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After getting advice from sound technician friends and many musicians who all choice Shure as a favourite brand for microphones, we decided to invest in a couple of SM57's as part of our live events PA system setup. Most venues and PA hire companies will have Shure SM57s and SM58s as standard, SM57s are more diverse as they can be used for both instrument and vocal microphones, but we opted to buy some of each. Why? Because SM58s are specifically designed for vocal use, we use these for lead vocals, which leaves us with SM57s to be used for either vocals or instruments so are handy to have.
So how good of a microphone are they when used for both purposes? They work great! The sound is crisp and clear with no hiss or feedback and they can effectively be used for both vocals and instruments with no problems whatsoever. We have only used these in Live music environments so far so I wouldn't be able to tell you what they're like for studio use but the recordings we got through using these (from input collected from our sound desk), is spot on.
At around £100 they are a little more expensive than a bog standard karaoke microphone but if professional quality is then these are definitely great value for money.
You want to record your guitar amplifier? - Get a SM57! I guess this dialogue exists like the SM57 is on the market, because it's the classic microphone for recording gutiar amplifiers.
The microphone is black and made of metal. Due to this, it is heavy but well protected from every kind of damage, it's undestroyable!
The "57" is supposed to be used for recording guitar amps or drums (mostly snare). For both amp and drum usage I can say that the sound is excellent. You can vary it by experimenting with the placement of the microphone (angle, distance to the drum/amp).
Some people also say it is nice for recording vocals, too. But I think for that purpose you should decide for the also classic SM58 by Shure.
This microphone is valuable, its price is okay, the sound is great.
But the myth of the SM57 was broken bei Sennheiser's E-906 microphone, which is even better than the Shure one.
Though the cheaper SM57 still has its place in every recording studio and I would not detain you from buying it.
The SM57 is a dynamic mic design and is the sister mic to the SM58, originally intended for use as a instrument mic in live environments, the microphone has also created itself a fabled reputation in the recording studio for applications that require high SPL levels (eg, drum recording and guitar cabinets).
The product description above does not lie, the microphones reliability is legendary. I have used a set of 6 Sm57's over the course of five years and none have ever put a foot wrong, and all have been subjected to abuse for artists on stage as well as drummers in the studio. They can certainly sustain impact damage without any trouble! This makes these mics a safe bet, especially for the drums. Expensive small condenser microphones on drum kits can often be quickly destroyed by drummers accidentally hitting the microphones while playing, but with this microphones you do not need to worry.
Testing this microphones with loud signal sources has always proved positive however Shure states these microphones as good for "woodwinds" where i have found this is certainly not the case as i have to run my preamps very hot to make this work resulting in a poorer signal to noise ratio. The microphones is still acceptable for such applications however there are many better models out there if this your intention.
The box contains the SM57 microphone, a Shure sticker, a handy carrying pouch and an instructions leaflet. There is also information about the product warranty which requires registration as is by default one year.
For multipurpose instrument recording applications i dont believe there is a better microphones out there, and at this price you can afford to buy a number of these models for stereo recording, drum recording or any loud sound applications.
If you know nothing at all about microphones, know that the Shure SM57 is a tried and tested, never failing all-rounder of a microphone. As a Music University student that leans more towards the recording side of things, I needed to start collecting gear so that I could at least start on my work at home. I'm a Logic Pro and sometimes Pro Tools (an industry standard for digital music production), Mac user with a line 6 UX2 interface (the device that connects your microphone to the computer). After my getting-on-for four year history of recording at College and now University, I knew that it would be best to go for the microphone that would get the best results on more than one sound.
Introducing the Shure SM57! This is a dynamic microphone, meaning that it is strong, able to withstand bashes and excellent for capturing loud sounds. It has a cardioid polar pattern which means that it captures sound from mainly the front and round the sides but nothing from the back. The frequency response is quite flat between around 50 - 10,000 Hz (a good thing!) before it starts to be affected more by higher frequencies. I have mostly used on snare drums, toms and guitar amps but I have found that it also captures acoustic instruments like acoustic guitars, cellos and double basses very well. This microphone would also be very capable of capturing decent live vocals, and recorded vocals that are on the screamy side.
The SM57 is found in every recording studio, I hate to think just how many albums, never mind songs it has been used on. It is a tried and tested microphone that you'd really be lost without in your collection. If you're just starting the process to gather equipment and don't really know what you're buying, buy this microphone. Its affordable (you can pick one up for the as low as £99), its good quality, its versatile. You really can't ask for any more from a microphone.
