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Every Icon Has a Story. What's Yours? | Shure

How to choose the best mic for electric guitar and bassplay button

How to choose the best mic for electric guitar and bass

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How to choose the best mics for drums

How to Mic a Drum Kit Using SM Microphones | Shureplay button

How to Mic a Drum Kit Using SM Microphones | Shure


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The venerable Shure SM57 dynamic microphone is a versatile studio and live performance transducer known for its exceptional sound reproduction and durability. While its lineage can be traced as far back as the 1930s, Shure debuted the acclaimed SM57 in 1965, and it's been the definitive workhorse dynamic microphone ever since. From presidential podiums to snares and speaker cabinets across the globe, the SM57 precisely captures the true character of vocals, guitars, drums, horns, percussion and virtually everything else, with a uniquely tailored frequency response that accentuates detail and nuance. Engineers in home, project and professional studios everywhere trust the SM57 to accurately convey the tone and dynamics of their instruments, consistently relying on its rock-solid construction to serve them for years without fail.

Shure SM57 Recording Snare

Capture Instruments With Precision

Inside the Shure SM57 is a meticulously engineered dynamic element that provides a smooth, natural frequency response optimized for instruments and vocals. Highs have crisp presence without harshness, lows are tight and focused, and the midrange is sculpted to bring out the defining qualities of a sound. Whether you need to highlight the metallic ring of cymbals, the punchy thump of a bass drum, the growl of a guitar amp or the rich harmonics in a saxophone, the SM57 renders each detail with lifelike realism, so your instrument shines in the mix.

Shure SM57 Cardioid Pickup Pattern

Isolate Sound Sources and Reduce Noise

The SM57 has an extremely effective cardioid pickup pattern that isolates the main sound source while minimizing background noise. Unwanted feedback is reduced—even at high volumes—letting you place monitors where needed, and the cardioid pattern also helps avoid phase issues when using multiple mics on a source, like a drum kit. For vocals, the SM57 blocks ambient sounds from bleeding into the mic, ensuring the voice remains clear and intelligible. The Shure SM57 is a no-nonsense, point-and-shoot microphone capable of capturing pure, organic sound for recording or live performance.  

Shure SM57 Durability

Withstand the Rigors of the Studio and Stage

Road-tested for decades, the SM57 is built to handle whatever you can throw at it. Adhering to the same United States MIL-SPEC standards Shure applied to military transducers during World War II, the SM57 embodies a legacy of reliability. Its all-metal construction and rugged steel grille make it nearly impervious to damage. You don't have to worry about the SM57 breaking if you drop it or have it knocked over by an errant drum stick. It's ready to take the abuse of touring and keep working, night after night. Countless SM57s still provide pristine sound in studios today, even after years of heavy use—they’re built to last for the long haul.

Shure SM57 Reliability

Reliability Makes It a Staple for Every Engineer

With its versatility, durability and smooth frequency response, the Shure SM57 dynamic microphone delivers consistent results you can depend on. That's why it's found in practically every professional recording studio and in every stage setup. For decades, audio engineers have turned to the SM57 as an essential tool for recording and live sound reinforcement, often utilizing it on guitar and bass amps, drum kits, brass, woodwinds and acoustic instruments. The Shure SM57 continues to be the ubiquitous workhorse microphone that handles whatever you need.

For clean, detailed reproduction of vocals and instruments, in the studio or on stage, the Shure SM57 delivers iconic sound in a nearly indestructible package. Its tailored response and uncolored transparency provide an accurate, lifelike sound that makes it a versatile mic suited to almost any audio source. Stop by your local Guitar Center today to equip your studio with an essential dynamic microphone.

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  • Contoured frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup
  • Professional-quality reproduction for drum, percussion and instrument amplifier miking
  • Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while reducing background noise
  • Pneumatic shockmount system cuts down handling noise
  • Extremely durable under the heaviest use

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  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 40Hz–15kHz
  • Max SPL: 149dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
  • Pattern and type
    • Capsule: Dynamic
    • Polar pattern: Cardioid
    • Type: Handheld
    • Switches: None
    • Phantom power required: No
    Size and weight
    • Diameter: 1.25"
    • Length: 5.38" 
    • Weight: .6 lb.
    Included accessories
    • Case: Yes
    • Clip: Yes
    • Shockmount: No
    • Power supply: N/A
    • Cable: No
    • Stand: No

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