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Review: Shure SM57

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Submitted On May 22, 2013 by Contributor:
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Rating

Sound
80%


Build Quality
100%


Ease of Use
100%


Versatility
79%


Overall Value
100%


Total Score
92%

92/ 100

Review Details

Price: $99
 
Manufacturer:
 

Positives:

Workhorse studio and stage standard and inexpensive!
 

Negatives:

not a great sound for all sources.
 
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My Review

If you’re involved in any kind of studio recording or live performance, you’ve either seen, used, or already own at least one of these mics.  This classic cardioid mic is legendary in its ability to handle just about any duty (including being used as a hammer!).  Solid construction, virtually indestructible body and a unmistakable tone.  It’s not the best sounding mic out there by any means.  It has a mid range hump that seems to sit really well when used for guitar cab or on top or below a snare drum.  Some folks like it for vocals (I personally prefer it’s sibling the sm58 for that job).  No studio should be without at least a pair of these mics.  For under $100 each you really can’t go wrong with it.  That being said you can rest assured your mic will perform as intended for years and years to come without issue.

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About The Contributor

meistudio


Full service boutique studio in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. In addition to recording media services, the studio also builds a great deal of custom studio equipment.

One Review


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    "You cannot find a better mic for the price, period. And you can be confident that it will sound good on anything. It is famous as the go to studio or stage guitar cabinet mic. But you will find studio professionals who use it on everything from vocals, acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments, various types of percussion, and horns as well. It may not always be the best choice. But it will never be a bad choice. And for most of us, that’s good enough."

    "You won't break it.
    You'll never sound bad if you use it.
    You can always get more inexpensively.
    You can always sell it quickly."

    "Doesn't provide the sort of character you can get from mics with vastly more limited range."

    "$65"

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