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Dynamic Microphone from Shure belonging to the SM series

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  • James...James...

    The quintessential instrument mic

    Shure SM57Published on 08/03/11 at 07:26
    You know this mic. The dynamic SM57 Legendary for guitar and studio vocals. Almost everyone has used one at some time or another. Great both live and in the studio. People say these have 101 uses. What more can you say?

    OVERALL OPINION

    As a guitarist and producer I tend to know what I like and what I don't. Most people tend to favor these most for electric guitar. I personally am not the biggest fan of that application. It's picky about positioning for one thing, and really needs to find the sweet spot on the speaker. In the studio, this isn't a big issue, but I play live a lot and I've found the 57 is not the best live speaker mic for me. Most of the time it's one of thos…
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    You know this mic. The dynamic SM57 Legendary for guitar and studio vocals. Almost everyone has used one at some time or another. Great both live and in the studio. People say these have 101 uses. What more can you say?

    OVERALL OPINION

    As a guitarist and producer I tend to know what I like and what I don't. Most people tend to favor these most for electric guitar. I personally am not the biggest fan of that application. It's picky about positioning for one thing, and really needs to find the sweet spot on the speaker. In the studio, this isn't a big issue, but I play live a lot and I've found the 57 is not the best live speaker mic for me. Most of the time it's one of those "good but no great" mics for me. It has a harsh sound with my rig through most systems. If it's all I have at the time, I will use it though no problem. Usually the best sounds can be found by tilting it off axis. Maybe it's just me, but the 57 seems to add it's own distortion to an already distorted sound. I don't really like that. To be fair, it still sounds better than all the other guitar mics in its price range.

    Where this mic really shines for me is on a snare drum. It adds a certain pop to the EQ that no other mic has gotten me. 90% of the time whether it's live or in the studio, I use this mic on my drummer's snare. It's quick and easy. Just tilt it towards the center of the head and you're good to go. Sounds great.

    I've used it for bass, vocals, and cymbals. It sounds alright for all of these. Nothing spectacular. But for the value, it's amazing. That's really what it comes down to. Compared to other mics at this price, it's phenomenal. I would highly recommend you get 1 or 2 if you have a budget studio. They are well worth the price.
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  • Anonymous

    When asked what would you do with $4000?

    Shure SM57Published on 06/27/11 at 01:42
    This microphone is a workhorse.

    I once came across a thread that asked: What would you do with $500? $1000? $2000? $4000? $10000?

    A very popular answer (and very humorous) and very valid is as such:

    $500: 5 SM57's
    $1000: 10 SM57's
    $2000: 20 SM57's
    $4000: 40 SM57's
    $10000: 100 SM57's.

    People are enamored with this microphone. That's because it has a solid reputation for being unbelievably easy to EQ. It is great on lead vocals, background vocals, guitar cabinet, guitar, kick drum, and a variety of many, many other things. While it may not appear to sound that unbelievable initially while tracking, once it is in the mix, it is inanely easy to adjust the frequencies so that it …
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    This microphone is a workhorse.

    I once came across a thread that asked: What would you do with $500? $1000? $2000? $4000? $10000?

    A very popular answer (and very humorous) and very valid is as such:

    $500: 5 SM57's
    $1000: 10 SM57's
    $2000: 20 SM57's
    $4000: 40 SM57's
    $10000: 100 SM57's.

    People are enamored with this microphone. That's because it has a solid reputation for being unbelievably easy to EQ. It is great on lead vocals, background vocals, guitar cabinet, guitar, kick drum, and a variety of many, many other things. While it may not appear to sound that unbelievable initially while tracking, once it is in the mix, it is inanely easy to adjust the frequencies so that it works marvelously.

    Is it a microphone that will particularly excel on all these sources? Of course not! That's not the point of it. The point of the SM57 is that it is fantastically versatile, not that it absolutely excels on everything. What microphone does?

    It also finds itself at home on stage. I've experienced situations in which the SM57 is used on EVERY. SINGLE. SOUND. SOURCE. Nothing in any way was particularly lacking.

    OVERALL OPINION

    If you have one or two of these microphones, especially if you have a nice condenser to supplement it with, then you will have many, many bases covered. Nothing is particularly impossible to use when you are using the SM57. You just have to know what you're doing. All you really require is a bit of working knowledge of what parts to deaden, what parts t sweeten, what parts to roll off and raise.

    For $100, it is very difficult to go wrong with the Shure SM57. It is a classic workhorse that has found its ways onto stages and into studios for decades, and will continue to do so for decades to come.
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  • Dependant2lazikDependant2lazik

    the famous! versatile and legendary.

