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Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone Review

Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone Review

A picture of a handheld shure sm58 dynamic microphone.

Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone

I’m sure most of you have heard of the Shure SM58 Dynamic Handheld Microphone at one time or another. This microphone seems to remain a favorite among performers and home studio owners. I think the reason it’s become such a classic is the balance of affordability, quality, and durability. The SM58 is around $100 from most retailers and well worth it.

One reason that the SM58′s have become one of the main go to microphones for performers is it’s established reputation of being nearly indestructible. Now obviously any microphone can be damaged, but you’d almost have to be trying to intentionally destroy a SM58 to make it unusable. Since a lot of performers are on the road, they tend to gravitate towards gear that can take the wear and tear of traveling and being unpacked and packed constantly. This mic fits that category quite well.


Is it Invincible?

Here’s a video I found of a guy doing crazy stuff to a SM58 to see how it holds up. I’m not sure if he really got the mic to still work, but it does a good job of portraying the durability of these mics.

My Rating of the Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone

Keep in mind I choose these ratings based on the price of the gear and not in comparison to gear way outside of this price range.

Overall: 4/5 – This is an awesome mic, but I couldn’t give it a perfect score due to the limited high end frequency response. It shines especially well in the midrange, and I’d recommend it to anyone on a budget but it’s not the best low end dynamic mic in terms of tonal quality.

Quality: 4/5 – In terms of the construction of a Shure SM58 the quality is superb. Although they are no longer produced in the US, they’ve upheld their ruggedness and durable quality that has helped shape the good reputation of this microphone. In regards to tonal quality it’s okay but not great.

Value: 4/5 – The fact that you most likely will never have to replace a SM58 due to damage increases it’s value to me. For around one hundred dollars you really can’t go wrong with a Shure SM58.

Review of the Shure SM58 Dynamic Handheld Microphone

Pros:

  • Affordable enough for most budgets.
  • More durable than your average microphone.
  • Tried, tested, and true for over 50 years. (These were first created in 1966)
  • Most people sound pretty good on this microphone, and a lot of people are actually quite accustomed to it’s sound due to it’s popularity.

Cons:

  • Slight lack in tonal quality, at least in the higher range. The tone isn’t awful, and is more than good enough for a live performance, but after working with numerous microphones you tend to become more particular about tone. I will say that this is actually a prominent issue with many dynamic microphones, so it’s not a big problem to me.

Summary

Overall this has been a great microphone for a long time. It doesn’t have the greatest tone but you typically wouldn’t go to a low end dynamic mic for a crucial recording anyways. I think for a live performance it doesn’t get much better than this in the price range, although I would probably take the Electro-Voice N/D767a over it if you have the extra 30 bucks.

More info on the Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone

February 24, 2013 Microphones, Music Production Gear And Software 2 Comments

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  1. Leon Portelance March 6, 2013 at 4:25 am

    I bought my SM58 in the late 60s. Been through hell and back and still works just fine. Great durable vocal mic for live gigs. I wouldn’t use it for recording, too dull on the high end.

    The Katz.

  2. Pencil April 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Great show as always. Just cuoirus where you got the mixing board from and how much it cost? Also, does it just hook up to your laptop? ~ Jay

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