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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 SM58s as part of our live events PA system setup. We decided to buy some SM58s to use as vocal microphones at live events, I wouldn't know what they are like as instrument microphones as we use our SM57s for that.
These microphones are great for the purpose we wanted them for. The sound is crisp and clear with no hiss or feedback, even when taking them off the stand and moving around with them there is no distortion . 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.
Everyone knows this microphone. And that has some reasons!
The SM58 is a well-known microphone which is on the market for more than 45 years now.
When first holding it in your hand you will already notice how heavy the microphone is. That's due to the fact that the chassis and nearly everything are made of metal. So there's no cheap plastic here. The only damages I've seen on the SM58 are scratches on the shaft or dents in the top (but these only ocurr when you let the microphone fall really hard).
We tested the microphone along with other ones by AKG and Sennheiser (both around $60) and considered this one to be the best-fitting microphone for our band.
The sound is much clearer than the sound of similar microphones.
Besides, the handling of the microphone is nice and it seems really valuable.
On stage, the 58 always did a good job, we like it as much as when we bought it. The sound is great not only for singers, sometimes it's also used for speeches and it works as it should.
It may not the right microphone for high-professional recording, but if you're a hobby musician, this microphone will also be useful for recording.
If you judge the quality of your microphone by how many times a drunk person can hit themselves over the head with it before it breaks, the SM58 will get 5/5. As the industry standard, for many this is the go to microphone, if you ever see a wired microphone on the TV or on the stage likelihood is it will be the SM58.
Designed in 1966 for vocal response it has a built-in spherical filter which limits sibilance and aspirated plosives ('ssssss' and 'p' noisies). The cardioid pickup pattern also isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise. It's hard wearing design, shock-mount system and a steel mesh grille ensure that even with rough handling, the SM58 will perform consistently and it does, I've used mine with over a thousand different singers over 10 years whilst hosting karaoke and open mic. nights with no complaints.
Sensibly priced between £79-100 depending of if you would like the switched version or not, this is a product for the best part of a lifetime, especially since it comes with replaceable parts. The shaft of mine, after 10 years of drunken abuse and knocking about in a flight cases is looking a little worse for wear and I will be replacing it soon.
Sound wise it's still as good as when I first brought it, in standard conditions it offers a clear and true reproduction of the vocals, especially in the mid-range frequencies which is where most voices comfortably sit.
The downside comes with the voices which fall or dart into the lower or higher range frequencies, it can fail to accurately reproduce the beautiful bass notes or the brighter higher notes. It also can be unforgiving to singers who prefer to hold their microphone at a distance from the mouth, as the sound can very quickly become thin and tinny. I am being overly critical with the aforementioned points and many people will be more than content to use an SM58 which has such few limitations, however, with the wide variety of microphones which have reached the market since 1966, if you are looking for a personal microphone it is worth shopping around, some singers my self included will have better results and find other microphones are more suited to their voice.
In conclusion, this is great microphone and everyone who works in the music industry should have one in their tool bag, even if it just to have a quality spare.
This is probably the best known vocal mic in use. Everyone recognises the iconic shape, and many have copied it. It's not my favourite vocal mic, but it does the job well enough, and when you've been using them as long as I have, you know what to expect from them and where the EQ tweaking needs to be done (they can be a tad harsh in the high-mids).
This is the one mic that you'll be expected to have in your mic box if you're doing any form of touring PA work. It's robustly built and it has been joked on many occasions that it doubles up as an excellent hammer!
The ones that I own are now approaching 6 years old and haven't exhibited any issues at all. I occasionally check the little grub screws for tightness holding in the XLR connector, and the grilles on some of them are beginning to rust in places, so will require new grilles shortly.
If you're looking for a good utility mic at a sensible price, it'd be daft not to have one or two of these in your kit. You can use them for vocals, stick them on a guitar amp, even throw one inside a kick drum and you'll get useable results.
And band members can throw them across the stage and they still work!
First of all let me give you a little bit of background about what I do and how I use a microphone, I work as a DJ in major nightclubs throughout the UK and abroad and also I work on the radio talking rubbish inbetween records and as well as all that back in the day I used to be a Haven mate so occasionally I still gig as an entertainer but as you can see from what I do I need to use a microphone a lot!
