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Which SM58 to get?

Post by keith2021 »

I am looking to buy a Shure SM58 mic for live performance but am confused by the model options. Their website hasn’t really helped clarify.

Does anyone know the differences between the SM58, SM58-lc and SM58-lce models?

I did find someone saying lc = less cable, but the regular 58 doesn’t come with cable either so that seems unlikely.
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Re: Which SM58 to get?

Post by Hugh Robjohns »

I only know of two current models.

The SM58-LCE is the standard model.

The SM58-SE has an on-off switch built onto the body.

Neither come with a cable.

In previous times, there was the SM58-LC where the LC meant 'less cable' -- ie, it didn't come with an XLR cable.

If you wanted an XLR cable in the box you needed the SM58-CN version... but it's not available anymore (although many retailers will do a 'set' with the mic plus a cable and stand.

The switched version was also previously marketed as the SM58S (instead of the current SM58-SE.

But all versions have the same capsule and sound the same.

Just be careful where you buy as there are an awful lot of cheap far eastern knock-offs that sound really terrible! If it costs less than about £90 the chances are it's a fake!
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The music stores often don't refer to the full Shure reference, which adds to any confusion you may have. E.g. Andertons simply refers to the 'SM58' (SM58-LCE) or 'SM58 with switch' (SM58SE) in their descriptions. This may make it seem like there are more models, but there aren't. It's just them being lazy and not including the full Shure reference anywhere in the descriptions.
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IMHO NEVER buy a mic with a switch! As well as a '58 I suggest you also get a Behrry XM8500 as a spare. Under £20 and you might be surprised at how well it compares to the Shure!

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Ok, that’s clear now, thank you
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ef37a wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:14 am As well as a '58 I suggest you also get a Behrry XM8500 as a spare. Under £20 and you might be surprised at how well it compares to the Shure!

As long as you boost the treble and cut the bass, they can sound fairly similar, otherwise they are pretty muddy IMO. But they do have a similar level of handling noise and feedback rejection, and are one of the best cheap SM58-alikes I've tried, and better than Behringer' other SM58-style offerings.

Sadly it seems to now be a discontinued model.

I did a review of some Behringer 58-style mics at the beginning of last year and compared them against an SM58.

https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/view ... 27&t=70540
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Wonks wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:31 am
ef37a wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:14 am As well as a '58 I suggest you also get a Behrry XM8500 as a spare. Under £20 and you might be surprised at how well it compares to the Shure!

As long as you boost the treble and cut the bass, they can sound fairly similar, otherwise they are pretty muddy IMO. But they do have a similar level of handling noise and feedback rejection, and are one of the best cheap SM58-alikes I've tried, and better than Behringer' other SM58-style offerings.

Sadly it seems to now be a discontinued model.

Oh! Well Amazon still have them and I have just ordered a spare,spare.

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ef37a wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:14 am IMHO NEVER buy a mic with a switch!

Why no switch??
I carry four sm58's in my sound-for-hire kit but prefer to use Senn E835's as a vocal mic standard.
(Most singers worth their weight in salt will bring their own personal mic.)
FWIW: Some of my 835's are the "switched" version 835s (which also has a set-screw to set the switch to the "on" position..)..
...again I ask:
Why no switch?? (just curious)
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Post by Hugh Robjohns »

There are obviously some valid applications when a switched mic is helpful or even essential -- such as when there is no one available to control/mix the mic signal.

However, for general stage use a switched mic tends to be a liability as its too easily knocked off accidentally by the user.

Yes, on most you can lock the switch in the on position with a screw and/or reversible plate, but if you're going to lock it on its generally better just to have a mic without a switch in the first place. Less to go wrong, no contacts to wear and get noisy etc...
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ef37a wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:14 am IMHO NEVER buy a mic with a switch!

Absolutely.

Unless you need a mic with a switch, in which case get a Beyerdynamic. I have two very old Beyers with roll-y switches that have worked flawlessly since I bought them and that was second hand.

My first switched Beyer Soundstar 2 worked great until some over-zealous spinning dancers caught the cable and launched it across the dancefloor.

Switch was fine.
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Switch: Hugh got most of it. If you have ever done AGM sound reinforcement you generally have to keep out of the way and you can bet your wedding tackle one of the assembled worthies will fiddle and switch off their mic!

And, as stated, I have found mic switches always fail eventually.

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shufflebeat wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:09 pm
ef37a wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:14 am IMHO NEVER buy a mic with a switch!

Absolutely.

Unless you need a mic with a switch, in which case get a Beyerdynamic. I have two very old Beyers with roll-y switches that have worked flawlessly since I bought them and that was second hand.

My first switched Beyer Soundstar 2 worked great until some over-zealous spinning dancers caught the cable and launched it across the dancefloor.

Switch was fine.

Ah, had that been a '58 it would likely have survived. Bent but working.

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