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Shure SM 57/58 + The Arctic Monkeys

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by kmetal, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    thought this was pretty cool. Sounds heavily edited, and polished, but at least they are using them in the video. Song is definately more interesting withe the full arrangement, the acoustic version is a bit boring after a couple minutes

  2. AndyB

    AndyB Staff Staff

    Thank you for the video, kmetal.

    The Arctic Monkeys are awesome and I really like acoustic versions of songs. Nice crystal clear recording for sure.
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  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    K, I'm sure you weren't in doubt that the SMs could sound right in many situation (with right preamps of course)
    I use them live all the time, sometime they are ok, sometime they are great, depending on the source..
    And in studio, there ain't any full band comming to record that doesn't use one or two SMs somewhere in the tracking ;)
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    LOL... I'm kinda with Marco on this one, Kyle... were you really in doubt that a 58 or 57 would sound good?

    Maybe they're not the nicest sounding mic in existence (depending on the pre of course) but I'd never consider them to ever sound bad.

    Great live mics to be sure, but also very useful in the studio, too.

    Snare, guitar amps, toms, vocals, horns, and yes, even kick drum... I can't count the number of recordings I've done (and in 35 years of recording, I've done more than a few) where there wasn't at least one 57 or 58 (or both) involved somewhere on the tracks. ;)
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  5. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    I'll go a step further and say I could be quite happy with nothing but SM57, SM58, SM81 and Beta 52 to record an album, And have! My first serious recordings were made with exactly those mics. Sure I have other mics to use and do and I'm very happy with them all but if I were forced to choose one manufacturer, it would be Shure. Their stuff just works.
  6. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Never do I doubt the 57. I was just taken by how good this actually sounds, in a situation where you don't normally pick these first. Almost everyone instinctually goes for a condenser for this type of acoustic pop thing. My first time using a 57 was on snare acoustic and vocals. Same mic, same day, same song lol. This is the best example of "all I need is some shures and I'll make a record' sentiment, I've seen/heard.
  7. AndyB

    AndyB Staff Staff

    The guitar player has a microphone for the guitar as well as a pick-up in the opening of the guitar. I'm wondering how the two sounds differ.
  8. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    That pickup looks like an L.R Baggs. Popular with a lot of the blues guys. I like them cuz you don't have to modify an acoustic guitars much for the electronics. They feed back like a mother so that's why I don't like em in some situtaions. Something like this where the volume and gains are all fairly low, is good.

    I wouldn't a be surprised if the DI guitar played a significant role, in the mix. also a credit to the 57 /58 pickup patterns as well for the tightness an clairity of the mix. They aren't the tightest, but usefully good, long live the 57 / 58.

    Have any of you guys noticed a difference in the older ones sonically? A buddy of mine swears the older ones had better transformers in them and were therefore better. While Im sure he exhaggerated how much difference it makes, jw what yall think about that. All I can say from experience is an old silver unudyne (forget the model ) had a on off switch, but looked like a 57 , sounded similar but a bit dull. Ther than that, 57s and 58s usually all sound the pretty much the same to me.

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