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One of the most popular professional instrument/vocal microphones of all time. This dynamic mic is a reliable, natural-sounding performer, night after night. Its durable, bulletproof design stands up to road travel and abuse. Perfectly at home in the studio too. Its wide frequency response (40Hz-15kHz) and tight cardioid polar pattern are ideal for close-in miking of...


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Comments This is the classic instrument microphone. I can see why they call it the studio work horse, as it records everything from vocals to amplified guitars to a drum kit with a great tone. Personally I use one to close milk my guitar amplifier, and I mostly play through the distortion channel, and when monitored with a good set of headphones, this microphone sounds just as good as my amp does live in person. I would like to get another SM57 to blend the sound from two points to get an even better reproduction. SM57s are handy to own too, as they are perfect for both live and studio use, and can be used on such a wide variety of instruments. For such a quality microphone, the price is fantastic too. Very affordable for the home recording guitarist like myself. I had wondered the difference between the SM57 and SM58, and apparently the difference is in the windshield. Since the grilled windshield has a slight effect on frequency response, the SM57s are said to be better than the SM58s for recording vocals in the studio. However without the grilled windshield, the SM57s are said to be more sensitive to proximity (bass increased when close), which is why the SM58s are a vocal microphone, and better for live vocals where you are moving around. The only word of caution I want to add, is make sure that you buy one from a reputable Shure resller (they list them on their website), as unfortunately there are a lot of fake ones getting around, especially on eBay. For me, for an awesome reproduction of a distorted guitar amp, this microphone is highly recommended.


Liked about it -the sound
-the price
-durability


Didn't like -couldn't think of anything I didn't like


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5.0

By RichardFX
Mar 25, 2011
 
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The live and studio standard! featured

Comments You won't go to any legitimate live venue or studio without finding a slew of these microphones. Odds are you yourself might have one or two laying around the house even. This microphone has mic'ed up the President of the United States, Jimi Hendrix, and unsigned artists all around the world since its inception. Why? Because it is made of pure rock and roll. To the 5% of ultra-perfectionist who will find the tiniest bit of mud in their signal or sound, they might say the SM57 has some mud or lack of clarity in its signal, which is slightly true. The time tested SM57 has a very definitive mid-range sound heard on probably every guitar album since it was made. It's this little bit of "grit" that also gives the 57 its character, and also keeps it's street price at a solid $100! However, the rest of the 95% of the population (myself included) that loves the sound of the SM57, finds its high end clarity, definition, and high SPL handling perfect for every application you can throw at it.

Live sound: I find this is where the SM57 finds it's best voice. I love mic'ing my guitar cabs with SM57s. I have tried a few other microphones and even a LDC, but the SM57 and its voicing, SPL handling, and clarity make it truly the standard. There are few sound technicians that aren't familiar with what the 57 should sound like, making it very easy to dial in a great live sound for guitars/bass on clean, crunch or heavily distorted sounds! Both near mic'ing and off axis sounds are fantasic with the SM57 live and project great and full. The small size of its dynamic diaphram keep stage noise away from it, allowing only what's being mic'd to be heard. On vocals, the SM57 does equally well, but is slightly brighter than its brother the SM58, so most people turn to the 58 for that task to add depth and warmth to a singer. On acoustic guitars, the SM57 the sparkle, chime and attack come out great both from the soundhole, or from the fretboard. It has excellent definition and reproduction, and can also be used as a stereo pair on acoustic guitar for any of these applications for extra depth, tone, or voicing mix. On drums, the SM57 performs very well on toms, with great midrange definition and thump, and probably the best as a snare mic. Live volumes from the 57 on drums is always great, but there are definitely better drum mics tonally.

Studio: No studio is complete without several of these workhorses. Using them in multiple locations on a guitar cab to grab on or off axis guitar cab sounds yields wonderful and clear tones that reproduces to recording exceptionally well when paired with a LDC. Close mic'ing brings out the natural brightness of the mic which is perfect for clean tones and crunch. I personally love the near, off axis sound which accentuates the midrange sound of the SM57. On drums or acoustic guitar in studio, it performs just as live, bringing out the natural warmth and brightness of the guitar preserving the chime, pick attack and tone exceptionally well; and even moreso when paired with an LDC or in stereo pairs. On drums, the SM57 lacks certain characteristics that other drums mics that are specifically drum voiced offers, but it can still perform alright for certain sounds and applications. It is particularly good for capturing snare sounds! The best thing about the SM57 is its ability to be moved around and changing the dynamic of its voicing and tone, and also that its built like a tank and almost impossible to break.

