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Shure Beta 58a








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Why buy the Shure Beta 58A?

While some mics are built to be as versatile as possible, the Shure Beta 58A is designed specifically as a live vocals and studio recording mic. This makes it perfect for podcasting. At a mid-range price point, and backed by a brand with almost 100 years of manufacturing experience, it’s a great mic for hosts. Here are our top three reasons to buy it:
  • Built for vocals — As we said, above, the Beta 58A was built specifically for live and studio vocals, making it ideal for podcasters who need a mic designed for maximum sound isolation. So many host we’ve spoken to about the mic lauded its clarity and crispness.
  • Built tough — Shure’s mics probably don’t win many awards for distinctive style and swagger, but we get the sense they’re not concerned about that. What they are concerned about is making mics that can withstand the rigors of live recording and touring. Built with tough, metal exteriors, you can rest-assured that when you buy the Beta 58A you’ll have it for a very long time.
  • Manufacturer’s quality — Shure got its start in Chicago in 1925 and has gone on to piece together nearly ten decades of experience manufacturing high-quality recording equipment. For you, that means piece of mind, knowing that the Beta 58A has built into its DNA a lifetime of manufacturing superiority.

Aside from the SM7B (which requires a beefy pre-amp), the Beta 58A is probably the only low to mid-priced mic I’d consider. We use a small Mackie mixer, Audacity noise reduction, Levelator and get broadcast quality sound out of what is a pretty boomy sounding room.

Bill Stewart, host of Total Babble

Under the hood

  • Patterns: Supercardioid
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 2 in (16.5 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm)
  • Weight: 0.62 pound (280.7 grams)
  • Frequency Response: 50 to 16,000 Hz