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Jack Hanson


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Post  Posted 10 Jun 2021 12:45 pm    
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Aside from cosmetics, what's the practical difference between the workhorse SM57 and the BETA57? Is the BETA worth the extra dough?
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George Kimery

 

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Limestone, TN, USA
Post  Posted 10 Jun 2021 1:27 pm     Shure SM 57 vs. Beta 57
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I've wondered the same thing about the SM 58 vs. the Beta 58
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Jack Stoner


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Post  Posted 10 Jun 2021 1:38 pm    
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I don't know the tech specs.

We were using an SM58 at jam show we used to do. We decided to do an audio recording of the show. I brought my recording equipment and some mic's. I was going to use one of my studio condenser mic's but that didn't work out as we got unwanted feedback. I swapped the singers mic to a Beta 58. We had several people in the audience comment that they could hear the singers better and clearer and wondered what we had done to the P.A. system. There was nothing changed in the P.A system, just the Beta 58 mic change.
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Brad Richard


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Chisago City, Minnesota
Post  Posted 10 Jun 2021 2:47 pm    
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I put the same question to my main pro audio guy. He hooked up an sm58 (what I was using) and a beta58a and had me compare. I bought the beta on the spot and have never regretted it. I've used it for years live and for recording both vox and instruments. I've never felt the need for anything else. Not that there aren't better mic's, set ups, etc., but it has met my needs and still does.
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Bill Sinclair


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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 10 Jun 2021 3:14 pm    
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Yeah, but can you drive a ten-penny nail with it? Razz
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Donny Hinson

 

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Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post  Posted 10 Jun 2021 3:38 pm    
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Brad Richard wrote:
I put the same question to my main pro audio guy. He hooked up an sm58 (what I was using) and a beta58a and had me compare. I bought the beta on the spot and have never regretted it. I've used it for years live and for recording both vox and instruments. I've never felt the need for anything else. Not that there aren't better mic's, set ups, etc., but it has met my needs and still does.


My experience is identical. The Beta has a neodymium element, and the sound is so much more clear and powerful than a regular SM-57. It's also a supercardioid pattern, so it cuts down on feedback tremendously. You literally have to point this mike directly at a speaker to make it feed back.

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Brad Richard


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Chisago City, Minnesota
Post  Posted 11 Jun 2021 5:38 am    
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Bill Sinclair wrote:
Yeah, but can you drive a ten-penny nail with it? Razz

Heck yes!! But you'd have to be REALLY desperate for a hammer Shocked .
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Howard Parker


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Clarksburg,MD USA
Post  Posted 11 Jun 2021 7:34 am    
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The original 57/58 have a rather pronounced midrange "bump" that many describe as a "honk". The Beta mics have a much smoother midrange that does away with that perceived harshness.

Both the original and Beta's have their uses.

Like many, I carry both but tend to use the Beta variant for my own vocals and guitars.

You can view the charts/patterns on Shure's website.

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