Review: Shure SM57
Positives:Workhorse studio and stage standard and inexpensive!
Negatives:not a great sound for all sources.
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.