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Shure SM57: the microphone of choice for every US president since 1965, and ours since 2015 or so

Microphones turn sound into data. When you want to record sound for your experiment, please contact the TSG to discuss which microphone(s) is/are best suited for your application. Below is an overview of some of the microphones available within our research labs.


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Shure SM57 Sennheiser MKE600 RØDE VideoMic NTG
Type Dynamic Small Condenser Small Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid Super-cardioid Super-cardioid
Frequency Response (Hz) 40 - 15,000 40 - 20,000 35 - 18,000
Max. SPL[1] (dB) 160 132 105
Connector XLR XLR (3.5mm jack adapter included) USB-C, 3.5mm jack
Power requirement None 48V Phantom or 1.5V AA battery 5V USB or internal battery
Extras None Low Cut Filter High Pass Filter, Pad, Safety Channel, USB DAC

See Also


  1. Maximum Sound Pressure Level