I am a sound technician and I have had this microphone since I stated playing in a small local band, I have used this mic for live sound, rehearsal and recording with brilliant results.
The Shure SM-57 is an industry standard, there is no doubt about it, but there are many other microphones out there, its cousin for example the SM-58 so what makes this so special, read on to get my verdict. I guarantee that every sound technician across the world has used and/or owns one or more of these mics.
THE effective frequency response of this microphone is 40Hz to 15Khz, meaning it is capable of capturing a massive variety of sounds from the lowest of basses to the highest of cymbal sounds and everything in between. Let me put that into perspective, the best possible hearing range that a human can have is 20Hz to 20Khz, and the extremities of this range are pretty unlikely to occur in many live sound situations.
TO be a bit geeky for you, this mic has a cardioid polar pattern, which basically means that it will pick up what it is pointed at and a little of whats either side of it, making it ideal for amp micing, or for drums on stage or in the studio...it essentially allows you to cut out a lot of other sound ( http://www.csun.edu/~record/polar.html) there is a bit of a geekier explanation for you. It is also a dynamic microphone that means it requires no power from your mixing console...again making it more versatile. I find that this mic is best used on guitar and bass amps in a live situation and I use the SM-58 for vocal but that is just personal preference.
RELIABILITY & BUILD
THIS is a very robust microphone! I have been using it regularly for over 4 years and am nothing but careless in looking after it. The amount of times it has been dropped, smashed and bashed on stage and in rehearsals doesn't bare thinking about...I have never experienced a simple problem in functionality from it! It has an on/off slider on one side and the top screws off to allow repairs...of which I have had to do none. The XLR plugs into a well built secure connection in the bottom of the mic.
This, like the 58, is a fantastic all-rounder that has earned and deserves its status as one of the industry standards for live sound instrument micing. It is well-built, sounds great and is VERY reliable. You will not regret buying this microphone no matter how you intend to use it!
The Shure sm57 as most people know is the industry standard. It sounds great on snare drums, toms, guitar cabs and sometimes even vocals (Bono from U2 famously recorded his vocals with an sm57).
The fact that it competes with microphones in the £1000 range such as the royer 121 is nothing short of amazing considering the price you will be paying for one, the other alternatives in it's price range such as the sennheiser E906 or the audix i5 usually end up sounding very brittle and harsh when it is compared to the 57.
It comes in a box containing the microphone, a leather case, a manual/chart and a clip for a microphone stand.
The true shining point of the sm57 is without a doubt on distorted guitars, the midrange focus is precisely where it should be, it picks up little to no mud and the highs are there without sounding too hyped. Look up any heavy metal or rock record and I can guarantee this mic was used on it.
In the technical side of music work, the recording engineers who battle out on live and studio circuits, all people will agree that to get a job done it is always sensible to be realistic with what you wish to achieve. In that vein it occurs that in the mind of the engineer, dreaming in bed of course, he or she would have the best tools for everything. A studio lined with vintage Neve compressors, SSL mixing desks, Neumann microphones and a drummer that can keep to a beat. But when the job really must be done every engineer needs an unglamorous microphone that can be used at the drop of the hat for literally any occasion, this in every case tends to be the one and only Shure Sm57.
A dynamic, moving coil induces electricity, microphone with a cardioid pattern that has the ability to withstand high sound pressure levels, a brilliant facet when comparing it to impressive condenser microphones which are far more sensitive. This allows the Sm57 to be placed around plenty of instruments, such as drums or the egomaniac guitar players Marshall stack, and will provide a clear impression of each task. A really great utility microphone that is practically death proof and one that every aspiring engineer should have at least once in their lives.
There is however a downside, though the microphone does have great versatility it also means a compromise in sound and lead to complaints of lacking decent bass response or being too present in the mid-range frequencies. I also have a personal problem with it myself which is that the price you pay for one is around £80 and frankly that is the cost of branding than quality, you can source great inexpensive dynamics second-hand such as electrovoice that will do the same job almost.
This maybe the most versatile dynamic mic in a studio technitions arsenal, the sm57 is a great all rounder. The design is simple a standard mic body shape made of metal with an xlr connector, offering a balanced output, and a much flatter grill than that of an sm58. The sm57 is used in both live and studio sound. The most common are for amplifing speakers at lectures and anouncements. It is also commonly used to mic guitar and keyboard amplifiers as well as drums such as snares. The mic has a suprisingly wide frequency response 40Hz-15KHz which is no doubt the reason it is so versatile. The mic is dynamic this means it can withstand high sound pressure levels, this makes perfect for electric guitar amps and snare drums.
