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Shure BETA 56A Instrument Microphone

Model: BETA56A

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About: Shure BETA 56A Instrument Microphone

The Shure Beta 56®A microphone has a frequency response specifically tailored for drums and instruments. 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.


  • Tailored frequency response provides drums, amplified instruments, and horns with studio quality sound
  • Built–in stand adapter with dynamic locking system and XLR connector simplifies setup and provides greater flexibility
  • Uniform supercardioid pattern for high gain-before-feedback and superior rejection of off–axis sound
  • Compact design reduces stage clutter
  • Hardened steel mesh grille resists wear and abuse
  • Neodymium magnet for high signal–to–noise ratio output
  • Minimally affected by varying load impedance
  • Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
  • Legendary Shure quality and reliability


Dynamic (moving coil)
Frequency Response
50 to 16,000 Hz
Polar Pattern
Supercardioid, rotationally symmetrical about microphone axis, uniform with frequency
Output Level (at 1,000 Hz)
Open Circuit Voltage -51 dBV/Pa (2.8 mV)
(1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
Rated impedance is 150 ohms (290 ohms actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low Z
Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
Three-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
Silver blue enamel-painted die cast metal with hardened, matte-finished steel mesh grille
Adjustable, Locking Stand Adapter
Integral, dynamic locking, adjustable through 180 degrees with standard 5/8"-27 thread
Net Weight
468 grams (16.7 oz)

UPC: 042406112840 is a Canadian authorized Shure retailer.

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Warranty: Shure BETA 56A Instrument Microphone Warranty:

30 Days

Manufacturer's Warranty:

2-year limited

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