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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 196 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (176)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (32)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Durable (26)
  • Versatile (22)
  • Compact (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (28)
  • Home studio (23)
  • Amateur recording (19)
  • Professional recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), 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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5.0

The standard

By OkeyDoke

from Virginia

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

    I bought my first SM57 20 years ago, and that one is still going strong. I'm a hobbyist with a very modest mic locker, and decided it was time to get a second one to help get a more consistent sound micing dual amp setups, and while the new one looks slightly different it's got the same great tone and performance as my older one. A great, rugged, no-fuss mic that you can pretty much put on anything.

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By Beggars Day

    from Olympia Wa.

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

      What can you say ... it is a Sure! I have been using them for over 30 years and never had a problem. I have tried others but keep coming back!

       
      5.0

      great mic for the price!

      By mike e.

      from W. Kentucky

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

        Best instrument mic for the money you can buy

         
        5.0

        I need another one!

        By Autumn

        from Kansas

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

          I use this mic for recording guitars in my home studio and it really captures my tone! I've heard good things about this mic but really didn't know what to expect. I was blown away by the clarity of this microphone.

           
          5.0

          Studio Vocal secret weapon!

          By Jean Puzi

          from Whitefish, Mt.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

            I have been trying many different LDC mics for my mid range male vocal and none of them bring out the tones I was looking for. I read some recommendations to try the sm57 through a colored preamp and so I bought the golden age pre 73 and the sm57. And... Bam! It does sound pretty good on my voice. Now I blend a LDC with the 57 to get a great full sound. I also bought the Shure A81WS Gray Large Foam Windscreen for the 57 and it turns this mic, sound wise, into a sm7b! I am blown away that such a cheap old shure mic can still be such a good tool for so many things. Peace.

             
            5.0

            Good

            By Caspa

            from Madison nj

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

            Grate and perfect for what I need it for

             
            5.0

            Long Time Friend

            By Dirtdog

            from Glen St Mary, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances

              Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

              I have used the same Sure SM57 for over twenty years for roundhouse jamming. Plugged into my Fender Acoustisonic Jr or a mixing board this thing just simply does the job. It is easy to store in a gig bag and it's small carry pouch and I cant count the times I have snapped in the mic (with wind sock) into the cord wrap it around the stem of the mic stand, clip it in and we are off for the magic.

              I have replaced a couple of cords but only recently purchased a second Sure sm58 with an on off switch. I am expanding a bit. The SM57 is still going strong.

              Sure and Musicians Friend has earned my respect and business with this and other great products like it. Recently I got a great deal on a Takamine G-Body GJ7 2CE-NAT acoustic electric and with this mic it is simply off the chain to play, even un-plugged. Enjoy and God bless. These five star items are worth the effort and $$'s.

               
              5.0

              Great Microphone!

              By Mac

              from Mount Holly, VT

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

                I use it to mic my banjo but it works well for vocals too.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Would buy it again

                By Bebopjazz33

                from New Mexico

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

                  Trumpet performance

                   
                  5.0

                  I wish I had some more of them

                  By SirSlaughter/HyperWizard

                  from Clarksville

                  About Me Novice

                  See all my reviews

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic:

                    I bought this years ago. I mean more than 5-6 years ago and it seams that this mic is still one of the must have models for anyone doing anything that requires microphones at all.

                    I originally bought this mic long ago for music recording. It worked great for both instrument and vocal purposes. However, life has taken me in a different direction and as much as I yearned for that musical fame I wanted, I took a different direction in my life.

                    Years later I found it again and I was glad to know it was waiting for me. I now use this for recording myself in my youtube videos. (HyperWizard)
                    As I am not a professional or too experienced with mic settings, it does peak quite a bit, but then again I am screaming into this thing without properly tweaking it on my interface (again, I am not too experienced).

                    Either way, I am very happy to have it. Anyone starting out should buy this mic, no questions asked.

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