Shure Beta 57A Dynamic Microphone

Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone with 50Hz to 16kHz Frequency Response
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"A" List Performance from the Beta Series

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

The Shure 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 on the Shure Beta 57A lets you take better advantage of proximity effect. The Shure Beta 57A is an exceptionally versatile microphone. Typical applications include drums, guitar amplifiers, brass, woodwinds and vocals.

Shure Beta 57A 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

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz-16kHz
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Color Dark Grey
Connector XLR
Weight 0.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BETA 57A

Customer Reviews

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Shure Beta 57a

I have three of these that I now use on stage. Incredible, clear crisp sound.
Music background: Professional

A truly amazing microphone for recording and live use

I bought this mic after using one at a live venue and being amazed at the 'open airy' sound in the vocal range. Then I took it home and did A/B comparisons with my large diaphram condensor mic for recording vocals. They were almost identical in terms of detail, which is truly amazing for a dynamic mic. This mic uses rare earth magnets that are more powerful so it has a higher signal to noise ratio and more detailed sound than the non beta mic. I have found that I actually prefer this for recording my vocals now because it is less sibbilant than the condensor, it doesn't pick up unwanted room and outdoor noise and I can get right up close on it to use the proximity effect to add bass to my voice without getting unwanted sounds. Somehow this mic has the same detail as a condensor close up, but is less sensative a foot or more away. This is good for home recording or a place where there is periodic road noise.
Music background: Singer/songwriter Producer/Recording Engineer

Just shy of indestructible

I have spent 20 years smashing, slamming, pounding, grinding, scraping, yelling, and doing everything you have been told NOT to do to this microphone. After 20 years of that abuse I am ready to purchase a new one. The old one still works just not as well as it used to. Solid microphone.... Seriously!!!!
Music background: Experimental Industrial

If I could have a sack full of one kind of mic...

...this would be it. For live vocals, snare drum, and amps, this thing is the best affordable jack of all applications. I work as a live sound engineer, and this has been my first pick for vocals for a while now, and the artists, including grammy winners, have been digging it too. Get yourself a sack of 'em!
Music background: live and recording engineer, guitarist, vocalist

Really excellent mic.

I have had the Shure Beta 57a for a while now and the more I am using it I am realising how it really does cut through nicely when singing live. I know the primary use is more for instruments but it really works with my voice. I find the frequecy responce to be vey smooth even when singing in my higher register, you can really belt out and close mic and it handles things very well. the sound is crisp and clear and warm without any harshness.
Music background: Singer/songwriter

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Stuart Niven

The Beta 57 is my favorite mic for snare drums and guitar cabinets in the studio. It has a presence and punch that just cuts through a mix and provides an edge to my sound. It is rugged and durable, ready to survive the most hard-core band and yet able to catch the nuances and the subtleties of the softest, most dynamic performance. I own two of these studio staples and I am still not sure that is as many as I need!
See also: Dynamic Mics, Shure, Shure Dynamic Microphones, Shure Dynamic Microphones