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Shure SM57

Dynamic instrument microphone

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Setting the standard

It's no exaggeration to refer to Shure's SM Series microphones as the industry standard. SM microphones have been carrying the torch for great sound for decades, at legendary performances both live and in the studio. When you want to know you've purchased a microphone that will stand the test of time — whether in durability or in sound quality — look no further than Shure's SM Series.

Shure SM57 microphone

A 57 on a guitar amp — a familiar sight at live gigs and studio dates!


Talk about the SM57, and words like "workhorse" and "legendary" come up. Shure built this exceptionally versatile microphone to produce a clean sound with bright coloration — ideal for putting some pop into vocals and instruments. The SM57's cardioid pattern picks up the sound you want while minimizing sound from extraneous sources. That makes it a great choice for recording instruments like guitars and drums. 

Built to last

The construction of the SM57 further clarifies the sound — a pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down on handling noise. And how about reliability? Can't beat this mic — it's proven itself over millions of miles of touring and millions of gigs.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • designed for drums and instruments
    • dynamic microphone
    • cardioid pattern for noise rejection and feedback resistance
    • pneumatic shock mount system rejects external noise and vibration
    • die-cast steel body and hardened steel mesh grille
    • frequency response: 40-15,000 Hz
    • sensitivity: -56.0 dBV/Pa
    • output impedance: 150 ohms nominal, 310 actual
    • weight: 10 ounces
    • male XLR connector
    included Accessories:
    • storage bag
    • adjustable stand adapter
    • 5/8" to 3/8" thread adapter
    Other Info:

    Why a dynamic mic?

    Dynamic microphones are engineered for the rigors of live performance and life on the road. Thanks to a very simple and rugged design concept that relies on few internal parts and no electronic components, they're tough, durable, and require no outboard power source to operate. Looking to outfit your church's PA system with vocal microphones? Need to mike your lead guitarist's cabinet for a big club gig? You'll find dynamic mics to fit the bill. If, however, you're looking for a recording microphone to capture sounds in exquisite detail, consider a condenser mic instead.

    Shure SM57 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    1 Review

    Shure SM57

    Written by: Blair Craft from New Jersey on October 4, 2015

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    Cons: None!!!

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • SM57 microphone
    • Swivel stand adapter
    • Zippered vinyl storage bag
    • Hook-and-loop cable tie
    • User Guide
    • Online registration card
    • Safety Precautions sheet
    • Limited Warranty sheet

    Features and Specs

    Application For live & studio use
    PolarPattern Cardioid
    Frequency response 40Hz-15kHz
    Sensitivity 1.6 mV/Pa
    Max SPL Not given
    Diameter 1.255
    Length 6.167
    Weight 10 lbs
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years

    Product Research


    Overview: The Shure SM57 is a rugged professional microphone designed for live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording applications. It's the industry standard for miking amplified or acoustic instruments, as well as percussion. This SM57-LC model comes with a swiveling stand mount and a zippered carrying bag.

    Pickup Pattern: The SM57 is has a cardioid polar pattern, which picks up the most sound from directly in front of the microphone, and some sound from the sides. This makes it less susceptible to feedback.

    Construction: The microphone has a durable die cast steel construction with a dark gray matte finish. It has a polycarbonate grille and a stainless steel screen. The advanced pneumatic shock mount system minimizes the transmission of vibration and handling noise.

    Mounting: The SM57 comes with a swiveling stand mount, which provides a secure mount to a floor stand or a boom stand. The microphone slips into the swivel mount, which lets you tilt the microphone forward or backward over 180°.

    Connector: The Shure SM57 has a 3-pin male XLR connector. No microphone cable is included in this package.


    • Frequency Response: 40Hz - 15kHz
    • Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional)
    • Output Impedance: 310 ohms
    • Sensitivity (at 1000Hz): -56.0 dBV/Pa (1.6 mV)
    • Weight: 10 ounces

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