Shure SM58 Mic

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One of the world's most popular vocal mics.

The Shure SM58 mic is legendary for its uncanny ability to withstand abuse that would destroy any other microphone. The Shure SM58 has not only helped to define the sound of rock vocals on stage, it's also been used as a hammer to build stages and gone on to perform flawlessly later at the gig. Using a club's house system? You'll be singing through an SM58. And in the studio? Daniel Lanois always uses the SM58 or Beta 58 on Bono's vocals.

The Shure SM58 mic is world-renowned for its distinctive upper-midrange presence peak that ensures an intelligible, lively sound. Perfectly fits a performer's hand, balanced for total comfort during long gigs. Frequency response is a smooth, vocal-tailored 50Hz-15kHz, and the price is a bargain considering its life expectancy.

Features

  • Performance tested, industry standard
  • Uniform cardioid pick-up pattern for maximum gain before feedback and excellent rejection of off-axis sound
  • Tailored frequency response specifically shaped for vocals, with brightened midrange and bass roll off to control proximity effect
  • Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
  • Steel-mesh grille and enamel-coated metal construction resist wear and abuse
  • Effective built in pop-filter reduces undesirable wind and breathe noise
  • Furnished with zippered storage bag and break-resistant stand adapter
  • Extremely durable under the heaviest use
 

SM58 Mic Specifications:

  • Type: Dynamic (moving coil)
  • Frequency Response: 50 to 15kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid), rotationally symmetrical about microphone axis, uniform with frequency
  • Sensitivity (at 1,000 Hz Open Circuit Voltage): -54.5 dBV/Pa (1.85 mV), 1 Pa = 94dB SPL
  • Impedance: Rated impedance is 150 ohms (300 ohms 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)
  • Case: Dark gray, enamel-painted, die-cast metal; matte-finished, silver, spherical steel mesh grille
  • Overall dimensions: 6-3/8"L, 2"W
  • Net weight: 298g (10.5oz.)
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ShureSM58 Mic
 
4.8

(based on 31 reviews)

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THE WORKHORSE IN THE INDUSTRY

Have been using mine for 10 years now, actually I have purchased more expensive mic's and cheaper ones, all of which are broken, this one still works great. It has outlasted all my...Read complete review

Have been using mine for 10 years now, actually I have purchased more expensive mic's and cheaper ones, all of which are broken, this one still works great. It has outlasted all my equipment. I once left this mic next to my waterbed for a few weeks and it became full of moisture and would not work properly, after it dried out for a week it worked perfectly once again! Yes it's been dropped too! It's the only Mic I have left and I once had 8 Mic's. If anything buy it as a backup, you'll always be able to count on it. After all it's not discontinued after how many years on the market, atleast 20, it was a workhorse when I started and still talked about and recommended by many professionals today!

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Not the best

I've been doing live sound for a while now, and I've found that the hype surrounding the SM58 is somewhat unfounded. After having used various other types of mics, I've found that the...Read complete review

I've been doing live sound for a while now, and I've found that the hype surrounding the SM58 is somewhat unfounded. After having used various other types of mics, I've found that the '58 is not the best-sounding mic on the market. I personally prefer the sound of an Audix or a Sennheiser to an SM58. The SM58's only redeeming factor is the fact that it simply will not die. I do sound for various local hardcore shows and can speak from experience that those sort of live sound situations are equipment killers. The only mics I trust in those situations are SM58s and my Samson R21s. (which are surprisingly durable for the fact that they're so inexpensive)Bottom line: not the best sounding mic, but incredibly durable. However, if you're in a live sound situation that's fatal to equipment, use an SM58.

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5.0

Best mic ever made!!!

By isa120301

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Can Withstand Anything
  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Road worthy
  • Versatile

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

I would recommend this mic for anyone who is looking for a mic that can do it all. It sounds great in any situation and it can take a beating. I bought my first Sm58 in 2000 and now it doesn't look new but when I plug it in, it still sounds crystal clear, like the first day I bought it. Truly an awesome, bang for your buck mic!

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5.0

SM58 Great Microphone

By mr cornelius

from Lincoln, DE

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    Amateur Radio

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    She liked it better than a condenser...

    By positivepicker

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    Yesterday I was recording a very fine singer in my caveman-style home "studio", basically just a little mixing board plugged into a computer. I used a hundred-buck name-brand condenser I just bought.

    She listened to the playback and made a face. "It sounds too... WUHHH," she said, making a tube with her hands and singing through it. "Too much mid-range. Like you're in a rain barrel. You got a 58?"

    Yes, I had a Shure SM58. I plugged it in. She sang. I played it back. Big smile. "Now THAT'S what I like," she said.

    Take it for what it's worth. I knew that the 58 was the standard for live-music mikes.

    But my singer friend, with many hours of pro studio experience, preferred the SM58 to a decent lo-buck condenser.

    Duly noted. The SM58 gave a high-quality female vocalist a recorded sound she liked.

    So I like it too.

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    5.0

    The Best Mic Ever !!!

    By isa120301

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    I have had my SM58 since 2003 and it still sounds like the first day I bought it. It is a great, rugged mic that can really take a beating. I really recommend this mic to anyone looking for a stong quality mic. Great sound, great strength, the best mic ever!

