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GLS ES-57 Dynamic Microphone

GLS ES-57 Dynamic Microphone

4.55 4.55 out of 5, based on 4 Reviews

This mic may not be the "SM-57 killer" it's made out to be, but it's a perfectly reasonable - and cheap - alternative for live work and budget recording.


19th February 2013

GLS ES-57 Dynamic Microphone by vizcities

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75

Attention punk rockers, garage mavens, teens, and cash poor college students: if the ES-57 had existed back in 1999, when I was plugging borrowed SM48s into my cassette Portastudio and hoping for the best, my then-band would have traveled beyond mere demoing and made at least a 7" (if not a whole record). Why? Because the ES-57, at $30/pop, is basically the Shure SM57's fraternal twin - a useful, slightly smoother/less bassy alternative built with similar quality of materials and sound, but its own unique, sweet character. For less than $300, an enterprising recordist-in-training can pick up nine of these bad boys and have a functioning "low end" mic locker for their projects; by the same token, a live soundsmith looking for a cheap mic backline can furnish their venue/space for basically nothing. The ES-57 is every bit the utility player its more expensive relative is, accurately (and flatteringly) capturing snares, toms, guitar cabs, acoustic strumming, vocals (why not?), and likely whatever else you may need. It's no Sennheiser 441 or SM7B or anything, but the ES-57 stomps everything else in its price range and sounds as good/usable as any $100 "all-purpose" mic (Audix i5, EV 635a, SM57) around. If you're trying to amass a stack of gear on work study/Quizno's money, this mic is there for you.

27th March 2013

GLS ES-57 Dynamic Microphone by Dettenator

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75

I second that notion, I have 3 of these mics and I love them, I use them on guitar cabs, snare bottom and high hat, I wouldn't use them vor vocals, though they are good mics at high SPL levels i think at lower levels they sound a little thin and are more secepible to feedback.
These are magnificent for high SPL level uses, i don't think you can get anywhere near this good for the price, and you can get 3 of these for the price of 1 SM 57, its a no brainer.
For vocals we use a Sennheiser E835 I think is the best sounding, a little hotter and more full the the Sm 58, we have 2 SM 58 and a Super 55, I even got some Digital reference on sale at guitar center for $20 each, I don't remember the model, regular about $49 I think, but even they aren't bad for BGV, a little thin, but ok

24th July 2013

GLS ES-57 Dynamic Microphone by felipousis

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5

I read and heard several good comments about the GLS ES-57, so I decided to give it a try. I made some tests with guitar amps and snares and toms, and having in mind the price of this mic, you can't be wrong.
It has the feel of the 57, with some Beta57 soul, it's well built (solid and heavy) and it sound good. This is my first option for guitars and always on the snare, top or bottom.
For U$ 30, go and buy, you won't regret.

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19th September 2013

GLS ES-57 Dynamic Microphone by proche3

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 2 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 3.75

I bought a few GLS ES-57s when purchasing enough mics to mic up a full drum kit for recording our bands’ second album. If you’ve read any of my other reviews you might be able to tell I spend a TON of time researching gear before I buy it. Audio engineering is what I call a full-time hobby of mine but it’s not enough to pay the bills, I have to work to make money to afford my gear so getting the best bang for my buck is important, but at the end of the day it’s not as important as having great sound, after all, if you save money but your work sounds like crap why bother? You’re going to end up spending more down the road once you hear the difference for yourself, then be disappointed in your work, which I am not.

So, basically this mic is awesome to have in your locker. In fact 3 of them is awesome to have in your locker because at $30 each you can buy 3 of them for the price of 1 SM57 and have a better sounding snare and a bonus talkback mic! This is an SM57 clone but it does differ slightly from the frequency curve and construction of the 57.

The Good:
I am not one bit disappointed with the sound of these mics. It really is VERY VERY close to a 57 and a lot of people swear by them as do I if you use them on a few select sources. Honestly I think it sounds better on snare than the Shure sm57. REALLY! Use it on top and bottom and smile all the way to the bank. For guitar cabs, this adds it’s own character slightly different than the 57 but I found it to be just a bit better to cut through the mix. The mid-high frequencies (let’s call it 4k) seems just a bit boosted compared to the 57 but on a guitar amp this can really help cut through a mix if that’s what you’re after. Blend that with a large diaphragm condenser and it’s better than a 57 for smooth pleasing sound, IMO. EQ it in that range and you’ve got a 57 all day… Test it for yourself.. I’ve heard that they are great on woodwind instruments, and brass but I’ve not tried this myself. All in all they’re meant to be a cheap replica of the 57 and I think GLS has done an outstanding job.

The Bad:
In my opinion they are NOT good for toms, bass cabs, studio vocals, room mics etc. etc. but especially anything where the sound is crucial below like 900hz. On top of that these have a lot of handling noise, don’t even use them for practice where the singer wants to hold the mic, mount it on a stand or forget about it! Just brushing up against them will sound like you dropped it on the floor, it’s not the vibration from nearby snare or kick hits or anything it’s physically touching it that will add undesirable noise to your recordings. Apparently shure spends the extra $ to insulate the mic from handling noise??? That’s about all I can tell is the difference besides a light boost in frequency, again around the 4K mark.

In conclusion, if you’re in need of a few SM57's you might want to check this out, you can buy one and test it if there's a doubt and you're only out $30. If you're just in the garage practicing and you plan to keep the mic on a stand go for it, you just saved yourself 60 bucks, and you’ll be happy. Also don’t rule out their use in your home or project studio especially on snare, guitar amps, brass, woodwind or anything else you would use a shure 57 on. In this case, you don’t get what you pay for, you get a little something extra; a warm fuzzy feeling. Take your gf out to dinner or something with the $ you saved, then spend a couple extra hours in the studio putting it to work without consequences!

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