Us Americans are wimps. Scandinavians know how to test music gear. As a metal soundtrack pounds away in the background, a Shure SM58 gets subjected to some serious torture testing, including:
- Being used to hammer nails
- Dropped a couple of meters
- Dunked in water
- Driven over by a car
And then something really nasty happens involving Heineken and a microwave.
Mats StÃ¥hlbrÃ¶st, diabolical creator of this insanity, explains:
We wanted to find out if the SM58 can live up to its [reputation as the toughest mic in the world] and decided to put it through a series of tests. PS Studio is Scandinavia’s leading magazine covering music production.
Of course, Shure had no part in these tests … wait, they actually did? (I’m going to start requesting review units from these guys!)
The Swedish Shure distributor supplied us with an SM58… and I think both they and Shure should be pretty happy with the results. This is one tough mic.
I’ll say. There’s a reason the SM58 is a favorite in live venues. You have my permission to keep this a secret and tell everyone to keep babying your mics, mind you.