Shure Beta 58 – The Best Live Vocal Microphone?
There is a definite difference in sound between the Shure SM 58 and the Beta 58A. It’s gotten the reputation for being the best live vocal mic because of it’s true and consistent high-output supercardioid pattern which helps eliminate feedback at higher levels than the Shure SM58.
The high-end frequency response has been increased as well giving the Beta 58A a smoother sound along with an improved internal shock mount. The high gain before feedback, maximum isolation from outer sound sources, and minimum off-axis tone coloration make this the perfect microphone for live close-up vocals.
Noticable features you’ll like from yhe Beta 58 over the Shure SM 58:
- Sweeter high-end and stronger output level.
Great mics for live performance. They have a very tight pickup pattern, no handling noise, and are slightly hotter mics than the SM 58.
The Shure Beta 58A has the most dynamic vocal range, and the anti-shock and anti-feedback features are superior.
Beta’s have more high end “sizzle” than the SM 58.
Specs for the Shure SM58 and Shure Beta 58A:
Freq: 50-15K Hz
Weight: 10.5 oz
Shure Beta 58A
Freq: 50-16K Hz
Weight: 9.92 oz
• Frequency response tailored for vocals, with brightened mid-range and bass roll-off to control proximity effect
• Uniform supercardioid pattern for high gain before feedback and superior rejection of off-axis sound
• Neodymium magnet for high signal-to-noise output
• Hardened steel mesh grille that resists wear and abuse
• Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
• Minimally effected by varying load impedance
• Legendary Shure quality and reliability