GLS ES-57 Dynamic Microphone by vizcities
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.