SM57: The Tireless Workhorse of Microphones

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Published on March 08, 2013 with No Comments

Nearly all musicians, producers and professional recording studios know
the legendary Shure SM57. This industry-standard microphone – or as
many people call it “utility microphone” – has a sterling reputation
for its constant use in both studio and live environments for more than 60

The SM57 is a cardioid dynamic microphone made for clean reproduction
of acoustic instruments such as guitars, trumpet, drums and even vocals.
Also, it is widely used to mic up amplified instruments such as guitars, bass and keyboard. The two most popular uses for the SM57 can be found in both studio and live environments: miking the snare drum (top and/or bottom) and a guitar amp.

Also, the SM57 is known for its durability. By investing in this
microphone, you are almost guaranteed that the microphone is going to
work all the time under extreme circumstances for an extended period of
time. For example, it can resist rough environments (i.e. smoke, rain and
snow) which may be present in live performances, as well as accidental drops to the

Check out these two “Ultimate Drop Test” videos; the people from Shure test the reliability of the SM57 and SM58 (the SM58 has the same body as the SM57 – the only difference is its grill
design) by dropping them from different heights. Even from a helicopter
hovering 200 feet above the ground!

image: SM57 2

Shure SM57 Ultimate Drop Test

Shure SM58 Ultimate Drop Test – With Helicopter!

The Shure SM57 can be purchased for the affordable price of £132.30.


- Transducer Type

- Polar Pattern

- Frequency Response
40Hz – 15 kHz

image: SM57 Frequency Response

- Sensitivity
(1kHz): -54,5dBV/Pa / 1,88 mV/Pa.

- Weight

The Shure SM57 is available for a good price from Amazon:



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