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

GLS ES-57 & ES58

2016 UPDATE – SEE BELOW

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.

UPDATED – SEE BELOW

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.

Conclusion

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.

SPECS

Specifications:
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

Specifications:
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

6 thoughts on “Microphone Review: GLS Audio ES-57 and ES-58

  1. R

    Came across this post looking for *any* (comparative) recordings of the GLS mics. I just wanted to let you know that your “sample song” as linked above was great. And I am enough of a young doofus hipster that I don’t normally go in for the modern-blues cup of tea, but… man, I really enjoyed it. (Course, I always *am* a sucker for dobro / dobro-style playing of any kind, but even then!) Cheers and good luck in all your future musical and gear-related endeavors.

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  2. Dedicated servers

    If you re planning on equalizing and compressing and messing around with your signal after it s recorded, you won t really be missing out on much. However, if you can find a used authentic Shure SM-57, chances are it wouldn t be much more expensive than the GLS.

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