Shure SM57
Shure SM57

SM57, Dynamic Microphone from Shure in the SM series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 161 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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nickname009's review

Shure SM57
The SM57 is a legendary mic and has become the industry standard for almost EVERYTHING.

Dynamic mic, with cardioid polar pattern. An a supposed extended response.

The dynamic mic part itself is quite small not like a vocal mic like the SM58 but can still generally be used for vocals, drums, guitars, saxophones, congas, harmonica, etc etc the list goes on. So in that sense it's versatile, just like most mics, as they should be!


I can't really explain how they've become the industry standard mic. I'm not saying that they sound bad, there are better mics out there for the price of course. Maybe it's because they are relatively inexpensive and also sound decent? I can't say that they sound great or transparent as the Sm57 to my ears seems to be a bit sterile at some points and sometimes has a little bit too much highs and treble presence, making everything a little bit brighter. It also doesn't completely capture the low end of certain instruments properly i feel, but it definitely captures a spectrum of sound that seems to cut through the mix and sound alright.

I've used these mics on a numerous amount of recordings and live situations for guitar, bass, vocals, drums, brass and harmonics primarily.

I wouldn't say this is the best mic for whatever application but I do think this is a very generic sounding mic with enchanced presence and highs. But it has become so renowned now that everybody and their grandmother has one! It always seems to be that way, that the decent stuff that's well priced, becomes something of a classic.

Overall though, decent mic, decently priced.

MGR/jonesy's review"Shure SM-57"

Shure SM57
It's black, made of metal, and has lots of scratches now! :) Anyway, I've been playing for about 30 years on and off and am in and out of it. Funny how life gets in the way sometime. I'm into classic rock, metal, hard rock, country as far as playing goes, and just about anything else as far as listening goes. I'm not currently in a band, but have been throughout the years.

I bought this unit for about $80 online several years ago. I was looking for something to mic my guitar amp or drums with, and a microphone that I thought I might be able to use for vocals as well.

I like the solid build and the trusty frequency response curve. The unit is built like a brick shithouse and takes some serious abuse over the years and keeps on ticking. Mine is so scratched up I should have said it was silver instead of black. It works every time and is consistent. I'm sure I'll have it for years to come as well, as long as I don't drop it in a toilet or something and screw the electronics, I'm pretty sure it's indestructable.

About the only thing I don't like about this mic is the frequency response and the sensitivity. While I think it's a good dynamic mic for limited frequency range work, like a guitar amp or micing a kick drum for instance, I don't like how it sounds with vocals. It's sort of dull and lifeless and doesn't capture some of the nuances of the sound. Now many of you may be saying that I shouldn't be using a dynamic mic to record vocals anyway, but that's your opinion. Regardless, it's not something I would use the SM-57 for in the future based on my experience.

As I mentioned earlier it's built very solid and it seems pretty much indestructable. Very few things in my gig bags have lasted as long as this and taken as much abuse. Shure builds the best mics in the business in my opinion and my SM-58 rocks about the same.

Overall, I couldn't be happier. I didn't over pay for this, it's extremely high quality, and as long as you don't use the SM-57 for an application it wasn't designed for, you'll love it. I sure do.

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riles's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good basic, basic"

Shure SM57
Cardioid microphone electrodynamics.


For almost 20 years I use SM57. With its companion SM58 is probably the most common micro world. This hegemony is not misused because these two microphones are reliable and make a sound less correct in all circumstances. However, I do not know a single application where the SM57 is my best choice. For me, the SM57 is a spare.
The SM57 has something slimy in the upper midrange. On hand percussion (congas), I feel that the finger sticks to the skin. It does not return the presence with high fidelity, it is diluted in a little time, making it last longer, so you can hear better but it is less clear. On dense sounds in this register (saturated guitar), it becomes quite fast aggressive.
On a saxophone in concert to choose between SM57 and SM58, SM58, which I take is thinner in the midrange. A snare I rather to the M201 or M88 Beyerdynamic home.
Despite these criticisms, the SM57 is a basic tool that always gave me a usable result.

paraglisse's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Micro usb impeccable but not great"

Shure SM57
The microphone is very good but the USB interface causes a noise rather painful. So I use the microphone without this interface, except for troubleshooting ...

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Classical"

Shure SM57
Nothing new


I have a copy for difficult scenes at the acoustic

jouf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" base"

Shure SM57
Dynamic is a microphone that is used on stage for the snare drum.
I bought it at the same time as the AKG 112 for the bass drum to a sondier that reduced the facade.
Frankly, I never use it, so for the view .... In any case it's not a great warrior the microphone. Something practical that generates too pes feedback. That's it.


Good value.

SPH1X's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very versatile"

Shure SM57
Cardioid microphone passes for transplanting electric guitars, acoustic guitars as percussion.


Micro versatile and robust on stage, not too sensitive to wind. I used to transplant almost everything: electric guitars, acoustics, congas, toms, snare etc. ... He has this little feature to have a bump in the midrange which gives it a good presence.

AlexJansen's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A micro adored for no reason!"

Shure SM57
I want to say mike and do nothing while at the same time ... It is neither the best nor the worst for any type of application in particular. So it seems it is solid. I have 3 that are between 1 and 4 years, and they walk all well.


In my opinion, this microphone not worth its price, nor the adulation that the whole world for him. It is a dynamic microphone means, not better than others that are 2x times cheaper and more effective. At first I had bought to replicate guitar amps, I found it quite ... until I test condenser mics (Oktava mk012 among others) and I realized my mistake. The record was far better than the SM57, which colors the sound in a way sometimes unpleasant. In short, this microphone is useless, except when you have nothing else handy. I totally recommend for anyone who wants to make home-studio, for the same price, there is a large diaphragm condenser equally versatile (see above) and 50x ultimate in reproduction quality. (Requires different technology)

Unfortunately this microphone has a reputation blind and unjustified, which makes it almost inevitable to have in its fleet microphone to be taken seriously. So if I can recommend this microphone, it is solely for that purpose "psychological", but surely not for its sound qualities quite commonplace and its price, in my view, unjustified.

-pyero-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" essential kit in a microwave"

Shure SM57
micro fairly versatile instrument, the snare drum with sax, trombone, trumpet through guitar amps and bass ....


I have been using it almost always, and I continue to find it on each install .... not very specific and suddenly it gives a micro happening everywhere. good natural rendering it a sure bet.
we sometimes find the song but I recommend it especially on the instrumentals

J-Luc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Neutral"

Shure SM57
Dynamic, already existed at the time of Kennedy.


Ben now, except for a snare drum or a djembe, eh ...

In any case to a folk guitar or an accordion I can not stand the microphone.

I gave it.