    Shure SM57Published on 06/06/11 at 05:12
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    Normally used to plug a guitar or snare drum, works pretty good for the brass (trumpets, sax ...). Cardioid dynamic microphone. Warning this is not a Neumann, but it does much work it is asked.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use my home for my 2 years since making his guitar, but I also use it very often in my business background music for various types of instruments.
    It's a microphone that has proven over the years. He brings a lot of his acute sensitivity of the capsule can be "send the wood!" With good quality material on the back. Value for money is nothing wrong, I bought 2 for 100euros never a problem, however the benefits I have often encountered the problem of son who are too thin …
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    Normally used to plug a guitar or snare drum, works pretty good for the brass (trumpets, sax ...). Cardioid dynamic microphone. Warning this is not a Neumann, but it does much work it is asked.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use my home for my 2 years since making his guitar, but I also use it very often in my business background music for various types of instruments.
    It's a microphone that has proven over the years. He brings a lot of his acute sensitivity of the capsule can be "send the wood!" With good quality material on the back. Value for money is nothing wrong, I bought 2 for 100euros never a problem, however the benefits I have often encountered the problem of son who are too thin and breaks easily when unscrewing the cap (the microphones are not always treated well).
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  • charluscharlus

    mythical

    Shure SM57Published on 06/05/11 at 01:51
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    mixed mic
    features available everywhere.
    No nonsense: this is not a static microphone.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 25 years ... live and in studio.
    Very personal opinion.

    This microphone works for almost everything, but beware:
    there is no perfect mic. So I suggest equivalence in some cases and available at cost. Because if you break your piggy bank is yet another debate.

    Battery:
    snare top and bottom. It works very well in rock and roll.
    On other styles, you can choose a static, richer in harmonics but watch the pressure.
    In dynamic equivalence, Beta 56 (more punchy), AKG 441 (more natural), beta 57 (brightest), Sennheiser 906 (more fat)
    For toms, less ric…
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    mixed mic
    features available everywhere.
    No nonsense: this is not a static microphone.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 25 years ... live and in studio.
    Very personal opinion.

    This microphone works for almost everything, but beware:
    there is no perfect mic. So I suggest equivalence in some cases and available at cost. Because if you break your piggy bank is yet another debate.

    Battery:
    snare top and bottom. It works very well in rock and roll.
    On other styles, you can choose a static, richer in harmonics but watch the pressure.
    In dynamic equivalence, Beta 56 (more punchy), AKG 441 (more natural), beta 57 (brightest), Sennheiser 906 (more fat)
    For toms, less rich than a Sennheiser 421 or beta98 but it marchotte ...
    Kick: I'm using it to imitate sounds vintage (not too serious, not too sharp)
    No cymbals or charley

    Perceived: on almost all live. Not very late in the studio

    Brass: trumpet (effective live). Not very generous to the rest

    Guitar: ideal complement to a static (or 421) on an electric guitar. Little salvage a acoustic live

    Low: in addition to an RE20 or DI for the bass biting or saturation.

    Agreed to prefer the Beta 57A (attention to hump to 500/600Hz). Attention is a very rock sound. Not trying to make Lara Fabian ...

    To summarize: it is the best microphone in the world, if you know what you gonna do with it. Surprisingly, it is valid for almost all the microphones ... 100 to 2500 €
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  • GbliiGblii

    excellent sound for decision

    Shure SM57Published on 06/05/11 at 01:56
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    I use it to catch his acoustic instrumentals (classical guitar, folk, bass). Very good definition to complement with each other to enrich (piezo octava ...) with a maximum of the different species are really just find a studio that fits in their entirety.

    I have a song for neuman U87 ...
    Incomparable but if you can not put a microphone in 2500euros, avoid microphones 400 500 or 600 euros, shure a value for money, quality design and sturdiness that nobody else has ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    ...
  • Wing-Anh LUYWing-Anh LUY

    very good mic

    Shure SM57Published on 06/04/11 at 05:22
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    Dynamic microphone great for speakers that sound exactly commme fate is expected to locate the body in there y 'transplanting very good mic

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for about 2 weeks I had a capacitor from a mirco I do not know where the sound was fine for voice but not for personal instruments the SM57 is perfect for me! it is very well and I recommend it for 95 euros is a bargain! I have nothing to say about this microphone because it must have in hand to understand
  • GuyoomGuyoom

    Reliability, performance, value for money, sturdy, timeless

    Shure SM57Published on 06/02/11 at 13:23
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    So it is a cardioid instrument microphone. Micro usable for sound decision-snare (or toms), electric guitar amp. It can also help a singer (close frequencies), or be placed in a drum to add to the attack including the metal.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years to my demos and live. Shure is a great reference for me the microphone. It is the quality at unbeatable prices. I've never had better results than the Shure.
    The advantages of this microphone: versatility, value for money, it's solid, easy to use, micro well insulated.
    Defects: I do not find much.

