10 Things You Might Not Know About the SM58

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by audiokid, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    This year Shure celebrates the 50th anniversary of the world’s most popular mic, the Shure SM58® Vocal Microphone. Loyal users know that this rugged and reliable mic sounds great. But many may not know some of the fascinating history and technical facts about it.


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  2. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    Keighley, England
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    Still have the one I bought in 1985 just before I went on tour. Little worse off for wear, still works 100%.
  3. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
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    I've got four of them in my mic case. I use a 545 as a talkback because of the switch, which is easier than remembering to switch it off at the board. That 545 gets used for scratch vocals when tracking basics and it sounds just fine though I generally go for a 421 when taking the lead vocal for real. Hm, I wonder if the 421 is the competitor they mention.
  4. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
    I have 2 of the 545's...and I also have a 585SB with the 2 pin amphenol connector as well.

    You could drive over them with a car...or in Donny's case a lawnmower.
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I have three ancient SM57's and one Made In The USA 58. Two of the 57's I bought new in 1969.....my first mics. I still have them. They sound better than all other 57's I have encountered. The newer one is from 75 and the 58 is around then too. I do have a 565 but havent gotten it to work yet.

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