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The Shure SM57 is one of the most popular professional instrument microphones of all time. The dynamic SM57 mic performs reliably delivering natural sound night after night. Its durable, bulletproof design stands up to road travel and abuse. Perfectly at home in the studio too. The Shure SM57 boasts wide frequency response (40Hz-15kHz) and a tight cardioid polar pattern that are ideal for close-in speaker miking.

A reliable workhorse onstage and in the studio.

FEATURES
  • Audio
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 149 dB
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Dynamic
  • Pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Mounted/handheld
  • Applications: Stage, studio
  • Phantom pwr required: No
  • Size and weight
  • L x W x (D): 6.375 x 1.25"
  • Weight: .6 lbs.
  • Included accessories
  • Case: Pouch
  • Clip: Hard rubber

Order today if you don't have one. If you do, order another. You'll need it eventually.

SPECIFICATIONS

SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic

  • Frequency response: 40Hz to 15,000Hz
    Polar pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid), rotationally symmetrical about microphone axis, uniform with frequency
    Sensitivity (at 1,000Hz): Open circuit voltage: -56.0 dBV/Pa (1.6 mV) (Note: 1 Pa = 94dB SPL)
    Impedance: Rated impedance is 150ohms (310ohms actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low impedance
    Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
    Connector: 3-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
    Dimensions: 1-1/4"W (top) x 6-3/18"L x 29/32" (bottom)
    Net weight (without cable): 284g (10 oz.)
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ShureSM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic
 
4.8

(based on 186 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (166)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (24)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Durable (19)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Compact (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

If I Could Go Back In Time.....I Would Buy an SM57 For My First Mic (actually a pair)

I've been seriously recording music for the last 7 years...and tinkering around with recording on old 4 tracks for many years before before that. I purchased a pair of SM57's to...Read complete review

I've been seriously recording music for the last 7 years...and tinkering around with recording on old 4 tracks for many years before before that. I purchased a pair of SM57's to use on snare since I've read so many times that the SM57 was used to record snare on so many classic albums. Somehow, against all odds, I've managed to never use a SM57 in my lifetime. I used SM58's for live vocals many times (I never cared for the muddyness) and the beta58 which was not a match for my vocals at all. Because of these experiences, I never really wanted to buy Shure microphones. The only other Shure mic that I own is an SM7 which is an absolutely fantastic mic in every regard. Anyway back to the SM57...it arrived in the mail...I hooked it up to a very clear, neutral, and natural pre (focusrite isa) so I could just hear the response of the mic....I tried some vocals first...WOW!!!! I recognized the classic sound immediately from old albums. The SM57 rolls off the unusable lows but retains warmth, it has an unbelievably SMOOTH and musical midrange, and the highs are smooth and present without making your ears feel like they are being stabbed by large daggers (like every cheap chinese condenser I've ever heard). Honestly, the SM57 fits my vocals better than the majority of the far more expensive mics that I own. I'm not knocking Neumann because they obviously make fantastic microphones, but I'd rather use the SM57 for vocals than my TLM103. Does it matter that the specs on the SM57 are less impressive the TLM103...nope....it only matters how the mic handles the task that you throw at it. The SM57 chops off more lows and highs, but it sure does sound good doing it. Next I grabbed an old Gibson Southern Jumbo acoustic and started strumming away....the mic was 12 to 18 inches away and pointed in the vacinity of the 12th fret.....again, I immediately recognized this sound from classic albums....it's a very nice, smooth and forgiving midrangy sound that sits really well in a dense mix. If i was going to fingerpick, I'd prefer the Neumann, but the SM57 does a suprisingly respectable job on that as well. I can't wait to try these on snare and guitar amps where they have the most proven track record. In closing, I am absolutly shocked at how great this mic is! I'm even more shocked that it only costs 99 bucks. I finally get why some people are so into Shure microphones. If I could go back in time, I should have purchased this as my first microphone (actually I should have gotten a pair of them). A person could record a whole album with just SM57's and it would sound darn good. Anyway, if you're just starting out, BUY THIS MIC!!!!!! It is far better than a condenser if you are working in an untreated space because it has a tight cardiod pattern that rejects most room noise and other problems. If you have a cheap preamp and are having trouble getting enough gain to this mic (or even if you're not), buy a Cloudlifter by Cloud Microphones, it useds phantom power to generate up to 25 db of super clean FET pre-preamplification...that gives any old dynamic or ribbon mics low noise and high gain and interfaces them perfectly with modern recording systems. If you're thinking (just as I was a week ago) that this mic is far too comman and old to sound as good as some people say...You are wrong...just buy one...They are built like tanks to boot. Good Luck and Happy Recording. I wish I would have read this review 15 years ago:)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not my first choice.

