Product Type: Shure Microphone
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A 'swiss army' tool of the audio world
Member Name: mattr
Date: 16/05/10, updated on 16/05/10 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Versatile, rugged, good reputation, low price
Disadvantages: Not great on some sources, lots of fakes around
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.
Summary: If you're on a budget and need an entry level microphone , the SM57 should be on your list.
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