Shure SM58
Shure SM58

SM58, Dynamic Microphone from Shure in the SM series.

themaddog 06/14/2011

Shure SM58 : themaddog's user review

« The standard for live vocal performace »

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This is a dynamic microphone meant primarily for live vocal use. It is the standard for live vocal performance, but they've been making them for very long time without an on/off switch on the vast majority of their models. Run with it, spit on it, drop it, and it'll still keep on working, sounding the same as it ever did (even with a bent grill).


This is the standard for vocal performance. Most clubs use this as their house mic, but that doesn't mean it is the very best mic. It is a good standard microphone for most people. For those with a thin sounding voice, using the proximity effect of boosting the bass by putting the mic right to their lips will give a much fuller sound.

The SM58 is pretty quiet when handled, which is probably its greatest attribute live.

Electrically it is very similar to the Shure SM57, which is the standard for miking guitar cabinets. If you are in a bind, you can use an SM58 for this purpose and probably won't hear the difference between the two microphones.

If you can get this microphone used, it's great to have a small arsenal of these if you have a band with multiple vocalists. That being said, there are a lot of phonies out there from the East, so beware when buying one used, especially over the internet. If you purchase a new one, buy it from a reputable, local store if possible.

For a starter project studio, this or the SM57 are great first microphones as they are so versatile. They might not be the best recording microphones, but they can be used for so many different purposes. On vacation I've taken an SM58 with me for recording in a Portastudio and achieved some good results.

I've never had a Shure product quit on me, which is saying something!