The SM58: It's The Emoji Mic

The SM58: It's The Emoji Mic

SM58 Vocal Microphone

Is the SM58 the most popular microphone of all time? Possibly yes! Do you know the iconic SM58 and Unidyne microphones inpired these emojis widely used worldwide? 🎤🎙️

From Studio to Stage

SM58 has set the industry standard for live performance for more than half a century. Shure initially developed the SM58 in 1966 to be part of a new line of mics for recording studios. SM stands for 'Studio Microphone'. Despite its intended usage, the SM58 founds its home in theaters, stages and arenas all over the world.

The SM58 just sounds the way a microphone should. Natural.

What's the secret for SM58's audio quality? A carefully crafted frequency response that delivers warmth and clarity no matter if you are a heavy metal screamer or jazz singer. Combining bass roll-off with a smooth mid-range presence peak to enable to cut through the mix sounds simple enough. 

Rugged for the Road Ahead

From rock to pop and more, the SM58 has built up a reputation over time that it was the mic that could survive almost anything. It's extremely rugged - you could hit it, smash it, or spill a drink on it and it would still work just fine. The best part! It would still sound as amazing as ever.


Shure SM58 Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my SM58 microphone is a counterfeit?

The grille and band on a real SM58 is matte grey. It is not shiny silver. At the bottom end, the pin number are raised on an authentic SM58. Do also look out for poor print quality on the microphone and the box. 

What's the differences between SM57 and SM58?

The SM57 and SM58 microphones are based on the same cartridge design. The main difference is in the grille design. The SM58 was designed for vocal application and it uses a ball grille that acts as an effective pop filter. The SM57 was designed as an instrument microphone where a smaller grille size is preferred.

What year was the SM58 introduced?

The SM58 was introduced in 1966. The first units were sold in September 1966. The SM58 is based on the Unidyne III microphone element developed in the late 1950s by Shure engineer Ernie Seeler. This element is also used in the SM57, 565, and 545 models.


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