Shure Beta 58A
Once more its time to yell my head off. We needed some vocalisations for a video we were doing at work of people fighting and yelling. The roof of our building is a convenient spot for some privacy to do recording, except for all the noisy air-conditioning units. The Shure Beta 58A however was the star of the day. I did a few test recordings to see how much background noise I would pick up, only to find that its active pick-up area is so close in that it captured my voice beautifully and nothing beyond a few feet away. So I got my vocalisations in a noisy environment with no background contamination. I think the Beta 58A is going to be my new best friend for a while.
I have very much neglected many of my microphones over the years tending to do a lot of my work with only one mic. I am now discovering this has been much to my detriment and I am trying to make up for it by really testing out what my other mics are capable of. I also needed some female vocalisations, and with a little help from one of the girls at work I got some suitable material. She had a much softer voice, but even when I increased the amplitude afterward the Beta 58A retained a good clean signal. I am going to start using a new set-up for location recording which I will post up here when I have it finalised. I do however have a new kit bag that fits all my recording gear and is small and lightweight. It makes getting to places to do recordings heaps easier, and having a dedicated bag means I don’t have to repack every time I want to go out.
Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences