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Dynamic Microphone from Shure belonging to the SM series

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  • mitchgeistmitchgeist

    SHURE SM57 is a must have

    Shure SM57Published on 11/13/12 at 17:00
    The SM57 is a dynamic microphone with a cardioid, directional pattern. Dynamic mics sound different than condenser mics, which are better for capturing hi and low frequencies. A dynamic mic like the SM57 does not need phantom power, which makes it more adaptable to mixers and recorders that don't have this feature. It records what it points to and rejects stuff from the side and from behind it. That makes it great for drums and good for the stage. It can also take very loud sounds without breaking up. Many drummers use it on the kick and snare drum because the sm57 can handle it, without a pad, where a condenser mic's sound would break up with distortion. Because of the tight directi…
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    The SM57 is a dynamic microphone with a cardioid, directional pattern. Dynamic mics sound different than condenser mics, which are better for capturing hi and low frequencies. A dynamic mic like the SM57 does not need phantom power, which makes it more adaptable to mixers and recorders that don't have this feature. It records what it points to and rejects stuff from the side and from behind it. That makes it great for drums and good for the stage. It can also take very loud sounds without breaking up. Many drummers use it on the kick and snare drum because the sm57 can handle it, without a pad, where a condenser mic's sound would break up with distortion. Because of the tight directional pattern, it rejects bleed from other drums better than other mics.

    OVERALL OPINION

    There are some drawbacks to consider about the SM57. While it does not need phantom power, it does need a lot of gain at the preamp when recording softer sounds. That can bring in more noise from the preamp (the Mic itself is generally quiet). The SM57, as mentioned before, does not capture the very low or very high frequencies as well as condensers. You can use EQ to bring up these frequencies if you need to and for vocals and guitar I recommend that if its the only mic you own. If you use it outdoors on gigs make sure to bring along a windscreen.
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  • lucasd'airylucasd'airy

    Not to let choked by dumping U.S. / Japan-China

    Shure SM57Published on 10/08/12 at 23:29
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    cardioid, but very far from having a frequency response interesting decision, other than taking it live or is "easy to understand" the rest of the chain, but autrs microphones do this as well (BeyerDynamic:
    - M160 one of the best Q / P band
    - M600 excellent rendering with a Neve preamp to
    - TG-88 if you wait a bit of time, you will have a micro pro 'in the pro'

    Well ... that take the hit and + are interesting term)

    OVERALL OPINION

    We were all, I think, back to front and around the mic
    I do not acquérai!
    Made narrow, which tends to equalize the sound of the amp repeatedly '
    The single thought: Shure SM57-610 in AU
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    cardioid, but very far from having a frequency response interesting decision, other than taking it live or is "easy to understand" the rest of the chain, but autrs microphones do this as well (BeyerDynamic:
    - M160 one of the best Q / P band
    - M600 excellent rendering with a Neve preamp to
    - TG-88 if you wait a bit of time, you will have a micro pro 'in the pro'

    Well ... that take the hit and + are interesting term)

    OVERALL OPINION

    We were all, I think, back to front and around the mic
    I do not acquérai!
    Made narrow, which tends to equalize the sound of the amp repeatedly '
    The single thought: Shure SM57-610 in AU
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  • EynkelEynkel

    Indestructible Swiss Army knife!

    Shure SM57Published on 09/16/12 at 12:48
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    Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

    Same characteristics as the sm58 except the windscreen of protection pops

    Robust and reliable over the long term (not budge for 16 years of loyal service!)

    He eats everything, even large acoustic pressures (percussion, drums, etc ...) and saturated signals (metal scrapers among others)

    Its low impedance can push the preamp needed without adding too much breath, which is appreciable.

    Example Swiss Army Knife:
    I paired with a C414 before a scratched metal amp big sound: the sm57 is very, very far more suited to this kind of sources.

    Hesitating a little, I still put on an accordion to take the treble. Result: his punchy but not aggressive, and th…
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    Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

    Same characteristics as the sm58 except the windscreen of protection pops

    Robust and reliable over the long term (not budge for 16 years of loyal service!)

    He eats everything, even large acoustic pressures (percussion, drums, etc ...) and saturated signals (metal scrapers among others)

    Its low impedance can push the preamp needed without adding too much breath, which is appreciable.

    Example Swiss Army Knife:
    I paired with a C414 before a scratched metal amp big sound: the sm57 is very, very far more suited to this kind of sources.

    Hesitating a little, I still put on an accordion to take the treble. Result: his punchy but not aggressive, and the metal side of the source is non-existent.

    And the list is long!

