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Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« on: September 15, 2010, 04:51:47 pm »
Reading over the mic topic here I see many are saying the Shure SM57 is the top mic but reading reviews on the net I see they say the Shure SM58 has been around forever and is the toughest mic out there. Even watched a video where this guy put a Shure SM58 to the test using it as a hammer then soaked it in beer then dug a whole and buried it for a year. Even ran over it with a car two times and the thing still worked. So what is better the Shure SM57 or the Shure SM58?

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010, 05:39:26 pm »
As a hammer.... probably the 58. Probably a better weapon also as that extra head weight makes it sail in such a manner that it would do the most damage on impact.

If you loose your gas cap, the 57 is probably better because you can wrap a rag around it and shove it in the filler tube easier.... ... well no, wait a minute. If you turn the 58 around and shove the tube end in, the ball end would make a good handle. Like a wine bottle stopper.

So yeah, I guess the 58 is better.

You're not planning on using either for music are you?

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2010, 05:57:13 pm »
Hehehe......

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Not a hard and fast rule at all, mind you, but for the most part over the years people I know have mainly used 58's for vocals and 57's to mic up instruments.

The 57 comes with a free extension attachment so you can also play baseball with it.

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2010, 11:15:06 pm »
What McPherson strut said.
And then there's the Beta 58 which appears to be better for female vocals.
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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2010, 11:18:58 pm »
What do you want to use it for?
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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2010, 04:14:06 am »
I have a killer USB mic that I use to amp with but it will not hook into my  mixer/interface. This interface has four XLR plugs and four 1/4 jack's with no USB plug. For now I am looking for a good XLR voice mic. I can add another mic to my interface later for the amp if needed. There is no hurry for a amp mic because I do not use the amp that much anymore since I bought a Digitech RP350 thats hooks into my interface.

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2010, 06:48:55 am »
Check out the AKG C1000S. It's good for vocals and acoustic guitar; won't cost you an arm and a leg, either.

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2010, 02:51:59 pm »
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For now I am looking for a good XLR voice mic.

Well that settles it then. If you can't find a good hammer, piece of pipe, brick, even a wrench, then get an SM58.


Now, about needing a good XLR voice mic......

In addition to AKG you can also listen to offerings by MXL, Audio Technica, Rode. All of which will require your mixer have 48v phantom power ( most do )

If it's for live stage check out Audix
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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2010, 03:40:55 pm »
Voice?

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2010, 03:51:10 pm »
I'm guessing he meant vocals but yes if it really were for voice either the SM7 or an EV RE20

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2010, 04:20:57 pm »
Thanks for the replies and information. I said voice because what I want to use this mic for is to talk to others in a live video web guitar chat room I joined. I am not a singer and will not try to be one! Just need a good mic that you do not have to eat it for others to hear what your saying.

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2010, 05:36:07 pm »
Then avoid the SM7b. The cone in it is placed farther back for some reason that I forgot. What abot a Blue Yeti? Or a Røde Podcaster?
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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2010, 05:52:37 pm »
If all you want it for is that, just use the mic in the PC. Or one of those cheap things that come with a web cam or a cell phone.

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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2010, 05:56:39 pm »
yeah, if you just want to talk in a chat room, don't waste cash on anything high priced. Just get a set of headphones with a boom mic. Or if you want to be a bit more mobile. Get a bluetooth headset and adapter. (i use one of those for chatting in games like Left 4 Dead and it works perfectly)


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Re: Shure SM57 Or Shure SM58?
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2010, 06:52:50 pm »
The room we are in requires you to chose a recording device. If I pick the sound card from the computer to use a boom mic or the built in mic then I can not play my guitar in the room unless I go out and change the recording device back to my mixer. This is why I need a mic to hook to my mixer. I tried the boom mic on the mixer but OMG that was an ear bleeding feedback nightmare. Anyway you guys have given me some great clues on what to look for now and I thank each and everyone of you for your help.

 

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