The mic costs around £60 but due to its durability it will last years, withstanding any abuse you throw at it. The sound the mic produces is great especially instruments based in the mid frequencies. Guitar's amps mic'd with these sound particularly good with this being the mic of choice for many of the finest guitar moments both live and recorded throughout the ages. Due to its ability to withstand such high spl the mic does lack the sensitivity of other mics.
A few years ago I decided that instead of paying thousands of pounds on studio sessions, I would try and build my own studio, as in the long run I would save a hell of a lot of money. The first question I asked myself was which microphones I needed to buy. With high end microphones being so expensive, this list needed to be spot on. With out much thought what so ever, this microphone went straight to the top of this list.
There's so many things that appeal about this microphone, the first being the price. To get a microphone of this quality at £85 is fantastic, but don't let the cheap price tag fool you. They more than match up against the big hitters that sell for £200 and more.
If you go to any good studio around the world, they should have a plentiful stock of them due to their versatility. You can literally record anything on them. I've used mine for brass, drums, strings, woodwind and electric guitars. They even give a good performance recording vocals and acoustic guitars. So even if you dont have the funds to buy a collection of microphones, you can get a pretty tight recording out of just using the SM57.
However if you do need to get a better vocal recording on the same budget, I recommend its big brother - the SM58 as this is also another fantastic microphone and jack of all trades.
One of the microphones favoured by recording professionals, this is one such model that myself and colleagues have relied on for recordings in the past. The Shure range of microphones offers quality, reliability and trustworthy results for those in the profession and also for those who just starting out. The price of the model will vary depending on where you purchase from, with prices ranging from forty to one hundred pounds as new.
The uni-directional microphone is designed for a multitude of recording purposes, meaning you can use it for recording vocals, solo instruments or if you are brave enough several instruments in one sitting. The microphone has actually been the choice of recording professionals for over twenty years and is an industry standard. The design of the mic is lovely with a beautifully crafted base to it and a rigid top shield to offer protection and help safe guard against popping and unwanted sounds. One can easily set this mic up to an amp thanks to the port at the bottom end of the mic which will allow you to attach a standard jack cable.
The quality of sound is highly impressive with a delightful bold and crisp sound, which oozes clarity. Vocals seem to come out particularly well and the frequencies all hold up very well, even when recorded at a distance. We have used it in the past for guitars and drums as well and the micorphone stands up just as well to these, without compromising on the lower frequency levels when put to the test. There are a few Shure microphones available and they are all capable of producing high quality recordings, but this one excels at recording isolated sounds. We have seen vocals recorded with this and the mic does a fine job at eliminating background noises and creaks and whispers.
The microphone is made from long lasting and durable materials so it will stand up to knocks and bumps as well should you knock it over. I have seen it land on the floor and recover many times, so you do not need to worry about transporting it around. If you are just starting out and wanted to record your own music at home with very good results then this microphone would do you well. It is versatile enough for all recording artists no matter what style you work in and how loud you want to go.
The Shure SM57, which was introduced in 1965, and is one of the best selling microphones in the world, is a professinoal dynamic microphone, popularly used for live sound reinforcement as well as in studio recordings. While it is marketed as an instrument microphone, it is also popularly used for vocals.
Even though the SM57 is a professional microphone and an industry standard instrument microphone, it only costs about £70-100. As the marketplace is flooded with counterfeit Shure microphones that look the part, but don't sound very good, it is always better to pay more and get the microphone from a reputable dealer. I would recommend staying away from the second hand market and eBay. More about this under the Counterfeits headline furter down.
The Shure SM57 is a dynamic microphone, famous for its sturdy construction. It is well suited for recording instruments that produce high sound pressure levels, such as percussion instruments and guitar amplifiers. The microphone has an XLR connection, as is common for microphones. The frequency response is stated to range from 40Hz to 15KHz. For reference, human hearing is commonly known to extend from about 20Hz to 20KHz, although the lowest frequencies under 50Hz are felt more than they are heard, and the ones above 15KHz are very sparkly and bright. So, in other words, the SM57 covers the core frequencies you will typically want to capture. The Shure SM57 featues and identical capsule to the SM58, which is Shure's flagship dynamic vocal microphone. The difference between the two microphones is the windshield, which changes the sound and makes the SM57 more suited for instruments and the SM58 more suited for vocals. The actual physical design of the two microphones is different, though, so you can't change the windshield to turn one microphone into the other.