    This mic is a standard and it is not for nothing.
    It has even been taken on his voice on TV shows!

    I do not see how you can do without ....???
    Must simply a must for a micro park worthy of the name.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 4 and it is a minimum (the same for 16 years!)
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  • JeffTadashiJeffTadashi

    Universal legend

    Shure SM57Published on 07/02/12 at 20:07
    The Shure SM57 is a modern classic microphone, and it is used more prominently in the studio that any other singular microphone. It is a legendary, but simple dynamic microphone, with a frequency response from 40 Hz to 15,000 Hz, cardioid pattern, 150 ohms rated impedance, and the basic 3-pin XLR connector on the base. It is unidirectional in nature, with a very small sound entrance and windscreen. It doesn’t have a particularly flat frequency response, but it sounds very musical, and it can be used in a variety of applications, including guitar amps, vocals, drums, wind instruments, stringed instruments, acoustic guitars, room ambience, and more.

    What’s great about the Shure SM57 is tha…
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    The Shure SM57 is a modern classic microphone, and it is used more prominently in the studio that any other singular microphone. It is a legendary, but simple dynamic microphone, with a frequency response from 40 Hz to 15,000 Hz, cardioid pattern, 150 ohms rated impedance, and the basic 3-pin XLR connector on the base. It is unidirectional in nature, with a very small sound entrance and windscreen. It doesn’t have a particularly flat frequency response, but it sounds very musical, and it can be used in a variety of applications, including guitar amps, vocals, drums, wind instruments, stringed instruments, acoustic guitars, room ambience, and more.

    What’s great about the Shure SM57 is that it is used almost universally, and it is one of the cheapest microphones you can buy. It is still a quality product from a quality microphone manufacturer (in Shure), and that makes it perfect for so many budgets and applications. However, there are many fake Shure SM57’s floating around, particularly on eBay, and if you are not careful, you will end up with a Chinese-made fake that looks just like the real mic, but sounds thin and tinny. In fact, I owned a fake SM57 for a few months, and I didn’t realize it was fake until I started testing it against another SM57: I knew the mic was sounding bad, but I assumed it was my other equipment, bad mic placement, or phase issues, because I just assumed the mic was real and it fine working condition. Do make sure you do not fall into the same trap, and buy from reputable sellers.


    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, the Shure SM57 is a great mic that belongs in every studio, simply because it is so universally used. Even if you have better microphones that work better for specific situations, it’s still a good idea to keep these around, because they are always useful and every musician is familiar with them.
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  • severinsteelseverinsteel

    A must have microphone!

    Shure SM57Published on 06/29/12 at 12:10
    Dynamic cardioid microphone.

    Well, this microphone needs no introduction. Chances are, most every recording studio has one and every recording studio should. The SM57 is a studio staple for guitar cabs and snare drums. It has a mid heavy but pleasing sound and handles high SPL's very well. It also has a tendency to cut through the mix and just sound good. Aside from its sonics, the SM57 is bullet proof. The joke is that you can hammer a nail with one and then use it on a session. It's a great microphone to learn on as well since it is very straightforward. No finicky polar pattern switches or anything like that.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, I don't really have anything bad to say a…
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    Dynamic cardioid microphone.

    Well, this microphone needs no introduction. Chances are, most every recording studio has one and every recording studio should. The SM57 is a studio staple for guitar cabs and snare drums. It has a mid heavy but pleasing sound and handles high SPL's very well. It also has a tendency to cut through the mix and just sound good. Aside from its sonics, the SM57 is bullet proof. The joke is that you can hammer a nail with one and then use it on a session. It's a great microphone to learn on as well since it is very straightforward. No finicky polar pattern switches or anything like that.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, I don't really have anything bad to say about this microphone. It does the job well. A lot of times, if none of your hi end stuff won't work on a track, a 57 will fit in nicely. Sure, the SM57 doesn't sound anything like a U87, but it has it's place. I'm willing to bet it is the most used microphone of all time. These days, they are made in Mexico so I don't know if the quality, but I currently have 4 of them, and they all sound good. Do yourself a favor and buy one!
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  • paraglisseparaglisse

    Shure SM57Published on 06/19/12 at 12:15
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Micro to do everything known to all

    OVERALL OPINION

    Used since 2010 for miking acoustic guitar and amp and rarely singing.
    Indestructible material and goes everywhere, it's pretty cheap (<100 €)
  • Baby.StudioBaby.Studio

