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Microphone Review: GLS Audio ES-57 and ES-58

GLS ES-57 & ES58


I am starting a new feature, highlighting some of my more popular posts for new visitors to this blog.  This article,  originally published in June of 2012, has been this blog’s most popular post.

Incidentally, I continue to use these microphones in my studio.   I have yet to have any issues with them.  They are solid work horse mics that do an excellent job.   Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.


I first heard about these microphones while browsing though the forums over at Gearslutz. These low cost Shure SM57 and SM58 knockoffs, available through Orange County Speaker, rated very well with people from the on-line recording community. Because they are so inexpensive – as of this writing, the mics sell for $29.99 (U.S.) each (You can get a slightly better deal if you buy them in quantity) – I decided to take the plunge and order one ES-57, (SM57 copy) and one ES-58-S (SM58 copy with an on and off switch). I would find out for myself if the internet hype on these mics was true.

Testing 1…2…3…

So how do these mics compare to their more expensive counterparts? The first mic I tested was a ES-58-S. Right out of the box, I noticed the weight of the microphone. This isn’t some lightweight mic that’s going to fall apart with ordinary use. In fact, it seems built like a tank and can obviously handle the normal wear and tear of both studio and live use.

My first test was to use it for a vocal recording. I have to say, the results were astonishing. The mic seemed to have more of a Beta 58 sound than that of a standard SM58. The mids and highs were clear and crisp.

After my promising start with the ES-58, I was anxious to crack open the ES-57 to see what it could do. Once again, I was impressed by the feel and the weight of the mic. My first test with the ES-57 was to see what kind of results I could get recording an acoustic guitar. I aimed the mic near the 12th fret of my trusty Guild D4 guitar, positioned it about 6 inches away and started playing. The results were excellent and in my opinion, just as good as an SM57.

To further test these mics, I recorded snare drum hits, with both sticks and brushes, and also tried them out on some hi-hats. Again the results were excellent and definitely comparable to the more expensive SM57 or SM58.


The bottom line – these mics are winners! I will definitely be utilizing them in future recordings. Since you can get three of these mics for less than the price of one of the higher priced Shure microphones, it’s obviously a great deal. If you are looking for new dynamic mics for your band or for your studio, you can’t go wrong with the GLS Audio mics.


Model Number: ES-57
Uni-Directional Dynamic Microphone
Designed for Musical Instruments & Drums
Sensitivity: -72dB at 1,000 Hz (Open Circuit Voltage)
Frequency Range: 40 Hz – 15,000 Hz
Lo-Z XLR 3 Pin Balanced
Impedance: 300 ohms at 1,000 Hz
Size: 6 3/8″ long x 1 3/8″ Head x 7/8″ End

Model Number: ES-58
Uni-Directional Dynamic Vocal Microphone
Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 15,000 Hz
Sensitivity: -72dB at 1,000 Hz (Open Circuit Voltage)
Dual Z Compatibility
(Lo-Z XLR 3 Pin Balanced & Hi-Z 1/4″)
Impedance: 300 ohms at 1,000 Hz
Size: 6 7/8″ long x 2″ Ball x 7/8″ End

Originally Published 02/12

JUNE 2012 UPDATE: Here’s a song I recorded with the GLS mics

Tape Op Magazine: Great Free Resource

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Dearly Departed Gear: Five Things I Should Have Never Parted With

When thinking about some of the musical gear I have parted with over the years, I sometimes feel remorseful. Sure, there were things I acquired that I am glad I got rid of. (For example, an old Behringer Mixer that was a noisy as Niagara Falls. Good riddance!) There are other pieces of gear, that in retrospect, I wish I still had. At the time, I am sure I had good reason to get rid of some it – financial needs, efficiency or helping out a friend. However valid the reason may have been, I still can’t shake my feelings of regret. Here’s a list of five pieces of gear I wish I still owned:

Premier Spring Reverb Unit

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