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Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone   

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The Shure SM48-LC Microphone offers many of the same qualities as the famous SM58 but at a lower price. This unidirectional dynamic mic is designed f...Read More

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Shure sound at an affordable price.

The Shure SM48-LC Microphone offers many of the same qualities as the famous SM58 but at a lower price. This unidirectional dynamic mic is designed for professional sound reinforcement, studio recording, and broadcasting. It maintains a true cardioid pattern throughout its frequency range, ensuring high gain before feedback and rejection of off-axis sound. Frequency response is tailored for vocals with a presence rise in the midrange to brighten performance. A low-frequency roll-off is provided for controlling proximity effect. A shock-mounted cartridge, steel mesh grille, and an integral pop filter make the Shure SM48 tough and resistant to handling noise.

FEATURES
  • Cardioid pickup pattern rejects off-axis sound and provides superior gain before feedback
  • Frequency response tailored for vocals, with brightened midrange and bass rolloff to control proximity effect
  • Shock-mounted cartridge for exceptional ruggedness and reduced handling noise
  • Built-in "pop" filter that reduces explosive breath sounds and wind noise
  • Supplied stand adapter and carrying/storage bag
  • Legendary Shure quality and ruggedness

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ShureSM48-LC Vocal Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (41)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Durable (32)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Lightweight (11)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (34)
  • Outdoor events / games (25)
  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (20), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unbelievable value in a quality mic.

I have been using SM-58 mics since about 1975. I have never had one go down and still own my very first one which I bought used in 1975. It still sounds great...Read complete review

I have been using SM-58 mics since about 1975. I have never had one go down and still own my very first one which I bought used in 1975. It still sounds great on the PA. I now own three SM-58 mics but about five years ago I needed two more vocal mics for a job/show where we were having background vocalists. I have other PA mics (AKG and Behringer) but they have unique sounds of their own and don't work well with the SM-58's. With five open vocal mics on stage I wanted a more uniform sound. Because this situation was to be a temporary deal (we don't normally use backgound vocalists), I used my three SM-58's and bought two SM-48 mics. I found that with a little EQ at the mixer (to open the upper mid a little) and a little more gain on the mic pad (just a touch more) the SM-48 sounded and responded very much like the SM-58. Having that uniformity on stage allowed me to crank up the monitors and all the musicians were very pleased with the sound. I have a Mackie based system (Mackie board, two Mackie TH-15 powered speakers on the floor and two Mackie TH-12 powered speakers on stands with three floor monitors on stage powered by a QSC amp. The SM-48 cuts through as well as my SM-58's.

Several reviewers mentioned that these were not great recording mics and I agree. They were not intended to be. Shure makes some high quality condenser recording mics and if you are looking for a recording mic don't expect much from the SM-48. It's EQ curve and proximity effect is designed for PA work. By the same token I have an assortment of high quality condenser mics in my home studio (Rode, AKG and Audio Technica) that are excellent recording mics but because of their flat full frequency response would make horrible sounding PA mics. The SM-48 like the SM-58 was a mic designed for quality PA work and these SM-48's are a real bargain and I gave them five stars because nothing in this price range comes close in quality and durability.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Doesn't quite make the cut .

For me and my use it's a 4 . Save your money and buy the real thing . You will be much happier . By the way , I use a PreSonus Firestudio Mobile ,...Read complete review

For me and my use it's a 4 . Save your money and buy the real thing . You will be much happier . By the way , I use a PreSonus Firestudio Mobile , PreSonus Studio Pro Ver 2 DAW and a Carvin Vintage 16 . Epi Standard LP with Gibson 490 R & T Pups . So ! It is a deficency in the Mic .
I think it's a OK Mic but that's it . It seems to produce tin like sound when amplifying a Guitar Amp nomatter where I place the mic . For Speaking voice it's great but for serious music , it's lacking tone .
Hey , It's a Shure ! That's very good .
I wanted to use it to mic my Carvin EL84 Tube Amp . It doesn't make the cut . It is deffinatly not a SM57 or SM58 by any standards for any use .

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5.0

Great sounding mic!

By 

from Alabama

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

    Sounds just as good as the Shure 58 and has a Great price!

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    4.0

    Works great for High Hats

    By 

    from Auburn, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

      Needed an extra mic to mic up the underside of a hi hat for a session this weekend. remembered that i had a couple of these. tried it out... and wow the recording i got off the HH sounded crisp and clean. dare i say a little better than my 57 that I usually use there.

      I wouldn't buy it for micing amps or vocals. but its going to be kept with my drum mics now.

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      No On/Off Switch

      By 

      from Iowa

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • It works

      Cons

      • Onoff switch

      Best Uses

        Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

        I'm very disappointed there isn't an on/off switch direct on the microphone. I even explained to the gear head what I was using the equipment for. Very disappointed. I would not recommend using this for announcing race results.

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        5.0

        Good Purchase

        By 

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Performance
        • Price

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • No on off switch

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

          Good communication keeping me informed by Musician's Friend. They kept their promises about shipping etc.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Mic

          By 

          from Pineville KY.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

            Great Mic. I can tell very little difference in the SM 48 and the SM 58.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Mic

            By 

            from New Orleans, LA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Handling noise

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

            Some handling noise, but not terrible.
            I play acoustic sets, mostly solo, but at times with accompaniment.
            All of my mics are SM-48's and I have never had problems. I find they perform well for both vocals and for micing instruments.
            No doubt there are better mics out there, but these serve my purposes well and are very affordable. I have never had any complaints regarding sound quality at my gigs.

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            5.0

            Works well

            By 

            from Michigan

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Price

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At All Gigs And Jams
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

              For the price that Musician's Friends offer this Shure SM-48LC I have purchased several and have had great performance from them. On a budget? Don't hesitate to buy this mic. You will be OK with it.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Use: Speaking

              By 

              from California

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

                Although the 48 is very capable at capturing a singer's voice, the 58 has more presence and can stand out more in a dense mix. If you're looking to save some cash and want the next-best thing to a SM58, this is the one to get. It was the perfect buy for the public speakers at our graduation ceremony. The 48 brought much more clarity to their voices than the no-name brand mics we used last year and I know I can rely on them for years to come.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very nice!

                By 

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

                  I'm using the SM48-LC for hi-level lecturing with multiple microphones configuration and in both, small auditoriums (100+) and large audiences (thousands -PA). This mike gives you the most for your money (by far) and clearly does what it was intended for, and does it very well! No doubt there are better mikes out there, but I would have to spend much more. No need! If I gave it any low mark, it would be unrealistic and quite immature.

                  Comment on this review

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent MIC for the price

                  By 

                  from Holland mi

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

                    great mic for the price...

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