Shure SM58 beta Microphone Review | Dynamic Vocal Mic

Picture of the shure sm58The Original Musician’s (Vocalist’s) Friend!

You’ll always hear artist everywhere rave about owning a SM58.

Surely, there are products which are loads better everywhere.

But why are they lovingly wanting the Shure SM58 to be part of their live rigs?

The answer lies exactly because of some very powerful features that you won’t see anywhere else.


SHURE SM58Hardware Specs

There’s a reason why they call live microphones “live” and that’s because they could physically withstand any trouble that comes along their way.

This mic is one of these microphones. It could be dropped and it won’t even have a scratch.

The most you could break from it is its pop shield, which you could always buy as a replacement part from Shure.

As a live instrument, it has reduced sensitivity, which would mean that singers need to place their lips on the pop shield for better sounds.

Unless they have impressive vocal techniques, this is extremely advisable for anyone trying to make it sound better or at least get a decent sound from your recording or live session.

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SM58 in the box

in the box

It’s a moving-coil dynamic. This means that it does not need phantom power. It is that powerful

This mic is rugged. That’s how I’d say it is…

It might not be as durable as car hardware but for usual-use troubles, such as falling from stage height, stairs or anything else, this is completely worth its price already.

How does it Sound??

To be honest, the Shure SM58 is an average-sounding microphone.

You could find some raggedness in the presence part of the microphone and you could find that this is inconsistent.

On a stage with multuiple open microphones they add up in a way that has a detrimental effect on gain before feedback.


Guitar recording with the shure sm 58The microphone has a powerful presence peak in the upper mid range. The top-end also rolls off quickly right after.

It’s a bit strange considering presence is at the top-end of the spectrum.

While this might be because condenser microphones open up this area quite generously, some engineers and artists might be used to having some higher-end condensers.

In application, I quickly found it intuitive to use the Shure SM58 during live performances because they don’t have much feedback.

But if you do irritate their resistance levels, they will definitely shrill. But of course that will take some doing if you’re a professional audio guy (like me).

With the lowered presence, I was able to make some great sounds out of a vocoder actually. It has that right amount of mid-range and beef where synthesizers need frequencies to make your voice audible over the mix.


Final Words

To be honest, the SM58 measures up as a durable and useful microphone. Alcohol and water spills are easily taken care of. They were designed to be used for indoor and outdoor explanation.

While the SM58 Beta is better sounding, the mic does not require phantom power, which makes it more convenient to have especially if you have limited onboard phantom power switches in certain console boards.

Overall a great buy, definitely what any audio engineer and artist will need! Respond with a Comment and Share please…