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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
 
4.6

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (39)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Durable (30)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Lightweight (10)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (33)
  • Outdoor events / games (24)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (18), Novice (3)

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 Mic

By Highwayman

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 Rob

    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 6-12strings

    from Michigan

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    Ask me a question

    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.

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Use: Speaking

      By MANdrew

      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 Just sound

        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 bluevoodoo

          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...

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SHURE SM48-LC is ONE SUPERB MIC

            By BigBadBobND

            from North Dakota

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Radio Recording
            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

            SHURE has always been a winner.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good medium range mic

            By James

            from Memphis, TN

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

              This microphone is a good one for a medium range and priced microphone. Much better for PA than for music but could be used as a music microphone. It just does not have the range of much more expensive microphones but still a very good microphone.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              good mic

              By Mr T

              from santa rosa ca.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Bulky/Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performance

              Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

              sure good company.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Shure always the best

              By Johnny

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

                These are known for their quality, and the real thing lives up to the hype. Great vocal mic.

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