GLS Audio Instrument Microphone ES-57 & Mic Clip - Professional Series ES57 Dynamic Cardioid Mike Unidirectional - For Instruments, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, and more
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- Uni-Directional Dynamic Instrument Microphone
- Frequency Response: 50 Hz - 15,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: -72dB at 1,000 Hz (Open Circuit Voltage)
- Can be used with Lo-Z XLR 3 Pin Balanced & Hi-Z 1/4"
- Impedance: 300 ohms at 1,000 Hz
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The mics came in a rather nondescript box with bubble pack and a rather cheap plastic only clip. No worries since mics sit in my road case anyway and are well protected with foamcore, but take note that there isn't a mic pouch with these. At $30, it's no surprise so that's cool. I decided to A/B this with a tried and true Shure SM57 on a Gibson Guitar Amp, and off of a JBL Eon 10" monitor playing a Miles Davis CD via the Aux Send off of a Mackie 24/4 VLZ. I didn't have any musicians around at work to pull into the test so these would have to do. Off of a flat EQ, I noticed the ES57 had WAY more presence in the upper-mid at Unity than the Shure. In fact, around the 3500-4k mark was about +3dB at it's highest and held around to about 7k. It was noticeable and easily matched to the sure by cutting the EQ.Read more ›
The GLS ES57 is critiqued in this review, and compared to a Shure SM57. When you see ES57, I'm referring to the GLS mic, and when you see SM57, I'm referring to the Shure mic. I did not review the mic clip that comes with the ES57. I use my own and have several dozen mic clips on stands and attachments that I use and trust. The included mic clip seems suitable for general use, though I haven't used it.
Both the ES57 and SM57 are known as dynamic mics, while the other most common pro type mics are known as condensers (which need a power source to work properly). Not needing a power source is one thing that makes dynamic mics like the ES57 and SM57 popular. However, most dynamic mics tend to be a bit less sensitive and have a bit less frequency response than condensers. In most uses, a dynamic microphone with specs like these from GLS and Shure are not an issue. If you need to mic really low or really high frequencies (less than 80 Hz and greater than 15 kHz), then you'll want to get a different mic that can do that well. There are dynamic and condenser mics that have more sensitivity and frequency response, but they are more expensive, and for 95% of what most of us need in a microphone, either the ES57 or SM57 will work just fine.
I have been recording for over 45 years, initially as a hobby, then professionally. I know audio, made a successful jump from analog to digital, and I use equipment (analog and digital) based on performance, experience and specs, not on brand name. I do respect a lot of name brands, and Shure is one of them. However, I am not affiliated in any way with Shure or GLS Audio, other than being one of their paying customers.Read more ›
I recorded a quick acoustic thing as a sample for a dance performance and when I listened to it play back on giant speakers, I was literally blown away by the lack of static sound I heard. I did very little post recording work, just some levels to make everything louder and about the same, but no noise canceling and it turned out amazing.
I would absolutely recommend this mic for someone that wants good to great sound but with a limited budget. I plan on buying more, maybe even the vocal mic too.
Consistency among the 5 GLS mics I own is excellent.
The GLS mics (57 and 58) have a little more handling noise than the Sures
The GLS mic clips are cheesy, having plastic threads, but they'll work until a ham fisted helper in a hurry cross threads them. You don't get a zip pouch with the GLS, which is irrelevant to me.
The GLS 57s and Sure 57s are nearly a tossup soundwise.
The GLS ES 58 and Sure SM 58 are a little different, and I prefer the GLS product. read on for more details.
I have used these for live sound in a large, 10 piece dance band, Micing horns, congas, accordion, and overheads on the drum kit and vocal mic.. I find the GLS ES 57 and Sure SM 57 to be real close sound wise. Goofing off in the studio, I have used this to mic a bass cab and for voice. Not bad on bass cab, though no real low end (<50 hz), which often works well live, but I usually run DI on bass live (not mic'd). Just like the Sure, it needs some mid boost to get the vocals to cut. This mic feels solid, and I see no reason to spend 3X as much for the Sure sm57.
GLS ES 58:
I like this BETTER than the real Sure SM 58. It is livelier in the top end (although a little brittle) and is good for clearing up the "mud" in your typical SM 58. The GLS has more handling noise, and the ball screen is more plastic-y, not as solid. GLS longevity is an unknown. I read there is a neodymium magnet in there, which may contribute to its different sound, but I'm no engineer.... I end up adding a little bass EQ to the GLS ES58 for most situations.Read more ›
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Excellent mic. This review may not be particularly spectacular this time round; feel like Edgar Allan Polio today, like I'm not fully "kicked in", but here goes... Read morePublished 1 day ago by James Beavers
Works just fine. Good weight and picks up clearly while using my acoustic guitar recording into my ipad.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought two of these rather than the Shures to help my son equip his home studio. He needed some other microphones, too, a new Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Professional 20 In/20 Out... Read morePublished 10 days ago by KBM
Using this to mic percussion for both live and recording sound. Picks up well with little 'bleed'. Great performance for a great price.Published 12 days ago by BassRic
I perform and lead a Rock cover band. I play guitar and provide backup vocals. Both my singer and I prefer these mics over Shure SM-57’s, SM-58’s, and Sennheiser e835’s. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ryan W. Sansom
Before purchasing this microphone I did my homework I couldn't afford a $99 sm57 but I really needed a good instrument mic for micing my son's guitars and my drums so I watched a... Read morePublished 19 days ago by S. Roberts
I never expected that this piece of gear would give the performance of a leading brand at 1/3 the cost. I wish I could've discovered this earlier. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Dexter Quibuyen