Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic

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A reliable workhorse onstage and in the studio.

The Shure SM57 is one of the most popular professional instrument microphones of all time. The dynamic SM57 mic performs reliably delivering natural sound night after night. Its durable, bulletproof design stands up to road travel and abuse. Perfectly at home in the studio too. The Shure SM57 boasts wide frequency response (40Hz-15kHz) and a tight cardioid polar pattern that are ideal for close-in speaker miking.

Features Audio
  • Frequency response: 40Hz to 15kHz
  • Max SPL: 150 dB
  • Sensitivity: -56bD-V/Pa (1.6mV)
Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Dynamic
  • Pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted/handheld
Applications
  • Primary: Stage
  • Secondary: Studio
  • Other: Not applicable
Physical
  • L x W x (D): 6-3/8 x 1-1/4"
  • Weight: 10 oz. (284g)
Other
  • Case: Pouch

Order today if you don't have one. If you do, order another. You'll need it eventually.

 

SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic Specifications:

  • Frequency response: 40Hz to 15,000Hz
  • Polar pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid), rotationally symmetrical about microphone axis, uniform with frequency
  • Sensitivity (at 1,000Hz): Open circuit voltage: -56.0 dBV/Pa (1.6 mV) (Note: 1 Pa = 94dB SPL)
  • Impedance: Rated impedance is 150ohms (310ohms actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low impedance
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
  • Connector: 3-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4"W (top) x 6-3/18"L x 29/32" (bottom)
  • Net weight (without cable): 284g (10 oz.)
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ShureSM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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Has to be the best all around mic in the world!

Sounds natural and can work on about any sound. It's not the best for everything nor the worst for anything, but the most versatile of any mic I have ever seen and at a...Read complete review

Sounds natural and can work on about any sound. It's not the best for everything nor the worst for anything, but the most versatile of any mic I have ever seen and at a good price.

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Good live, terrible recording

Let me start off by saying that this is the mic for live purposes. Use it on anything, it will sound good. I've even rigged them to mic bass amps and bass drums...Read complete review

Let me start off by saying that this is the mic for live purposes. Use it on anything, it will sound good. I've even rigged them to mic bass amps and bass drums live, but for the life of me, I couldn't get this thing to sound worth a recording. It produces the same sound as a karaoke mic. The only way I feel I could streamline the sound is if I pumped it through a preamp. For live purposes, this is the mic to have. But for recording, I'm afraid condensers are the only thing worth their recorded gold.

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5.0

Great All Purpose Mic!

By '09 BeatBoy

from Dayton, OH.

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

Great mic to record drums,amps,just about anything.Its built like a tank,and is virtually indestructible.You can't go wrong with having a couple of SM57's in your mic locker.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A classic that's never without a job to do

By JohnBonn

from Undisclosed

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

You can never really have too many SM57's around. I've used them for everything from vocals to acoustic guitar, drums, etc, etc. You really haven't experienced what these mics can do though, until you run them through a top quality preamp, like a John Hardy M-1.

If you're going to have one dynamic to cover a lot of bases successfully, this is the one to have.

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5.0

You gotta have one of these

By beshmonger

from Centennial, CO

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

I got my first one in '98. It's been through a lot and traveled many miles but I've never had any problems with it. These are tough, durable and worth more than they cost. Once you buy one you never have to replace it!
You can record absolutely anything with them. However, since they are unidirectional I would not recommend using one for a good "room" sound. If you need crisp highs or deep lows then this mic won't do that but that's not what it's for. Guitars and drums sound great with SM57's. Vocals come out good too but there are better mics for recording vocals. Same with kick drums, cymbals and horns. Still, you can get great tones on a recording using nothing but an SM57. There probably aren't very many professional band recordings without an SM57 being utilized somewhere on it.
I love when the sound guy mics my cabinet with a 57. I prefer one for my vocals too (backups, not lead).
SM57's are the undisputed workhorse of mics and everyone should have at least one.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Awesome mic for just about anything

By TheGuitarist365

from Undisclosed

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

I have had this mic for a year or so and it always delivers. It is incredible for vocals and for instruments to. I have mic'ed a bassoon with this thing. This is overall the greatest mic I have ever used. If microphones took over the world, this would be their leader.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't go live without it!

By Rich

from Central PA

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

I have 2 of these. I could use a 3rd (at least!)The SM57 has a great live and recording history that goes back a couple of rock and roll generations. This mic has been proven time and time again. I love it on loud guitar amps and drums in particular. I've been using them to record and for live stuff. The SM57 delivers edgy rock, Metal and R & B guitar sounds with the characteristics that I and so many through history have sought. I also like to use it as a second mic to a separate track if I'm trying to get a smoother guitar sound with a cardoid mic, but I want it to have some teeth and extra brightness. Two close mics right in the center of different speakers is the way I do it.

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(10 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great sounding, versatile mic for a great price

By ryan-PKaqx

from philadelphia, pa

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

Let me start by saying that Shure has made an amazing mic in the sm57. Its incredibly versatile...a great "go to" mic to get fat guitar tone, and deep bass. Also sounds awesome on snare and toms (although for cymbals, you'll want condemners) it does a fair job on vocals if you don't have access to a condenser. It can handle REALLY loud live volumes, too as I've used them many times in this application without problem. I've had it for quite a while with heavy use and have had nothing go wrong with it. I have more than one and if either was stolen I would replace them the next day (after I stopped crying), no doubt. If that isn't the true mark of a great product, I don't know what is...if you could have only one mic, this is it!!

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(109 of 205 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The ONLY mic for studio recording!!!

By Mark "Rackmount" Rhodes

from Detroit, MI, US of A!!!!!!!

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

I own two SM-57's for studio and live work. My recording engineer settles for nothing less than this Shure model. Crisp acoustic guitar pick-up is excellent since I am against "electrifying" my pristine Gibson AJ acoustic. For pick-up on my Vox tube amps, the recording reproduction makes my Les Pauls, SG, and Strat TRUE sounding with absolutely no background noise. We mic the drums with SM-57's as well; REALLY PICKS UP THE SNARE SOMETHING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

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(9 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Rick Johnson

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

Had a Shure PG58 which I was using for vocals. However, it seemed to cut out a lot of bass frequencies so my voice sounded flat. I decided to try out the SM57, half expecting little improvement and was quite astounded by the results. I then recorded my acoustic guitar which had the clarity in the recording of an electro-acoustic.I would definitely recommend this mic to anyone and actively discourage people from buying cheaper mics- the difference is quality is far, far greater than the difference in price!!!

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(164 of 302 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Picks up moving air

By Jim Easterling

from Stephenville, Texas, USA

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

Anybody remember Leslie Tone Cabinets? If you play through one, you know you gotta keep up with the guitar amps. It's easy; mic the top and bottom with SM57s. You'll get the pure sound of those rotors moving that air, only real loud. Beautiful!

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(43 of 87 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good live, terrible recording

By Captain Fun

from Atlanta

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

Let me start off by saying that this is the mic for live purposes. Use it on anything, it will sound good. I've even rigged them to mic bass amps and bass drums live, but for the life of me, I couldn't get this thing to sound worth a recording. It produces the same sound as a karaoke mic. The only way I feel I could streamline the sound is if I pumped it through a preamp. For live purposes, this is the mic to have. But for recording, I'm afraid condensers are the only thing worth their recorded gold.

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