Cardioid dynamic instrument microphone offers clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments. Features include contoured frequency response for rich vocal pickup, background noise reduction, and a pneumatic shock mount system.

Main Features

  • Contoured frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup
  • Professional-quality reproduction for drum, percussion, and instrument amplifier miking
  • 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
  • Frequency response: 40 to 15,000 Hz


What is the SM57 best suited to?

It’s the most popular choice for a professional musician who wants to mic up their amplified or acoustic instrument such as a guitar amp or bass amp, saxophone, trumpet or drums. It is used on stages and in studios around the world.?

How does it sound?

The contoured frequency response with its presence rise, helps the instrument cut better through the main mix. The extremely effective cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source and will simply record what you point at it while rejecting sound from the rear.

Furnished Accessories

Amount Part Title
1 Swivel Stand Adapter Part A25D
1 Storage Bag Part 95A2313

Available Variants


Technical specifications

284 g
Height x Width x Depth:
157.0 × 32.0 × 32.0 mm
Frequency Response:
40 Hz – 15 kHz
Frequency Response:
-56.00 dBV/Pa – 1.60 mV/Pa
Transducer Type:
Polar Pattern:
Switchable low cut:
3 Pin XLR
Interchangeable Capsule:
Main Functionality:
Headphone Output:
Frequency Response Curve Image:
Shure Dynamic Instrument Microphone                    Frequency Response Curve Image


Comparable products

Optional accessories


Can I use it as a vocal mic?


Can I use this mic for recording?

Yes, SM57 is very common for studio applications.

How does it differ to the Beta57A?

There are several differences between the two mics. Here are the most relevant ones: Polar pattern: Beta 57A = supercardioid; SM57 = cardioid Output level: Beta 57A is 4dB hotter than SM57 Handling noise: Beta 57A has less handling noise than the SM57 Grille: Beta 57A has a hardened grille that is very difficult to dent Frequency response: Beta 57A has extended low and high end compared to SM57

How does it differ to the SM58?

The SM58 and the SM57 use the same mic element, the Unidyne III. The only difference between these two models is the grille design. The grille design does affect the high frequency response, particularly above 8,000 Hz. The SM57 grille design allows more proximity effect because the mic diaphragm can be placed closer to the sound source. Remove the ball grille from the SM58 and it will be more similar to the SM57 in its low frequency response.

I lost my grille. Is there a replacement for it?

Yes, it is called RK244G. Please contact our service department for further instructions.
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