best mics for given price range...

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jcnoernberg, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    ok so you're trapped on a dessert island and.... nevermind,

    if you could pick just one mic for the given price range, what would you have?



  2. SME

    SME Guest


    Shure SM57


    Shure Beta58


    EV RE20
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    50 to $150= 1 SM58
    $150 to $250= 2 SM58
    $250 to $500= 4 SM58

    Buy them by the bag!

    Always good eating
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  4. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    hmmm, a bag full of mics, maybe i shoulda phrased the q differently :) how about DIFFERENT mics?
  5. SME

    SME Guest

    Ok, Ill agree with RAD here!!!

    THE very first mic you should buy is an SM58.
    Ive made a lot of Paltinum using the SM57s as a staple.
    Kick, snare, tom, Marshalls, singers.
    (The 57 and 58 are identical except for the grill)
    In the 80s (ouch) I live mic'd complete bands with 57s. (At the Troubador, they literally handed you a bag of 57s)

    Rumor has it that Shure came out with the 58, due to overlymacho metal singers complaining that the 57 looked like they were munching on a phalic symbol!!!
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Different mics arent always going to give you the best in sound reproduction....AND the desert island thingy is just hooey IMHO...though I do get where yer comin from.

    BTW...That 'phallic symbol' rumour is just that. The ball on the 58 evens out the proximity effect of that particular capsule and enables a "singer" to work the mic at a more even effect. It also retains the beer odor much much better...........

    A bag of 57's will get you a long ways towards usable sounds in a way that most mics simply cannot.

    I've owned a couple of PA rigs and worked live sound in my day....I had 20 SM57's at one time. They all worked every gig and took massive abuse.

    Now to answer your question in the spirit it was given....

    $50- $150

    SM57/58....Audix i5.....Audio Technica AT61HE...KEL HM-1


    Audix OM5/OM7....ADK A51 V.....Studio Projects C1....(3) SM57/58


    EV RE20/RE27.....Shure KSM32.....(2) ADK Hamburg....SP C3....(6) SM57/58.....Shure SM7b......EV665.....

    theres a LOT in the last catagory.
  7. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    My pics:

    $50- $150



    Shure Beta 87A



  8. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    :D :D

    I just re-read your post. Anyone who's worked in PA rentals knows that those retain beer odor in a way that doesn't seem physically possible!!
    Hilarious :D


    I can smell the memories . . . .

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