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A reliable workhorse onstage and in the studio.

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.

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

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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 197 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (177)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (33)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Durable (27)
  • Versatile (23)
  • Compact (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (29)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Professional recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

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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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

By uponcripplecreek

from Texas

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Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

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:)

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE BOTTOM LINE FOR GUITAR

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

I have been a recording artist and audio engineer for 20 years. I have numerous international releases under my belt and my guitar sounds have been praised and featured in GUITAR PLAYER magazine and other major publications. While the sounds you capture are the culmination of MANY links in the chain, as far as microphones go the SM57 is the mic of mics for a reason. The frequency range is perfect for guitar. This mic has been around for years and has appeared on more hit guitar sounds than can be listed because it is without a doubt the best mic you can use. I own every other mic, AUDIX i5, SENN E9o6, HEIL PR30, etc. The SM57 IMHO is the best hands down. YOU HAVE TO FIND THE SWEET SPOT. If you cannot get a good sound with this mic, it's not the mic, check your chain then your ears. Most folks think if something has a high price tag that means its good. And most people quite frankly get a crap guitar sound to start with. I love the guys with walls of gear and their sound sucks. Just like you cannot go wrong with a LP straight into a Marshall you cannot go wrong with a proven classic to bring your tone to tape/hard drive.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Weak output means more noise

By Andy987654321

from Indialantic FL

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

    I've been using sm57s for a few years now. I agree with what everybody else has been saying: good price; durable; good sound.

    I've used mine for soft vocals and acoustic guitar and there's a problem I haven't seen anyone else address. That is, the output from these mics is relatively weak. Conesequently, the signals are noisy. I've tried changeing preamps; changeing cables; inserting an isolater; and using an active or passive DI box. Nothing has helped much.

    I finally bought a pair of Sennheiser 945s, which are much hotter, and the problem is gone.

    The SM57 might be perfect for miking a drum set or a guitar amp, or for a screaming vocal, but not very good for quieter music.

    As an aside: remember that any mic will need a premap--a dynamic mic more than others.

    (4 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Don't Buy! LOOSE COMPONENTS!

    By JVonD

    from Boulder, CO

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    Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

    Here's the deal. The head of the mics are loose. Loose components make noise. I was very disapointed to find that out personally. I don't understand the popularity..? It doesn't make common sense at all. DON'T BUY!

    I purchased them for micing amps and drums. They will be replaced ASAP!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THE TRUE DESERT-ISLAND MIC

    By kebo

    from Port Richey Florida

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

      If there ever was anything like a DESERT ISLAND mic, if you could only have ONE, THIS IS IT. Everything everyone says about it is true. I've been using them since 1999, my original has been dropped a dozen times, no problems. Anyone who says "there are better mics" is MISSING THE POINT. Not for the price there aren't! This mic can do anything you would ask of it, probably better than you expected. This is IT!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A

      By Nibby

      from Earth

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      Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

      I started singing with a group in 1965. My own band started in 1974. Became a studio musician in 1986. Now I have my own studio. If I could only have one mic for the rest of my life, for every possible application, it would be the Shure SM57. 'Nuff said.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Mic

      By Steven Michael Triebe

      from NY/CT

      Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

      This microphone definitely lives up to it's legendary name. I purchased my mic and it came with the sm57, a carrying bag, and an xlr cable as expected. I use this microphone mainly to record my electric guitar for my youtube videos. My set up is a Line 6 SpiderIII 75 Watt, with a Mexican Standard Telecaster. I mic the amp up with only one of these mics and it sounds great. I get great real solid tone from recording with this thing. I use Mixcraft for the youtube videos I make because it is cheap and runs well on my laptop. This mic is also incredibly durable. Definitely a sure buy, for the price you can't go wrong.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Theres a reason everyone uses this mic

      By Zorp Xenoneep

      from Endor

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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.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great mic

        By jbee

        from mn

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Solidly built

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

          really like the feel in my hand

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's a SM 57

          By Stratosphere

          from Port. OR

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Good All Around
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Mic An Amp
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

          These mics have been around forever. The SM 57-58. The 57 is one of the best and classic microphones for live and recording. Great sound and built road tough. You just can't go wrong.

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