Over the years as SM57s continue to be in production, it's been said that older SM57s sound a little smoother, darker, and maybe better with age. My producer has 3 vintage SM57s and 4 new SM57s. There is indeed a bit of tonal difference, but it's almost impossible to hear the difference. Maybe with a $100,000 studio rig and a $5,000 preamp you might be able to tell more of a difference in this $100 microphone, but all in all they are truly a staple in everyone's arsenal. Get one. Get 3. It's worth it.


Liked about it 1) Priced to be in everyones microphone collection.
2) Great tonal reproduction and versatility.
3) Built to last...forever.


Didn't like 1) Sometimes not "the" tone.
2) Sometimes not "perfect"...but thats what large diaphram condensers and mixing is for!

5 stars for this timeless, classic microphone!


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5.0

By SonicProvocateur
Apr 28, 2010
 
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Inexpensive workhorse that belongs in every studio! featured

Comments I would say that 9 times out of 10, if you go into a recording studio, they have at least 1 SM57. I would also say that 8 times out of 10, there is a SM57 on a miked guitar cab. I would even go so far to say that 7 times out of 10, on a miked drum kit there is a SM57 on the snare. Why is the SM57 so widely used? Because it just sounds good. And while it doesn't have a particularly refined or detailed sound, it just gets the job done. It has a very identifiable sound with a sort of mid range hump that works great for guitars. A lot of times, an engineer will start with a 57 and add other mikes in order to fill out what the 57 might lack, but usually a 57 is what kinda provides the basis for modern recorded electric guitar tone. Another reason why it is used everywhere is because it can handle very high SPL. In other words, it will perform well with very high volume from instruments without distorting. It has been said you could use the SM57 for recording, and after the session use it as a hammer because it is so robust and road worthy. Now, I am not saying the SM57 is the best mike for most situations, it definitely is not. I wouldn't say it is too 'natural' sounding like the description, but it does have a very pleasant and familiar sound. But what it does, it does very well. Also, if you are ever having trouble with selecting a mike, you should give the SM57 a try in that particular situation. It may surprise you on how it can work in some unlikely situations. Plus they are so cheap, that you can buy a bunch and not break the bank. I actually have three cause you never know when you may need it!


Liked about it Ultra robust, roadworthy, and reliable
Classic snare and guitar amp mike
Cheap!


Didn't like Mid hump is very audible with good ears
Not very detailed or refined
Some say that they are somewhat inconsistent these days


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5.0

By Severinsteelsmit
Nov 29, 2009
 
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a must have for every guitar player looking to capture their sound

Comments This is the classic instrument microphone. I can see why they call it the studio work horse, as it records everything from vocals to amplified guitars to a drum kit with a great tone.

Personally I use one to close milk my guitar Cabinets , and I mostly play through the distortion channel this microphone really captures what my cab and amp sounds live in it purest form .

they are very affordable and every guitarist should have one of these believe me you won't be sorry you will be emailing me to thank me .

the quality seems to stay Consistent with these mics every collection must have one of these mics!!!!!!

CAUTION!!!!! I want to add, is make sure that you buy one from a reputable Shure reseller (they list them on their website), as unfortunately there are a lot of fake ones getting around, especially on eBay. For me, for an awesome reproduction of a distorted guitar amp, this microphone is highly recommended.


Liked about it Priced well
the sound
almost indestructible!!!


Didn't like if all of them came with switches other than that PERFECT


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5.0

By RG man
Jun 26, 2012
 
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If I had one mic....

Comments I've had my 57 for longer than I can remember and it's always worked. I use it in many different applications. I've mic'd guitar cabinets of course, but I've also used it as a vocal mic, on a snare, even on the underside of steel pans. It's always done a good job although some sources are more suited than others. There are lots of other clones out there that are similar and no one mic can totally do it all, but it's easily one of the top 3 or 4 dynamic mics available. The exterior is sturdy (could use it as a hammer if needed) but it also has high SPL ratings so that you'd have to be stupid loud to damage it.
Primarily, I use this to mic my guitars and I find that the mid-range boost that this mic has really works for tracking guitars. It just seems to allow my guitar to fit into a mix with its eq and that's what makes this an industry standard mic.
As I mentioned, it does have a pronounced mid-range boost and is by no means flat across the frequency spectrum. It will work really well on some sources but others will not translate well at all.


