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If the Shure SM57 is #1, what's #2?

Of course the SM57 tops out as the most ubiquitous and appreciated mic -all things considered- but I am curious to know what is #2.

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anonymous Sun, 11/07/2010 - 21:38
Shure, I mean sure, I was going to put a prohibition order on the 58, but neglected to under the false assumption that others would play by the rules
:-)

Now that's a hefty list. You mean to say that no other mic has anything close to the same kind of status as the SM57? I might have thought that a strong #2 would have emerged in the recording industry by now.

dvdhawk Mon, 11/08/2010 - 10:39
Given the criteria "most ubiquitous and appreciated " - I'd cast my vote for the C414 (in it's many variants) as well.

The U87 is highly sought after, but I'd guess a lot more folks own (can afford) C414s.

I'm seeing SM7Bs everywhere these days, and I'd say most studios have one or more SM81s also.

BobRogers Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:32
There is an old thread back in the archives that addresses this. We have had several long threads where everyone listed what was in their mic closet. Someone went through and compiled all the results. The "winners" were all of the most popular low to mid priced mics - most of which had been mentioned here. I tried to do a search but could not find it. Maybe someone who remembers can think of a key that will identify it.

The thing about the 57 is that it has the biggest market share of the lowest (hence most popular) price range: $0-$100. I don't think that there is anything that has similar market share in the $100-$500, $500-$1500, or $1500-$3000 ranges. Now, maybe the U87 has a similar market share in the $3000-$5000 range, but that's a small market and most of us only view it from afar.

dvdhawk Tue, 11/09/2010 - 09:24
BobRogers, post: 356447 wrote: There is an old thread back in the archives that addresses this. We have had several long threads where everyone listed what was in their mic closet."

TWO SUCH THREADS:
[="http://recording.org/pro-recording-forum/28744-whats-in-your-mic-cabinet.html"]What's in your mic cabinet?"[/]="http://recording.or…"]What's in your mic cabinet?"[/]

[[url=http://="http://recording.or…"]Mic closet recommendations[/]="http://recording.or…"]Mic closet recommendations[/]


(sorry no luck on a thread listing the 'winners'.)
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