Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Dynamic Microphone with Cardioid Pickup Pattern, 40Hz-15kHz Frequency Response, Low Impedance, Includes Stand Adapter, and Zippered Carrying Case
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A Must-have Mic for Studio and Stage!

When you buy a Shure SM57, you've got a great dynamic microphone for life. Accounts of its heroic toughness lie at the center of countless music-industry legends, most of which are perfectly true. What's also true about the SM57 is that it sounds great on a wide variety of sources. A large percentage of the snare drums and many guitar cabinets and vocal tracks recorded in the last several decades owe their sound to the SM57. Try one and you'll find out why live sound professionals and seasoned studio engineers swear by the Shure SM57 more than any microphone on the planet.

Shure SM57 Dynamic Microphone at a Glance:
  • Clear and present sound that's great for a wide range of sources
  • Exceptional versatility onstage and in the studio
  • Built to withstand a lifetime of serious abuse
Clear and present sound that's great for a wide range of sources

From the biggest live stages to the top recording studios worldwide to the presidential podium, the Shure SM57 is one of the most widely used microphones the world over. One of the things that define the Shure SM57 as the quintessential workhorse microphone is its signature frequency response and presence boost. This natural presence boost brings out clarity in vocals, snap in snare drums, and bite in guitar amps. In general, you'll be able to use your SM57 on anything. In fact, it's common practice on many live stages to use the SM57 as a default microphone for everything.

Exceptional versatility onstage and in the studio

The sound of the SM57 isn't the only thing that makes it a fantastic workhorse microphone. Its tight cardioid polar pattern gives you exceptional isolation. In fact, one of the reasons the Shure SM57 is such a popular snare drum microphone is that you can position it to reject the sound of the nearby hi-hat. But the SM57's stellar off-axis sound rejection is not only great in the studio. Onstage, it's easy to position the SM57 so that it won't pick up the sound of the PA, allowing you to get maximum gain before feedback.

Built to withstand a lifetime of serious abuse

Of course, you can't talk about Shure's SM57 without mentioning its heroic toughness. There are epic videos on YouTube and countless stories of people running SM57s over with trucks, dropping them from buildings, submerging them in salt water, and burying them in the Earth for months - all without so much as affecting their frequency responses. What that means to you is that the typical day-after-day, show-after-show abuse of any studio or stage is simply not a problem for this mighty mic. The reason you'll buy another and another Shure SM57 is that you'll keep finding more places where you can use them.

Shure SM57 Dynamic Microphone Features:
  • The most popular dynamic microphone on the planet
  • Great workhorse microphone live or in the studio
  • Excellent for capturing the sound of virtually any instrument or sound source
  • Especially suitable for close-miking of instrument amps and speakers
  • Perfect for studio applications
  • Natural presence peak brings out extra clarity in vocals and many instruments
  • Built to withstand the harshest conditions, wear, and abuse
  • For use both as a handheld microphone and with a stand mount
  • Tight cardioid polar pattern provides excellent gain before feedback
  • MA25D mic clip included
Every stage and studio setup needs the ultra-dependable, affordable, great-sounding Shure SM57!

Additional Media

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SM57 User Guide
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How To Mic Drums for Recording, Part 1 — Two Microphones
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How to Get a Great Snare Drum Sound by Sweetwater
How to Choose a Great Microphone
7 Tips for Guitarists Using In-ears
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How to Take Care of Your Microphones
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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 40Hz-15kHz
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.63 lbs.
Included Accessories Mic clip
Manufacturer Part Number SM57-LC

Customer Reviews

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Studio Standard

While not a high fidelity microphone it does what it does well. It was never intended to be a hifi mic. However it's just right when recording a searing guitar stack. For those that don't know if you listen to metal, or just about anything with a electric guitar, most of the time your hearing this mic. It's a studio standard and is in 99% of all recording studios for a reason. It does what it does very well and if you place the mic right, it does much of the work for you. Put it on a good stand and your all set. I've used these mics in our main studio for many years. I just purchased my own for my home studio as part of a package deal that Sweetwater was running last month. If you record extreme metal or heavy rock guitar like I do, you need this mic. It's one of the best pieces of gear you can have at your disposal for that task. Rest assured that this mic can handle whatever you put in front of it and it's built like a darn tank. Don't be alarmed if the grille on your new SM57 spins. It's normal and yes I get asked that question a lot! I highly recommend this guys and gals! Get one!
Music background: Assistant Engineer at Wall of Shadows Studio and Session Bass Player.

Love this Mic!

Totally Awesome-made my horrible voice louder!
Music background: car singer

Does this really NEED a review?

This mic has been a staple in the recording industry for over 30 years now. Is it the best sounding mic in the world? Clearly not, but what it does, it does well and it's built like a tank! There is no one that has listened to music in the past few decades that hasn't heard one of these on a snare drum somewhere. If you're doing live sound, or studio recording you are OBLIGATED to have at least one in your mic locker... so get 2 now!
Music background: Engineer, musician, builder of electronic devices.


just awesome! equaled to the customer service this company provides
Music background: Recording engineer, Live Sound engineer..

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