Shure SM58 LC Handheld Vocal Dynamic Microphone

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 10900+ ratings and reviews.

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Shure SM58 LC Handheld Vocal Dynamic Microphone

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 96/100 is based on analysis of 10900+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

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

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.

Specifications

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

Pros

The SM58 still retains its industry standard status until today and no mic locker is complete without one. The number one positive reviews mention is its durability and build quality. Next often mentioned plus is its versatility. Aside from vocals, the signature notch helps alleviate excessively shrill guitar amps during recording.

Cons

There were no consistent negatives. The only ones that popped up were from users who had unwittingly bought a counterfeit SM58. To avoid this problem always check you are purchasing from an authorized Shure dealer. It may not be the best for modern pop vocals that actually demand more presence to the sound where the SM58 has a notch.

Overall

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

About the Author

Raphael PulgarRaphael Pulgar

An audio engineer of nearly 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.