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The SM58 50th Anniversary Edition

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Dan The Man There have been 0 comments

sm58_google+_banner_1080x608 This year Shure celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the world's most popular microphone. In order to commemorate this landmark they are pleased to announce a special edition, in silver. Shure have a limited supply of this microphone now in stock, with an RRP of £99 - get your order in soon to avoid disappointment!


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this legendary workhorse with a unique commemorative limited edition featuring an elegant silver handle. This edition marks the first time in 50 years that Shure has released a color variation of the SM58 to the public. Otherwise, the SM58-50A is the mic you know and trust: it’s the industry-standard cardioid dynamic microphone tailored to deliver warm and clear vocal reproduction under extreme conditions. WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • SM58-50A, silver finish
  • Commemorative certificate, bumper sticker & photo
  • Historical user guide
  • Mic clip
  • Zipper bag

10 Things You Might Not Know About the SM58

Written by Michael Pettersen This year Shure celebrates the 50th anniversary of the world’s most popular mic, the Shure SM58® Vocal Microphone. Loyal users know that this rugged and reliable mic sounds great. But many may not know some of the fascinating history and technical facts about it. #1  The “SM” in SM58 stands for “Studio Microphone.” Shure microphones had been a fixture in the public address market for nearly three decades when Shure executives saw growth potential in the radio and television broadcast markets of the early 1960s. This led to the development of the SM microphone series. The SM57 (1965) and SM58 (1966) were based on the popular Unidyne® III 545 (1959) used for public address systems. These new SM models were intended for broadcast studio use, eliminating the on-off switch and featuring a non-reflective, dark gray finish. #2  The SM58 faced extinction in 1970. A single competitor was so entrenched in the broadcast market that radio and television stations weren’t excited about the new Shure SM microphones. Sales were sluggish, and plans were afoot to discontinue the SM58 and the SM57. As a last-ditch effort, the Shure national sales manager suggested introducing the mics to live sound engineers in Las Vegas. The mics were a hit in Vegas, and entertainers began to embrace these models for live performance. As they say, the rest is history.     #3  Add a meshed ball grille to the SM57, and you have the SM58. Both models are based on the Unidyne III cartridge design developed by Shure engineer Ernie Seeler in the late 1950s. The primary difference between the SM57 and the SM58 is the grille design. The SM58 was designed for vocal applications, utilizing a ball grille that acts as an effective P-pop filter. The SM57 was designed primarily as an instrument microphone where a smaller grille size is preferred. In this application, P-pop is not a concern.     #4  You can

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