Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone - Shure SM58
AudioTrove® Rating for the Shure SM58 Microphone
4.8/5 Stars From 6,719 Buyers
13 Reasons To Buy
- Gold and global standard. Shure microphones have been the standard for the audio industry for decades. Tagged by many users worldwide as an icon for all microphones, this microphone has never failed users since 1966.
- Sound quality is outstanding. Dynamic microphones are undoubtedly the finest for vocals, podcasts, and voice overs while working on projects from home in an amateur to semi-professional setups. All users agree that Shure SM58, without question, delivers crisp, warm and clear sounds.
- Lasts for years. Shure has a reputation for producing high-end microphones that exude excellence. Users have been blown away by the Shure SM58 throughout the years. One user even shared that he’s been using his Shure SM58 since the 1970’s and it never let him down.
- Built-in Pop Filter. No one wants extra noise in their performance, thus Shure included a built-in pop filter in the Shure SM58. All reviews are full of admiration on this microphones ability to lessen plosives, wind, and breath noise. Users also appreciate the fact that they can use this microphone even in loud environments.
- Users’ go-to microphone. All reviews praise how the sound quality, built, and flexibility of the Shure SM58 makes it their preferred microphone. People from various walks of life have used this microphone. From singers to stage performers, broadcasters to poets, and even politicians.
- Staple in all live performances. Shure designed this microphone mainly for vocals and all reviews stated that this microphone certainly delivers. Reviewers who had been using Shure SM58 during live performances have experienced how awesome this microphone can reject background noise and provide clean sounds.
- Flexible, all around microphone. Users commended the versatility of Shure SM58 on different environments and setups. Sure, it is made for vocals, but most reviews mentioned that this microphone can also be used for instruments such as guitars, bass, piano, brass instruments, and even percussion.
- Mechanical design. Reviewers applauded how rugged this microphone is. Its dynamic moving coil design withstands high sound pressure levels, high temperatures, and high humidity. All users are astounded by Shure SM58's ability to withstand drops and even kicks.
- Proximity effect. All reviewers were satisfied with Shure SM58’s capability to produce full, rich sounds for close miking on both vocals and instruments.
- Built-in shock mount. Reviewers complimented Shure SM58’s highly efficient shock . mount that cuts down handling noise.
- Wide frequency range. This microphones wide frequency range provides flexibility for all users. Shure SM58 has been praised by all its users because of its capability to control low frequencies that minimize rumbles and provides great articulation on high frequencies.
- Perfect for travel. With Shure SM58’s durability, it can adapt with users’ on-the-road and on-the-go lifestyle. Traveling performers have nothing to worry about breaking their Shure SM58 as it has the reputation of being a tank.
- The BEST microphone at its price point. With the Shure SM58's world-class build and functionality, all users rated it as the finest on the market, living up to its reputation.
4 Reasons NOT To Buy
- One user claimed that this microphone’s thread is not smooth.
- Some users find this microphone too small.
- A user suggested that this microphone sounds best with a pop filter.
- Boosting is needed for this microphone as per users.
Shure SM58 Product Research Summary
Shure had been making innovative products since 1925. Immersed in making great microphones, the company created a studio microphone, the SM58, with the goal of providing users with a high-quality experience.
The SM58 is a classic live vocal microphone recognized for its tough durability on tour. It is tuned to highlight the warmth and clarity of lead and backup vocals. The Shure SM58 vocal microphone was created for live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording. Its sound-tuned voice response with its cardioid design is a world standard for singing or speaking.
A spherical filter built into the microphone reduces wind and breath "pop" noise, while the cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while reducing unwanted background noise.
Plus, this microphone’s frequency response is engineered to produce bright and smooth midrange frequencies. Tailored for vocals, yet great with instruments as well as it picks up the lows of bass and is sensitive enough for acoustics and percussions. High SPL makes this microphone capable of close miking cabinets and drums.
In addition, this microphone amplifies bass frequencies (by 6 to 10 dB at 100 Hz) when the sound source is closer than 1/4 inch from the microphone, giving a warmer and fuller bass sound than when the sound source is further away. Only unidirectional dynamic microphones, such as the Shure SM58 Vocal Mic, exhibit this phenomenon, known as proximity effect.
