Shure SM57 LC


Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Dynamic cardioid microphone for recording instruments and vocals. Its bright, clean sound and carefully contoured presence rise make it the ideal tool for live performances and studio recordings. The cardioid pickup pattern isolates the source and effectively reduces the recording of background noise. In the studio, the SM57 is ideal for recording drums, guitar, and woodwinds. The SM57 is not only the first choice for professional musicians, it has also been at the podium of the US President for over 30 years. Its outstanding performance, legendary reliability, and diversity of application make it the choice of performers, producers and engineers around the world.

  • Cardioid
  • Contoured frequency response for clear instrumental and sonorous vocal recordings
  • Decrease of percussion, drums and instruments amplifiers in professional quality
  • Cardioid for isolated signal source and reduces distracting background noise
  • Pneumatic shock minimizes handling noise
  • Holds even heavy use in stage use was
  • Frequency response: 40-15000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 310 Ohm
  • Open circuit sensitivity: -54.5 dBV / Pa (1.88 mV)
  • Dimensions (L x Ø): 157 x 32 mm
  • Weight: 284 g
  • Incl. clamp, 3/8"Thread Adapter and Bag
  • Matching windscreen: Art. 264694 Substitute basket: Article 149561 (both not included)
Item number 105768
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Condenser Microphone No
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone Clamp Yes
Dynamic Microphone Yes
Complete Set No
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Who hasn’t heard of it?

Whether in the studio or on stage, the Shure SM57 cardioid dynamic microphone is an absolute classic in the music industry. Renowned for its versatility, it can be found miking countless instruments, amplifiers, and vocals – in as many different settings. The SM57’s workmanship is of very high quality and it features a highly robust housing, screen, and grille which protect the microphone’s internal electronics and capsule from most forms of physical damage. Shure specifies the SM57’s frequency response at between 40 and 15,000 Hz and its sensitivity at 1.88 mV/Pa.

Contoured frequency response

A look at the SM57’s frequency response data sheet shows that the latter is not linear but modulates, positively reinforcing key frequencies of many instruments and voices. The bass is heavily trimmed under 200 Hz, preventing sprawling proximity effects and a booming signal. Furthermore, a slight boost between 2 kHz and 6 kHz provides increased transparency and clarity, while the two dips, at 7 kHz and 8 kHz respectively, minimise harsher frequencies. The cardioid polar pattern isolates the signal source effectively, reliably reducing unwanted background noises.

Simply suitable for everyone

The SM57 LC dynamic microphone is ideal for professional-quality instrument miking. Its ability to effectively handle high sound pressure levels, a feature it is renowned for, means it is often found in front of loud sources such as guitar amplifiers, drums, and wind instruments. Live, the SM57 also works great for vocals and speech. The roster of prominent users includes Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead and the President of the United States. Its attractive purchase price, high-quality and durable construction, and of course great sound provide an optimum price/performance ratio that will appeal equally to instrumentalists, singers, and technicians.

About Shure

The American company Shure began developing microphones during the early 1930s and is one of the pioneers of the audio engineering sector. Models such as the 55 Unidyne - known to many as the "Elvis microphone" - and the SM57 and SM58 which appeared in the mid-1960s are still ubiquitous in live sound production today. They enjoy cult status among musicians and technicians alike. In the 1990s, Shure introduced the first wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring systems and became a market leader in this field. In addition to microphones, Shure offers a wide range of earphones and headphones for studio and live use, as well as various accessories.

No such thing as “too loud”!

As previously mentioned, the SM57 LC is perfect when it comes to miking very loud sound sources, which is hardly surprising since it was specifically designed with this requirement in mind. Piercing snare drums, heavily distorted guitars, and blasting saxophone solos can all be handled with ease. Whether in the studio or on stage, this versatile, dynamic microphone will deliver an excellent sound in virtually every situation. It is near-indestructible and can easily cope with the odd drop, drumstick hit, or worse – guaranteeing its durability even when the going gets tough during live use. Furthermore, the capsule's pneumatic shock absorber system suppresses handling and vibration noises.

