This year Shure has released another model of microphone, that appeal to nostalgic feelings of its users but along with this provide quality vocal microphone which will serve them until its next anniversary. Today we are talking about Shure SM58-50A, anniversary version of classic microphone SM58. We have already done review on that, and technically there is no reason to repeat our review because specifications & features of these two models are identical. So let’s start from the history part of this model.
Studio microphones in the 1950s and 1960s were attractive thing for every vocalist, but they were obviously very fragile. So Shure Engineer Ernie Seeler and his team created the perfect vocal microphone which solved the problems with the durability of the work in the studio and problems with design. The spherical mesh grille of SM58 reduced wind noise, breath and explosive sharp sounds, making this microphone better for vocals than his brother SM57. But the internal structure of SM58 and SM57 is very similar.
The fate of SM58 as the icon of live performances, was not predetermined in advance, as its original purpose was for studio work. Shure SM58 microphone is a direct descendant of the Shure 565, which was the first microphone with ball-shaped Unisphere grill, which became a standard mic grill for live performance. In 1969, during the time of Woodstock Festival, Shure 565 turned in a main microphone for live performances.
Moreover, singer’s performance style began to evolve, thanks to this microphone. Before of development of a portable hand-held microphone, singers were standing behind the microphone stand. Portable microphone Shure 565 gave to all singers a freedom in the stage movements, but it also brought new troubles in the sound feedback from the handling noise, mechanical noise & vibrations.
Shure SM58 contained a cardioid polar pattern, high protection against unwanted feedback and innovative pneumatic shock-mount system technology, which reduced handling noise and vibrations. These features greatly eliminated the existing problems, allowing the singers to concentrate only on work with the audience. Also adapted frequency response and ergonomic design of Shure SM58 uplifted vocalist’s voice to a new level. So Shure SM58 is iconic vocal microphone until today.
Shure SM58-50A Design
Almost everyone who lives in First and Second World countries has seen and know that basic design. Elegant handle without any knobs and round steel grille on the top. Pure classic. The difference between Shure SM58 and Shure SM58-50A takes part only in external design. Anniversary edition has silver matte case and there are no versions with cables and build-in On/Off switch. Want to turn off your classic? Pull out XLR cable, knobs are for liberals!
Let’s talk a bit about metal grille. Everyone knows that this thing will make microphone more durable and we can confirm this point of view. This kind if microphones are almost impossible to break if you just drop it accidentally. Zippered pouch which is supplied will also help you to transport this guy without any problems. It is important that even stand adapter is break-resistant so you can be sure that these guys will stand all your tough repetitions and concerts.
As for stand adapter, it will help you to fasten your mic almost to every mic stand and boom arm in the world.
The anniversary package bundle includes: Shure SM58-50A microphone, commemorative certificate, photo & bumper sticker, mic clip for stands, zipped pouch.
And do not forget about stylish anniversary sign on the handle.
As for this part of the review, it is almost needless because the quality of the performance of this mic is identical to classical SM58. Good frequency response, which is tailored to vocals. Cardioid polar pattern and pneumatic shock mount system will almost completely reduce unwanted sounds. If you want to read a bit more about performance of this mic, read our SM58 review here and check recorded audio examples.
Three Reasons to Buy
- The first and the main reason to buy Shure SM58-50A is limited series. It will be a “pearl” of your studio or microphone collection. We can’t say exactly how many units were produced, but we are sure that the price of the limited editions is increased every year (as in the case with Shure 5575LE, first year price was $399 – know it’s $650+). So do not miss the opportunity to buy it. In addition, there is a chance even to sell it more expensive.
- Design & Durability. Combination of grey housing and silver metal grille looks amazing as its 50th anniversary edition mic. This model is very resistant to damage as classic SM58, it will serve you a very long time.
- Price / Quality. Microphone copes with all tasks, especially with live vocals, speech, podcasts, karaoke. Due to this fact the microphone is popular all over the world and you can meet it in almost every club, restaurant or pub, concert halls, festivals, rehearsal base etc.
Final Verdict on Shure SM58-50A
If Shure SM58 is microphone for lovers of classic, that this thing is for people who consider previously mentioned ones as posers. But let’s not only invoke your nostalgia. This microphone is just good as it is even without rich history. We highly recommend it to every person that basically loves sing. No matter what.
Global Shure SM58-50A Rating
Sound Recording Quality - 8.1/10
Overall Build & Features - 8.4/10
Design - 10/10