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

SM57 Spec Sheet
SM57 User Guide
Studio Microphone Buying Guide
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Keith Olsen's Go-To Guitar Recording Rig
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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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Best mic for instruments and singing
Music background: Someone who sings regularly

the shure sm57

this mic works great not any feed back,picks up loud& clear.built really solid too. thanks
Music background: hobbyist

SM 57

Blown I wouldn't expect any less. I have owned several 57s . They are the industry standard and are a reliable choice for the working studio professional. And they are a great choice for home recording.They are versatile and can be used for all studio and live applications.
Music background: Recording engineer

Shure is an old Standard for Mic's

Great traditional microphones with Shure Quality, can't beat a SM57. I have two of them for live recording for Yamaha Tyros 4 keyboard. All from a great supplier "Sweetwater". Mic's do an excellant job, light weight and a great price.
Music background: Pro Musician

Needed Work Horse

It has been said before, and I will restate it. Every studio needs a Sure SM 57. I like to mic the amp. It is excellent for that. I also like to use it on acoustic guitar. I point it at the end of the fretboard, but you can change it around to get different colors of sound. It also works great with classical guitars. It is a solid workhorse in the studio, be it home, or professional. You cannot beat the price. I have been using it through the new Aphex Project Channel. I have also used it through a 1818VSL using Auria on the iPad. It just works.
Music background: Guitarist
See also: Dynamic Mics, Shure, Shure Dynamic Microphones, Shure Dynamic Microphones