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Convince me i should not get an SM87

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by blaumph2cool, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    So I used a Sm87 for a live gig for about 6,000 people and I liked the Mic alot. It's a hypercardioid so the feedback rejection was great and it seems to have some sort of internal shock mount that helps to minimize noise if you have to ajust the mic.

    I've only used it for one show, convince me i don't need to buy one of my own.

    -Chris W.
  2. Why worry? If you liked it and did the biz for you then just go with the flow and embrace it - audio issues are so subjective that ask a thousand people and you'll find hundreds who prefer X over Y equipment, mostly just because they like the feel or how it works for them rather than 'we did a month long scientific test with a large sample of people in different situations' and can prove X is better than Y'

    No doubt some will not like the mic but in the end it's just like which DAW is better - Cubase, Sonar, Logic, Samplitude etc and watch everyone flame each other and tear into each other whilst extolling the virtue of their 'favourite'. If you like it then buy one !!
  3. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    We use one for Band Practice - great for feedback rejection in tight quarters IMO. Probably not right for every situation, though.

    If it compliments your voice well, and your current mic is piss poor, then consider picking up one. Even Bonno uses a dynamic Beta 58a (A $180 mic) - so it is not like the Beta 87a is the "God of vocal mics"... If you do buy one, don't pay much more than $250 for a new one...

  4. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    yeah man, if it works for you, get it! Its about the performance and any little edge you can get its worth it- so I am not talkin' you out of it at all-
    I myself use a senny 835 for my live vocals as I like its sound better than the shures but hey that's just me- it works for me, so.... :D
  5. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

  6. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    Aww Art, you can't say something juicy like that and not devulge the details!

    I went ahead and got the Beta87A because they would have had to majorly special order the SM87 as they don't make em anymore.

    I am thinking i'll get more out of this mic than stage use.
    Anyone use is on snare or other applications in the studio?

    I wish i had cool liners like Remy
    -Chris Wright
  7. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry...I can't divulge....it could mean my job. I'll just say that it gives the highest of high end live vocal mics a run for their money at a fraction of the price.
  8. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    well, make sure you announce it when the time comes... :D
  9. *in Yoda Voice* "it is not the SM87 you want"....guess you had to see the pepsi commercial i just watched :)
  10. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

  11. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    Looks okay but for 700 bones seem like one could do better.

  12. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Put it next to a Neumann KMS105 and smile. I'm not blowing smoke, and I have zero bias. The KSM9 is honestly a terrific sounding mic that blows the doors off of a lot of studio vocal mics in the less than 1k price range.
  13. aphid

    aphid Guest

    how do you think the ksm9 compares to shure's ksm44 or ksm32 in a studio setting? also, what is it about it that you think is better than the Neumann KMS105? I've seen you recommended a sm7 in another thread for the question 'if you only had one mic for vocals'. would you choose the ksm9 over the sm7 now?
  14. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

  15. aphid

    aphid Guest

    been trying to find reviews and what not over the KSM9. I've heard people claim its an KSM32 in handheld form. No real user reviews on it but the KMS105 still gets high marks. You wouldn't happen to have any A/B recordings between the two, would you? heheheh :)
  16. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    The KSM9 is in a completely different league than the KSM32.
  17. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    I like the 86 over the 87. Can't stand the KMS105 amymore. Funky thing happening on the top end. Like the bottom though. Haven't heard the 109, but am ordering them in the UHF-R systems though.
  18. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

  19. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey Art -

    Any chance they have a review sample lying around they'd be willing to send me??

  20. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

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