What you record sounds pretty awesome but I still prefer the i5 by Audix. This mic is not bulletproof like everyone claims. I've had 2 that have broken due to being dropped, what...Read complete review

What you record sounds pretty awesome but I still prefer the i5 by Audix. This mic is not bulletproof like everyone claims. I've had 2 that have broken due to being dropped, what happens is the head of the mic becomes wobbly and loose, then due to that the soldered connections eventually wear out and there's nothing you can do about it. I went to my local instrument repair for both mics and they said that it was repairable by jerry rigging it but it would cost more than I would want to put in to have it done.

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5.0

If the must have mic

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from California

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Sounds amazing on amps and drums
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

    Just purchased this for my home recording studio and wow - it's obvious why this mic is so highly praised. Sounds absolutely amazing on guitar amps and drums. For the price, you cannot go wrong. This mic is a must have!

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    5.0

    The SM57 is an outstanding instrument microphone.

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    from Kansas City

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

      I use the Shure SM57 primarily to micr a steel guitar amplifier and occasionally to micr a dobro.

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      5.0

      Work great for the violiN as we As vocals

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      from Yuma, Az

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

        Use it for local performances

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        4.0

        Good Product for a Good Price!

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        from Waynesville, MO

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

          Use this for putting my guitar rig into the church's house system....Good sound and would recommend for any similar uses. Have also used it as a vocal mic and can hold its own no problem.

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          4.0

          Theres a reason everyone uses this mic

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          from WA

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

            Like pretty much everyone that records and gigs, we've used this mic a lot. Heres the thing, its a vintage design and isn't necessarily the best choice for everything that needs a mic. But under pretty much every instance, especially in the studio, try this mic on what you're recording. Sometimes its fantastic and sometimes you'll want to move on to something else. For live work, its the real workhorse. Drums (excluding the bass drum), acoustic guitars, amps and cabinets, horns and lots of other stuff its pretty much the world standard because it delivers. You can sum up a review of the Shure SM57 by saying, everyone should have a pile of these for live and studio work. They aren't always the perfect choice but they are nice to have for all the jobs they can handle. The SM58 is tougher due very tiny differences between the 57 and 58. Basically though (ask Shure for yourself) the 58 is a 57 with a ball pop filter on it. Plus a slightly different sound capsule shock mount system. There's a reason everyone uses Shure mics. They've been working fantastic for decades and Im sure that they will be used for years in the future. So add them to your arsenal.

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            5.0

            SM57 mikes

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            from Texas

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

              Good product and fast delivery

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              4.0

              The sm57 is the acoustic guitar mic for me!

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              from Durango, CO

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

                Its the best mic for acoustic instruments at a reasonable price, period.

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                5.0

                solid

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                from Avon CT.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

                  The SM 57 is the ultimate instrument Mic.

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                  5.0

                  Great Mic for the price

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                  from Lake Havasu City, AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

                    This mic is clear for vocal and instrumental songs.

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                    3.0

                    It is what it is

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                    from Indianapolis, IN

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

                      It's not the best mic in the world, but certainly not the worst. It's been a staple for years and years for a reason. It sound fantastic on snare, pretty good on electric guitar, and pretty bad on everything else. But, you pretty much have to have one. Just don't expect to do things it won't do. Don't use it for acoustic guitar!

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