In the following SOS article, Trent Reznor's engineer said: "The music just flows out of Trent like no one else I've ever known, even though he'll burn brilliantly and then have to play video games for the next eight hours. As with any great artist, there's a lot of procrastination, but while he's playing one of those games his brain is still working and at any moment he could come up with something fantastic. That's why we'd always have to be ready to roll. If he suddenly said, 'I want to sing,' I'd hand him a [Shure] Beta 58 and run it through a Neve and [Universal Audio] LA2A. I had it set up so he could grab a mic, I'd hit two buttons and off we'd go. Most of the time he'd hand-hold a 58, but every once in a while we'd record his vocal with [an AKG] 414 because it captured the natural sound of him in a room, which he really liked. "He recorded 'Closer' with a Beta 58, and for some tracks he'd have it on a mic stand and perform right there in front of the console. In fact, when he did the vocal for 'Ruiner', he was lifting the mic stand, slamming its base into the wood floor and chipping it, while on another occasion he got so carried away that he sheared the knobs off some [Lexicon] PCM42s. There were three PCM42s in a row and he took the feedback and modulation knobs off every one of them. I was thinking, 'Fuck!' However, when he performed, the emotion came out, and in the case of 'Piggy' he was under the console singing into the Beta 58.”more
Shure BETA 58A used for entire band's vocal until mid-2015. Hozier (himself) only changed his mic into Shure KSM8. But, other members still use Shure BETA58A. He again starts using BETA 58A for his vocal since late Feb 2016. You can see the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E1c5egsJu0more
"When it comes to microphones, Deftones use all Shure products. Olech is working with Shure Beta 58 for the vocals, which is lead singer Chino Moreno’s favourite mic." - via [Total Production International magazine](http://www.tpimagazine.com/production-profiles/1865710/deftones_hit_the_uk_for_stripped_down_european_production.html)more
"Cave sings into a hard-wired Shure Beta 58A. His monitors of choice are Nexo PS15 wedges, and Blanch says he gives him a mix of his own lead vocal, drums and 'instruments that carry the melody that he needs to pitch off of'." In this picture it's easy to recognize the blue ring of the Beta58a. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/db/Nick_Cave_3.jpgmore
"Vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale sings through a Shure Beta 58A. “Nothing is going to sound better on his vocal,” says front-of-house engineer/tour manager John Hagler, “especially to lift him above the guitars. I've tried to get away from using it, but every time I ended up just EQ'ing the thing to sound like a 58A, so I always go back to it.” His amps (below right) take two SM57s: one on the Marshall and one on the Vox."more
I only just got this one so I can't really say much. Sounds decent, I will give it a try. Let's give it 4 stars first, the last one is for when I'm completely convinced.
It is without a doubt the best microphone I have evert used to play live, in comparison with the SM58 (its little brother), this mic has a wider dynamic range capturing more high-end. It also makes you sound louder than the SM58. Overall, an amazing microphone for vocal applications.
I won the Shure "Give It Voice" contest for the Southeast US region, and received a customized Beta 58A. Been using it ever since. After a thousand or so gigs, I can honestly say it sounds great in every room. Never had a moment where I thought "hmm, wasn't crazy about my voice tone tonight."