Product Type: Shure Microphone
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SHURE SM58 MICROPHONE
Member Name: 2night
Date: 05/12/11, updated on 17/05/12 (45 review reads)
Advantages: Great sound
Disadvantages: Lots of fakes around
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.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
Summary: A classic and for good reason