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setting up a sm 81 for acoustic guitar ?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by jakson, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. jakson

    jakson Guest

    I just got 2 shure sm 81 to mike overheads and acoustic insturments
    whats the best for acoustic gtr as far as the switches on the top - 10 or leave at 0
  2. gettingnewer

    gettingnewer Guest


    depending on the placement and distance involved, i would definitely say leave the switch at 0 - unless the signal is so hot that you need that slight pad.
  3. jakson

    jakson Guest

    Thanks I'll give that a go and see the sm 81's are new to me
  4. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Definitely leave it at 0 (I installed the pad locks in mine as I never move it off of 0) and you'll almost certainly want it flat as well. It isn't exactly an overly bass heavy mic.

    With this mic, you'll want to stay on axis as much as possible as it isn't very clean off axis. It can get a bit crunchy, but it isn't a bad mic (my first pair of mics were a pair of SM81s. To this day, I still own them).

  5. jakson

    jakson Guest

    can you explain the pad locks Thanks
  6. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Just a little piece of plastic that you drop inside just below the capsule to keep the ring from turning.


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