    I recommend it and I intend to buy me new ones if the need arises.
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    So it is a cardioid instrument microphone. Micro usable for sound decision-snare (or toms), electric guitar amp. It can also help a singer (close frequencies), or be placed in a drum to add to the attack including the metal.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years to my demos and live. Shure is a great reference for me the microphone. It is the quality at unbeatable prices. I've never had better results than the Shure.
    The advantages of this microphone: versatility, value for money, it's solid, easy to use, micro well insulated.
    Defects: I do not find much.

    I recommend it and I intend to buy me new ones if the need arises.
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  • FreddosaxoFreddosaxo

    Matoss good!

    Shure SM57Published on 06/02/11 at 16:58
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    Type: Dynamic small-cap.
    Frequency Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
    Directional or cardioid (heart shaped), around the axis of rotation.
    Ideal for any musical instrument pickup

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used the last few months, I use an sm57, sm58 and a pair of Apex 185.
    Plus, much more, both super versatile voices on the acoustic instrument, I have yet to try on amplified instruments ... A nice precision on wind instruments such as saxophone or trumpet. Otherwise, strong, beautiful line.

    The least .... uh .... Just a small remark. Few return for instruments such as cello or bass but must surely inverstire in a good preamp for this foncctionne well. Otherwise nothing to say.

    Very…
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    Type: Dynamic small-cap.
    Frequency Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
    Directional or cardioid (heart shaped), around the axis of rotation.
    Ideal for any musical instrument pickup

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used the last few months, I use an sm57, sm58 and a pair of Apex 185.
    Plus, much more, both super versatile voices on the acoustic instrument, I have yet to try on amplified instruments ... A nice precision on wind instruments such as saxophone or trumpet. Otherwise, strong, beautiful line.

    The least .... uh .... Just a small remark. Few return for instruments such as cello or bass but must surely inverstire in a good preamp for this foncctionne well. Otherwise nothing to say.

    Very good value for money and if it was to do again, I'll buy this mic without hesitation.

    Rate: 7.5 / 10
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  • Anonymous

    The Swiss Army Knife of dynamic microphone

    Shure SM57Published on 06/01/11 at 13:01
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    The characteristics of the microphone are now known to all!

    I use it personally for the transplanted guitar amp, acoustic guitar, voice very clear and bright percussion (snare, bongo and others)

    OVERALL OPINION

    It is an essential micro and indestructible!

    For beginners it is very much the case in absolutely all situations. For advanced use, both live in the studio, this mic is always right for the task entrusted to him ...

    I always use the same for many years in many different situations and sometimes extreme. I take the example of a garage punk concert at which he was literally drowned in Sneeze, beer, sweat, and after a good cleaning + drying, it still works as the out…
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    The characteristics of the microphone are now known to all!

    I use it personally for the transplanted guitar amp, acoustic guitar, voice very clear and bright percussion (snare, bongo and others)

    OVERALL OPINION

    It is an essential micro and indestructible!

    For beginners it is very much the case in absolutely all situations. For advanced use, both live in the studio, this mic is always right for the task entrusted to him ...

    I always use the same for many years in many different situations and sometimes extreme. I take the example of a garage punk concert at which he was literally drowned in Sneeze, beer, sweat, and after a good cleaning + drying, it still works as the output of the box!

    It's a cheap microphone, reference, I always recommend!
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  • Garage poissardGarage poissard

    Reality of the SM57

    Shure SM57Published on 06/01/11 at 13:09
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    Cardioid dynamic microphone

    OVERALL OPINION

    nicknamed the Swiss army knife and it is justified.

    It happens everywhere, not enough to excel in the studio but on stage is good enough and especially economic and unbreakable ...
    It also breaks a micro anti testicle, Shure is a reference for anyone interested from near or far to the music, and not many people will tell you that it's shit or will tell you j "have not beautiful voice because of your microphone.

    In short it goes everywhere and convenient way.
    This is a must as are other as brother SM58

    57 is used on the drums, guitar, piano, voice, etc. .....

    And mostly you do not know what to put here and listen, then yo…
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    Cardioid dynamic microphone

    OVERALL OPINION

    nicknamed the Swiss army knife and it is justified.

    It happens everywhere, not enough to excel in the studio but on stage is good enough and especially economic and unbreakable ...
    It also breaks a micro anti testicle, Shure is a reference for anyone interested from near or far to the music, and not many people will tell you that it's shit or will tell you j "have not beautiful voice because of your microphone.

    In short it goes everywhere and convenient way.
    This is a must as are other as brother SM58

    57 is used on the drums, guitar, piano, voice, etc. .....

    And mostly you do not know what to put here and listen, then you'll see.
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