So a lot of the time I use a radio mic but when Im in nightclubs I use a wired mic there is a number of reasons for this, number 1 is the set up time I just take the microphone out of my bag and take an XLR lead out and we are rocking, if we are using a radio mic then this normally has its own case you have to find a plug socket, get an XLR match the frequency from the microphone to the receiver and then you are rocking maybe this is me being a little bit lazy but oh dear. The second reason I like using the wired mic is that there is no chance of losing it! I know this might sound silly but if you have a radio mic you might put it down in between your CDs and spend time looking for the mic, with this you just follow the lead (and the mic tends to be on the floor because of the bass.)
When working in a clubbing environment it is loud and you need to speak loudly for the mic to pick you up but the main point I believe that you want to achieve out of a microphone is clarity and I can give the Shure a 10/10 for that when it comes to Microphones I think that Shure and Sennheiser are the ones to go for. It is crystal clear when you are talking so if you are taking this to the next level the clearer you are the more the customers hear you plug the drinks offers = the more money the bar is making = the happier the manager is.
As I have mentioned before when it comes to microphones they are flown in bags, dropped on the floor, sometimes have drinks knocked on them and I can say with my hand on my heart that my SM58 has had all this done to it and it still works a dream, no problems whatsoever!
The other issue when it comes to purchasing a microphone is the price of it, now Shure mics are quality gear there is no 2 ways about it, and for quality this is going to come at a price now around £80 you can pick up one of these mics for and although there are many cheaper options around from Maplins etc, then they are guaranteed to break I have had my microphone now for about 4 years and it is still working fine and so if you are a professional needing a mic then I would certainly recommend this for you!
However when it comes to a product unfortunately there are always bad sides, and I would say the main inconvenience when it comes to this microphone is that it doesnt have an on/off switch on the microphone and you will have to bring the volume up on the mixer - now this has been rectified by Shure and they have brought out a switched microphone however this wasn't out when I bought mine so I have to live with it and also the switched mic will cost a little bit more.
If you are planning on using this microphone to be on the radio then don't. It is not uni-directional and if you held it in a radio stand then it would not pick up your voice as well and it will be muffled however you do not buy this microphone for studio use, I thought I would mention it as I said that I was doing some radio work.
To sum up I think that the SM58 is the best microphone on the market for the working professional - it is a shame that they didn't think of putting a switch on it when they first released it but now they have and if you are not using one I certainly would think about going down to your local equipment store and having a listen to what it sounds like!
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I have a home studio and purely use this handheald mic for practising and recording guide vocals through an Alesis firewire mixer. When I first purchased this it came in a lovely well present silver box and case.
I have found this unidirectional vocal mic to go on for years now. It's taken quite a few years of battering what with the good, the bad and the worst vocalist!! And it's still survived.
It's not the greatest for use in the pro studio as this would require a good condenser mic. But live stuff, karaoke and laying guide vocals whilst sitting at your mixing desk is great. I was surprised to hear the lack of 'noise' on this mic and it's built like a tank. The built in spherical filter reduces and pops and clicks etc. Buying an addition windshielf for this mic is recommended, along with a good XLR cable.
Great handling of mids and bass, unbelieveable in fact! Built in shockmount minimises handling noise. Recordings are pretty much crystal clear.
-The bad news-
Last week I held a singing party and the SM58 decided to pack up mid-way through, I have no idea, but someone who thought they could sing was shouting rather loudly in it and the poor mic packed up.
-The good news-
Purely because of the quality of this mic and the fact that it has coped with so much over the last 5 years, I believe it's worth taking it into my local music shop to pay for it to be fixed, I simply wouldn't be without this mic.
I've rarely performed at a gig where a SM58 has not been infront of me and the few times I have i've noticed the difference immediately. The sound production from your run of the mill mic will never rub shoulders with the shure often not sensitive enough to pick up the soft breathy lower range while the high screech proves to much.
