View Full Version : Best Microphones..

02-13-2005, 07:27 AM
Shure or Sennheisser ??

(Or other ??)

02-13-2005, 03:26 PM
Well for use on guitar amps it is hard to beat a Shure SM57. The frequency response is just perfect for that instrument. I'm sure though that Sennheiser has something comparable that would work just fine. I'm just a creature of habit, and don't generally like to venture too far from what I know will work. When recording I just like to eliminate as many unknowns from the loop as possible.

Nitro Express
02-13-2005, 05:13 PM
The one Bill Clinton shoved up Monica's pussy. Oh wait, that was a cigar, whoops sorry.

02-13-2005, 05:39 PM
LMAO! SM57 is the shit. Cheapest pro mic out there, and one of the best (for any purpose).

02-13-2005, 06:21 PM
I've used both, and Shure is overall the "best." I noticed the Shure mics will have some tendancy, though, to kinda pick up some extra backgorund noise and feedback if all is not perfect. Shure mics, IMHO will pick up the sound as true to life as you can get.
The Sennheisser mics are just as good though, but did not really have a problem picking up extra ambience. Their mics seemed to add a touch of treble by default or something.
Really, one or the other worked fine. The issues I listed above are easily fixed by turning a knob here or there anyway, so really both are fine. It may come all down to price in the end.

02-13-2005, 08:22 PM
Senneisser!!! They have more interal control of volume variation in voice levels. SM58 AND SM57s dont have this feature, and always have to be adjusted everytime they are plugged in.....SENNEISSER doesnt! AND Senneiser has a lifetime warranty!

02-13-2005, 08:23 PM
The engineering on the Shure SM58 hasn't been changed since the seventies!

02-13-2005, 08:36 PM
You don't need a lifetime warranty with a Shure. They're tough as tanks. You could probably hammer a nail to a piece of wood with a 58.

I have an SM57 I bought for 90 CND, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Snare, toms, accoustic guitars, my Marshall, live vox. . .

02-13-2005, 08:37 PM
Well, Shure is defintely the most popular. There are better things out there though.

02-14-2005, 12:08 AM
Oooooh 1948 Tube Ribbon mic for like 20,000 watermelons....


loss of fools
02-15-2005, 02:53 PM
shure sm58 for live shit but sm57s for mic in up guitars, symbols ect.

02-15-2005, 05:11 PM
I guarantee if you go into any studio to record a guitar amp they'll hook up a 57 before anything. It is THE STANDARD, kind of like a Neumann U47 is for vocal recording. There might be cases where another mic works better, but as a general rule those will be the ones you'll end up going back to time after time. These microphones haven't changed in years....if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

02-15-2005, 07:13 PM
I've used 57s for live vocals a few times as a soundman. I like the sound better than that of a 58. It's warmer IMO. Also, I believe the SM57 is the official microphone of the President of the United States, for the last 30+ years.

When recording electric guitar, I often use two 57s perpendicular to each other, 45 degrees or so from the grill, half an inch away from the grill, towards the outside of the cone. The two mics are as close to each other as possible. Two very different sounds are created, and sound awesome together when panned oppositely.

Indespensible in a home studio (or any studio for that matter). I could have ten SM57s and find a use for each one.

02-15-2005, 07:48 PM
SM57's and 58's cannot be beat for quality and price, and will serve damn near all your mic needs.

I have a few Audio Technica's that are really close to the Sure sound and for about 1/3 less than the sure will cost.

But i like my Sure's...in fact, I have one Audio Technica ATM27HE for sale for $60 bucks i'm about to put on ebay.

Mic cable and a Peavey boom stand included...

02-16-2005, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by Cathedral
SM57's and 58's cannot be beat for quality and price, and will serve damn near all your mic needs.

amen, bro.
and you CAN hammer a nail
with a shure mic, i've done it,
and the fucker still works to this

we're using a couple of rode
mic's in the studio at the mo,
(ntk, nt1a and nt3)
and they sound sweeter than sugar.

affordable too.

02-16-2005, 05:57 PM
shure hands down!!!

02-20-2005, 01:15 AM
Originally posted by Panamark
Shure or Sennheisser ??

(Or other ??)

Shure is excellent. You can't go wrong.

02-20-2005, 06:23 AM
try a 57 up close on ya guitar amp,
and a really good large diaphragm
condenser 6 to 15 feet away.
it'll blow ya away, how good that sounds.

02-21-2005, 04:49 PM
Sure SM57... is there an echo in here? I use it for everything.

02-21-2005, 06:45 PM
It's unanimous Panamark! I was going to say Sure SM 57 for amp and SM 58 for voice.But then again, I am assuming you mean for live performances - studio mics get to be a wee bit more complicated. Audio Technica also makes a nice vocal mic (for which I currently can't remember the model number of that has a bit more of a warm tone to it than the Shure's.

Also stay away from Audix microphones unless you are on a budget. I know, I know some (idiotic) people swear by them, but I think they are shit.

02-21-2005, 06:48 PM
Oh, and Shure mics may be a bit more expensive but for that money they are virtually indestructible and therefore more reliable. They are the #1 mic you see out there being used on stage for a reason you know.

Eyes of the Night
02-22-2005, 03:57 PM
Originally posted by ashstralia

and a really good large diaphragm
condenser 6 to 15 feet away.

Like a cone? ... hmmm

02-22-2005, 08:52 PM
Originally posted by Eyes
Like a cone? ... hmmm

yeah, i'd like a cone!