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Shure SM58 Vocal Microphone Reviews
This is a product that practically doesn't need it's praises sang, it's sturdy, versatile and it doesn't cost your life savings. Your still reading? Every engineer should own at least one of these, if you haven't got one yet your just pretending.
I use the 58 as a back up for the Shure wireless with the same cell or for saturday night punters in my karaoke business. I\\\'ve tried every other version from the AKGD5 etc as Constant gigging and the general public will kill most microphones, replacing hurts as the 58\\\'s not the cheapest.
I suppose the SM58 in a nutshell, almost bomb proof, Smoke & Beer resistant, and sounds great for my voice.
8/10 for being a highly steal\\\'able bit of kit.
Now if they can only make one thats theft proof, with an imobiliser or something.....
I agree with Peter that it\'s a great mic, but unless you\'re trying to eat the Silica gel that comes with it to keep it dry then I don\'t think you need to worry abotu the cancer warning... :)
A very good piece of kit. Excellent frequency response, great for vocals or instrument pickup. Once you use one of these you wont look back.
I must however comment on the lack of instructions - specifically, details on whether or not the unit is suitable for use with +48V (phantom power). I had to search the web to find this out (it isnt).
I was also very annoyed by the fact that the documentation mentions that the unit contains a substance known to cause cancer and birth defects but does not elaborate on this at all and there is no other information to be found.
I\'m taking 2 points off my final score due to the above, otherwise a great mic.
I\'ve used these as a vocal mic both live and in studios for many years now (as the state of some of mine will verify) and these babies have consistently done a great job, even after taking more than a few bounces - they\'re bordering on being bombproof! I wouldn\'t be without mine and wouldn\'t use any other for live vocals...
useed one of these guys for around 10 years,and like a lot of vocalists tried and decided that the old -un was past it,due to higher hf and lower bass etc,,now thats not a bad thing because you have to be sure your on top of your game in the best possible way,,,,thing is after youve bought something its difficullt to admit that youve been looking the wrong way,,,the moneys spent, and youve already been told that your voice has improved using the other mic ,, or something equally flattering,,thing is listen to your self,,now after my e.v.767a fell to pieces,,literally,i got out my old shure sm.58 ,,,the frequencies were less than the e.v. and less than the sennheiser,,and less than the beyerdynamic,, but when i started to think about it,,i cant hear that high,,and i cant sing that low,,,(22kz,,- 22000kz)the sure goes down to 50kz and up to 15000kz,,and i still cant sing that low ,,or that high,,but the sound is just wonderfull,and it does what its supposed to do,,re-produce your voice,,,with its own unique mid lift,,,just turn down the bass,,and you will hear your voice growl, as the low mid is wonderfull,,you dont need a lot of bass,,,and the top is crisp without being tiresome to the audience,,i believe the sound of the sm 58 will outclass everything outside the studio,,and it has a character all of its own,,the best mic. for country music i have ever used and the build quality is legendary,,,its now 12 years old,,and i am buying a new one,,yeah,you know ,,just in case i lose it,,look dont mess around,,you dont need anything else,,and if you insist on a goober hf or something that will produce sounds you cant achieve with the s.m. 58,,its probably just that your not using it for vocals?? just do yourself a favour,,buy the 58,,and chill,,,
This mic is amazing. After using a fairly good mic from a brand I\'d never heard of, I didn\'t think I\'d need to buy another - it sounded fine, how good can mic get, right? But after hearing a lot of hype (mostly good but some bad) I decided to try the SM58.
I sing in a rock band and my vocals seemed fine before, but once I tried the SM58 I could really hear myself, crystal clear compared to before. The mic I used before was bought for 40 quid, and although the SM58 was over twice the price it was way more than twice as good!
As a frontman the attention is always on you, if you screw up, everyone looks bad. With the SM58 I have bags more confidence that my voice can be heard and cuts through the mix.
I\'ve used this mic to record and live and it is fantastic. We also tried the SM58 to mic-up a guitar amp the other day, and the recording was incredibly faithful to the sound of the amp.
The mic seems small but feels weighty. You feel like you\'re holding something very special. The Shure mic clip, bag and cable tie complement the mic nicely, in a stylishly designed box that tells you that you\'re playing with the big boys now!
I\'d strongly recommend this mic to singers, especially if you\'re looking to find your tone and sound or you don\'t feel like you\'re getting enough of yourself from your current mic. At this price I can\'t believe anyone would knock this mic for quality sound.
Wembley Stadium or Working Mens Club, you won\'t feel unequipped with a 58.
I purchased this microphone almost a year ago from this website and there\'s one thing for sure, I don\'t think I will ever have to replace it. I use it for live and recording aplications almost every week and as well as sounding fantastic, it\'s reliability is true to the company... Shure.
The sound I get from the SM58 is clear, precise and punchy and definitely cuts through the mix when singing live. It has crystal clear highs that roll off nicely to overcome feedback issues. This comes in handy when the most quite of singers has to have an extreme gain set for them. Also it has a very warm bass tones that gives the signal a more rounded and full bodied feel. The mids are sometimes a little to crisp for my liking but it does stop the mic from sounding too thin.
All in all this microphone is Reliable, Affordable and Robust.
Other alternative: \'Electro Voice N/D 767a\' because of advanced sensitivity, greater frequency response and a warmer sound over the SM58.
This is an essential workhorse product. I have 5 of them and use them for all sorts of jobs, mainly on-stage but sometimes in the studio too.
If you are a professional, you probably own at least 1 already. If not, then you need to buy one!!
I am truely very disappointed with this SM58...I have been using an SM57 for well over 20 years with no problems at all...brilliant sound, easy vocal pick-up. But the SM58 is useless, I can hardly hear a thing from it. I thought it was a vocal mic, but now I'm not sure if it's a microphone at all.
It's a terrible mic and I would put others off buying this piece of worthless rubbish.
I have both high and low impedence inputs on my H&H 100 Watt PA Amp.....on the low impedence input there is absolutley no sound at all!..The 57 works fine on both. I wish I had never bought this.
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’ll 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 doesn’t 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’re 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.
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?
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