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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
  • Supplied stand adapter and carrying/storage bag

Order one for you and every member of your band!

SPECIFICATIONS
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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(12 of 12 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 Jimmy J

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 16 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 5 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.

      (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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      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.

      (5 of 6 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!!!

        (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 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Better than the 58?

        By Steve B

        from Graceville Fl

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        Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

        Better than the SM58 for the price, anyway. The sound is pretty similar, though it reminds me more of the 55SH (Elvis mike). The biggest difference between the 48 and 58, apparently, is the lack of a transformer in this microphone. That leads to a slightly more 'open' sound -- less of that good ol' mid-range punch we expect from a 58. It also leads to less output. The SM58 (and 57) is not a particularly 'hot' mike and the 48 is even less so. The preamps in some PA systems out there may not have enough juice to do this little microphone justice. Give it enough gain and it sounds quite nice and will double very well as an instrument mike (on drums, especially). I actually prefer it on my own voice to the 58.Quality is decent enough -- there are far worse 'budget' mikes out there. I'd take the Shure SM48 over pretty much any other dynamic microphone available at a similar price.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Mic!

        By R1cky18

        from New Hampshire

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        Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

        This is a quality, awesome microphone. Very durable, I've thrown it hit it on my iron cast mic stand bottom piece while swinging it, and it works perfectly. I would definitely buy it, I currently only trust Shure for their durability and quality. The only downfall is it's not quite as loud as the SM58, but that's all I've noticed.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Use: Speaking

        By MANdrew

        from California

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic 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.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good mic for the money if on budget

          Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          We needed a mic for background vocals, and I found this on sale. It's a good deal for back-up vocals, but if you have the money and want a better sound, go with the 58's. Some reviewers have said they couldn't tell the difference between these and SM-58, but there is a pretty big difference. I've plugged both into the same pa with the same eq settings and the difference between the two is obvious. The 58's have a much fuller sound. The 48's are much more muffled. With a little eq, you can get the 48's to sound closer to the 58's, but difference is still pretty big. I've had a couple of 58's for 25 years, and after years of abuse, they still sound better than a new 48. Again, if you're on a budget, these are a good deal if you find them on sale.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Smooth Warm Sound!

          By Stringtight

          from Winchester, Tn.

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          Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          This is my go to Mic, When you just can't get the settings perfect, I grab this one, and like Magic, The sound is there. Awesome Mic,Its Simple Strong and It does its Job. Cost wise nothing I've found compares with it. But One or Two, I promise You won't be Sorry!
          This is an Awesome Mic, for any Cost. Its Warm sound, Sturdy feel and construction.Low Handleing noise, makes it perfect. Its very simular to the sm58and for the Cost It stands alone. I do wish it came with and on/off switch, but If its set right at the Mixer, you never know its there until needed.
          What can you say, Its Strong and Sturdy, and Does everything required of it, What else can you ask for.
          I Own serveral Mics ,This is the one I go to over all the rest. The Cost of this Mic and The Sound it produces is unmatchedby Many Many Mics, costing much more, Its an Awesome Deal and I would buy it again in a Sec.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          15 years and still going

          By Jamie Nelson

          from WI

          Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          I've had a SM48 mic for around 15 years and it's still going after gigs, recording, and very smokey rooms.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SM48 vs. SM58

          By trainisgood34

          from Louisville, KY

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          Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          I needed a mic for our band and i wanted something cheap but with good quality. I went with the SM48. WOW. really great mic for the price. even for a higher price i would be impressed. it basically can be run over with a car and still sound good. However, the 58 has a slightly brighter/cleaner sound. Not a huge difference, but you will be able to hear it. the 58 also has a slightly tougher build. but for half the price of the 58, you are getting a nearly identical mic so go for it!!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          First Microphone

          By Marco Tulio Thrash

          from New Jersey

          Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          I was debating whether to get a cheap condenser microphone or an SM58. In the end I went for this. I like being able to hold it while recording vocals, it handles plosives well and does a great job in just capturing my voice as opposed to surrounding sounds (which I was afraid of with the more sensitive condenser big diaphragm microphones). On a minus side it does not push out a loud signal, I need to have the gain all the way up on my Novation soundcard but the signal I do get is clean and detailed. So it works well for me.

          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Do It!

          By matthew easterman

          from florida

          Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Mic!

          By "Berto"

          from Orange, Ca.

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Shure SM48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

            This is a very nice mic from Shure. It may not be the Sm58, but we don't mind, it's working great. It still feels like quality, and I can't complain about the price! Would buy it again! You should too...

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