Shure Beta 57A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone

- Type: Dynamic (moving coil)
- Frequency Response: 50 to 16,000 Hz
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid, rotationally symmetrical about microphone axis, uniform with frequency
- Impedance: Rated at 150 _ (290 _ actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low Z
Output Level (at 1,000 Hz)
- Open Circuit Voltage: 71 dB*(0.28 mV)*0 dB = 1 v/_bar Hum Pickup (at 60 Hz)
- Maximum 15.0 mV in 10 oe field
- Maximum 26.5 dB equivalent SPL per 1 moe
- Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
- Connector: 3-pin professional audio connector (male XLR)
- Case: Silver Blue enamel-painted die-cast metal with hardened, matte-finished steel mesh grille
- Swivel Adapter: Slip-in, adjustable through 180
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BETA 57A
with Tripod Boom Stand and Mic Cable (18.5 Foot)
Shipping Weight: 7.5 lbs
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-25-SHURE

Shure Beta 57A Microphone

The Shure BETA 57A is a high output supercardioid dynamic microphone designed for professional sound reinforcement and project studio recording. It maintains a true supercardioid pattern throughout its frequency range. This ensures high gain before feedback, maximum isolation from other sound sources, and minimum off-axis tone coloration. The grille design lets you take better advantage of proximity effect. The BETA 57A is an exceptionally versatile microphone.


- Drums
- Guitar Amplifiers
- Brass
- Woodwinds
- Vocals
(45 ratings)
Submitted December 24, 2004 by a customer from
"An Instrument Mic Like No Other"
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful.
This CAN NOT be beat as an instrument mic. There are much better vocal mics (like the Shure Beta 87A - which I also own), but as an instrument mic, this is simply the best. I am so pleased with this microphone! If anything were ever to happen to it, I would definitely buy another. I love this mic, everyone I know who's heard it loves it, and I know that you would too. This microphone WILL NOT disappoint.

This is where the Shure Beta 57A shines. It sounds so clear. It is a pretty big step up from the older SM57 and since it is a supercardioid design, it has much more rejection to ambience and outside noise. I use this mic primarily to mic my amplifier and it is amazing. I get completely different sounds depending on where I place the mic. It's really a lot of fun. Very clear, real sound.

Not many... But this microphone is the major feature and since I'm so happy with it, I give it a 10!

It's a Shure. Not only does this thing weigh a ton and feel like a tank, but it's also survived the famed Shure Drop Test. You can't go wrong with this product in quality. I really expect it to outlive me.

I would easily, gladly pay twice what I did. I think that Shure's list price is actually quite a fair price. You're buying a product that has been time-tested - one that you know won't let you down. This mic was well read more worth my money and would be well worth yours, too!

Manufacturer Support
I have dealt with Shure. I was asking quite a few questions before I decided to get the mics that I did, because I didn't want to make an uninformed decision. And Shure support was right there to help me every time. I'm very satisfied not only with the product, but also with the manufacturer. Shure rocks!

The Wow Factor
I bought it, my second guitarist is already saving up, and my drummer plans on using it to mic his snare. So, yeah. It has it's appeal!

Musical Background:
Active Musician

Musical Style:
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