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Record Ready 17th November 2009 09:38 PM

57 vs beta 57a
Any experience everybody?

Track 7 17th November 2009 11:08 PM

Have both... prefer the Beta 57, sounds smoother, & much better build. The grill can take more abuse. Worth the extra money IMO.

omtayslick 17th November 2009 11:45 PM

Hmmmm. I like the SM over the beta. A matter of taste I suppose. The SM seemed cleaner to me.

ivmike 18th November 2009 12:44 AM

Beta = better to me. Sounds better, is more robust.

thecrashfactory 18th November 2009 01:25 AM

I use both pretty regularly. A few things initially surprised me.

Overall, I use the SM more - I find that 4k thing suits the things I use it for (guitar, ratty drum room, LOVE it as the bright mic on wiry bass, the occasional dirty vocal). The beta is nociably better on a few sources - I much prefer it on snare, partly for the hyper pattern and partly because I hate how HiHat bleed sounds on an sm57. I've had good results with the beta on guitars that are overly mushy at the amp - if I can;t convince a guitarist to tighten up his sound I'll put the beta up to get some more punch. I also use the beta habitually on my own live vocal, but that's just my (bad) voice.

Anyone have opinions to the contrary?