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SHURE beta 87a/58a with decent or high end gear?
Old 2nd September 2004
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SHURE beta 87a/58a with decent or high end gear?

Has anybody used the beta 87a/58a to overdub vocals with decent or high end gear? I have a MYTEK STEREO 96 ADC and will soon have an RME interface. I'm just wondering if a beta 87a/58a will be the weakest link my particular chain in a dramatic, audible way. Obviously #1 I'd love a U47, U195 or even a KSM32; #2 I know Bjork and Bono tracked w/87; #3 depends on the particular voice....just looking other peoples experiences really. Thanks!

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Old 2nd September 2004
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Can't say about 'hi end' gear, but we have both the Beta87 and a small sackful of 58s...use 'em all the time.

The 87 seems to work very well on upper baritone male voice...I run them through any number of mid/lo end stuff, and usually get very good results...

I seem to recall reading an article 1000 years or so ago in which Billy Joel was reported to like them in the studio for a time...Merle Haggard prefered them as his live mic, if that means anything...

You could do a LOT worse...I think.
Old 4th September 2004
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Both are good mics in the right situation. Like Midland said, you could do MUCH worse.
Old 6th September 2004
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I did a shootout of about 12 mics... on playback the singer picked out the beta58 and the ELUX 251...



Old 6th September 2004
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Well, I havn't used the B87 on vocals, but I used it on snare drum, w/ a Sytek and it sounds AMAZING. The best snare mic I heard on my Mapex 14" x 6 1/2 Maple snare!
Old 7th September 2004
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Originally posted by jeronimo
Well, I havn't used the B87 on vocals, but I used it on snare drum, w/ a Sytek and it sounds AMAZING. The best snare mic I heard on my Mapex 14" x 6 1/2 Maple snare!

I had a good experience with it on a metal noble and cooley() snare....

great snare and great dummer tho..
Old 8th September 2004
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Like you said, it depends on the voice and singer. Some people are just way more comfertable with a mic in their hands then they are with one on a stand.
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