THE classic workhorse!
Anonymous 01.08.2016
The SM57 by Shure is a classic live and studio workhorse microphone - no wonder pretty much every studio I've stepped in has had at least four or five of these!
It's a cardioid pattern mic with very strong off-axis rejection, a presence boost around 4 kHz, and a good-roll off in the lower frequencies which makes up for the proximity effect. Like its slightly younger brother the SM58, the 57 is almost indestructible, and almost every part is replaceable in case you do find a way to destroy something. If you find a Shure Unidyne, then this is an older model of essentially the same microphone.
The mic itself is very weighty and feels strong and robust, extremely well constructed. No lead but you get mic clip and carry pouch in the box!
This is a microphone which is suitable for all jobs. As mentioned in other reviews, it is widely used for drum kits and guitar amps etc., but as it was actually first designed for classical instruments, it can be used very effectively for acoustic instruments as well (tested on a harp and electro-acoustic guitars).
The sound of the SM57 up against an amplifier cabinet, such as a Marshall 4x12 or a Fender Bassman, is part of the classic sound of rock, and advanced modelling systems like the Roland VG-99 emulate a 57 up against a cabinet and at various distances, both on and off axis.
People often compare it to its brother the SM58 - but at least in my opinion the 57 has that bit more class when recording a multitude of sounds and I always prefer using it.

All in all, it's no wonder the SM57 is considered the industry standard workhorse microphone - can't go wrong with buying one (or two... or three ;) )! I've used 57s for longer than I care to admit, in various situations (both in the studio and live) and I've never been let down by one so I always highly recommend them!


Something very important you should know about SM57!
Zaakkk 16.03.2023
I had to return this mic twice to Thomann because I had no idea of the normal (static electricity) noise level it produces. No information about that in the description here. Luckily the Shure customer support answered that question after receiving enough emails asking exactly the same.
"Customer: Is SM57 OK for vocals?

Shure: Yes, it can work very well on LOUD singers. But if you're looking for a vocal mic, you may want to look at a condenser microphone first.

Any type of dynamic mic, like the Shure SM57 or SM58, contains a voice coil that is very susceptible to picking up the hum field. Nothing can be added to these mics to control this.
Some dynamic mics like the Shure SM7B contain an internal hum-bucking coil that reduces hum pick-up. Reduces, not eliminates. Other dynamic mics, like the Shure Beta 58A, have more effective shielding around the voice coil that also reduces hum. ALL dynamic mics will pick up this hum field to some extent.
Condenser mics, like the Neumann or the Shure KSM mics do not have voice coils. These mics will perform much better in a hum field. But many of these mics have output transformers that, like a voice coil, will also pick up the hum.
If the hum field cannot be eliminated, stick with high-quality condenser mics with transformerless outputs. Shure KSM mics are condenser mics with transformerless outputs."


Not knowing any of this, I bought the SM57 thinking I can also record quiet ambient singing with acceptable level of noise. I was so wrong.

Just like all single coil guitar pickups, the SM57 has a single coil diaphragm that serves as a receiver antenna picking up on all EMF from WiFi to electric wires and machines around creating constant buzzing noise having nothing to do with the normal high gain mic ambient hissing noise of other mics.

If you live in the city, your only option to keep this mic quiet is to EMF shield the room in a faraday cage and have no lights, computers, fans, air-conditioning, monitors, phones..etc around.
Maybe find a remote cave and leave the recording gear outside bringing in just the mic. It will be ideal environment for EMF buzzing noise free recording.

I hope this information helps someone like me, saves time and money to Thomann and so much unnecessary frustration to their customers.

On a final note, I can't recommend high enough the much better made in Germany Beyerdynamic M201G. It will cost you double, but it has an extra hum-cancelling coil providing much better noise control.


Industry standard, but not for 2020
Edgar Blackdagger 16.04.2020
It is what it is, you stumble upon it everywhere and it used to be convenient for any occasion, but it's not the 80s anymore, it's got medium output, not great side and back rejection and bad off-axis colorartion (now I understand why everyone else has hi-hat issues) and its frequency responce is full of peaks and drops.
For me nowadays it should be considered as just a character mic if you want the sound of the '80s and '90s, nothing bad with that, but it's not that miraculous mic you hear about, at least not for today's standards.

For guitar cabs I prefer ribbon mics (SE electronics, even some T-bones occasionally) and for drums I went all Albini and the skies opened, now I use Oktava MK-12 mics on snare, toms and sometimes room, and the only dynamic mic I find useable is the Sontronics Solo, way quieter and cleaner bleed and a way more hi-fi mic.
Also for snare I've done some shootouts with an Audix i-5 and it was awesome, but I haven't tested what it does with a hi-hat behind it.


Built like a tank!
mynvidia 25.01.2021
Bought this as my first ever "real" microphone for recording vocals and guitars.

The whole body is made of metal and has a hefty weight to it. It really feels solid and I even dropped it once already. It was like nothing happened. This thing should last a really long time.

As for the sound, I am using a Behringer UMC202HD and to get decent volume I need to have around 70% gain on it. Again, this is my first every dynamic microphone so I do not really have anything to compare it with though based off the reviews I have watched this seems to be pretty standard with this mic. Sound was clear and was accurate to my ears.

For around $100 I think this is the best dynamic mic that you can buy. It is a great all-arounder. Would highly recommend!