“The worst sound man in the world couldn’t make this mic sound bad.” That’s a bold statement from a reviewer on Guitar Center’s website.
The Shure Beta 58A has been hailed as a rugged and durable stage mic that cuts through any mix, while also rejecting a ton of feedback and noise. The only real downside is that you can’t move around too much with it. It likes you to be front and center, but not necessarily right up on it.
*Willy Wonka voice* Go ahead, scream into it. It won’t distort. Lol. Seriously though, this baby was meant for the stage, but is really versatile with many different kinds of voices and styles of music.
Great clarity in the treble range.
Durable and well built. Takes a lot of abuse.
*Good feedback/noise, and off-axis rejection.
Can be EQ’d easily.
Captures your true voice, and might give you an extra boost of confidence if you’re feeling down about yourself. 😛
Plosives is a small issue, but a de-esser can remedy the problem.
No On/Off switch.
This is the only good quality video I could find of the Beta 58A. You can clearly tell the Beta has more power. 🙂
Who this mic benefits/Good for
High tenor falsetto voices
Female alto voice
Naturally rich tenor voices
Strong, powerful, and deep voices
Talky voices a la Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
Worship/Praise team at church
Online radio shows/broadcasts
Drums (although I wouldn’t purchase it for drums specifically, as it’s primarily a vocal mic).
Not as good for:
What you will need?
This is a dynamic mic so it won’t need phantom power, but you can still use it with an audio interface or mixer. Just make sure to leave the phantom power switch off. What does an audio interface do?
Both are pretty versatile with a wide variety of applications.
Both are XLR.
Neither have an On/Off switch.
Both are somewhat sensitive to plosives.
Both are priced very similarly.
Rejection. The off axis rejection of the 935 is better than that of the Beta 58A.
Warranty. Sennheiser backs up the e935 with a 10 year warranty, while the Beta 58A only comes with a 2-year.
The e935’s sound is rounder and fuller, with more character. It’s crisper and clearer, with better lows, mid-range, and highs. It’s also smoother and warmer sounding.
Presence. The vocal presence of the e935 is more clear.
Cut. The e935 cuts through the mix better than the 58A.
Origin. The e935 is made in Germany while the Beta 58A is made in either Mexico or China.
Genre. The Beta 58A may be better for rock vocals, while the e935 is a better choice for female vocals, jazz, and more quiet types of music.
I think the e935 is a better overall buy, but it’s very close. The 10 year warranty, plus the fact that it’s made in Germany kind of seals it for me. Add to that the character of the mic itself is warmer, fuller, and more crisp, and it’s really not a hard decision.
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