With Saturday, May 8th being SM58 Day, Shure is keen to see music lovers show their love for the iconic microphone – and, to celebrate, they’re gearing up to give away custom versions of their SM58.
Picture a microphone, and what do you see? Of course, there’s the black hand grip, a cord leading off of it and plugged into an amplifier, and then there’s the silver meshed ball grill on top, right? Then you’re certainly already familiar with Shure’s SM58.
And, as we’re all music lovers here, it’s quite possible that you’ve heard the your favourite artist sing through a SM58, with the microphone amplifying the voices of musicians for over 50 years.
Well, here’s your chance to win your own and have it custom coloured. Just around the corner is May 8th, meaning that it’s SM58 Day, and Shure is wanting you to Show Your Love for the SM58 – a microphone that is all-around one of the most recognisable in the world.
Starting back in 1966, the Studio Microphone – now handily called the SM – was born of the idea of being the child of the original Unidyne microphone.
First branded as a microphone for radio and television alike, sales didn’t quite take off as hoped, and in a final effort to bring life to the SM58, it was pitched towards live sound engineers in Las Vegas, Nevada, where entertainers and artists quickly welcomed the clean sound quality it offered.
1967 saw the SM58 grace the stage of the Monterey Pop Festival, with the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Byrds, and The Mamas And The Papas behind the mic, transforming the SM58 into a rising star in the world of sound enhancement.
So, how has the past 50+ years solidified the SM58 as the optimal choice for microphones in venues across the globe? It’s simple, and boils down to two main elements: quality and durability, with many attesting to its ability to be used for years, if not decades, on end.
With artists such as Led Zeppelin, Run-DMC, Black Flag, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, and Roger Daltry swearing by the reliability of the SM58, it’s clear that the quality and durability of Shure’s microphone cannot be beat.
Now, when we say that the SM58’s quality cannot be beat, we mean that both metaphorically and physically, with the microphone being able to bear an incredible amount of thrashing about, as some rock stars tend to do.
The Who frontman Roger Daltry has given the microphone a fair few swings in its day, without fault, and Black Flag’s Henry Rollins would nearly crush the microphone in his strong grip, and the SM58 held steady, with its vocals delivered just as they should be.
In addition to it being a hefty piece of material, able to withstand the brunt of any blow, the sound quality that you get with a SM58 is as equally close as if you were listening to the artist up close, with both sound engineers and musicians noting that “the mic simply sounds like the artist in his or her truest form.”
All in all, the Shure SM58 is known worldwide as one of the most recognisable microphones, with artists and musicians loving the sound quality and durability that these champions of sound are known for. To be in with a chance to win, click the link below and tell Shure why YOU want to win your very own custom coloured SM58!
Keen to get your hands on one of these iconic microphones? Shure are giving away three custom coloured SM58 microphones in celebration of SM58 Day.
Competition run by Jands (Shure Australia Distributors)