The Shure however will never let you down. I sing in a band with a family member and he had two 58's passwed down to him, those having being heavily gigged for no less than 15 years and they show NO signs of giving up.
Not only known for there superb ability in capturing all the depths from a singers range, being able to keep up with the power from a Joplin-esque howl to a booming cash-like growl.
Lets not forget the price either. You can easily pick one up for under £100 and they're ideal for studio instrument recording or live vocal recording, and are built like tanks i know most venues managed to hold onto their tobacco-beer splattered mics for at least a decade so look after them well and they can easily last you a lifetime.
~This Shure is a great mic!~
As with everything in the world of music peformance, whilst the instrument or microphone you use in the course of making beautiful music needs to be of a good quality and be suited to the type of music you wish to perform, this won't always a guarantee that you and your new musical instrument or microphone will be suited to each other. As far as microphones go there really are so many different options to choose from that you do need to do your homework in order to get the best you can. I feel that its best to always try out a number of microphone products before purchase if you can, so that you know what suits your voice and budget, as buying something that is suited to your requirements, at a price you can afford is paramount.
Having looked at a range of products I found two mics that worked well, both of which were Shure products. I considered my requirements and opted for one slightly cheaper option (PG58) as well as Shures industry standard product...... the trusty Shure SM58 vocal microphone! The Shure SM58 Microphone is a vocal microphone that you could say speaks for itself in terms of its over alll quality as it offers a good degree of stability when in use and is often used in the music performance industry as a standard issue item meaning that clubs, pubs, schools, musical colleges and a wide variety of music venues will have one or two of these available for use. In my experience I have found that this microphone does live up to its well deserved reputation as being a reliable product that is also durable and effective.
~Main features and ease of use~
Having compared this microphone to others I have experience with, I feel that this sits amongst the best mid range vocal microphone products you can buy and use. The Shure SM58 is well made, has a nice even weight to it, with a base that is easy to handle and use with a good quality music stand. The microphone comes well boxed so that it has plenty of protection from knocks and bumps in transit and the box can be used to store the microphone in with a cable and stand adaptor etc if wanted. You can of course use the small storage bag/ pouch that comes with the microphone if wanted to store it in. In my experience the storage pouch provides a good neat fit once the microphone is placed in to it, although it isn't overly padded and as such should not be relied on fully to give 100% protection from all bumps and knocks. Having said that this microphone is very sturdy and well made and shouldn't be damaged all that easily any way.
I have found that you if get a good sized microphone cable with this item that is a decent length to work with, making it neither too long so that the cable gets caught up, nor too short so that you are limited in terms of where you place your PA system or amplifier when using the mic it works well. The quality and finish of the cable you opt for should provide a good balance, with it being flexible enough in use without becoming brittle after having been taken out and then wound back and put away a good number of times. The end part of your cable can be slotted in to the actual microphone with ease and should provide a well made and sturdy connection that stays in place well due to the way the pins and clip work to hold everything together. When wanting to release the link between the cable and mic, it is very easy to press the connector clip and then firmly but smoothly remove the mic from its place. You can opt for either and XLR or QTR cable depending on what you want to hook the microphone cable up to at the other end.
If using this microphone with a stand you can opt for either a simple upright stand or a boom type stand if you want to use the mic when playing an instrument at the same time. You do need to pick a good quality stand that can handle the weight of the Shure SM58 once it is sat in place. I would advise that you look for a good sturdy base to the stand and if using a boom type stand make sure that it is well balanced with a decent base, so that it won't topple over once the boom arm is extended and the microphone is in place. With some stands you may get an average quality microphone stand adaptor thrown in which may or may not be a good fit with this mic. Luckily the Shure SM58 comes with its own standard swivel type adaptor that is easy to fit in place and holds the mic in place as it should. I like the fact that you get the proper adaptor for the mic with it, as you can be assured that it is going to help keep your not inexpensive microphone sitting neatly where it should when in use on a stand and in my experience of using both mic and adaptor together, it certainly does just that!
