Shure SM58
Shure SM58

SM58, Dynamic Microphone from Shure in the SM series.

ericou1 07/20/2013

Shure SM58 : ericou1's user review


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Cardioid dynamic microphone small diaphragm. Stage or studio, voice or instrument, close or long range, whatever, almost everything works, even if it is sold by Shure microphone as a stage for singing.
We just wish maybe its frequency response that would deserve to be a little wider in the treble: 50Hz-15kHz (at least up to 18kHz would have brought more natural and clear sound, when the 50Hz unless the Sub 21 "with the power behind and a good preamp, and especially a source that sends so low, it's no big deal, at worst a bit of a boost on the EQ and it's well the case).


It was my first microphone, and it will always remain a very good mic.

Well then simply put, it's a lollipop steel, black body and gray head, the latter containing an anti pop filter and to protect the capsule. An SM58, it costs 100 euros, it's a life guard, it may fall to 2 feet tall it not break (at worst grid deforms a bit, but apart from the mouth of the micro does not change anything), it can soak in the beer, it does not matter it still works ... In short, it is indestructible.

As I said before, the microphone costs 100 Euros, and it is frankly price to pay for what happens to micro. On stage, as it is cardioid only feedback that if we talk about a shy little girl to 30 cm microphone while pointing the capsule open to a return. Then it comes out well in the mix, with his hump to 3kHz, and 5kHz. We also found a hollow in the midrange (200Hz to 1kHz), which is a little characteristic of sound hi-fi (although there is not nearly as advanced).

In the studio, it can compete with its carefree colleagues capacitors, but not all voices in all styles. On a slightly gueulante and acute voice on the edgy rock, it's even better than a condenser microphone.

Many people use it for voice and only voice, but I prefer it on a saxophone rather than sm 57 for example. And some voices I prefer a SM57 with a bonette (or filter anti pop studio). You have to try and see what sounds best, there is no defined beforehand use, though it sounds, is that it is good.

I had a choir to resume, with microphones (very) small diaphragm omnidirectional Shure brand (remember the model sorry) that feedback from everywhere, a real headache. I finally align 4 SM58 before all, and it sounded the fire of God!

If you have a doubt, that you have a microphone and you do not really know what to take, or not as micro sounds, or the sound is too wobbly, take a SM58, it may be not be the most appropriate, but at least it will be clean, every time. This is the micro "Swiss Army Knife", classic and universal.

Oh and small precision: the beta 58 is super cardioid, that does not mean it's better, it's just changing the directivity, sensitivity, and frequency response. In fact, prefer to buy two rather than one SM58 beta 58, beta has almost no (the SM58, with a little more gain, returns scenes and microphones placed correctements, and a little more acute in your EQ, and you get the same result)