SM58 Vocal Microphone

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Tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and back-up vocals, the Shure SM58 is a legendary live vocal microphone known for its rugged reliability on tour.

The Shure SM58 is a professional cardioid dynamic microphone, commonly used in live vocal applications.  Produced since 1966 by Shure Incorporated, it has built a strong reputation among musicians for its durability and sound, and half a century later it is still considered the industry standard for live vocal performance microphones.  The SM58 and its sibling, the SM57, are the best-selling microphones in the world.

Like all directional microphones, the SM58 is subject to proximity effect, a low frequency boost when used close to the source.  The cardioid response reduces pickup from the side and rear, helping to avoid feedback onstage.  There are wired (with and without on/off switch) and wireless versions.  The wired version provides balanced audio through a male XLR connector.  The SM58 uses an internal shock mount to reduce handling noise.

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A distinctive feature of the SM58 is its pneumatic suspension system for the microphone capsule.  The capsule, a readily replaceable component, is surrounded by a soft rubber balloon, rather than springs or solid rubber.  This gives notably good isolation from handling noise, one reason for its being a popular microphone for stage vocalists.  Microphones with this feature are intended primarily for hand-held use, rather than on a stand or for instrument miking.

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