Should you go for Shure’s low-cost vocal mic or pay extra for something better?
Type: Live Vocal Microphone
Price: US $49, UK £55
At A Glance: The Shure SM48 is a unidirectional dynamic microphone that has a frequency response tailored for vocals. It is intended for live use, studio recording, and broadcasting applications and it has a cardioid pattern to ensure high gain before feedback and good rejection of off-axis sound. The SM48 costs less than Shure’s hugely popular SM58 vocal microphone, however it shares many of the same attributes, making it an attractive option to singers on a budget.
High Notes: The mic has the same durable build as its sibling the SM58, with a steel mesh grille and tough chassis, and it comes with a carry pouch and stand adaptor. It is available with or without a switch and has a shock-mounted capsule that works well to reduce handling noise. The mic has an attenuated proximity effect to stop low frequencies getting too overpowering, which makes it a good choice for live spoken word applications, and its integrated pop-filter does a good job at stopping excessive plosive sounds.
Off Pitch: The SM48 is expensive in the UK when compared to prices in the USA. It also has a less responsive capsule when compared to a SM58, making it a bit harder for vocals to cut though in a dense mix.
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The SM48 has a less forward and rich sound when compared to an SM58 that may not make it the first choice for all lead singers; however it will certainly work well for backing singers and offers a good cost saving for bands starting out. With a little EQ, the mic works well for vocalists on a budget, however with the relatively high price in Europe the cost savings when compared to a Shure SM58 or an AKG D5 make it hard to justify not spending the extra.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.shure.com