Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

- Type: Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
- Polar Pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid), rotationally symmetrical about
microphone axis, uniform with frequency 3-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
- Case: Dark gray, enamel-painted, die-cast steel with a polycarbonate
grille and a stainless steel screen.
- Dimensions: 32 x 157 x 23mm (1-1/4 x 6-3/16 x 29/32 in.)
- Swivel Adapter: Positive-action, break-resistant, adjustable through 180 degrees,
with standard 5/8 in.-27 thread
- Net Weight (without cable): 284 g (10 oz.)
- Furnished Accessories: Swivel Adapter, Storage Bag
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
SM57 LC, without Cable
Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SM57
SM57, with Tripod Boom Stand and Mic Cable (20 Foot)
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
SM57 X2U, with X2U USB Adapter
Shipping Weight: 2.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SM57-X2U
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-25-SHURE

Shure SM57 Microphone

What can you say about the Shure SM57? It is a tool found in the workbench of every sound engineer, both for live and studio applications. There's simply no question: it's a "must-have" mic.

The SM57 is a cardioid (unidirectional) dynamic microphone with a contoured frequency response of 40 to 15,000 Hz, perfect for clean reproduction of vocals and instruments. But the SM57 is most renowned in the music industry as the standard microphone of choice for snare drums and guitar amplifiers. Go to any stage or studio and you're likely to find SM57s pointing at the amps and snare.

The Shure SM57 unidirectional dynamic microphone is exceptional for musical instrument pickup or for vocals. With its bright, clean sound and carefully contoured presence rise, the SM57 is ideal for live sound reinforcement and recording. It has an extremely effective cardioid pickup pattern which isolates the main sound source while minimizing background noise. In the studio, it is excellent for recording drums, guitar, and woodwinds. For musical instruments or vocals, the SM57 is a consistent choice of professional performers.

By the way, the '57 has been proudly standing on the podium of the US President for over 30 years, so you can add patriotism to its outstanding attributes! This mic is also known to take a beating and come back for more, so tell your roadie Rocco to have a ball! Its outstanding performance, legendary reliability, and diversity of application make this "workhorse" the choice of performers, producers, and sound engineers the world over.


- Performance tested, industry standard
- Uniform cardioid pickup pattern for maximum gain before feedback and excellent rejection of off-axis sound
- Tailored frequency response specifically shaped for guitars, drums and vocals
- Advanced pneumatic shock mount system that minimizes transmission of mechanical noise and vibration
- Enamel coated metal construction, polycarbonate grille with stainless steel screen resist wear and abuse
- Furnished with zippered storage bag and break resistant stand adapter
- Extremely durable under the heaviest use
- Shure quality, ruggedness and reliability
(257 ratings)
Submitted March 31, 2013 by Brownsound L in San Diego, CA
"All season all terrain!"
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I have been using the SM57 20+yrs weather its on toms,snares,Bass drums(yes! Bass drums!)guitar amps,percussion,vocals you name i"ve been there done that. Very easy and quick to get awesome sound and EQ on the mixer.I purchase a Jet city isolation cab six month ago and installed an Eminence Lil Texas. Long story short I wanted to get away from that SM57 mic for recording purposes and try something else.I tried Audix i5,senheiser 609,xl's and other brands under $200 range no matter what I did i could not get a good descent sound. After six month of experimenting I grab one of four SM57's I own,well needless to say the true awesome guitar sound is back and works with pro tool 9 tons better than the other mics. Don't get me wrong other mics that I mentioned sound great but they get lost in the mix or you have to do massive EQ changes.To my ears,the SM57 is more natural or lets say a more audio environment friendly,very reliable,I own four of these and have lasted me 15+yrs now through a lots of set ups and tear downs as well as accidentally drops.Cant go wrong with the SM57 and for $99 a piece,one of the best musical equipment purchases you will make, I have no regrets.... I purchased mind for $79 each 15+yrs ago brand new!

A very natural reproduction of sound live or recording. Audio environment friendly

Ease of Use
C'mon man!

lasted me 15+yrs of heavy use so far!

Manufacturer Support
never had to....

The Wow Factor
I never leave home on the way read more to a gig without the SM57 on my guitar case as well as a small mic stand. I reposition my own mic in front of my amp cause half the sound man out there are not guitar players! some are computer geeks running the sound boards!

Musical Background:
Electric Guitar,Bass Drums,Live/Recording 20+yrs

Musical Style:
All kinds where loud Electric Guitar is wanted!
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