Product Type: Shure Microphone
Newest Review: ... however there are many better models out there if this your intention. The box contains the SM57 microphone, a Shure sticker, a handy carry... more
The swiss army of microphones!
Member Name: punkrockpenguin
Date: 02/01/12, updated on 02/01/12 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Versatile, cheap, tried and tested.
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.
Summary: Perfect dynamic microphone!
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