and clarity, and the supercardioid pattern of the mic makes it reject the heck out of feedback.
from Bellingham, WA
September 18, 2008Music Background:
Musician/small studio owner
I'll never go back to my SM-58I thought I had settled on my SM-58, but I went out on a limb and got the Beta 58A, I was hooked. This microphone brings out a lot more detail without sounding harsh.
from London UK
November 16, 2007Music Background:
Nice warm clear soundThis is my regular mic when i gig.
I love the warm sound
I love the detail it pics up and my voice.
I use mine with a windshield I find it gives it that slight softness without losing the dynamics.
from Owego, NY USA
July 21, 2006Music Background:
The next big thing?The fanfare that accompanied Shure's new Beta line seemed too good to be true,until I bought one. The reduced feedback tendencies of the Beta 58A are definitely noticable when placed between two more monitor wedges along side the standard SM-58. The reason I gave it 4.5 stars is that it requires a small bit of getting used to. For performers who like to wander off mic it can either help them stay on mic better or result anger. Overall I like this alot and would buy one again.