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William Boyle AKA Elfy

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SM57 or SM58
« on: October 06, 2005, 11:43:12 am »

High guys, i need some input from you pros about which of these two mics i should buy for female vocal in the vain of Anastasia, Aguliera.
Any other sugestions appreciated also in this price range.
yoyoma

Thanks guys
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archtop

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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2005, 12:00:04 pm »

For vocals the 58's ball helps with plosives.

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William Boyle AKA Elfy

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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2005, 12:11:29 pm »

Yes, i did not think of that, thank you.
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Malcolm Boyce

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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2005, 03:20:01 pm »

I had recently helped a female vocalist demo various vocal mics, both dynamic and condenser, and the singer in question picked the SM57 c/w Shure pop filter as her choice.  The Beta87 both "C" and "A" were her favourite sounding, but not as much of a difference as the price difference between the 57 and the Beta87...

Other mics in the "shoot out" included mics from various price ranges including:

SM58
Beta58A
Beta87A
Beta87C
Sennheiser E855
Behringer ULTRAVOICE XM8500  Rolling Eyes
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William Boyle AKA Elfy

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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2005, 03:49:37 pm »

Thanks guys, i should add that the singer has used an SM57 pretty much her whole career, should i stick with this mic.
She believes she sounds better with an SM57 i was just under the impression they lean towards an instrument mic, to which she says, my voice is an instrument.

You guys are legends
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Teddy G.

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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2005, 06:38:56 pm »

Generally speaking:

SM58. Very good stage vocal mic.

SM57 Very good to excellent stage/studio instrument mic(With lots of vocal capabilities if used properly.).

Neither would be recommended, by me, as a superb vocal mic for either studio or stage. Frankly, if I was singing for even part of my living, I'd want something better - I would hope my most important money-making tool was worth more than 80 bucks(US)...


TG
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Malcolm Boyce

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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2005, 08:40:54 pm »

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Bob Olhsson

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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2005, 10:01:31 pm »

I like 57s a lot more than 58s for vocals. An artist who thinks they sound better with a 57 is a treasure, probably somebody who really listens.

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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2005, 12:44:08 am »

Bob Olhsson wrote on Fri, 07 October 2005 03:01

I like 57s a lot more than 58s for vocals. An artist who thinks they sound better with a 57 is a treasure, probably somebody who really listens.



Well said Bob.
Ive got a K2 also, and she sounds better an an old worn out 57
i thought it was about time i bought a new one for recording.


Thanks  guys.
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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2005, 01:30:16 am »

Lets not forget the 57 is great for hammering in thumbtacks in the studio.
Very Happy
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Re: SM57 or SM58
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2005, 06:07:05 pm »

Anyone have experience with both the 57 and the AT 29HE? I had occasion to use a couple of 29's, over the summer and I liked them, but had no 57 along for direct comparison.

A quicky:

I did a thing over the summer where I had to mic a 3 piece accoustic group with one guy who alternately sang and played fiddle or stand-up bass. I set-up a 29HE for his vocals and fiddle and hung a wireless from his bass. The wireless was poorly placed(Too bad, as these gigs are "one shot" set-up tear-down, hello/goodbye jobbers, with NO chance to "soundcheck" - never usually even knew who they were?), so bass sound was plain old bad. At one point though, he was playing his bass and it sounded lovely... Why? I had left the wireless down and was picking up his bass through the AT 29HE! As it was set-up for his standing vocals/fiddle it was about 2 feet away aimed about halfway up the neck of the bass as he played... Sounded great! Left it that way, of course......  
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