Shure SM58 LC

Dynamic Vocal Microphone with Cardioid Directivity

With its warm, clear sound and frequency response optimised for vocals, the SM58 is a legend among vocal microphones worldwide. The Shure SM58 is a dynamic microphone for lead and backup vocals at live performances, professional audio amplification, and studio recordings.

An integrated, highly effective filter prevents breathing and wind noises, while the cardioid directivity isolates the signal source and reduces unwanted background noise.

The robust design, the tried and tested shock absorber system, and the steel mesh grille ensure that the SM58 always works reliably even in the rough and tumble of everyday stage life. Whether in the open or in a hall, for singing or speaking - the SM58 has been the undisputed number one among professionals all over the world for decades.

  • Optimised frequency response with brightened mids and bass cuts
  • Integrated, effective wind and pop filter
  • Shock absorber system
  • Robust construction, sturdy steel mesh grille
  • Directivity: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 50 - 15,000 Hz
  • Output impedance: 300 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: -56 dBV / Pa (1.85 mV)
  • Dimensions: 23 x 162 x 51 mm
  • Weight: 298 g
  • Includes microphone bag, microphone clamp and 3/8" reducing thread
  • Suitable windshield: Article no. 135783, suitable replacement mesh grille: Article no. 183069 (both not included)
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On/Off Switch No
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Color Black
Cable no

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Industry standard for a reason
soulcat, 12.04.2019
The SM58 is Industry standard fo dynamic handheld mics for a reason. Maybe the Beta58 suits you better, though. A short omparison:

1) Beta58 Hypercardioid, SM58 Cardiod - so the Beta58 shows a significantly more directed pickup pattern, which can be good or bad, depending on how much you can control your mic positon and how the monitors are set up (cardioid is least sensitive on the rear, hypercardioid is least sensitive on the sides).

2) Beta58 has a significantly higher output level at similar SPL - if you are working with less expensive preamps this can be a big advantage. With the SM58, it depends a lot on the preamp used if you get pro level results or not.

3) Beta58 has an extended high frequency response, it's high mids / low highs ('presence') are a little faint, but can be easily EQed in, as it takes EQ very well.

4) Overall built quality is better at the Beta58: Hardenend grill, better damping of handling noise. In combination with midrange gear (Focusrite Scarlett series interfaces for example) I prefer the Beta58, as the missing mid / presence peak (it's only 'disadvantge' compare to the SM58) can be EQed in easily, but the higher output level is a real advantage: It gives you a better signal to noise ratio. If you use high end gear with good preamps the SM58 can deliver excellent results, too, though when the budget is big enough you'd rather go with a high-end handheld condenser instead (for example Neumann KMS105), unless you are very loud on stage...
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For those of you who have still not been introduced to a SM58
Glenn9675, 16.09.2015
Personally I don't think a review is required for a SM58, but for those of you who are fairly new to the game, and are not just simply looking for a mic, but looking to invest in a piece of equipment that will be with you for MANY years.......... Read on!

As far as I'm concerned, if you had to look up the word "microphone" in the dictionary, it would say "See Shure SM58"
The SM58 has just about been around since the beginning of time. It's the ultimate vocal microphone. It's not only extremely robust, but is able to transfer all the vocal frequencies you throw at it though to your mixing desk, whether it be soft female vocals, or loud male vocals from a thrash metal band, so it can really take a beating on being shouted into and doesn't distort.

In an emergency you can use it pretty much across the stage, it will even handle the sound pressure from a snare drum, but there are better mics suited for that.

I have just purchased another two from Thomann, not because my others wore out, but just to add to my mic collection. I have got one particular SM58 that is 20 years old this year, and as expected, there is no audible difference between that one and the new ones I've just bought. The only thing I've done to the old one, eight years ago, was replace the grill, because many years of abuse being dropped by various musicians along the way.

So if you're still trying to make up your mind about whether to go for a SM58 or not, just buy one anyway, and make up your mind later.
Thanks to Thomann again for having them at such a good price!!
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the most common good mic around
mbwhite, 14.05.2021
It's by far the most used, well known, durable, sturdy, good sounding live mic around. There's not a single tech who doesn't know how it reacts and sounds. There's not a single stage anywhere in the world with a bunch of them ready to be used. Or abused, it never fails.
But, even if it's the standard that everybody use as a term of comparison, it may not be the best for YOUR voice.
I don't love it with mine for example. There's a thing on mid frequencies that doesn't marry that good with my voice. I prefer other similar priced mics, sometimes I prefer singing with a 57.
So it may not be the best for you, but you must start from here, it's the number 1 of any mic arsenal, along with its cousin SM57.
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Great microphone, excellent sound
Dynosius, 25.05.2021
Aside from the obvious fact that this microphone is one of the lowest outputting mics out there (which you can gather from many reviews online) everything about this exceeded expectations.

Pros:

- Built like a tank
- Very good for noisy rooms, as 90% of the sound it picks up is from 0-50 cm in front of it
- Warm sounding, but you can manage that depending on how far from it you're speaking/singing

Cons:

- Will need some sort of a preamp or post production if it's not loud enough for you, it's really quiet unless you put the sound source right on top of the microphone's head while recording. I personally don't mind it, but it's more quiet than I expected initially
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