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Dynamic Mics

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by blaumph2cool, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    Hey Guys,

    The Mic i've been using for live applications just doesn't seem to be cutting it. I primarly use an AT814a and also a Shure SM57.

    The problem with the 57 is it picks up too much poping of P's and if i stand back that just creates other problems.

    The AT814 seems too muffled and dirty, maybe its just the sound guy running the board...

    Do you guys have any suggestions on good dynamic mics? I am in close proximity to the drum kit so that poses problems.

    I was looking at the Sennheiser e835 or e845. any body tried these in live applications?


    -Chris W.
  2. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    What are you using for a pop filter?
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Um, well yeah! That's why they invented the SM58! Try a foam pop filter and eat it on the microphone. All will be well then on your SM57. Why do you think you see so many SM58s on television? They're great! No frosted flakes.
  4. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Shure used to (and still does?) make a foam windscreen for the SM57, and it solves all those popping issues. I wouldn't use it for vocals without it. (Take a look at older shots of Springstgeen and/or Ray Charles among many others. They were the mic of choice for many.)

    I forget the model #, but I'm sure it's there on Shure's website somewhere. There's a plastic black ring with a set screw on the side to let you secure it to the mic body, and the foam is sqaured off on top of the mic.

    It's a slightly tighter and more "in your face" sound than the 58, but many prefered it in those days. I know I did on many occasions. (Tom Petty used to use a 57 for a long long time, he may still be, for all I know.) If you look at the repsonse curve for the 57 vs the 58, you'll see a slight difference. IMHO, it's all due to the ball on the 58 with the foam inside the wire ball. Otherwise, they're identical mics.

    FWIW, I'm told the Audix i5 is a great mic, as well.
  5. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    I am not diggin on the foam covers too much, i just hate the feel.

    So thats like a last route option for me.

    I don't think i've actually tried a 58 (I know Iknow, thats like saying i've never tried Vanilla Ice Cream). How would an SM58 compare to the AT814. does the 58 have very good noise rejection?

  6. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    Okay, so I checked out Shure's website for the foam thingy and found the A2WS which is not your normal Nasta-Foam mic cover.

    Plus, its only $10 at sweetwater. cheaper than buying a new Mic.

    You guys may have just saved my bacon.



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