Shure is honoring the SM58 vocal microphone with its own day to celebrate – May 8 (5/8) — and is giving away eight custom ignition green and gray SM58 models. (Go here to enter for a chance to win one of the unique mics, with entries accepted until 11:59 pm U.S. Central time on May 8.) The custom color scheme was selected by the public through social media.
Introduced in 1966, the acoustic engineering and durability of the SM58 set a standard for performance microphones. Leading up to May 8, Shure will also unveil “58 reasons to love the SM58” here. Compiled from users of the SM58, it explains various reasons why the microphone is so essential for a variety of people.
The SM58 is designed for professional vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording. An effective, built-in spherical filter minimizes wind and breath “pop” noise, while a unidirectional (cardioid) pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise.
Rugged construction, a proven shock-mount system, and a steel mesh grille ensure that even with rough handling, the SM58 will perform consistently, outdoors or indoors. In fact, “mic drops” were made famous and The Who’s Roger Daltrey famously would swing his SM58 around the stage as he described in his video about his love for the microphone.
“I find this microphone to be absolutely remarkable,” says Daltrey. “And no one’s been more abusive to a microphone than I am.”
Again, go here to enter for a chance to win one of the SM58s with a custom color scheme.