Looking at the way the microphone performs when in use I feel that over all it offers a nice warm tone that works well for both lead and backing vocal performance. This mic is more than capable of being used in a full performance situation and works equally well in practice situations. The SM58 is primarily a vocal microphone although it can be used in a variety of other situations if wanted as it is very versatile and well made. The mic is a cardioid dynamic microphone which means that the cardioid pick up pattern is able to help cut out unwanted back ground noise whilst maximizing the pick up from your vocals. I find that the mic works as it should and there is very little back ground interference when using it.
You are directed to place yourself no more than 15cms from the business end of the mic and in use this does very often achieve the best sound delivery, although I have found that even when standing side on to the mic at a greater or lesser distance you can still get great results from this product. If standing slightly further from the mic in my experience the sound will begin to distort if you turn your head away too far. Equally I find that getting a little too up close and personal can and often does result in a certain amount of sound distortion, although this can sometimes be put to good use when using the mic for certain music genres. There is a built in filter that helps to minimize the transfer of breathing noise during pauses between your vocal delivery, so that what you get is a nice clear clean result with minimal distortion. The mesh grill on the mic is made from well formed steel and it provides a good protective cover that will make sure this mic lasts well even with continued regular usage, making this a good buy that should last for a very long time.
~Rating price and other options~
The price of the microphone can and does vary quite a lot depending on where you buy it and what you get bundled with it. You can and should expect to pay around £85 to £95 for the mic on its own which I feel is a good reflection on the quality of the product you get. For anyone wanting a cheaper vocal mic that still offers you really good range with a good degree of warmth and longevity you could try the Shure PG58 microphone which is a slightly cheaper yet still effective model from the Shure range. I also have a PG58 and can say it is almost as good as the SM58 but at a cheaper price of closer to £50/ £60 it will make a good starter product for anyone wanting to use it as a main vocal microphone. For those wanting a mic suited to speaking rather than singing then the PG48 would be the best bet, as it is cheaper than the other 2 and for around £35 to £40 it provides the user with very good value for that type of option. My rating for the Shure SM58 is 5 stars which I feel reflects the quality of this outstanding product.
The famous Shure SM58, the industry standard, as a gigging musician/producer I've seen and used so many of these and NONE disappoint.
A friend of mine summed up the SM58 very well to me one day in the studio: "If there was a nuclear war, the only thing left on the black charred earth would be cockroaches...and 58's!". These things are UNBELIEVABLY durable, and continue to offer very clear, very textbook vocal/instrumental sound (though its brother microphone the SM57 is more popular for instruments, being as it doesn't have the round mesh guard on the top on it) even after the most brutal rock'n'roll nights out working! Obviously, this is why they are favoured by most for live work, so invest in one (or more) of these and you'll never find yourself with a broken mic halfway through a gig ever again...
In the studio, these mics are also popular. Though I tend to favour a more subtle condenser microphone for vocalists to capture more nuance in their singing, I still use a combination of 58's and 57's to record everything else in terms of instruments. Sometimes I've even found the 58 plays to the strengths of a certain kind of voice on record!
Great mics, when you've used one you'll realise why these have been the industry standard for so long.
Although I study medicine, most of my adult life, from around the age of sixteen on, I have worked as a professional vocalist. I hate singing to an audience, but really enjoy singing and was always praised for my voice. I had wanted to make singing my career ever since I was a child, but couldn't think of how to go about it, if I didn't like performing. So when a talent scout spotted me as a teenager I found the perfect setting for my needs, the recording studio. This is where song writers who want to pitch their work to record companies, ask me to sing their song and have it recorded for a very nice fee. This way I get to sing as much as I like, with only the musicians, producers and engineers there to hear me. This has helped me a great lot with my fees when it comes to my parents dreams for my future.
Very, very rarely when I do a live gig this Shure SM58 is my microphone of choice, and is also the recommended mic for me to use by my producer. Almost everyone in the business of music be it performers, musicians, or technicians they will know and love this mic. It's been around for decades and is still used all over the world by professionals and armatures alike especially for live performances.