    Shure SM57Published on 06/13/12 at 03:43
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    With the SM58, SM57 and now the (new generation) the Beta 52 A you sound quality for each reference in their specialty, SM58 for vocals on stage, SM57 devand the amp, the instruments. Wind, snare, percu ... Beta 52 A For the bass drum in the studio to try on a bass (original) in addition to a cell too neutral

    OVERALL OPINION

    The perception of sound changes depending on the evolution of techniques of listening: Mp3, his computer, in car ... that is why we must always bear in mind the sounds of references and this is where the Standrd is essential
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    With the SM58, SM57 and now the (new generation) the Beta 52 A you sound quality for each reference in their specialty, SM58 for vocals on stage, SM57 devand the amp, the instruments. Wind, snare, percu ... Beta 52 A For the bass drum in the studio to try on a bass (original) in addition to a cell too neutral

    OVERALL OPINION

    The perception of sound changes depending on the evolution of techniques of listening: Mp3, his computer, in car ... that is why we must always bear in mind the sounds of references and this is where the Standrd is essential
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  • supermike12supermike12

    good for almost everything ...

    Shure SM57Published on 06/11/12 at 10:49
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    Micro found almost anywhere, from studio to stage. It sounds good in almost any situation, despite the fact that the cut above the 15khz (cymbals??)

    Note that this is the same cell as the sm58, whose windscreen reduces the gain slightly (source site shure englais)

    OVERALL OPINION

    small problem, however, the plastic capsule around the mobile micro us to pose some problems for a transplant against garbage. Indeed, by making close, low frequency is likely to move the capsule. parasite noises are heard .... So

    good but not mic the instruments to wholes: Beware!
  • guiguiof67guiguiof67

    I recommend!

    Shure SM57Published on 06/03/12 at 03:49
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    - Micro instrument
    - Micro versatile
    - Micro Dynamic Cardioid (unidirectional)
    - Bandwidth = 40 to 15,000 Hz
    - Bandwidth adapted to the recovery and instrumental voices
    - Impedance = 150 ohms
    - Quality of recovery professional drums and amplified instruments

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it already for almost 2 years and I'm still very satisfied.
    This is probably the best mic I could use and I do it again this choice without hesitating.
    By placing it in front of the amp has a particular place more or less inclined we find accurately the sound of the amp as understood when we play :) remains only to do the video editing and it is party!
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    - Micro instrument
    - Micro versatile
    - Micro Dynamic Cardioid (unidirectional)
    - Bandwidth = 40 to 15,000 Hz
    - Bandwidth adapted to the recovery and instrumental voices
    - Impedance = 150 ohms
    - Quality of recovery professional drums and amplified instruments

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it already for almost 2 years and I'm still very satisfied.
    This is probably the best mic I could use and I do it again this choice without hesitating.
    By placing it in front of the amp has a particular place more or less inclined we find accurately the sound of the amp as understood when we play :) remains only to do the video editing and it is party!
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  • stompboxjonstompboxjon

    yes im shure...

    Shure SM57Published on 05/21/12 at 21:48
    Shure SM 57 is one of the best mics on the market that are actually affordable and wont cost you an arm and a leg. Plus most all music stores even local stores (not big chain stores) carry this line of mics from Shure. The Shure SM 57 will take care of all of your needs and its one of the best all around mics you will find. Just try it on some drums, and you will be surprised by how good it actually is and for the price what more could you ask for.


    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, there are a lot of mics on the market some good and some bad. But we are all on a budget and want the best we can get for our money. For the price range of this mic you wont find a better mic that cost around …
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    Shure SM 57 is one of the best mics on the market that are actually affordable and wont cost you an arm and a leg. Plus most all music stores even local stores (not big chain stores) carry this line of mics from Shure. The Shure SM 57 will take care of all of your needs and its one of the best all around mics you will find. Just try it on some drums, and you will be surprised by how good it actually is and for the price what more could you ask for.


    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, there are a lot of mics on the market some good and some bad. But we are all on a budget and want the best we can get for our money. For the price range of this mic you wont find a better mic that cost around the same amount of money. That is the reason it is so popular, some of the more commercial studio’s still use the Shure SM 57 even though they have enough money to go with whatever mics they want. You can also use the SM 57 for live use and watch how good it sounds. The frequency response on it is second to none (for the price range). Not to mention the Shure SM 57 will last you for every! Unless you do something really horrible to it and intentionally try to break it. It can take all of the bangs from moving it around from place to place especially if you don’t have a covor or protection to put it in when traveling. This thing has been dropped numerous times and keeps working like a charm. I really love the Shure SM 57, you cant go wrong with anything from Shure, they are a company that has been around for a long time.
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