Since some of you want to know what the ES-57 sounds like I thought I’d do a quick shootout with some of my other budget mics. I’ll do a more complete comparison with it vs a real sm-58 another time.
- Shure PG-58 ~ $60 – tested with and without the pop screen
- GLS Audio ES-57 ~ $30
- Shure PG 52 ~ $120 – tested with and without the pop screen
- Audio Technica AT-2020 ~ $100
Each mic was recorded with the same guitar part being sent from the output of my interface to the effect return of my amp. The original sound was a clean DI’ed track from the punk band Out Of Tune.
Each mic was positioned flat against the grill cloth and where the sound was brightest for each mic.
Each clip has been normalized to -6dB
You can download the wav files here: cheap mic shootout files