Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shure SM58 Microphone Review


Today I am writing about the Shure SM58 microphone. But this blog post is more homage than review, because this is one of the best-selling microphones in the world, and it sales volume speaks for what a great product it is.

The SM58 is a unidirectional low-impedance microphone that was introduced in 1966, and my understanding is that it is the same microphone as an SM57, with a built-in spherical filter to reduce wind noise and popping.

This microphone has an XLR connector with balanced output, to minimize unwanted noise and hum and a cardioid pickup pattern so it can isolate the target sound source and without picking up very much background noise. This microphone has a frequency response of 50 Hz to 15kHz, according to Shure.

SM stands for “Studio Microphone”, and I see these used for picking up amplifier cabinets and wind instruments, but the SM58 really shines for live vocal performance. They effectively cut out background noise and are shock-mounted to reduce mechanical noise. They also have a well-earned reputation for durability, and I have never seen one break.

By the way, there are also a few variations of the SM58, including wireless models, a Beta version, and one with a built-in ON/OFF switch.

If you do not have a Shure SM58, you need to have at least one around. They have a list price of $188, but you can buy them all day long on the internet for $99. As always, be careful if you see a deal that looks too good to be true, as these microphones are now being counterfeited overseas.


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