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Beta58 compared to SM58 for snare top etc...

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Drewslum, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. Drewslum

    Drewslum Active Member

    I apologize if this has been discussed before. I'm wondering when it would be more practical to use a beta58 or 57 as opposed to an SM58? I'm thinking of purchasing one and using it on my snare top. I've got a couple SM58s and 57s already; should I save my money?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The Beta58A is a nice mic - for vocals. The Beta 57A is also a nice mic - for instruments. Same mechanism in both, but the 58 has the ball end to keep the sound source (mouth) at a respectable distance.

    I've done A-B tests with a Beta57A and SM57 on snare, and would choose the SM57 almost every time. Save your money.

    Check out Bent's snare mic sample comparison:
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  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Another mic to consider for snare top mic'ing is the Audix i5. It has a bit more top end than the 57, simply another color to choose from...roughly the same price ($100 USD).
  4. mark_van_j

    mark_van_j Active Member

    I tried an old version of the Beta57 (had the vertical grill?) on a snare for a gig and preferred it much more to the regular 57. Someone also told me that the new beta's aren't built the same as the older ones. (I have no evidence that backs this up, so consider it hearsay)

    I guess it really depends on the snare.
  5. Drewslum

    Drewslum Active Member

    Is it just me or did the price of an sm57 go up in the past five years?
  6. the_scort

    the_scort Guest

    They sell for like, $100CAN, which is about $20 less than they were a year ago...

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