This is a "Dynamic Microphone" this simply means it doesn't need any external power, any further amplification will be applied through the sound engineers mixing desk. This makes it far less sensitive than the microphones I'm most used to working with, these are called "Condenser Microphones". This type is the studio standard as it is highly sensitive and picks up every inclination, breath and emotion of the vocalist but requires silence. That's why recording booths are padded and soundproof because this style of mic will pick up the slightest sound, I even have to be conscious not to move when recording. THE SM58 on the other hand also loves the human voice and processes it's emotions perfectly but it especially loves a live vocal and won't pick up surrounding sounds. Although this is a live vocal mic, my producer likes to use it for certain recordings as it can add a different style to the vocal when used in a recording studio setting. Also when I have used it professionally for a client I found the freedom it granted me in the studio also added to the recording. This was because I could hold the mic in my hand and even walk around as I sang. This freedom added something new to the sound and really showed in the final mix.
This microphone has a great weight to it. By this I mean I love it's weight, it's perfectly balanced that it's not too heavy that it weighs down your wrist, and it's not to light that it might as well not be there. It just feels right in my hand (I've just realised how Goldilocks-like that entire section was "too light, too heavy, just right").
These mic's are so well made that their always being talked about. And the main talking point is always how "indestructible" they are. I can say if you lift your hand a little too fast to sing the next line you find out quite quickly how indestructible this mic is. On one occasion that's exactly what I did and nearly knocked out my front teeth (this really showed me up for the studio dwelling creature that I am).
You may have noticed that there is very little about the sound of this microphone in this review, strange right? Well the reason for this is there is really only one word to describe it's sound.
This Mic will clearly and lovingly take your voice exactly as it sounds and transport it to your chosen destination. It takes no prisoners, it won't soften, or sharpen your voice, it won't take away from it making it sound thin, and it also won't add any depth to it. This is a classic microphone that still sells in it's millions for a reason. It represents the human voice perfectly. If you want any tinkering done to add any substance to your vocal or remove any unwanted characteristics, then that's up to a good producer or sound man.
Now after all that you would expect this to be an expensive bit of kit but the SM58 is an exception to the rule. This is quality at an affordable price it can be bought for as little as £50 if you shop around.
BUT BEWARE OF FAKES! they are everywhere, please buy from a well known and respected seller of musical instruments, or from a trusted friend as online auction sites are not the place to buy one of these. As money spent on fakes is money down the drain, especially in this case where the difference will be on view for everyone to see and hear.
This is without a doubt one of the best microphones around.
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My band and I needed an all purpose mic for home recording, rehearsal and live gigs...this is the industry standard and comes very highly acclaimed so we spend £100 on this, a stand and an XLR cable from GAK.co.uk...this was about 2 years ago. It is an all-rounder at it's best.
THE Shure SM-58, as mentioned, in an industry standard and you will very rarely find a sound technicians gear box without a few, this also goes for most studios. It is a DYNAMIC microphone meaning it does not require power from the mixing console like a dynamic mic, making it very versatile. It is more suited to live sound, most studios will use dynamic mics due to higher sensitivity. It has a cardioid polar pattern meaning it will catch what it is pointed at and also what is either side of it ( http://www.csun.edu/~record/polar.html) there is a bit of a geekier explanation for you. The Shure has a 'frequency response of 50Hz to 15Khz, this is a good range as when your born you have the capability of hearing 20Hz to 20Khz and this deteriorates with age so there isnt a lot that the SM-58 will struggle to pick up. I find it best for vocal but it doesn't stop there by any means, I have successfully used it fork amps, acoustic instruments and even drums, but I do find that the Shure SM-57 is better for instruments.
RELIABILITY & BUILD
THIS is a very robust microphone! I have been using it regularly for over 2 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 is a fantastic all-rounder that has earned and deserves its status as the industry standard for live sound. It is well-built, sounds great and is VERY reliable.
We've got two of these mics at our studio. We used to have four but two went missing. That's a testament to their excellence - that usually benign and amiable musicians will steal these mics from one another.
The SM-58 has long been acknowledged as a great mic both for live performances and recording, I'll try to explain why here.
The first thing is the build quality. It's nearly all made of metal, without any of the cheap plastic ring connectors found on other mics that so often break if you drop the mic or during transit. The metal mesh at the top can take a battering - one of ours is almost flat at the top - and result in no deterioration in sound quality.
