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Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« on: November 14, 2009, 01:52:04 pm »
Im thinking of buying a Shure sm57, because it seems like a good and affordable mic. is it really that good? im just gonna use it for home recording, but i want as good quality as possible. Does it require any USB-interface of a certain quality to give its best?
and if I wanted to go up one level in quality, what mic would I be looking for then?

Im gonna use it to mic my amp, a Vox vt 100. both clean and distorted.
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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2009, 02:49:18 pm »
It has historically been one of the most used mics for electric guitar and snare drum.

It is rugged.

There are lots of other choices these days in affordable mics but for sub- $100 mics it's still a good choice for your intended use.

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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2009, 07:39:23 pm »
They use SM57 in profesional studios too, so I don't think you have to go up in quality.
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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2009, 07:51:26 pm »
Marcus.......

The SM57 will mic up your amp nicely and survive a direct nuclear strike :)

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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2009, 08:08:17 pm »
An alternative could be an Audix i5, heard a side-by-side comparison with the SM57, but I like the SM57 better.
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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2009, 08:26:50 pm »
thanks for replies mates...think maybe this will be a christmas gift to myself!

Marcus.......

The SM57 will mic up your amp nicely and survive a direct nuclear strike :)

hmm...good to know! but it must resist melting when I play my awesome riffs and smokin' licks..
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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2009, 08:43:11 pm »
LOL............

Look mate........... If ever there's a full on nuclear war, total Mutually Assured Destruction kinda xx--xx; you know........... the kind of weather reports that tell you to wear factor 10,000 sunblock........

There will only be two things left in existance....... Cockroaches and SM57 mics......

Sorry, no....... Three things..... Cockroaches, SM57 Mics...... and Keith Richards.

Nothing that that many drugs hasn't already killed, can kill Keith. :)

Seriously, those mics are practically indestructible.

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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2009, 09:22:22 pm »
Haven't you watched MythBusters? :P
There's some more litle lifeforms that can survive a nuclear strike.
Anyway, I think an SM58 might survive as well. :P
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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2009, 12:39:18 am »


There will only be two things left in existance....... Cockroaches and SM57 mics......

Sorry, no....... Three things..... Cockroaches, SM57 Mics...... and Keith Richards.

Nothing that that many drugs hasn't already killed, can kill Keith. :)


LOLOL. This really did make me lol.

If I were to record using one of them, what kind of computer interface would I use? What would be the best quality for under $50?

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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2009, 12:48:09 am »
I have a $200 E-MU 0404 USB audio interface. The local price is actually $300.
I'm not sure if there's much quality under that price point.
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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2009, 04:19:23 am »
marcusmarkmus:  The SM-57 is a great mic!  I took a studio recording class, and the teacher(who has lots of professional experience) recomends them highly.  He told me that the SM-57 saved his @## at gigs cause the sound quality was trashy.  He used it on guitar cabs, drums, bass cabs, pretty much everything.   8)

Bottom line: You can't go wrong with a SM-57!  ;)


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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2009, 06:47:59 am »
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I have a $200 E-MU 0404 USB audio interface. The local price is actually $300.
I'm not sure if there's much quality under that price point

That's a good point. The 0202 is also well spoken of in its price range, but I also went for the 0404 as the 'bangs per buck' rate was higher. The 0404 has it's own power supply, phantom power; its pre-amps and D/A converters are also very well rated for a product in this price range. It might not be the cheapest, but you get a fair bit for your money.

Which is not to say that the 0202 won't also do the job; just that I went for the 0404 for the above reasons.

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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2009, 12:32:58 pm »
I have yet to try the pre-amps. Soon getting some microphones - an Oktava MK-012, hopefully.
The 0404 has loads of nice things on it, it has a two-jack out for monitors (I have KRK RP6 G2 hooked up to it), headphone monitoring out, MIDI I/O, S/PDIF I/O, two hybrid-input (XLR/TRS), preamps with phantom power as Wishbone mentioned.
It has direct monitroing, so you don't get latency issues (awesome). I have not yet needed the S/PDIF I/O.
If you're working with a DAW, the thing has it's own sample buffer, it performs significantly better than the onboard soundcard (well duh :P).

I'm not gonna get an SM57 just yet because I want to record acoustic, and small-diaphragm condensers seem to be recommended. But then again, I would have gone for the condenser anyway. I do however want an SM57 once I hava a decent electric and amp... which might take a looooong time.
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Re: Shure sm57 - does anyone have any experience with this mic?
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2009, 08:30:04 am »
Also take a look at a Tascam us122, for £120 :-)

 

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