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SM58 handling noise

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Virga, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. Virga

    Virga Guest

    I have always been a fan of cheap knockoff mics that work well: Samson, Behringer, etc., but decided that since I am pursuing serious recording endeavors now, that I should pony up and buy a 58 for once. I beatbox and make wacky noises while doing silly things with my mic and cord when I play live, and i've never had a unreasonable problem with handling noise, although it existed. Realizing that the 58 is supposedly the world standard for this issue was a motivator for my decision as well, but I have come across a slight problem: I never in my life have heard so much handling noise. I mean it's not extreme, but the slightest brush of the cord or mic casing is about 6x worse than any mic I have ever held. Could there be something wrong with the internal shock mount? Does this mic just actually suck and everyone has perpetuated a grossly exaggerated myth? Anybody else ever have this problem?
  2. vv-tim

    vv-tim Guest

    Sounds like you have more of a problem with the mic cord.

    I was into the whole throwing/swinging the mic thing for a while and I've never had a problem with noise because of it. I did, however, ruin one of my cheaper mic cords doing it. I recommend taping it up (so that the tape pulls on the actual cord instead of the connector) if you're doing anything like that.
  3. vividsonics

    vividsonics Guest

    I agree that the problem could be in your mic cable. A lot of the budget type cables can cause rumble and handling noise. Try purchasing a high quality cable and see if your problem is not eliminated.
  4. Virga

    Virga Guest

    nope, the cord was fine; even a behringer xm8500 had infinitely better noise control. Maybe it was that particular mic, but I have decided to go with an AT AE6100 since I got it very cheap and it sounds freakin awesome!

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