Shure SM57 by Sim
Ahh the loyal classic 57 what would we do without it.
Some might say we don't need another 57 review as this mic is well established as an industry classic from pro to beginner. But to pay homage to this great microphone I'll review it for the sake of newcomers of the the recording world.
This mic is legendary.. yes as legendary as the Yamaha NS10 monitor and in the same way not a particularly outstanding spec wise but yet an extremely useful versatile tool to anyone daring enough to point and microphone at any sound source.
This mic is dynamic cardoid microphone that can withstand high spl's without distorting with a decent of axis rejection.
The sm57 has an uncanny way of capturing sounds naturally as they were in the real world no thrills no surprises. Most popular uses are for them are snare drums which are pretty much the standard for recording snares and guitar cabs. But this mic literally could be used on anything with the right skills and a good pre amp you could make a great sounding recordings with this mic. Stick it on an acoustic guitar and in sounds pretty good with a nice low end response even with its proximity response typical of a dynamic mic, use it for over heads, toms and vox, pretty much anything you can think of it will never sound bad but deliver what you need. It's a true desert island mic.
All this for around £90 ($140) sounds to good to be true. As i said this mic gives you what you need no thrills, obviously theres mics out that do a far better job for specific needs. But for the money you can't go wrong I seriously erge any beginner or pro without one to get one.