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SM57 always gets honorable mention..

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by dkrausz, Aug 31, 2001.

  1. dkrausz

    dkrausz Guest

    SM57 always gets honorable mention..

    So what’s the deal with this mic? Why does it always get mentioned with such praise? I was just curious because I bought one about 14 years ago (and still have it). I don’t recall what I paid for it but I don’t think it was all that expensive.

    I never use mics anymore and haven’t used it in probably 10 years (I record midi instrumentals only now). That and an ATM63 are the only mics I’ve ever owned... LOL They've been quietly sitting dormant in a little foam lined vinyl box for a very long time now. But I used to use them for micing my drums during gigs back in the “day”. ;)

    Anyway like I said above, I was just curious.

  2. kent powell

    kent powell Active Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    They're crap. If you're not using yours, I'll pay the postage for you to send it to me. <g>
  3. jsull

    jsull Guest

    Beacuse they sound damn good for the price, and are consistently manufactured, but mostly because they're pretty much indestructable. I've got 2 in the rehearsal space that I bought, oh, 20 years ago. No problems yet.

    They're the Ford F-150 of microphones. All products should be so well designed.
    (Do you get the impression I like them?)

    Strangely, I've really been enjoying using them lately as drum overheads for our really loud practice tapes. No reason that should work, but it sounds pretty cool.
  4. Military Grade...it's a good thing
  5. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    Originally posted by butterhead:
    So what’s the deal with this mic? Why does it always get mentioned with such praise?

    Because while they rarely sound 'genius' then also never 'sound like $*^t'. If you're working in a hurry, you can point the damn thing in the general direction of the sound source and capture something useable.

    Consistancy and reliability for under $100- is a beautiful thing.
  6. Bob Olhsson

    Bob Olhsson Distinguished Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    Nashville TN
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    I'd say less fragile than an AKG but by no means as indestructible as say an EV RE-15.
  7. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Bloomington, IL
    Everybody knows how they sound. You can put them on anything. And...you can use them as a hammer and then put it on the snare drum and have no problems.
  8. MMazurek

    MMazurek Guest

    The drummer can also grab the one by his snare drum, throw it at the guitar player, and get his attention to turn his amp down.

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