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Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic 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...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great performance microphone for lead vocals, backup vocals, and spoken word applications.

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
  • Shock-mounted cartridge for exceptional ruggedness and reduced handling noise
  • Built-in “pop” filter that reduces explosive breath sounds and wind noise

Order one for you and every member of your band!

SPECIFICATIONS

SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone

  • Audio
    Analog or digital: Analog
    Frequency response: 55Hz – 14kHz
    Max SPL: Not specified
    Connectivity: XLR

    Pattern and Type
    Capsule: Dynamic
    Polar pattern: Cardioid
    Type: Handheld
    Switches: No
    Phantom power required: No

    Size and Weight
    Diameter: 2.14 in.
    Length: 6.53 in.
    Weight: 1.48 lb.

    Included Accessories
    Case: Yes
    Clip: Yes
    Shockmount: N/A
    Power supply: N/A
    Cable: No
    Stand: No
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ShureSM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 90 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (53)
  • Durable (42)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Versatile (24)
  • Lightweight (15)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (42)
  • Outdoor events / games (33)
  • Home studio (26)
  • Amateur recording (23)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (23), 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

 

Do It!

This mic can be compared to a SM58, with less dent into your budget. It's unique size and weight makes it very enjoyable to use, and you will find it's sound to be...Read complete review

This mic can be compared to a SM58, with less dent into your budget. It's unique size and weight makes it very enjoyable to use, and you will find it's sound to be exactly what you wanted. I play in a Christian Metalcore band nearly every weekend now, when the SoundCrews ask me what mic I'll be using (with there arms full in SM58s and other commonly used mics) I always say "Mine" as I pull a SM48-LC out of my back pocket. I am very satisfied with the purchase of this mic.
Great mic to let your voice be heard.
Compare to a SM58 with a more unique size and weight.
You will get every cent out of this mic and more, very durable, and great quality.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable value in a quality mic.

By Rick H.

from New Jersey

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Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

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.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shure ly a winner

By SM

from OBX

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Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

My second one - first is going strong. Hard for me to tell the difference with the SM-58 . . . .
Solid, accurate, takes a beating. All that is needed for small gigs. Can't be beat for the price!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Pick

By Bassman54

from Atlanta, Ga

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Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

Nothing negative. I've been playing and recording for over 40 years and I am shocked at this value and quality for the price.
Love the SM48-LC mic. Did a studio recording with it and the vocal was rich, full and just what I needed. Excellent alternative to a condencer mic to get a varity of tone between using either one. I have another dynamic mic I paid a little over two hundred for and the Shure equals it and for the price of the SM48, it makes for a much better deal.
Very well made.
There cannot be anything else out there for a near the same price resulting in the quality results it gives.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A good mic...

By JimmyJ

from Way Up North

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Economical
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events

    Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

    This is a good mic, but it's not a great mic. It sounds quite a bit like my SM58, but there is a noticeable tonal quality difference. That being said, it's a wicked bargain at half the amount, and it is a Shure! Both mics appear at a glance to be identical, and are both made in Mexico. The 48 has a slightly larger wire mesh ball, so they are not interchangeable. I AB'd them back and forth so much that I wasn't certain which one was which until I started singing. I am a huge fan of the 57 and 58, and don't really like other people spuming into them. Sort of like my harmonicas. I wanted a sacrificial mic, and caught this one on sale. Well, I am impressed! I'll probably never favor it over my beloved 58, but this is one decent mic. I don't think that you can get anything as near as good at this price point.

    (6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Doesn't quite make the cut .

    By HUTCHfromBA

    from South, New Jersey

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    Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

    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 .

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent for jamming

    By pinoy_SD

    from San Diego, CA

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    Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

    For my usual garage and living room jam, this is more than sufficient as a vocal mic. It is very clear and does not produce noise even on high volumes. Maybe the frequency range is not as dynamic as the higher end mics but for vocal use, I could care less.

    I highly reccommend this mic.
    Would be a ten if there was a on/off switch
    looks solid enough and seems like this will last long
    I got it from the musiciansfirend.com's stupid deal of the day so I paid less than it's worth.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great mic at a lower price

    By Classic Jim

    from Ypsilanti, MI

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • None that I've found

    Best Uses

    • Home practice for band

    Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

    Not a pro at all, but I've used an SM-58, and I can't see any discernible difference between that mic and this one. I got it on sale, and it was a fantastic deal.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great price on a good product

    By Jim Aoyama

    from Eugene, Oregon

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

      Looking for a good spare mic, I ran across a great deal at Musician's Friend on the Shure SM48. All my life I've used various versions of the SM58 - SM57, SM56, 545, 565, and they are what they are: really rugged, dependable, and consistent. Not the clearest sounding mics around, especially if you have a "manly" voice, and you have to sing close to the mic to avoid feedback in a loud band setting. The famous Shure proximity effect has to be tamed with board EQ, and you learn to get in the habit of always setting any Shure mic used for vocals at around 2:00 or so on the highs, and 10:00 on lows, and then adjust to suit the individual voice(s).

      I have other mics, with more modern design elements (SM58s are basically a 1950s design), that I prefer for vocals, such as Sennheisers and EVs, which tend to have better upper midrange articulation then the typical Shure, but it's always great to keep at least one on hand, since there's no question about the reliability - it will work, always, no matter what. Never had an SM48 before, and I was surprised at how good it sounds - crisper overall than the SM58, less low end proximity boom, smooth top end. It's not as loud as a 57 or 58 at similar gain settings, but that's no big deal at all - just dial in some more gain. Very nice, especially for a "spare" mic, and it will probably get used very soon, and no doubt it'll ace the gig.

      People - this is a no-brainer: buy this mic, you won't be sorry, especially at this price.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice, inexpensive vocal mic

      By dbanter

      from Minneapolis, MN

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Value

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • No mute switch

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Vocal

      Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

      This is a nice, inexpensive (esp. when on sale) vocal mic. Good directionality, good feedback protection. I use it for rehearsals and it does just fine. I would not use this mic for studio recording, but that's not what it's intended for. (Another reviewer tried to use it to mic a guitar amp, but again-- that's not what it's intended for.)

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One of the best I ever had

      By jlsdust

      from San Antonio, TX

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

        I bought two of this mic in a one of the stupid deal of the day. I love the sound of this babies.

        Best use for back up vocals, lead vocals I recommend to upgrade to a SM58 or Sennheiser E835S...

        But if you are on a budged buy them you will not regret it!!!

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