Shure Beta 57A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone

Delivering even greater detail than its SM sibling, the Beta 57A is a supercardioid dynamic mic tailored for live vocals, guitar amps, snare drums, and more.

See what the Beta 57A can do for your sound! In its capacity as a supercardioid dynamic microphone, the Shure Beta 57A excels at capturing the true tone of vocals and a range of instruments both acoustic and electric. From drums and guitar amps to brass and woodwinds, the versatile Beta 57A has what it takes to deliver premium tone for professional sound reinforcement applications and project studio recording.

Clarity That You Can Hear

The high-output microphone offers a tailored frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz, along with a true supercardioid polar pattern designed to provide high gain before feedback, impressive isolation from the other instruments around you, and the lowest off-axis tone coloration. The Beta 57A's supercardioid pattern picks up everything that you put right in front of the mic and rejects anything from the sides, top, and rear, making it a no-brainer choice for recording a variety of audio sources with clarity and detail. Apply it to snare drums and get crisp, bright highs and fantastic off-axis rejection of toms, cymbals, and other parts of your kit; use the Shure Beta 57A on the live stage and hear your vocals pop (in the good way).

Live Sound Game-Changer

Providing more than just sleek structural detail, the mic's unique steel mesh grille design helps you wrap your hands around proximity effect so that booming lows become your friend rather than foe. The Beta 57A also features an advanced pneumatic shock mount system that significantly read more reduces the transmission of mechanical noise and vibration, so you hear more of your instruments and vocals and less of everything else, no matter how you're working the mic onstage and off.


- Supercardioid dynamic (moving coil) microphone
- Ideal for capturing drums, guitar amplifiers, brass, woodwinds, vocals, and more
- Frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz
- Supercardioid pickup pattern provides high gain-before-feedback and superior rejection of off-axis sound
- Neodymium magnet for high signal-to-noise ratio output
- Pneumatic shock mount system minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
- Steel mesh grille helps protect internal circuitry while facilitating advantageous use of proximity effect
- 3-pin male XLR connector
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- 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
with Tripod Boom Stand and Mic Cable (18.5 Foot)
Shipping Weight: 7.35 lbs
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SHU BETA57A
with 10" Base Mic Stand Bundle
Shipping Weight: 10.96 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-516-2525

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

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (45 ratings)
Submitted December 24, 2004 by a customer from

"An Instrument Mic Like No Other"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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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 worth read more 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:
Christian Rock
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With Tripod Boom Stand and Mic Cable (18.5 Foot)

Shure Beta 57A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone
1 Shure Beta 57A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone
($149.00 each)
On-Stage 7701 Tripod/Boom Microphone Stand -  Black, 7701B
1 On-Stage 7701 Tripod/Boom Microphone Stand - Black, 7701B
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