Shure Beta 56A Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Dynamic Supercardioid Microphone with Response Tailored to Drums and Instruments
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The Beta Series

Why should you consider the Beta Series? Because for studio-quality control and performance in a live situation, these microphones are your best friends.

The durable Beta 56 was specifically built to handle drums and instruments, with a compact, pivoting design that makes it a great choice for positioning in tight spots. It's die-cast case, hardened steel grille and integral locking stand adapter make the Beta 56 ideal for years of use.

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz-16kHz
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 1.03 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BETA 56A

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Shure Beta 56

Perfect microphone for the singing drummer. I was amazed at the sound and how much more freedom it provided for moving around the kit while singing.
5/5

Great For Country/Blues Guitars!

I was looking for a good, durable and affordable microphone to put in front of my Fender HRD to upgrade my sm57. First I looked at the Sennheiser e609 and it just didn't deliver the sound like I wanted no matter where I mic'd it. I asked around and found this, but I couldn't find any samples for guitar amps but I decided to try it because I love Shure Beta products....and I was completely blown away! It accurately captured and articulated what I heard coming out of the speakers, even more so than the sm57 I've been using for years. yeah it's about $50 more then the e609, but if you want something road-ready and of great quality, pick this baby up!
Music background: Pro/Hack Musician
4.5/5

Great for miking snares

If you don't like tweaking a SM57 to death to find the sweet spot then this is the mic to buy. I record drums ALOT!!!!!! and really was looking for a snare mic that didn't require a ridiculous amount of eq. I discovered this mic after watching a particular drummer perform with it at the Modern Drummer 2005 weekend. Have used it ever since with great results.
Music background: Pro Musician
4/5

beta 56 review

As a lead vocalist and drummer for the Coco Blues Band mics are always in the way. I have been using a 58 beta which I love but its long and in the way. The shure beta 56 is working out nicely with a much smaller footprint.It needs a bit more gain and eq work but I have been quite pleased with its performance so far.
/5

A bit clumsy

This microphone sounds a bit like a beta 57a. Soundwise, there are no complaints, but the design is really poor. It is difficult to get the microphone on some mic stands, the tightening knob for the tilt angle become worthless after about a year, and the take up so much space. There have been so many improvements and miniturizations in drum microphones, it just makes this one seem a bit archaic.
See also: Dynamic Mics, Shure, Shure Dynamic Microphones, Shure Dynamic Microphones