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How much gain does the Shure Beta 58a need to sound better/louder? Single-Channel Preamps
Old 17th September 2011
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How much gain does the Shure Beta 58a need to sound better/louder?

I know "better" is a hot-button issue because it's a subjective term.. yada yada yada... I know.. I plan on getting an apogee one and the beta 58a. If needed, I'll get the fethead line amplifier. Will this be needed? Can I get loud enough vocals from just the 58a and apogee one? How much gain does the beta 58a need to sound to its potential?
Old 17th September 2011
Gear Maniac

Other than a noise factor (if using a cheap mic pre) Gain has nothing to do with it. You should be able to get all of the gain you need from your console. Gain has nothing to do with quality.
Old 17th September 2011
Gear Addict

You'll be fine. They strike me as a bit hotter than a normal 58 re: output. Regular 58s seem to play nice with every interface or console on the planet.

Soundwise I like them as a live mic; they are a bit crisper on top, less honky in the mids (suits my midrangey voice) and have better feedback rejection due to the pattern. They sound alright on a guitar cab too.

But yes, as mentioned above, input gain shouldn't be an issue; proper gain staging (and in the case of a vocal mic, handheld or not, the singer's mic technique) will.
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