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Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Vocal Microphone without Cable
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298 of 312 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2006
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The first rule of microphones is that, "No one microphone is perfect for every purpose." Rule two is, "Experiment with different mics in different applications to find your signature sound." I've used Shure SM58's along with their ancestors and relatives back to 1968. I primarily used them for broadcasting and recording spoken word content but I have used (and still do use) them for singing some back up vocals.

The SM58 does one thing well and that is vocal performance when used very close to the mouth for public address use. Some people, me included, actually sound better and more comfortable in a live performance setting when using another mic, the Shure SM-57. The SM-58 is a very good vocal mic and for some people probably the best choice. For example, anyone who can not resist putting the mic right up against their lips while singing will probably want the SM-58. People with softer or weaker voices will want the SM-58.

The SM-58 is highly directional and has a noticeable yet manageable proximity effect (which means the bass increases the closer you get.) This mic does not pick up well from much over 8 inches away. The reason so many singers think you are supposed to shove microphones practically inside your mouth is because the ball type Shure vocal mics require you to get them very close or they don't sound right. On the other hand, the SM-57 sounds best several inches away from the user's mouth and works fine up to 12 inches away. While the SM-58 is certainly the number one professional PA vocal mic, there are precious few other uses for it because it has a colored sound with a prominent frequency response boost in the upper midrange plus a sound source has to be very close before it is picked up clearly. It works ok for conga drums and the like, but the SM-58 is about the last thing you'd want to use to mic a sax or guitar. Personally these mics are not the best for my mic technique or the basic nature my voice, but for some people they sound great. The live vocal mic that works best for me is the Shure SM-57 with a windscreen. However for other people the SM-58 works better. It depends on your voice and what you want the mic to do. If you have a very deep voice, the SM-58 might be the second best choice after the SM-57 which has a better low frequency response.

One certain advantage of the SM-58 is the excellent gain before feedback capability. This mic can be turned up louder than almost any other mic without that annoying PA squeal. Another advantage of the SM-58 is that it is still available (at a slight extra cost) with a built-in on/off switch. The SM-58's ball shaped grills are very sturdy and even if you should dent one you can get a replacement which screws right on for about ten dollars. I've seen SM-58's dented, rusty, dusty, smoked up, spit into, with pieces missing and slammed into a hardwood stage with the full weight of a boom stand adding mass to the fall and yet I've never seen but one stop working and that malfunction was due to an on/off switch that got dirt in it.

All the pro-line Shure mics are top quality. The pro line Shures also hold their value well. If you buy one and decide you don't like it, you can get about what you paid for it on eBay. I would compare as many mics as possible before buying one. Senneheiser's EVOLUTION mics sound really good too and are worth a look. The SM-58 will be the number one on-stage vocal mic for the foreseeable future because most people follow the crowd instead of actually trying out different mics and picking the one that works best for their particular voice. These things are so durable that even if they stopped making them today they'd still be around for another 20 years at least.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2006
The Shure SM58 is one of the most recognisable microphones in the world - and for good reason. It is the main stay of many a hire companies microphone hire stock, including mine (pa2hire.co.uk). Practically unbreakable, and if you do manage to drop it from a high stage / skyscraper, you can also buy a replacement pop shield. Very suited to rock, or other musical styles that need powerful vocals. Make sure your singers lips are touching the pop shield to get the best results, though, unless they have very good mic technique. The proximity effect (increase in bass when you sing or talk close to the mic) makes this important. If the singer is a foot away from an SM58, the chances are they will sound thin, and you will also have gain before feedback issues....

Sonically the response has a nice presence peak in the upper mid range, but the top end rolls off quickly after that. Opinion is split about whether that is a good or a bad thing - it helps keep a lid on feedback, but it doesnt sound as hi-fi as some other mics. I have had some singers complain that their vocal top end is not quite right - sometimes asking for more top end. I guess they are used to the sound of expensive condenser mics on their recordings. My solution is normally to give them another mic, like a Beta 58, or Beta 87a maybe, rather than use EQ. If you A/B test an SM58 verses these mics it will always lose. But it can still be a better mic in some cases, such as when you are looking for a cardioid rather than hyper-cardioid response (the SM58 has a cardioid response, which means it has a wider pickup pattern at the front). But most vocalists will be more than happy with the sound the SM58 gives.

The SM58 also does a pretty good job on drums (not really bass drum), and other loud things like guitar cabs. It uses the same capsule as the SM57, one of the best mics for guitar cabs.

In conclusion, yes there are a lot of mics that sound better, and some of these are quite a bit cheaper - but ask yourself the question are they as durable as an SM58, and if you are a professional, will your clients want to use a mic they have never heard of?

