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

4.5/5
Based on 28 reviews
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5/5

Shure Beta 57a

I have three of these that I now use on stage. Incredible, clear crisp sound.
Music background: Professional
5/5

Sexy sounds

Beautiful clean crisp sound reproduction.
5/5

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
5/5

What a mic!!!

Superb Vocal mic next to being a great percussion / instrument mic. I bought this mic for studio recording, and chose it over the Beta 58A. I much prefer a dynamic mic for vocals in my studio, it picks up less noise from surroundings, i.e. computers, etc. The Beta 58 had a midrange bump that made my voice sound hard / agressive. The Beta 57A has a very natural sound and is more relaxed on vocals. Its sits perfectly in the mix and requires very little if No Eq. The vocals do come out very warm sounding with females i have tried it on, and its sounds extremely smooth. On my vocal i get a very rich open sound with no signs of top end sizzle or sibilance. The 57A is a very good pick up for a dynamic microphone I thing this has to be the best dynamic Vocal mic...period, and a great instrument mic after. Maybe sure need to swap the 57A for being a 'Vocal' mic instead.
Music background: Producer / Songwriter / Mix Engineer
5/5

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

Sweetwater Advice

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