The SM57 is a legendary, industry-standard instrument microphone, ideally tuned for the clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments. Picking up most sound from the front, and some from the sides, as well as being able to withstand gain without feedback, makes this a versatile and rugged live performance mic, as well as being well-suited for recording. In addition to amplifier miking, it is often used for drum and percussion recording, and provides a professional-quality reproduction. Made of metal, it is extremely durable even under the heaviest of use. The dynamic nature of the mic means it can withstand very high volumes that would otherwise damage condenser mics. Also used by singers including John Lennon and Liam Gallagher.