Shure SM58 has a steel mesh grille to endure rigorous handling, as well as a high-quality internal shockmount mechanism. When used for singing or talking, the SM58-LC is designed to function reliably both outside and inside. For its price range, no one can go wrong with Shure SM58.
Polar Pattern: Unidirectional (Cardioid)
Frequency Range: 50 hz - 15 khz
Frequency Response: 50-15000 Hz
Connector Type: XLR Connector
Connectivity Technology: XLR
Sensitivity (at 1,000 Hz Open Circuit Voltage): –54.5 dBV/Pa (1.85 mV)
1 Pa = 94 dB SPL
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
ø: 2.01 x L: 6.38" / ø: 51 x L: 162 mm
Case: Dark gray, enamel-painted, die cast metal; matte-finished, silver colored, spherical steel mesh grille
close-up vocals, lead and backup vocals,
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: I'm just starting off with voice training; will this microphone just function with a computer? Can I connect it to something else?
A: For your microphone, you will need to acquire an XLR mic cable (20-25 ft. should give you some wiggle room). I propose purchasing one or two powered speakers so you don't have to bother about power amps, ohms, watts, and other such details. When using powered speakers, your mixer should be non-powered. Please do not purchase a powered mixer if you want to use powered speakers.
Q: What amplifier or mixer [$20-$50] should I get that is compatible with the SM58?
A: For $39.99, you can use an iRig Pre to sing on Smule with your smartphone. Phantom power or normal with a 9-volt battery.
Q: When playing guitars with a jam buddy in my house, I need a mic to add body to my thin vocals...is this mic or the AT-2020 condenser better?
A: Both the AT-2020, and SM58 are great microphones. The Shure SM58 is the standard by which all other microphones are measured. It is the industry standard for performers all over the world. With the SM58, you can't go wrong, but also check the details on our website regarding the AT2020 as it will ultimately depend on your requirements and budgets. Either way you can't really go wrong.
Q: What other musical items do I need for singing in a home group gathering with this microphone? Is there a need for a speaker with this microphone?
A: The Fender Acoustasonic 15 – 15 Watt Acoustic Guitar Amplifier, for example, would probably suffice.
Q: Is this microphone compatible with the Spider Jam Line 6 guitar amp, which has an xlr mic input built in?
A: It is absolutely compatible if it is an XLR Mic input.
Q: Is there a way to connect it to a Bluetooth speaker via an auxillary chord?
A: This microphone does not connect to Bluetooth on its own, and it does not come with a Bluetooth-enabled device. If you want to pair it with a Bluetooth speaker, you'll need to provide an audio interface that can convert an analog signal to a digital signal and broadcast it to your device.
Q: Is this microphone suitable for use with a Singtrix karaoke machine?
A: According to the Singtrix website, their microphones have a special button that activates various effects. This feature is not available on the Shure SM-58. There is only an on/off switch on it. According to the Singtrix website, their units have 3.5mm inputs, which are similar to the plugs used on guitars and other instruments.
Q: How do you connect this to a computer for recording?
A: This is a xlr connection so you need a xlr to headphone jack or you need an audio interface with a xlr female to male and you change your sound setting on the computer.
Q: With this mic, what sound system would you propose for outdoor/indoor speaking events?
A: It's something I only use indoors, but it should be OK outside. I have a little mixer and speakers that are self-powered. Any amp should be OK.
Q: Is phantom power DC48V required for this item?
A: It doesn't work like that. It's a dynamic microphone, therefore there's no need for phantom power.
Q: Which karaoke machine works best with this microphone?
A: The microphone may be used for any type of karaoke application. This microphone, however, does not come with a cable. The cord must be purchased separately. Depending on whether you want to connect it to a computer, a laptop, an amp, a mixer, or a karaoke machine, you may pick between the most common standards of 1/4”, 1/8”, USB, or another connection.
Famous artists, producers, musicians, & records that used this microphone:
- Paul McCartney
- Kurt Cobain
- Elvis Presley
- Martina McBride
- Alice Cooper
- John Mayer
- Billie Joe Armstrong
- Ed Sheeran
- Chris Martin
- Brendon Urie
- Billie Eilish