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    5.0

    30 Years and Still Going!

    By Betty

    from Florida

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    For 30 years my Shure SM58 has given me constant and consistently great sound and durability. I have tried other mics, but always go back to my SM58. You can check it out - other mics come and go and may get attention for a time, but if the SM58 wasn't so great, why is it still the standard and the one we always go back to when we don't want to worry about whether or not it will work if dropped or packed incorrectly or rained on or any other mishap that could happen to it? It has definitely withstood the Test of Time !

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    5.0

    Shure SM58 Mic

    By Tamela Mayer

    from Houston, Texas

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    Wow!- We have an old Shure mic, but this is shiney and new! Works the same as the old one. Durable, great sound clarity. Now my husband and I can sing duets!!

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I've had my SM58 for 27 years!!

    By Tom Carroll

    from Wilberforce, OH

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    I bought my SM 58 in 1980 at a music store in Dayton, Ohio. As I recall, I paid about $100. I've been using it for about 40% of my live performances ever since. I do from 50 - 100 shows a year and many of the shows are outside. This mic has outlasted several PAs,keyboards and amps! Last year I replaced the windscreen, which had been dented from being dropped many times over the years. After 27 years, I believe the mic may finally be losing some output and I am buying a new SM58 to use for vocal applications. I will continue to use the old one for micing instruments. Last year, I used the mic to record several vocal tracks for my upcoming cd. This is one durable microphone!

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    there is a difference

    By mike-ioEdj

    from lex.ky

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    A Shure SM58 is the standard of the industry they are built like a tank I have never seen a bad one in 30 (years) of experience running sound... But the beta 58 is a much clearer mic and the $59.00 extra dollars show up in roll off and high volume feedback. If you use the beta to record with it also shows up there but the guy that said just turn up the SM58 is close to right it just has more clarity and volume before feedback and it makes the soundman job easier.

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    (14 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy a few for live use

    By Justin Miller

    from Bedford England

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    The Shure SM58 is one of the most recognisable microphones in the world v and for good reason. It is the main stay of many a hire companies microphone hire stock, including mine. Practically unbreakable, and if you do manage to drop it from a high stage / skyscraper, you can also buy a replacement pop shield. Very suited to rock, or other musical styles that need powerful vocals. Make sure your singers lips are touching the pop shield to get the best results, though, unless they have very good mic technique. The proximity effect (increase in bass when you sing or talk close to the mic) makes this important. If the singer is a foot away from an SM58, the chances are they will sound thin, and you will also have gain before feedback issues...Sonically the response has a nice presence peak in the upper mid range, but the top end rolls off quickly after that. Opinion is split about whether that is a good or a bad thing v it helps keep a lid on feedback, but it doesnt sound as hi-fi as some other mics. I have had some singers complain that their vocal top end is not quite right - sometimes asking for more top end. I guess they are used to the sound of expensive condenser mics on their recordings. My solution is normally to give them another mic, like a Beta 58, or Beta 87a maybe, rather than use EQ. If you A/B test an SM58 verses these mics it will always lose. But it can still be a better mic in some cases, such as when you are looking for a cardioid rather than hyper-cardioid response (the SM58 has a cardioid response, which means it has a wider pickup pattern at the front). But most vocalists will be more than happy with the sound the SM58 gives.The SM58 also does a pretty good job on drums (not really bass drum), and other loud things like guitar cabs. It uses the same capsule as the SM57, one of the best mics for guitar cabs.In conclusion, yes there are a lot of mics that sound better, and some of these are quite a bit cheaper v but ask yourself the question are they as durable as an SM58, and if you are a professional, will your clients want to use a mic they have never heard of?Take care,Justin Millerpa2hire.co.uk

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    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy a few for live use

    By Justin Miller

    from Bedford England

    Comments about Shure SM58 Mic:

    The Shure SM58 is one of the most recognisable microphones in the world and for good reason. It is the main stay of many a hire companies microphone hire stock, including mine. Practically unbreakable, and if you do manage to drop it from a high stage / skyscraper, you can also buy a replacement pop shield. Very suited to rock, or other musical styles that need powerful vocals. Make sure your singers lips are touching the pop shield to get the best results, though, unless they have very good mic technique. The proximity effect (increase in bass when you sing or talk close to the mic) makes this important. If the singer is a foot away from an SM58, the chances are they will sound thin, and you will also have gain before feedback issues...Sonically the response has a nice presence peak in the upper mid range, but the top end rolls off quickly after that. Opinion is split about whether that is a good or a bad thing it helps keep a lid on feedback, but it doesnt sound as hi-fi as some other mics. I have had some singers complain that their vocal top end is not quite right - sometimes asking for more top end. I guess they are used to the sound of expensive condenser mics on their recordings. My solution is normally to give them another mic, like a Beta 58, or Beta 87a maybe, rather than use EQ. If you A/B test an SM58 verses these mics it will always lose. But it can still be a better mic in some cases, such as when you are looking for a cardioid rather than hyper-cardioid response (the SM58 has a cardioid response, which means it has a wider pickup pattern at the front). But most vocalists will be more than happy with the sound the SM58 gives.The SM58 also does a pretty good job on drums (not really bass drum), and other loud things like guitar cabs. It uses the same capsule as the SM57, one of the best mics for guitar cabs.In conclusion, yes there are a lot of mics that sound better, and some of these are quite a bit cheaper but ask yourself the question are they as durable as an SM58, and if you are a professional, will your clients want to use a mic they have never heard of?Take care,Justin Millerpa2hire.co.uk

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