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Shure SM57

Brand

Shure

Type

Dynamic

Connection

XLR

Endorsements

14 hosts
Clip from NintenDomain Podcast using the Shure SM57
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Why buy the Shure SM57?

The Shure SM57 is one of the most popular mics on the market, used by everyone from podcasters to musicians. We love it for its entry-level price-point and how well it performs despite its affordability. Here are our top three reasons to buy one:
  • Price-to-performance — Any mic under $100 that performs as well as any two or three hundred dollar mic deserves our high praise, and the SM57 fits comfortably into that category. If you’re new to podcasting and want to start off with a minimum viable makeshift studio setup, you’d be wise to add this little beauty to your armory.  
  • Durability — Shure is a brand trusted for the quality and dependability of all the recording equipment it manufactures. Notably, the SM57 has passed the company’s much-publicized ‘drop test’, in which the mic was dropped from a height of ten feet, ten times, without losing any of its input quality. That means an investment in the SM57 will deliver returns for a very long time.
  • Sound quality and isolation — Known for its use across a broad range of recording disciplines, the SM57 is one of the most versatile mics on the market. And its secret weapon is the quality of its sound isolation, doing the job few entry-level mics can of blocking out uncontrollable background noises.
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Everything I do to make my podcast better I learned from freelance recording audio recording. That includes my mic choice. I have always used the SM57 for voice over or track preslate. I love the crisp clean sound that it delivers and swear by it for any sort of voice recording. I understand why musicians have been using it for so long. It costs $99.99. You can easily order online or even buy it from your local Guitar Center. The only drawback is that you need an XLR to USB adapter in the form of a mixer or cable.

Trey Johnson, host of NintenDomain Podcast

Under the hood

  • Patterns: Cardioid
  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 1.2 in (15.7 x 3 x 3 cm)
  • Weight: 1.3 pounds (590 grams)
  • Frequency Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz