Shure SM58
Shure SM58

SM58, Dynamic Microphone from Shure in the SM series.

polishdog90 08/25/2011

Shure SM58 : polishdog90's user review

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Specification Detail
Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz-15kHz
Impedance 150 ohms
Length 6.38"
Width 2"
Depth 2"
Weight .66 lbs.

This mic is the "live vocal" microphone. Go to any bar/venue and check out what people are singing through and chances are it will be a sm58. That being said, it can be applied to many other instruments. Its essentially the same mic as the sm57 but with a pop filter. This is so that you can get up close and yell intro the microphone without creating to many painful pop noises. It also means that this mic can be used on almost any source and sound pretty good. Some engineers claim that you can mic anything with a sm57 so the same is true with a sm58. It has a slightly lower presence peak in the 8-11 kh range due to the pop filter but that is hardly noticeable to the common ear.


I really like this mic. It's prefect for live sound on most instruments, especially vocals because of the pop filter. I generally don't use it on most studio recordings. I have access to a bunch of sm57s so I generally use those instead but you could definitely use this on guitar, drums, percussion, or anything really. It's really nice on loud sound sources. It's a bit of a darker mic but I think that adds some interesting character to certain instruments (guitar, snare drum, etc). For the price ($100) you can't really beat this mic (except with maybe an sm57). I would definitely buy another if I lost mine. It's great for live vocals but it will sound good on most things.