Product Type: Shure Microphone
Newest Review: ... 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... more
A real work horse
Member Name: ste87
Advantages: cheap and reliable
Disadvantages: not the best sound quality
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.
Summary: the most famous mic.
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