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Rating and Reviews: Shure Beta 52A Mic

With a supercardioid pickup pattern, a response tailored for kick and bass, and huge 174 dB SPL handling, this is a serious and seriously good-sounding mic.

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Shure Beta 52A Mic Customer Review submitted June 16, 2005

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Musical Background: Sound Designer/ Recording Engineer
Music Style: Industrial
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Sound: Thicker and more responsive my AKG D112 it works great for a solid low-end boom. Feature: They could have included a nice case. Quality: Great quality! a big sturdy all-metal mic that is impossible to break and sounds great. Value: This mic is cheap as well as indespensible for drums. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed support. The Wow Factor: It does look pretty cool. Overall: It's definately my favorite kick drum mic.
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"...Swiss Army Mic..." submitted February 28, 2007

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Musical Background: Producer/Sound Engineer - Drummer
Music Style: Metal & Hard Rock
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Sound: Honestly, with a little EQ you can get any sound you are looking for out of this mic, and who in their right mond isnt using EQ? By itself, the low end is great, Mids are all there, and highs are clean and clear. I record mostly Metal and hard rock. So I'm looking for slight "woof", heavy punch, and loud attack. I can get that and more out of this mic. Feature: Between all the kick mics in this price range, I don't see any HUGE difference. But, I personally went with the Beta52a because it's the only one with a supercardioid pickup pattern. So this mic rejects unwanted sound BETTER than all the others... I do wish it had a nice case, the bag is kinda lame. Ease of Use: How hard is it to use a kick mic? Plug it in, & put it in the desired spot you want in your kick, or in the sound hole... Quality: Yeah it's good quality, it's made out of metal... No cheap plastic here... Value: Like I was saying, it's the only one in the price range to have a supercardioid pattern, it dosent "cut" any frequencies you may want when using it in other applications like for a bass cab or even a guitar cab. (as strange as that sounds) It's sturdy metal, and it's slightly cheaper than the other mics in it's price range. Manufacturer Support: I couldnt tell you man, I haven't needed any. The Wow Factor: Yeah I want it, I bought it diddn't I? Overall: This mic is a swiss army knife of a mic, You could say its a "swiss army mic". It can be used for just about anything, and it sounds great. Just USE YOUR EQ PEOPLE!!!
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"Great mic, great sound, great value!" submitted May 4, 2008

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Musical Background: Recording Engineer
Music Style: all
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Sound: What an awesome, punchy, crisp sound! This drum mic replaces the D112 that got into a "car accident" recently. and quite honestly, it sounds the same overall, just cheaper! Feature: I agree with the previous poster. the baggie is kinda lame. i wouldve much preferred a case, but who doesn't have a mic case that holds multiple mics, anyway? Ease of Use: as with any drum mic, placement is key. that's the ONLY reason i give it an 8. manual is concise in getting you up and running, and once you get that sound, you just know. Quality: awesome build quality. you could probably bludgeon a man to death with it, and being a shure, would probably still function afterward. Value: cheaper than the D112, VERY similar sound. it's engineered to pick up bass instruments, whereas the D112 was discovered to produce similar results accidentally. Manufacturer Support: Best support=not needing it. EVER. my last sm58 lasted over 10 years. at 100 bucks for the mic, it's a steal and a half. The Wow Factor: if you're going to record some bass guitar, or bass drums, this is the mic to purchase. it won't set your wallet back too far, and you can use it as a weapon for those unruly sessions if your drummer is giving you lip. Priceless. Overall: An awesome product. Totally worth the coin. i like least that it's so large. but then again, it screams professionalism when i whip that sucker out at a session.
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"Why wouldn't you...?" submitted November 17, 2005

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Musical Background: Musical kit player/Percussionist. Richmond, Va.. Local band myspace.com/againstgrace
Music Style: every style
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Sound: it's the best kick sound for my DW kit there is. nothing beats it's Feature: i got this mic with the shure drum kit package it was the best things i have spent my money on. other my DW kit alone. Quality: i hvae drop it twice and i havn't any response to it at all. Manufacturer Support: no[pe
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