The SM-58 can handle a wide frequency range, and as it's directional the chance of feedback is reduced. It performs well going through a PA and through a desk ranges can be tweaked a little more than other mics without deterioration- especially true when adding FX. It's also got some sort of baffling thing where if you tap or bang the mic on something it doesn't pick much of the sound up. As it's a directional mic any peripheral sounds won't be picked up either - both of these features are a bonus when recording as you don't have to cut out or filter unwanted sounds in post processing, which saves a lot of time.
Shure's SM58 is probably one of the better known microphones - in fact, such is its popularity that it has consistently been one of the world's bestselling models since its release in 1966. But why is it so popular? well firstly it's manufactured by a thoroughly trusted brand, and secondly it's got a certain X-factor about it due to the number of recording artists who have used one over the years.
In terms of the cost, £89 (amazon price) may sound like a high price to pay for a microphone - but actually it's very good value for money in regards to the quality of the device.
Design, Specifications, and Sound Quality
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All of the Shure microphones I have used in the past have had a build quality about them which is second to none, and the SM58 is no exception. With an all-metal construction, the SM58 feels weighty in the hand, but is at the same time very comfortable to hold.
Although the SM58 is primarily a a vocal mic, it's a very versatile model - and some experimentation will prove that it will pick up acoustic guitar and other instruments for reinforcement use. Sound-wise it returns an awesome clarity of sound; the tone is fantastic - warm and bright. I've noticed that there's very little popping or hiss, and that's apparently down to the quality of the filter behind the grill. There's also very little feedback when compared to the cheaper microphones you can buy - overall it really is an impressive bugger.
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Overall, the Shure SM58 is probably the best microphone you can buy for the price - yes, there are better microphones out there (you'll be paying a lot more cash), but if it's good enough for the countless well known recording artists who swear by this model, then it's certainly good enough for me.
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Type: Dynamic (moving coil)
Frequency Response: 50 to 15,000 Hz
Sensitivity: -54.5 dBV/Pa (1.85 mV) 1 Pa = 94 dB SPL
Connector: Three-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
Net Weight: 298 grams
As well as dithering around recording music I also am an avid fan of playing live music in venues, i.e. the grotty pub down the road tour every summer on holiday. What I have tended to notice is that these smaller gigs all vary wildly in quality live sound equipment, ranging from one man packing a slice of pizza and his beer belly to crazy die-hards who give a damn and even bought a reverb unit, so with that in mind in any band the members would collect together and buy some modest but reliable gigging gear.
This of course means you go out and buy the best damn SM 58 money can buy. A microphone very similar to its less dress cousin, the SM 57, here are some stats;
-Dynamic, moving coil inducing etc etc
-Cardioid polar pattern
-Frequency response from 50 to 15000Hz
As the stats suggest, and you will notice when using, this microphone does have a great capability for capturing a range of instrument sources and in a live gig can find itself being utilised on amplifiers, spitting hellfire vocals, drums or anything! This makes it frankly a gold mine, for live events quality does not have to be optimum so therefore it is able to get away with any "flaws". It also is designed with a built in shock-mount which allows for the cool cats to sing with it in their hands.
Though I was less forgiving about the SM57 its older cousin has, in my opinion a better rejection pattern, and really is a perfect microphone for any live situation
The sm58 is probably the most used and well known mic in existence. This is primarily a live vocal mic but can be used for studio and instrument recording also. The mic is a dynamic type microphone which means it is not powered and is good for high sound pressure situations. The mic has a cardiod polar pattern meaning it picks up predominantly from the front, making it very directional and great for live situations, as you don't want to pick up other instruments or create feedback on stage.
The mic is metal with a tough metal grill protecting the diaphragm. The mic uses an xlr connector meaning it has balanced output which will stop interference. The mic isn't the best for sound quality but at the vocal range, at high sound levels it sounds pretty good. However in a recording situation it shouldn't really be used, apart from guide vocals. The reason for its popularity is its cheap, reliable and a workhorse.