The SM57 is very popularly used for recording electric guitar amplifiers. Sometimes two SM57s are used in a pair, and sometimes an SM57 is used together with a condenser microphone or even just one SM57 by itself. Some of the most legendary guitar tones we know from classic albums were recorded with one or more SM57s. It is also a very popular microphone for recording the snare drum in an acoustic drum kit. While a condenser microphone or an SM58 is more popular for vocal recordings in a studio session, the SM57 does get its fair use. The vocals for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album were recorded with an SM57, and it is also sometimes favoured by screamers in Metal bands. Interestingly, the SM57 is used on the lectern of the President of the United States. Recording an acoustic guitar with two SM57s can give a nice wide stereo sound, although condenser microphones are often favoured for that job. It depends on the sound you are after. Either way, the SM57 is in no way limited in its potential use, and if you find yourself recording much, you really should have an SM57 in your collection.
If you are looking to buy an SM57 it is extremely important that you do some research on counterfeits first. It can be tempting to go for what might seem like a good deal on eBay, but the market is flooded with Asian counterfeits of all the popular Shure microphones, and these can look almost exactly like the real thing. There are things to look for that you can read about online if you do some research, including looking at the wiring inside of the microphone, whether the head piece screws on and off or turns around freely, and more. The best is to look for the latest counterfeit comparisons online and stick to a reputable seller when buying. If you buy from eBay, you are almost guaranteed to end up with a counterfeit microphone.
This is a legendary microphone you can hear the results of on countless hit records, and it can be yours for £100. If you can afford it, there is no reason not to get one. If you are primarily looking for a vocal microphone I would recommend an SM58 over the SM57, but the SM57 will be a better choice for instrument recordings.
Since I first decided that I wanted to be a popstar I have always used shure mics.
I recently bought the shure SM57 and I have to say that I was preety impressed with the quality of the mic for the price I paid for it (around £50).
There is a preety good sound out of the mic (even with my dodgy voice) but the only negative comment in my opinion is that the mic does look quite dated (I think this is with the little vents around the top).
However this is a minor detail to me, and you do get what you pay for, the mic fits snugly into my mic stand and has withheld some pressure, its been screamed into, dropped and got slightly wet on a few occasions and is still going.
Shure items are normally very robust, this is my second shure mic and even though this model was cheaper I was actually glad that I only paid £50 as it does the job perfectly. I practice at home and dont gig but I would say that if you plugged this into the right desk and PA you would be flying.
When I buy musical instruments I always recommend buying from a music shop as they will normally let you try the kit out in the shop, I am definitely against ordering musical gear online unless I have used that particular model before.
My final summary on the mic is, ok its not going to make you Pavorotti but its tough, hardwearing and really good for the money, I would also recommend it to anyone that gigs doing karaoke as we know what damage the mics take by the drunkards thinking they are Dolly Parton!
Well Recommended mic.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
The SM57 certainly has a reputation amongst the market that must be envied by every other microphone manufacturer out there. It is by no means the best microphone you can buy, but its versatility, ruggedness and price have resulted it in becoming one of the most popular selling microphones of all time. Heck, even the US President has two of them on the Presidential Podium!
The microphone almost identical to its sibling the SM58 and has exactly the same capsule, just with a different windshield design. The SM58's design really limits itself to being a vocal mic though, whereas the SM57 is set up to be used on anything... vocals, drums, guitar amps, woodwind, brass... you name it, someone will have pointed an SM57 at it during some point in time.
That's not to say its always the most suitable microphone for the job or that it will sound the best, but as a 'swiss army' microphone it really does the job very well. And of course there's the added benefit that they can take decades of stage abuse, being dropped, thrown, etc, and still work fine...
On a side note, unfortunately there are lots of counterfeit knock-offs of this microphone for sale in various places on the internet. If you buy new from a reputable vendor then you should be fine, but be wary of auction sites such as eBay (particularly if the seller has low feedback, is selling from abroad, or is selling at a suspiciously low price)... that's not to say you should avoid buying second hand altogether as you can get some great bargains, but be on your guard on potential fakes.
The legendary Shure SM57 microphone which everyone will have seen at some point in their life even if theyre not into the more 'technical' sides of music! This mic is used all over the world everywhere from recording studios to live on stage! It comes highly regarded by all and is used on a professional level every single day!
This mic is probably the number one microphone that would be recommended to you if you asked someone who knows that theyre talking about which should be your first mic to purchase........why? because this microphone is capable of capturing a great representation of a whole range of instruments from a snare drum on a kit to a vocalist on stage!
Ok so the more technical info........
