Shure SM58 LC Handheld Vocal Dynamic Microphone

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$99
Shure SM58 LC Handheld Vocal Dynamic Microphone
Shure SM58 LC: Highest Rated Handheld Vocal Mic Under $100 - 2021.04

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Specifications

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz to 15kHz
  • Impedance: 300 Ohms
  • Applications: Live vocals, also good for live instruments and amps

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The SM58 appeared on our recommended list for Live Vocal Mics in March 2016 when we published the first edition and it has remained there ever since.

It was also on our Dynamic Microphones list from July 2018 until May 2021.

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Overview

The SM58 was launched in 1966 and is still produced today with the same design principles and engineering. Some parts may have been updated and replaced over time but in essence it is still the same mic that was designed over 50 years ago.

While it has now achieved legendary status, many audio engineers who work with modern production seem to be exploring newer options. With all the advances in microphone design over the last 50+ years, the SM58 remains popular, but it has been steadily declining.

The first major reason for the SM58s popularity was its tonality: it was designed with live performance in mind though back then, the kind of music that was being played is vastly different to the genres more prevalent today. For rock and older pop music, the frequency notch between 7 and 8 kHz kept high tenor vocals from being too strident. Lower crooning baritones also had some benefits from the high frequency notch which emphasized the depth of their vocals.

Modern mics rarely have this notch; people now tend to favor mics with flat or slightly treble boosted sound signatures. Modern pop and rock production styles have more upfront sounding vocals and most popular singers have a richer, less strident timbre to their voices. Mixing an SM58 with modern instrumentals is still possible, but modern mics have been tailored specifically to fit in better with these styles.

Still, I believe everyone should at least have an SM58 tucked in their mic locker or at their venue.

In case you get confused over the 2 different versions of the SM58, the SM58-LC doesn't have an on/off switch and SM58S which does have a switch.

To reiterate, no mic collection is complete without an SM58. Almost everyone has had it as one of their first mics and most preferences down the line stem from experiences with it.

The SM58 is currently on our recommended list in our guide to The Best Live Vocal Mics.

Shure SM58 Frequency Response Chart

Shure SM58 Frequency Response Chart

Shure SM58 Polar Pattern Chart

Shure SM58 Frequency Response Chart

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About the Author

Raphael PulgarRaphael Pulgar

I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.