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.
Note: The grille on top of the microphone should rotate freely. This is part of the design and does not mean the grille is broken. In certain applications (such as close-miking drums) an audible rattle might occur. A windscreen or a very small piece of foam wedged under the grille can eliminate this problem, but do not apply tape or otherwise cover or block the grille vents, as this disrupts the directionality of the microphone. Please visit the Shure website for more information.
The following table lists the most common applications and placement techniques. Keep in mind that microphone technique is largely a matter of personal taste; there is no one "correct" microphone position.
|APPLICATION||SUGGESTED MICROPHONE PLACEMENT||TONE QUALITY|
|Tom-Toms||One mic on each tom, or between each pair of toms, 2.5 to 7.5 cm (1 to 3 in.) above drum heads. Aim each microphone at top drum heads. On double head toms, you can also remove bottom head and place a mic inside pointing up toward top drum head.||Medium attack; full, balanced sound.|
|Snare Drum||2.5 to 7.5 cm (1 to 3 in.) above rim of top head of drum. Aim mic at drum head. If desired, place a second mic just below rim of bottom head.||Most "snap" from drumstick. More "snare" sound.|
|Guitar & Bass Amplifiers||2.5 cm (1 in.) from speaker, on-axis with center of speaker cone.||Sharp attack; emphasized bass.|
|2.5 cm (1 in.) from speaker, at edge of speaker cone.||Sharp attack; higher frequency sound.|
|15 to 30 cm (6 to 12 in.) away from speaker and on-axis with speaker cone.||Medium attack; full, balanced sound.|
|60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 ft.) back from speaker, on-axis with speaker cone.||Softer attack; reduced bass.|
|Vocals||Lips less than 15 cm (6 in.) away or touching the windscreen, on axis to microphone.||Robust sound, emphasized bass, maximum isolation from other sources.|
Place the microphone so that unwanted sound sources, such as monitors and loudspeakers, are directly behind it. To minimize feedback and ensure optimum rejection of unwanted sound, always test microphone placement before a performance.
Unidirectional (cardioid) microphones progressively boost bass frequencies by 6 to 10 dB below 100 Hz when the microphone is at a distance of about 6 mm (1/4 in.) from the sound source. This phenomenon, known as proximity effect, can be used to create a warmer, more powerful sound. To prevent explosive low frequency sound during close-up use, the bass response gradually rolls off. This provides greater control and helps the user take advantage of proximity effect.
Dynamic (moving coil)
40 to 15,000 Hz
(@ 1 kHz, open circuit voltage)
-56.0 dBV/Pa  (1.6 mV)
Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
0.284 kg (0.625 lbs)
Three-pin professional audio (XLR), male
Dark gray, enamel-painted, die-cast steel with a polycarbonate grille and a stainless steel screen.
|Microphone Clip for SM58, SM57, SM87A, BETA87A, BETA87C, PGA57, PGA58, PGA48, PGA81||A25D|
|Gray Locking Foam Windscreen for 545 Series, SM57||A2WS-GRA|
|Shock Stopper® Isolation Mount||A55M|
|Over/Under Dual Mount for two microphones: SM57, BETA57A or 545 Series microphones||A26M|
|25 foot (7.5m) Triple-Flex® Microphone XLR Cable with Switchcraft connectors||C25E|
|25 foot (7.5m) Triple-Flex Microphone XLR Cable with chrome connectors||C25F|
|Grille for Shure SM57 and 545SD||RK244G|
|Cartridge for SM56 and SM57||R57|
This product meets the Essential Requirements of all relevant European directives and is eligible for CE marking.
The CE Declaration of Conformity can be obtained from: www.shure.com/europe/compliance
Authorized European representative:
Shure Europe GmbH
Headquarters Europe, Middle East & Africa
Department: EMEA Approval
75031 Eppingen, Germany
Phone: +49-7262-92 49 0
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