The mic also adds some rise in mid frequencies, an aspect that will make your vocals sound warm and rich. Since SM58 is a perfect vocal microphone for live performance, the frequency response as well confirms it can be a great microphone for recording vocals in your home studio in such a way that it absolutely needs less processing in the mix resulting in a more natural vocal recording. The SM58 also comes in handy when you want your vocals not to have too much presence in the mix. Its directionality targets a single sound source while cutting out all background noise. But if the vocal frequency is somewhat below 110Hz, the vocals’ frequency would be roll off (cut or attenuated) even if there is substantial bass presence in the vocals. In addition, vocal presence strongly lies in the 2000Hz to 5000Hz, according to the frequency response; it is naturally boosted so you won’t be any more EQ’ing the vocals to improve its presence. What’s the point of recording with a super detailed condenser microphone, with solid lows and crystal clear highs, if you know that once in context within the mix, your final track will have to sound more midrangey (let’s say, just like an SM58)? The mic is a no brainer for live vocal performers. My name is Fab Sanfilippo and I am an Italian mixer, producer, guitar player and author of all the typos around here. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. I will post this sentence again: Tags: Microphones in home recording, Vocal recording and mixing techniques. These mics have a similar cardioid polar pattern that makes your vocals stand out over frequency-choking instruments. Be that as it may, many legendary artists (including John Lenon) have made their music with the SM58. There is more to learn than by simply buying SM58 and call it a perfect vocal recording solution. I would also like to thank you for writing this.. You could record your vocals right in your living room without worrying about echo or ambiance noise coming into your mix. He can easily prove all his friends they’re wrong by recording a killer track with its 58. The 57 on the snare is a classic, but what about that 58 for the overheads? I think you can get really good stuff out of a cheap dynamic microphone as well. The mic can be used for vocal recordings, but you should ready to work around some caveats. Now, I can’ t tell for sure which one will be the best pick for recording Tony’s vocals… U2 did it, you can do it as well. This cardioid microphone is still the best pick for live vocals performance today. Use that SM58 and make it happen now! Until now, the blog reached readers in more than 50 countries worldwide. I set up MusiciansHQ to share all the tips I've picked up along the way to help as many people create music as possible. Can you still achieve that with the Shure SM58 microphone? This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These are troubles that the SM58 will not give you. It is also a top-quality microphone. They won’t care if you recorded your song with top notch equipment in a top studio facility or with nothing but your simple home studio rig in your basement. Wide frequency response in the mic enables it to capture more vocal details. But why you can use them deserves an entire blog post. Andy Johns, record producer for the Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart often chooses an SM58 over pricer condenser mics in the studio Billy Idol's engineer, Mike Frondelli used the SM58 on much of his vocals The Shure SM58 is arguably the most iconic microphone ever made. Musician's HQ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. That is the reason why many artists prefer the accuracy of condenser mics. Means a ton to me. link to Are you writing an album? And what about their latest single “Invisible”? It is linearly/flat somewhere around 110Hz to 2500Hz. Like the AT2020 above this is also a condenser microphone and so not really suitable for live use but perfect for recording vocals in the home studio. I think a lot of people are robotic about recording… even if they think it sounds good on a dynamic.. they still think they been a condenser… glad to read about these things.