Trusted musician and artist reviews for Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone
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You can use this to record sound if you don't have a microphone.
You point a 57 at a sound source, adjust the gain on your preamp, and what you record sounds vaguely like the sound you recorded. One time me and a buddy drowned a 57 in a toilet, flushed for the heck of it, then plugged her in and used her and she sounded exactly the same. No worse off.... but no better either! Indestructible, cheap, I used to own like 8 of these but now I think I just have my vintage 60s one.
The industry standard.
This microphone is by no mistake the industry standard for recording guitar (and a lot of other instruments). We grew up listening to guitars recorded with it, and, as ar as microphones go, this one is really really easy to set up and get a good sound out of. I have used it for vocals with a pop filter with good results, and for other instruments as well. Highly recommend.
The little dynamic that could!
It's an SM57, there's not much to say... It's in every recording studio on the planet! Use it on your snare. Use it on your guitar cabinet. Use it on your voice and see what happens, it might sound amazing!
Are you just starting to record at home and don't have a ton of money? There's no other microphone I'd recommend before this one. They're just so good, just buy one. If you're reading this, you probably already own one. They're awesome right? Yea, they're awesome.
I love you, SM57. Thank you for always being there for me.
works on everything no matter what anyone says
I use it on guitar amps, bass amps, my Djembe, my Yamaha Trombone, shakers, percussion, claves, and yes even vocals. Fact is, you can find it in lots of old music videos and certainly tons of live applications with major artists like Metallica, Tom Petty or Trent Reznor singing through one. Gearslutz like to get all bent out of shape over oh no it should be a MD-421 on Trombone, an EV RE-20 on bass amps, a Royer R-121 on guitar amps, a stereo matched pair of Neumann KM-184s on percussion overheads with a Telefunken 251 on vocals, which is great if you have that super pro microphone locker, but if not, a great singer on an SM-57 will blow away a mediocre singer on a vintage U67. It takes massive SPLs, which is why you can put it inches from a metal drummer hitting a snare, or hats, or inches from a cranked Marshall full stack all while delivering neutral accuracy every time. This is all for $100, less when used and since they're all built to last for the long haul, it's a no brainer. Everyone should have one or several of them. I don't typically record vocals, so for me, it's my all arounder with no apologies.
Used to dream about it, then adore it, and now don't really miss it.
Used to use it in vocals. Good for it but very muddy. Always have to boost the high end. I have a Shure Unidyne IV 548SD Microphone that is a predeccor of Shure SM58 and it's more perfect and don't need any EQ. Yeah Lemmy and old school soul singers used 57 in vocals, but maybe Lemmy had more low tone and soul singers have so much soul they don't need EQ with any mic :D Good in snare low mic. Sennheiser MD-421 is better on top because other drums don't bleed so much. If you don't have a bass drum mic at a gig it will do fine, but blasting 100% it might brake it. As a jack of all trades I would go with Sennheiser MD-441 and not this.
Truly excellent for recording and live use
I used to make do with one of our drummer's spare tom microphones... I didn't realise what I was missing until I got one of these and my life changed! Absolutely love it, perfect for mic'ing up my amps either for stage or studio.
Not my choice for a vocal mic, but for instruments is great
I bought one Shure SM57 before my first big gig with my other band, my Fender Rumble is really louder but the room was really big, so we (me and the guitar player, who has a Marsall CF 112) bought a couples of these mics, we put the mics in a Yamaha EMX head and trough two Peavey's PV115 and we play. I also recorded a lot of acoustic's with this mic and my Yamaha Acoustic. Not my choice for voices, but is a great instrument mic
It's a fantastic standard
Yes, it has been the standard for snare drums for so many years and it sounds really great. Lacks of high frequencies but he reproduces perfectly the body of the snare drum sound.
Quick review of the Shure SM57 mic.
This is the quintessential studio microphone. Most if not everyone who owns a recording studio has at least one of these microphones. I use it mostly to record electric guitar and snare drum. I've seen videos of people using it as a vocal microphone too so it's very versatile. It is also very durable. The sound is bright and focused, ideal for miking guitar cabinets. It makes a great combination with the Sennheiser e906.
edited about 5 years ago
Should be in every studio.
This mic is amazing. I spent some time up at Berklee College of Music this past summer, and they have about 7-13 of these in all of their studios, stored right next tons of other mic that make the price of this mic look like pocket change... Keep in mind, Berklee has multi-million dollar studios, and they have to budget to fill their mic lockers to the brim with as many $1000 AKG condensers as they want, yet they still swear by 57's for any project. You know a mic is good when it doesn't even cost $100, yet it is still used by pros who would choose it over mics that are way more expensive.
Most people would agree that in the music world, you get what you pay for when it comes to gear. This mic is the exception. It's incredibly cheap, but it still sounds amazing.
Not sure what kind of mic to use? Get this one. I've used it on everything. It's inexpensive and built to withstand the apocalypse. It can handle incredibly loud sounds but also relatively quiet ones without too much noise. Just a superb mic, especially for instruments, and it's an industry standard.