Recently I was looking on AliExpress for some parts for an upcoming Project. As I was browsing I ran across a “Beta 58A” microphone for $20. I know this was a knock off copy of a Shure Beta 58A, but for $20 I was compelled to buy it. What can I say, it “head shot” my curiosity.
One of the funny things that caught my attention, and honestly pushed me to purchase the mic, was that they called the mic a “Karaoke Microphone”. I laughed pretty hard at this.
As for the audio quality of the microphone, it is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. They put some effort into making this fake Beta 58A. If you listen below, you will hear the difference between both the Shure Beta 58A and the Fake 58A. The audio file is a 24bit 48k FLAC file.
The audio recording was done with my Behringer X18, and the audio was recorded “dry” with no processing or EQ. Both microphones were set at +40 on the input gain. After recording, both microphone WAV files were increased +5 db in Adobe Audition to bring the levels up. Due to the limitation of the X18, recording was done at 24bit 48k. Each mic was recorded independently, not from a stereo mix.
I did not have a scale, so I could not compare the weights between the two microphones. When I ordered it, I was expecting a plastic handle, and I was surprised when it was an all metal mic. I assume the weights are pretty close.
Among the sound, there are lots of other little differences between the two microphones I list in the video. Below are some of the images you see to get a better look.
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