You’ve almost certainly seen the Shure SM57 before, and that’s no coincidence: this microphone is a heavy-duty, versatile and time-tested gem that can be found anywhere from the podiums of world leaders to nearly every recording studio and live venue in the world. If you’ve ever heard recorded music, you’ve heard the work of an SM57. These dynamic mics are a favorite option for high sound pressure level sources like guitar amps, snare drums, and toms, but you can use them on pretty much anything in a pinch including drum overheads, vocals, and upright bass. There are records that were made only using this microphone, and for good reason. Grab an SM58 if you are looking to use it primarily for vocals—it’s the same mic with a removable pop filter and round grill included.