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SupercardioidShure Beta 56A

Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone

The Beta 56a is a compact dynamic microphone intended for live instrument miking.


Its extremely uniform supercardioid pickup pattern provides high gain before feedback and excellent rejection of unwanted noise. A built-in dynamic locking stand adapter with an integral XLR connector simplifies installation. The stand adapter keeps the microphone securely in place, even if it is struck by a drumstick. Typical Beta 56A applications include close miking of tom-toms and other percussion instruments, as well as guitar amplifiers, brass instruments, and woodwinds.

  • Built-in stand adapter with dynamic locking system and XLR connector simplifies setup and provides greater flexibility
  • Uniform super cardioid pattern for high gain-before-feedback and superior rejection of off-axis sound
  • Compact design reduces stage clutters
  • Hardened steel mesh grille resists wear and abuse
  • Neodymium magnet for high signal-to-noise ratio output
  • Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
  • Frequency response: 50 to 16,000 Hz

What is the difference between the Beta 56 and Beta 56A?

The 56A was introduced in October, 2002. The sound of the two mics is identical. The only differences are in the integrated mic clip: The knob and tightening mechanism have been redesigned to be more durable, and the mounting base is wider to accommodate a larger range of mic stands. The Beta 56A will work with the Latin Percussion Claw.

The Shure Beta 56A is also known as: Beta 56A, Beta56A, Beta 56.

The mic was released in 2002.


Frequency Response - SupercardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Beta 56A Supercardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Supercardioid (2.8 mV/Pa; 50 - 16,000 Hz)
Coil Diameter Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 150 Ohms (Low) SPL n/a
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
468g (16.51oz) n/a n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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