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Home Recording With Shure

5 Shure Microphones for Home Recording - That Won’t Break the Bank
5 Shure Microphones for Home Recording - That Won’t Break the Bank

Home Recording With Shure

You might wonder – can I really create great sounding recordings on a budget? With a Shure microphone, the answer is a resounding yes. Embraced by hobbyists and professionals alike, Shure has made high-quality recording accessible to everyone.

Shure SM57
By | Published 08.04.21

In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of the most popular Shure mics. We’ve covered all bases so no matter what you’re looking to record, you’ll find what’s right for you.

Shure microphones - why they’re worth your attention

To put it simply, Shure microphones provide exceptional bang for your buck. Thanks to a long history of audio innovation and some ground-breaking manufacturing techniques, Shure can build microphones that deliver the very best in sound and performance without the intimidating price tag.

From Thriller to Nevermind, it's astounding just how many iconic performances have been captured using some of Shure’s most affordable models. Proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve quality results.

What’s more, all Shure microphones have been rigorously tested and refined over many years. If you’re looking for something that will last, there’s no safer bet than Shure.

I’ve chosen my mic – what else do I need to get recording?

Armed with a great mic, you’re almost ready to create quality recordings at home.  As long as you have an audio interface (which lets you connect your microphone to your computer) you’re all set.

You’ll need to download some recording software so you can edit and save your audio, but thankfully there is lots of free music software available. All really easy to use.


The PGA48 Vocal Microphone

Combining rock solid sound with top notch build quality, the PGA48 is the perfect starting point for vocalists.

The PGA48’s classic ball style grille softens those troublesome ‘popping’ sounds that are often found on bedroom recordings. Whilst its internal shock mount system prevents unpleasant handling noise from muddying up your audio. This means you can hold the PGA48 whilst recording, and still get a clear sound.

Shure PGA48 Vocal Microphone

If you want to record vocal ideas and demo your songs to a decent standard, the PGA48 is a no-nonsense solution - offering a much fuller sound than its humble price would suggest.

Best suited to:  Voices

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The SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Arguably the most popular microphone in the world - the Shure SM57 is at the heart of countless classic records. From AC/DC to Zeppelin - the list is pretty much endless!

But why is it so popular? Well, the SM57 just works with loud instruments such as electric guitar and drums. The mic’s contoured frequency response sounds natural and full, whilst a gentle presence boost imparts some extra ‘bite’ to your recording. Just place SM57 in front of a guitar cab or snare drum and there you have it. That’s the sound you’ve heard on so many great albums.

Shure SM57

If you’re looking for a workhorse microphone that can tackle a range of powerful sound sources, give the SM57 a try. You'll soon discover why it's the cornerstone of every engineer's collection.

Best suited to:  Guitar amps, drums, brass

Looking for something extra special? Check out the Shure Beta 57A - the big brother of the SM57. Boasting the same classic sound but with added top-end clarity and definition.

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PGA81 Condenser Microphone

The PGA81 is a laser precise microphone designed to capture the finer details. The mic’s super sensitive condenser capsule is all about preserving the tiny idiosyncrasies found in expressive acoustic instruments. With the PGA81, your recordings will exude clarity and realism like never before.

Shure PGA81

If you want to create stereo recordings, then a pair of PGA81s is a popular choice for many engineers. As drum overheads, they’ll capture everything - from the deep bass frequencies of the kick drum to the sparkly highs of the cymbals.

Acoustic guitars sound great in stereo too. Because you can mic up the sound hole and fret board simultaneously, your recordings will sound wider and more lifelike.

Best suited to:  Acoustic guitar, strings, cymbals, pianos

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SM27 Condenser Instrument Microphone

A favourite amongst singer songwriters. The SM27 is a gorgeous, lively sounding microphone that will bring a touch of sparkle to your recordings. The mic’s large diaphragm authentically captures the complexities of your voice or instrument and will help bring your songs to life.

Shure SM27

What’s more, a three position roll-off switch lets you tame troublesome bass frequencies, making it easier to achieve a polished sound. There’s also an on-board ‘dip switch’, which allows you to record incredibly loud instruments without overloading the mic. If you want to create brighter, more textured recordings – whether it's loud amps or quieter voices and instruments – the SM27 could be for you.

Best suited to:  Voices, acoustic guitar, strings, piano and guitar amps

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SM7B Dynamic Studio Microphone

Championed by some of the biggest producers and podcasters in the game – from Quincy Jones to Joe Rogan - the SM7B is trusted to deliver top-quality audio in the most demanding situations.

Perhaps best known as a world-class vocal microphone, the SM7B imbues voices with unmistakable clarity and warmth. It’s designed to only pick up what’s right in front of it, helping you achieve the clear cut vocal sound you’ve heard on so many professional recordings.

Shure SM7B

But the SM7B is much more than a vocal microphone. It’s perfectly at home in front of guitar cabs, snare drums and even bass instruments. With one mic you’ll be able to create a variety of recordings that will stand up next to the competition. Best of all, it won’t cost you a small fortune. Unlike many ‘pro-studio’ microphones, the SM7B is accessible to home recording enthusiasts everywhere. 

Best suited to:  Voices, drums, brass, guitar and bass amps

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Ready to start recording? Explore our full range of Shure Microphones to build your home studio today!

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 16:41 to category : Instruments News

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