Shure SM58 Mic
Whose has been on the floor for some time can’t fail on recognize the industry standard Shure SM58. It set hard to reach level of performance, durability and reliability.
It sounds good! Believe me the feeling of warm and crystalline voice coming out of this mic is really exciting. I would recommend the SM58 for lectures and speeches and even for vocalist, however I feel that it is not the best choice for a lead singer.
For those looking for main singer mics then the Shure Beta58 will be the starting choice. Anyone coming from a cheap microphone looking for a decent upgrade, then look no further as this is the microphone you want.
Ok but what was actually the sound performance? Well when I first tried the Shure SM58, I found that the voice was well rounded resulting warm and not at all flat like many other mics on the same price category. This is most probably due to the specially tuned mid-range response, which boost the voice granting a smooth and powerful tone.
Altogether the response help to focus the voice and to separate it from the other instruments. The overall cut of ambient noises is very good and complete the performance of this great mic.
Unidirectional Pick up Pattern
When it comes to get the sound you need and just that, the microphone is tested against is ability to discern from sources. Picking up just the source you want isn’t always easy. Most non-pro mic have cannot make much difference if a sound comes from the front or the side of the bulb.
With the Shure SM58 you will have a very strict cone right in front of the mic, where the sound source will be picked up. All that comes outside this cardioid pattern will be discarded, allowing you to have easy recording sessions and strong not degrading signal from your instruments.
- Type: Dynamic (moving coil)
- Frequency Response: 50 to 15,000 Hz
- Polar Pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid), rotationally symmetrical about microphone axis, uniform with frequency Output Level (at 1,000 Hz)
- Open Circuit Voltage: -74.5 dB* (0.19 mV)
- Power Level: -56.0 dB**
- Impedance: Rated impedance is 150 (300 actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low impedance
- Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
- Connector: 3-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
- Case: Dark gray, enamel-painted, die cast metal; matte-finished, silver colored, spherical steel mesh grille
- Overall Dimensions: 51 x 162 x 23mm (2 x 6-3/8 x 29/32 in.)
- Swivel Adapter: Positive-action, break-resistant, adjustable through 180 degrees, with standard 5/8 in.-27 thread
- Net Weight: 298 g (10.5 oz.)
*0 dB = 1 v/ bar
**0 dB = 1 mw/10 bar
Durable and Affordable
The legendary durability of Shure microphones is embedded in the SM58. Even dropping it from 3 meters, multiple times have no effect on the performance of this great mic, although I don’t recommend to do this kind of tests with your mic, as the aesthetic result might not be pleasant for the most!
For about $100 I feel comfortable to say that this is one of the best choice you can have, if your budget is limited.