Liked about it 1. Great sound quality for live mic'ing and other sources that call for a dynamic mic.
2. Excellent durability.
3. Really well suited for guitar and other mid-upper frequency sources.


Didn't like 1. It's good all around at many sources but there are other mics ithat may be better for a particular source/sound.
2. Similar to point 1, The Audix i5, Senheisser 609, etc. come to mind as similar mics that may give you better/preferable results to the 57 at a similar or in some cases cheaper price.


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4.5

By smooth55
Sep 29, 2010
 
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It's a studio standard

Comments The SM57 is just a classic mic that affordable and well worth the money. Almost any musician can afford one and should have one. New they are $100, used you can scrounge and find them around $60 (USD). If you're a guitar player then all the more reason to have one. Are you going to take a chance that a sound guy doesn't have a 57 at a show you want to sound good at? The 57 is the de facto standard for micing guitar cabs and they make wonderful vocal mics as well. Recently there has been a big push on using the Sm7B on vocals, but I have just recently seen a comparison that show almost the exact same response from the 57 and 7b. Some studio engineers are claiming the 7b is just a 57 in a different shell.


Liked about it 1. Great value
2. classic mid hump for guitar micing
3. Rugged


Didn't like I would like maybe an option to change the windscreen to a ball, or maybe not plastic, but that IS what make a 57 a 57.


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5.0

By torgeot
Mar 18, 2010
 
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You must have it

Comments I never saw or went to as tudio which didn't have some of it.
They're good to record everything.
I always miked my cabs(guitar and bass),snare drum and toms with it.
Good for vocals on rehearsalls too.


Liked about it 1- It records anything perfectly

2- Price


Didn't like Nothing bad about it.


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5.0

By 6fingers
Dec 11, 2009
 
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Workhorse for studio and live

Comments I have had my SM57 for 12 years. It is my go to mic for recording guitar and live use. For the money, you can't go wrong with a SM57. It keeps the integrity of guitar tone either live or in the studio. A true workhorse. I use the SM57 for all my guitars. For recording, the midrange this mic has seems to allow my guitar to fit into the mix just right. For live use, it will perform very well at a very high volume without distorting. For a street price of about $100, you won't find a better mic!


Liked about it Sound

Price

Durability


Didn't like I can't think of anything I do not like.


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5.0

By javashred
Aug 14, 2012
 
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Everyone should own at least one

Comments The SM57 was the first mic I purchased. I was so eager to get a decent one that I purchased two at the same time. I have two of these mics on my JSX combo mounted on Audix cab grabbers and they are placed in different positions. The mics pick up every nuance of my amp, especially when it's cranked up. Since the SM57's like loud sources, they don't have a problem being right up on the grille of my amp and picking up everything that comes out of it.
I have very little concerns about these mics being in my basement out with changing temperatures in my music room. They are built to take abuse and, unlike a condenser, they don't need any phantom power to work.


Liked about it It's well built
Will be able to handle anything
This mic picks up every little subtle nuance that comes through my amp, and faithfully recreates the the right tone and distortion.
It doesn't need phantom power.


Didn't like You need to have a good mic pre in order to record at low levels
You have to crank your amp for this mic to shine
You have to be careful if you're going to purchase one from Ebay, as there are many counterfit mics floating around on the web.


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5.0

By jb4674
May 04, 2012
 
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Industry standard mic

Comments as other reviewers have said it is an industry standard mic used by everyone. great for micing amps but also a good vocal mic - it is basically the same as a 58 without the dome. very well made. i used one a lot as my main recording mic and i have never been let down.

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Liked about it fair price,
well made,
great sound.


Didn't like lots of knock-offs out there - be careful!


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5.0

By ceedee
Jan 02, 2011
 
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THE mainstay microphone for gigs and studios!

Comments The Shure SM57 is the backbone of many studios and live rigs. It can be used as a powerhouse vocal mic and also instrument use. When recording guitar tracks, the SM57 captures all of nuances of my playing while keeping true to my guitar tone. Riffs sound punchy, and if used as a vocal mic--the SM57 brightens the vocal tracks.


Liked about it I'm not sure, but I think the housing is bullet-proof! It's durable, and even with a ton of dings, dents, and scuffs--keeps on working as new. These babies look cool, too. Priced at about a hundred clams, everyone should have an SM57 in their arsenal.


Didn't like Nothing! The SM57 is priced right, looks cool, works great for vocals and instruments, and will last forever.


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5.0

By AlaskaBat
Sep 03, 2010
 
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