What can you say about the Shure SM57 It is a tool found in the workbench of every sound engineer, both for live and studio applications. There's simply no question: it's a "must-have" mic.
The SM57 is a cardiod (unidirectional) dynamic microphone with a contoured frequency response of 40 to 15,000 Hz, perfect for clean reproduction of vocals and instruments. But the SM57 is most renowned in the music industry as the standard microphone of choice for snare drums and guitar amplifiers. Go to any stage or studio and you're likely to find SM57s pointing at the amps and snare.
By the way, the '57 has been proudly standing on the podium of the US President for over 30 years, so you can add patriotism to its outstanding attributes! This mic is also known to take a beating and come back for more, so tell your roadie Rocco to have a ball! Its outstanding performance, legendary reliability, and diversity of application make this "workhorse" the choice of performers, producers, and sound engineers the world over.
Frequency Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz (see Figure 2)
Polar Pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid), rotationally symmetrical about
microphone axis, uniform with frequency 3-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
Case: Dark gray, enamel-painted, die-cast steel with a polycarbonate
grille and a stainless steel screen.
Dimensions: 32 x 157 x 23mm (1-1/4 x 6-3/16 x 29/32 in.)
Swivel Adapter: Positive-action, break-resistant, adjustable through 180?,
with standard 5/8 in.-27 thread
Net Weight (without cable): 284 g (10 oz.)
Furnished Accessories: Swivel Adapter, Storage Bag