The Shure SM58, the world’s most popular microphone, has been a foundational and formidable part of live performance for more than 50 years. To celebrate and honour five decades of the renowned sound, design, and durability of this iconic mic, Shure has produced a 50th Anniversary model, and we are giving one away to a lucky customer…
Studio mics in the 1950s and 1960s captured vocals accurately but were notoriously fragile. Plus, studio lights created a glare when they landed on the shiny microphone housing. While trying to solve studio mic durability and design problems, Shure engineer Ernie Seeler and his team inadvertently created the ideal live vocal microphone.
The SM58’s destiny as an iconic live vocal microphone was not unprecedented, despite the mic’s original designation as a studio tool. The SM58 is a direct descendant of the 565, which was the first microphone to feature the Unisphere® ball grille that has since become the standard grille shape for live vocal mics. By the time of Woodstock in 1969, the 565 was entrenched in the live sound community as the handheld vocal microphone of choice.
The performance style of lead singers was evolving too. Prior to the development of the handheld vocal microphone, singers stood behind a microphone mounted on a stand. The handheld 565 gave singers freedom to roam the stage, but this created new dangers of feedback and handling noise.
The SM58’s consistent cardioid polar pattern, high gain-before-feedback, and ground-breaking integrated pneumatic shock mount greatly eliminated these problems, allowing vocalists to focus on connecting with their fans without worrying about mic performance. Plus, the tailored frequency response, lightweight build and ergonomic handle made the SM58 sound and feel like an extension of the singer’s voice rather than a tool separate from themselves.
The SM58-50A Limited Edition microphone is the same as the legendary SM58, except with a silver finish, and includes commemorative certificate, bumper sticker and historical user guide.
To be in with a chance of winning one, simply enter your details below.
By entering the competition you agree to having your name published online if you are the winner, and by entering will also be subscribed to the absolutemusic VIP mailing list. The last day for entering the competition is the Tuesday 20th December 2016, and the winner will be announced by the 23rd of December. The winner will receive their prize within four weeks after the announcement. Please note - No cash prize alternative will be offered, and entrants must reside within the UK. Good luck!