Our Shure SM58 Review, it is the workhorse of all vocal mics you see at any music venue or I’m sure your buddy has a few in his box as well. You’ve seen it before, you’ve probably used it before, so let’s dig deeper and find out why EVERYONE uses them. Here are some features:
- Solid quality, rugged and reliable
- Cardoid (dynamic) Uni-directional
- Built-in wind and pop filter
- Frequency response made for vocals (bright mids with bass roll off)
- Minimizes background noise (uniform cardoid pattern, isolates main sound source)
- Affordable and reliable (I’ve never had to replace any from the club I was an engineer at)
One of the most reliable stage mics to have in your gig bags is SM58. Night after night, sweat, humidity, dropping and years of wear and tear, I stand here telling you, this will never let you down.
Mainly because it was built by Shure a solid company for decades, it designed hard metallic body and the same goes for the grill.
The SM58 is directional, which means it can pic up sound all around to a point. I would say within about 8 inches any direction. However, it does sound exceptionally well when right in front and about 1-2 inches a way.
You will notice a fuller bass sound when, which I think is a good thing. What it does well is balance out everything and make perfect sound coming through the PA. You’ll notice how it can handle a lot of gain without feeding back. Like I said, they knew what they were doing when they designed this!
Can I use it with other instruments?
Yes you can in fact, although the sweet spot is on vocals. But I have used it on just about every instrument on stage.
Ok, some things just don’t sound good. The kick drum obviously for one. With enough eq, I just barely got it to sound like a thumpy bass. For guitars I would recommend the SM57, but it could work. As I said above, this has a natural bass cut that will affect the sound being passed through the PA.
I get asked if this would be a good microphone to use for podcasting. And my answer is no. Its not powered, it doesn’t have a preamp and it will sound really blah. For pod cast I recommend a condenser, which is a bigger diaphragm and requires power, so it will make your vocal sound awesome.
And I don’t recommend using a condenser for live vocals unless your PA and sound engineer are really good and can control it using gates and limiters. That sucker picks up a lot of sounds!
You can’t go wrong having a few these on hand for your singers. There is a reason everyone in the industry uses these particular ones on vocals. For a few extra dollars you can get one with an on/off switch. This does come with and XLR cable so you can start using right out of the box! Thanks for stopping by to read our Shure SM58 review, enjoy the video.