Very short video demonstrating how Audacity can be valuable as a learning and practice tool for singers and instrumentalists.
The Shure SM58 is a wildly popular microphone, and for good reason. This microphone delivers what it promises. In a live setting, the Shure SM58 (often referred to simply as a “58” by those in the know) is an extremely forgiving vocal mic that captures everything you want, and ignores everything you don’t. The cardioid pattern picks up the vocals while rejecting the monitors. It is sensitive enough to capture the subtleties of your voice, without polluting the performance with every breath you take, or every move you make.
The voice is not the only play for the SM58 – it is a great general purpose mic, and well worth having a couple extras on hand to fill in for any other mics that may give out during a show.
The SM58 is also one of the most durable mics on the market, prepared to live up to the realities of what stage equipment is going to experience.
The SM58 stands up well in the studio, too. The sound reproduction is clear and honest. It is not as warm and sensitive as a nice condenser mic, but in many cases that is preferable. This is especially true in home recording situations, where the studio may not be perfectly insulated and treated. While a condenser mic will pick up every tiny sound going on (like when your wife starts the dishwasher, or a car drives past the house), some of these sounds will be missed by a dynamic mic like the SM58.
If you have only one microphone, you won’t go wrong with the Shure sm58. If you have more than one microphone, the SM58 should be part of the collection.