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Shure SM48-LC 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 for professional sound reinforcement, studio recordi... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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 to control proximity effect
  • 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
  • Legendary Shure quality and ruggedness
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on wireless mics, mixers, and circuitry products.
2 year warranty on wired mics.
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ShureSM48-LC Vocal Microphone
 
4.5

(based on 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (54)
  • Durable (44)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Versatile (25)
  • Lightweight (20)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (45)
  • Outdoor events / games (36)
  • Home studio (29)
  • Amateur recording (26)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (25), Novice (5)

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

 

Better than nothing...

I got a great sale price on the SM48-LC in-store, but it's still barely worth it. The sound is extremely dull, even with a nice preamp (unusable with my interface's low-quality...Read complete review

I got a great sale price on the SM48-LC in-store, but it's still barely worth it. The sound is extremely dull, even with a nice preamp (unusable with my interface's low-quality preamp). Needs heavy EQ to brighten the sound. The mic feels durable. It's heavy steel and well-put together like anything I'd expect from Shure. Looks sexy. I liked the accessories it came with: nice mic clip, cable tie and mic pouch. Save your money and buy an SM58. They're that much better than this.

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5.0

Great mic for the price.

By Matt S.

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

    My band has multiple singers, we have one SM-58, wanted to upgrade the other mics but didn't want to spend a ton of money. Found the SM-48 and read the reviews, went ahead and purchased 2 of them and was not disappointed. Great mics for the price. Will definitely buy a few more.

     
    5.0

    I would definitely buy this product again and again !!!

    By Marcos

    from La Habra, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

      Live music performance!

       
      5.0

      Would definitely recommend

      By ZYM NY

      from New York

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

      Awesome product. High quality.

       
      5.0

      If it comes available, I'll buy it again

      By Arielito

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

      Excellent.

       
      4.0

      Great Mic at Great Price

      By Russ

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

      Great mics at a great price. I'm only rating a 4 because I prefer an on/off switch on the actual mic (altho' I realize not everyone wants/needs that option.

       
      5.0

      i would buy this product again and again

      By ariana grande

      from California

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

        awesome product!!! I would use this for all my shows!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Yes great product great price

        By SlamJam

        from Houston

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

          Excellent for emcee, karaoke and even professional singing

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great mic, Great price.

          By J Strings

          from New Mexico

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

            Needed a good mic at a good price. Awesome mic. Compares to the 58.

             
            5.0

            Great Mic!

            By Iron

            from Annapolis, MD

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Around Vocal
              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

              This is a great mic to have around. Good performing, cardiod pattern. I keep a couple of these around as spares in case I need extra mics.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best acoustic & vocal michrophone in town.

              By Steelwheelsny

              from NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Shure SM48-LC Vocal Microphone:

                The SM48 has and will continue to be the workhorse of the music industry.

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