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Classic question..Which One SM57 or SM58....

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Tonefloater, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. Tonefloater

    Tonefloater Guest

    Nowadays I will buy a SM57 or SM58. But I am really stuck which one to buy...

    I want to record pianos , ( not grand piano just a home piano ). acoustic guitars , distorted guitars and vocals. But my primary need is piano and acoustic guitars. I am afraid that SM57 wouldnt be able to capture all sounds in piano because its directional and it might not be able to get very high or low integers.

    So what would you suggest me to do. Which one of them is the middle one

    Thanks a lot.

  2. Greener

    Greener Guest


    the 58 is a vocal mic.

    They are both the same mic cept the 57 has no pop guard thingy.
  3. Tonefloater

    Tonefloater Guest

    Well I know but can I record pianos with a single SM57...And I have red that there have been people recorded some good acoustic guitars etc with a SM58...
  4. Greener

    Greener Guest

    You can record a good acoustic guitar with a logitec usb mic. But can you make a good recording of an acoustic guitar with this mic?

    I dunno what you're on about. They are the same mic.

    You may want an LDC matched pair to get a good stereo recording. I dunno. Ask someone else. :)
  5. Tonefloater

    Tonefloater Guest

    Well I already PMed Remy :D
  6. lostindundee

    lostindundee Active Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    That's on the money.

    A good ear for what sounds good and a degree of experimentation is required.

    I doubt you'll be unhappy with an sm57 on your accoustic guitar. Or an SM58 for that matter. Greener is correct in that the sm58 is traditionally a vocal mic whereas the sm57 gets used for micing instruments, drums and speakers. However, the sm57 does get used by lots of peeps for vocals. There are no rules in what sounds good or bad, just opinions.

    Why not buy both if your budget can stretch to it? :) And even try the stereo thing with an XY mic placement. You'll probably find that you'll be glad of 2 very good but relatively inexpensive mics at somepoint in future.

    Lots of folks do favour the stereo matched pairs of LCDs for Accoustic Guitars and Piano. I haven't tried either though so I couldn't comment.

    Wait for Remy's reply too. :wink:

  7. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    For guitar and piano I definitely prefer condenser microphones nearly all the time. However if you are looking for your first microphone, you can't really beat the SM57. It will work on everything decently. (Ditto the SM58 = an SM57 with a wind screen)
  8. hackenslash

    hackenslash Active Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    People's Republic Of Mancunia
    Hmmm, apples or apples...?
  9. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Not even Granny Smith Vs. Jonathan.

    It's just, do I want my Granny with or without a hat?
  10. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    With - hats can be taken off.

    And electrical tape applied to hold the capsule in place :lol:

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