Take care,

Justin Miller

pa2hire.co.uk
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2011
Style Name: On/Off SwitchVerified Purchase
I noticed that people who bought this microphone "also bought" mic clip, so I order a mic clip (for mic stand) to come with the Shure 58. I didn't need to -- the 58 came with one in the box.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I have been using the Shure SM58 microphone for over two decades of live performance. It is simply the best affordable microphone available for lead or backing vocals. It's so durable, you could literally use it as a hammer then perform a sweet ballad with no ill effect. I have never had one break down in hundreds of shows.

My current primary SM58 has a couple dents from rough use in rough venues but sounds just like it did brand new. The only reason I've ever replaced one is because they were stolen. If you're just starting your professional career, this is the microphone you need. If you're a seasoned veteran of the music biz, you've probably already got one in your gig bag.

Get a Shure SM58, don't use some crappy thing that costs half as much, you won't get enough level into the board. Your sound guy will thank you, they know just exactly what to expect.

Any other comparable quality microphone will cost you at least twice as much.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2004
This is an excellent, general purpose microphone at a reasonable price. I'm a classically trained vocalist, and I use the SM58 for rehearsal and "scratch" recordings. It delivers clear, true, and warm sound under all standard conditions and requires essentially no fine tuning or signal processing. I still prefer the crisp detail of a condenser microphone for formal demo recordings (my favorite is the Studio Projects C1), but it's hard to beat the simplicity and reliability of the SM58 for everyday use.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2010
Style Name: On/Off SwitchVerified Purchase
I bought this for my brother for Christmas, he's the lead singer in his band. What a difference a mic makes! Especially this one. I spent a good amount of time researching microphones looking for the best sound for the money and this Shure was...hehe
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2007
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I upgraded to a pair of these from some cheapie Radio Shack unbalanced connector-type mics I was borrowing from a friend. When used at an annual live stage event, the improvement was marked and noticeable to several non-golden-eared onlookers who commented positively. The specs which state a high end response of 15K seem disappointing to me on paper, but the reality of how good these sound is convincing enough for me. I say that as someone who can pick out a lot of detail in sound.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Style Name: On/Off SwitchVerified Purchase
I made the mistake of thinking I could save forty bucks and get by with the Shure PG-58. I'm no vocalist but occasionally need to do announcements or accommodate a guest vocalist through an instrument amp (rather than a P.A.). Whatever the reason, the PG-58 simply doesn't have sufficient gain or oomph to be of much use with the Roland Cube / Peavey amps I try to employ it with (I use a 1/4" adapter with the XLR connector that comes with the mic). When I borrow a Shure SM-58 mic from someone, the difference is instant and dramatic--it's a far more efficient (i.e. louder) mic, producing a full, clear sound, and without additional pre-amplification, demonstrating why it's the most popular microphone in the world. For five bucks extra, I can't fathom a reason for avoiding the SM-58S, the version with an on-off switch. It's a small price to pay for quick solutions to feedback or the unwanted pick-up of "private" comments by indiscreet band members. And even if you're an instrumentalist, it may be wiser to select the SM-58 over the SM-57. The former mic is a little more ostentatious, but it's also slightly more adaptable, and the screen can filter out a certain amount of wind noise and unwanted non-musical sounds. Above all, the SM-58 has proven itself to be the Sherman tank of microphones, simply unparalleled for ruggedness and durability.

[I see a review cautioning the consumer to be wary of "this seller." Perhaps a good point unless it's in reference to Amazon Prime, which is the Shure SM-58 of commerce: competitive prices, no postage, easy returns. But anyone who returns an SM58 probably had no business buying it in the first place. They are the populous drones of the industry, invariably purchased by professionals who know first-hand what they're getting--reliability and virtual indestructibility. In fact, it's the very popularity of the SM58 that has led to all of the slightly less or more expensive imitators. Consumers require choice, but with the Shure SM58 there need be none.]
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2010
Style Name: On/Off SwitchVerified Purchase
The SM58 is without a doubt, the industry standard. I use it for recording, live performances and voice overs. It rivals many other more expensive mics like Oktava and EV, to name a couple. If you are looking for a versatile mic that provides excellent reproduction from any sound source, this is the mic you'll want to buy. Spend the extra $ and get this one, the one with the ON OFF switch. It is extremely useful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2010
Style Name: On/Off SwitchVerified Purchase
No pop in the vocals, this Shure SM58 is the world standard for vocals, I've used these mics for over 30 years, singing around the world and no other mic comes close for quality of sound and build, don't waste your money on more expensive brands, get a Shure SM58 for your next vocal gig.
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