The frequency response of this microphone is really very steady which makes it perfect for a whole range of instruments and roughly covers everything from 40Hz to 15KHZ so as mentioned a very broad range seeing human hearing is around 20Hz to 20KHZ!
The SM57 is whats called a 'cardioid' microphone which basically means that wherever its pointed it focus on that specific point and will ignore most of the other noise to the sides and behind of it. Going back to what i said earlier this is perfect from a drum kit in a studio for example as you want to be able to mix each piece individually and is great on stage as it stops the pain of feedback when positioned correctly!
The microphone has a standard 3 pin XLR output which is the most common on most microphones today as well as most other audio equipment! so is instantly suitable! As it is a dynamic microphone the mic requires no external power supply unlike a condensor microphone for example which would need phantom 48v power supply but thats a whoooole other story without getting too technically overboard!
The microphone itself is made from painted die cast steel so is probably one of the most resistant microphones about as well! these can be dropped a number of times and still work as well (not that i would recommend it!)
Overall i would recommend them to anyone who doesnt already have one, whether you work in a top notch studio or want to just sit in your room recording demos.....this microphone will be your friend and will quickly give you professional quality, and for the price you can get them for now its a steal!
Go get one and you wont look back! Great!
Shure SM57. One of the most used microphones around the world!
There are microphones ranging from price which are used all over the globe in the most professional recording studios produced. Some being the Neumann U87 and U67. These range in prices from £1,500 - £2,000.
Ofcourse, if your a student or semi professional who wants to record in their home these prices are unrealistic.
"How can I get even a half decent recording with microphones being so expensive?"
Well not all microphones have to be in their thousands. The Shure SM range show this.
The Shure SM57 is one of the most recognised microphones around the world. Almost every studio you will walk in will have if not many, atleast one of these microphones. Even Abbey Road have 7! Even colleges, schools and even homes can have these microphones. Whys this thought? While being one of the greatest mikes invented, theyre only £70-80 to purchase. What a bargain!
These small, but rugged microphones are great for all situations. This is one of the main reasons they can be found everywhere! They are so reliable that they can be used for almost anything!
In the studio situation, these are used by the masses for snare drums, tom-toms, bass guitar amplifiers, eletric guitar amplifiers, acoustic guitar and even vocals! You could infact probably record a whole band with just this microphone because of its capabilites. This isnt reccommended however if you wish to get the best quality recording, but for anyone low on funds, its the perfect idea.
Ive had many situations myself when it comes to choosing a selection of microphones. Ive tried AKG C414s paired, these coming to a cost of £1000 mark. Ive tried Sennheisers along with other mixtures of Shures and AKGs and for some things you just cant get a better sound than the raw SM57.
So what exactly is the Shure SM57? Its a dynamic cardiod microphone. With a cardioid polar pattern, it picks up very little background noise when used. This makes it great for snare drums as there can be much noise from the tom-toms, cymbols and especially hi-hats which are regularly placed next to it. With the right positioning its very easy to get a defined sound without any bleed through from the rest.
It has a frequency response from 40Hz to 15,000Hz. With such a wide frequency range it can even be used on the bass instruments such as maybe picking up a more clickier kick drum or even on the bass guitar. When going upto 15KHz its perfect for the bright sounds in vocals, acoustic guitar necks and guitar amplifiers. However, it is not reccommended for cymbols and hi-hats as these can give frequencies over 15KHz, therefore using the SM57 on these may dull the sound as it misses out some vital frequencies.
The reliability of the microphone is outstanding. It has been dropped hundreds of times in the studio simply by accident and despite maybe the slightest of dents, its still in perfect condition. I have not come across one that has actually broken and stopped working yet.
At such a great price, these microphones should defiantely be in any studio no matter what. In fact at these prices, why not get a few? I did!
The Shure SM57 unidirectional dynamic microphone is exceptional for musical instrument pickup or for vocals. With its bright, clean sound and carefully contoured presence rise, the SM57 is ideal for live sound reinforcement and recording. It has an extremely effective cardioid pickup pattern which isolates the main sound source while minimizing background noise. In the studio, it is excellent for recording drums, guitar, and woodwinds. For musical instruments or vocals, the SM57 is a consistent choice of professional performers. It is also the standard microphone used on the podium of the U.S. President for over 30 years. Its outstanding performance, legendary reliability, and diversity of application make this workhorse the choice of performers, producers, and sound engineers the world over, Contoured frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup, Professional-quality reproduction for drum, percussion, and instrument amplifier miking, Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while reducing background noise, Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise, Extremely durable under the heaviest use, Frequency response: 40 to 15,000 Hz