iSK DM-57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone - Studio Mic
By: Vic on 18 February 2016When I received this microphone, I was a little upset with how the cable was wrapped inside the box, the other issue I had was once I held the microphone the first thing I did was go to spin the grill around in circles, as you can do with a SM57 but was disappointed as I couldn't do this, obviously this doesn't affect the sound quality but I really messed up some of the paint trying to do so. I thought that I was sucked in by the price of this microphone, that was, until I plugged it into my mixer. I turned up the gain a little, and couldn't hear to much in my headphones, however this is to be expected with dynamic microphones. I turned up the gain to 12 o'clock and spoke into the microphone, it sounded average. BUT! Instruments is really were this microphone shines, I hooked it up to a bass amp and it sounded flawless, I almost sold my DI because of it. Honestly, if you can't scrape up the extra $100 for a real 57, this should be your go to mic.
By: Vic on 18 December 2015Very affordable and very nice mic for my instruments. Suit well in my studio too, thank you.
By: Vic on 13 May 2014I have compared this with an actual 57 and to my suprise I like it better, not as harsh and bit more rounded and full
By: Vic on 17 April 2013Budget price - yes. Budget performance - no. I do not have an SM57 to compare this to, I am not a professional musician or sound engineer but know I have a good ear. I have used this mic to close mic drums/percussion, acoustic guitars, 5watt amps, 100watt amps and it absolutely shined on my dobro. Even used it on vocals, but a room mic it is not. Not a huge output on it but a resonable preamp is more than capable of boosting the signal and given that it is nearly silent in terms of self noise, a lot of gain can be added to the mic signal. Seems well made and feels very sturdy in the hand, time will tell on the overall build quality.
By: Vic on 31 December 1969Capturing the look of the venerable SM57, the iSK DM-57 is presented as a general instrument mic that can also handle vocals. It is comfortable to hold, and reasonably quiet to handle. Live, IӶe used it to good effect on acoustic guitar, flute and mandolin. It has a nice clean tone and presence with a little bit of kick in the midrange. For live vocals a foam wind shield kept the pletives in check. The uni-directional characteristics are tight enough for live work, inhibiting feedback. IӶe found it to be a good all round budget mic for instruments. Actually, I couldnӴ really hear much difference between the DM-57 and the DM-58, however the smaller profile of the DM-57 allows it to be brought in closer to an instrument without getting in the way.
The iSK DM-57 uni-directional (cardioid) dynamic microphone is exceptional for musical instrument pickup and vocals.
Features a contoured frequency response tailored to suits instruments such as guitars, drums, woodwind. The DM-57 also performs well for vocals, esspeically on the male voice that carries more mid and bottom end.
The uni-directional cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimising unwanted background noise.
- 1x microphone
- 1x mic clip
- 1x 5m XLR microphone cable
- Contoured frequency response Suited to instruments (Guitar, Drums, Woodwind)
- Cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimising unwanted background noise
- Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
- Element: Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 50Hz-16kHz
- Polar Pattern: Uni-directional (Cardioid)
- Sensitivity: -56dB±3dB (0dB=1V/Pa at 1kHz)
- Output Impedance: 300Ω±30% (at 1kHz)
Custom Label: DM-57
Shipping Weight: 0.8000