Skip to content

Shure SM57

Shure SM57

Shure SM57 Episode 1

Today we’re going to talk about one of the most legendary, widely used microphones, the Shure SM57. We will compare this microphone to 2 other microphones.

Summary from video


Each microphone is recorded into a Universal Audio Apollo Twin X using the stock preamps.

 2. SHURE SM 57

If you can’t make it sound good with a 57, it doesn’t sound good. If you don’t have the money to go into an expensive studio or buy nice microphones, all you need is a 57. They are incredibly affordable at around $50 used or $99 new. They are dynamic microphones which are perfect for less than desirable recording locations as they only pick up what is directly in front of the microphone.

 3. Sennheiser MKH416 Shotgun Microphone

The first microphone we will compare is the Sennheiser MKH416 Shotgun Microphone. This is one of the most widely used microphones in video production. Notice any differences?

 4. Neumann U87

Next up we will compare it to the Neumann U87. This is one of the most widely used microphones in voiceover and audiobook production. What sounds different about this mic?

 Stay tuned for future videos comparing the Shure SM57 to other studio microphones on vocals, instruments and more!

For more great video content, make sure to check out our YouTube channel and remember to visit our blog weekly for more tips and techniques!

With clients ranging from U2 to Blink-182, Akon to T-Pain, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz , Signature Sound has had a role in over 150 million in album sales. The mix engineers at Signature Sound Mixing & Mastering make this heritage available to you, anywhere in the world through our tutorials.