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Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Mic

Product Code: 423031

An industry-standard, highly versatile cardioid dynamic microphone that can be found onstage and in studios around the world.

Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Mic £84.00 (INC VAT)
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Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Mic

An industry-standard, highly versatile cardioid dynamic microphone that can be found onstage and in studios around the world. The ideal choice for sound reinforcement and recording applications, the legendary SM57 is tuned for clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments, targeting the main sound source while minimizing background noise.


  • Frequency response tailored for drums, guitars, and vocals
  • Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while reducing background noise
  • Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
  • Extremely durable under the heaviest use
  • Supplied break-resistant swivel adapter that rotates 180°
  • Legendary Shure quality, ruggedness, and reliability



  • Frequency Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity (at 1,000 Hz Open Circuit Voltage): Open Circuit Voltage: -56.0 dBV/Pa (1.6 mV) (1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)
  • Impedance: Rated impedance is 150 Ω (310 Ω actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated low impedance.
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3.
  • Case: Dark gray, enamel-painted, die-cast steel with a polycarbonate grille and a stainless steel screen.
  • Connector: Three-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
  • Weight: 284 g
  • Dimensions: 157 mm L x 32 mm W at the widest point
Microphone Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
Microphone Impedance: 150 ohms (310 ohms actual)
Microphone Maximum SPL: > 170 dB
Microphone Sensitivity: -56.0 dBV/Pa* (1.6 mV)
Microphone Connector: 3-Pin Male XLR
Microphone Pad Switches: No
Microphone Powering: Dynamic
Physical Height: 157 mm (6-3/16 in.) L x 32 mm (1-1/4 in.)
Physical Weight: 284 grams (10 oz)
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Magazine Reviews "Eventually you will tire of the $50 mic and replace it with a better one, but you will always keep your SM57 and you'll always have a use for it. And there is something to be said for having a truly legendary mic in your studio." "There aren't many mics as well regarded and you know that you won't ever need to "upgrade" this microphone because there's always space for an SM57 in the mic locker."
Customer Reviews
  • Verified Customer
    on 06 November 2018
    This mic is considered a studio staple, and rightly so.

    Even with more expensive microphones available, it's still my mic of choice for snare, guitar cab, and toms. It works well enough for many, many other things too.
  • Verified Customer
    on 14 February 2014
    Cheap and affordable classic mic. The sm57 is no thrills but sometimes that's all you need. I use it in my home studio mainly on small bits of percussion and it works well and for under £ 100 you can't go wrong. Quite a dirty lo fi sound.
  • Verified Customer
    on 29 May 2013
    This is another affordable and classic mic that should really be part of everyone's audio toolkit. Unobtrusive and with a nicely balanced but warm sound quality that surprisingly doesn't overemphasise the presence peak. As an aside, the C1000S foam windshield fits the SM57 so if you're looking for a slim windshield, this might do the trick. My only real gripe, if it could be called that, is that although the body is pretty bullet-proof, I've never been quite convinced of the durability of the SM57 capsule grille assembly unlike the mesh grille of the SM58. That said, there's a lot of '57s out there so maybe it's tougher than I give it credit for...? Either way, it's not a deal breaker if you don't habitually drop mics or use them as percussive spanners. Go on, add one to the arsenal - I ended up with four...
  • Verified Customer
    on 17 February 2012
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