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I am looking for suggestions on a few different mics to try. It is for live use and I sing country/classic rock. I don't have a high voice, probably more of a tenor range to maybe a little lower. I am currently using a Shure SM58 and have been wondering about a beta 58. I don't want to spend a ton of money on one either.

My sm58 has served my fine for many years, but was just wondering if there was something just a "step" up from this ?

 

Thank you

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I've tried a friend's Beta 58 and to me there's a bit more highs in that. Good mic. Still rely on my SM58 for everything mostly..

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It's hard to beat the work horse SM58 but a little nicer mic that lets vocals cut through nicely during live gigs is the Sennheiser Evolution e 935. I think they are in the 150-175 range. We have many SM58's in the band but the lead singer loves the 935.

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I'm a fan of the 58beta. Better build-quality (hardened grill) and it tends to cut through better in band settings. You'd notice a big improvement from the sm58.

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I've tried out a few and did like the shure beta58 but the sound i got was dependent on the technician doing sound for the evening..I finally bought a Heil pr35 and EVERY time/where I use it I'm consistently happy...It must be remembered that each voice is different and it's better to try out a few different ones (of coarse money is needed to do this) in order to find 'your' mic

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I had an Audix OM5 fail on me, first mic failure in my 50 years of playing and singing. I'm using an old 441 Sennheiser now with a Beta Shure 58 as a back up.

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I bought a microphone stand as a package deal, it included a Nady Star Power SP-1 microphone and XLR cable. I'm really impressed with this microphone. It might cost about $ 10 but sounds good. After a year I haven't broken the XLR cable.

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The other two singers in my band use SM58's, but I've used a Beta 57 for 15 years and it's got the warmest tone of any live mic I've ever tried. Definitely give one a try as a side-by-side with a Beta 58 & a standard SM58. The Beta 57 has survived a decade and a half of bar gigs/wedding gigs/festival gigs/yard gigs/memorial gigs and has never let me down. So many sound engineers have said it was a wonderful 'mix' mic, very warm and clean.

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I use a Beyer TGX 80. They no longer make that actual model but there will be newer models that are similar.

 

But to be honest I think buying microphones is like buying clothes. It is a personal thing. What suits one person might not suit another.

And it's not just important to choose one that suits your voice, it needs to feel right in your hands, too.

 

It is best to go to a place which has a wide range of mics and ask them if you can take a look at a few.

Handle them [carefully of course] and ask if they can rig a few up so you can sing down them.

Take a CD in to sing along to or something.

 

That's what I did when I settled on this Beyer I now use.

The guy in the store put a CD in his rig and plugged in some mics for me to sing into.

The one I bought chose me, really.

 

Good luck.

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@ Susie. That is my favorite mic of all times! Had one, sold it, will regret forever! What a piece of kit!

 

@ chadherrella. Money does not have to prevent you from buying smart...you can get used Shure sm-58's for around $60/$75 bucks, or even new EV 767A for about $70 if you shop right. The thing is not money, it's lack of research. Even Behringer makes a better microphones for singing live that is actually very good Sm clone:

 

http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-BEH-XM8500-LIST

 

For $22 there simply isn't a better microphone out there, and I hate behringer overall!

 

Rod

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@ Susie. That is my favorite mic of all times! Had one, sold it, will regret forever! What a piece of kit!


 

Bad move there, my friend.

Beyer must still make one like that even if they now call it something else?

Or maybe there are some on ebay?

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Bad move there, my friend.

Beyer must still make one like that even if they now call it something else?

Or maybe there are some on ebay?

 

I will find one! Trust me :) the current Beyer line-up is sonically very good but the build seems very poor by comparsion and the ones I tried have a lot of handling noise, again...when compared to the older ones...

 

Rod

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I will find one! Trust me
:)
the current Beyer line-up is sonically very good but the build seems very poor by comparsion and the ones I tried have a lot of handling noise, again...when compared to the older ones...


Rod

 

Grrrr its SO annoying when they discontinue the perfect mic and replace it with something inferior.

 

I wish you luck in finding one.

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My staple is the Shure SM58 but I also have an Audix OM5 that I love to death as well. I have had no problems with my OM5 and if it was wireless like my Shure, I would use it more.

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I am using a magic sing. Sonically very good and the build seems fantastic. I've been using it for a month now. It was a gift on my birthday.

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One More::lol:

 

Sennheiser E835 , my favorite mic, also what I consider to be the best looking mic on the market.

 

$99 new , 40 to 75 used.

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My staple is the Shure SM58 but I also have an Audix OM5 that I love to death as well. I have had no problems with my OM5 and if it was wireless like my Shure, I would use it more.

 

Yay - another Audix user. :D

 

I love my OM3 and have occasionally contemplated stepping up to the 5 - such a crisp clean sound.

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:lol::lol:

 

They sent me an SM58 yesterday instead of the E835 I ordered.......:idea:

 

Not sure yet waht to think, it seems to have some natural compression which is very cool but I'm not sure it gives the dynamics of my AT Pro 5.........:confused:....:D:D

 

 

Still deliberating, I probably should keep it and just order another Sennheiser E835 and A B C them, AT- Senn- Shure .....

 

 

 

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Beta 58 with an SM57 backup

 

Yea, the SM57 is still the standard for instrument mics.

Do you like the 'Beta' 58 over the 58 ?

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