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

Discussion in 'Recording' started by jmm22, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. jmm22

    jmm22 Guest

    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.
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    currently Billings
    Shure SM58 ;-)
    The next most ubiquitous mic's in no certain order and in my opinion:
    Sennheiser 421
    EV RE20
    Shure SM7
    AKG C414
    Neumann U87
    Neumann U47

    This is not exhaustive nor intended to be. There are a slew of other very common options including many ribbon mic's.
  3. jmm22

    jmm22 Guest

    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.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    currently Billings
    It isn't that any one of them is better than the others. These are all the most common "goto" microphones. If you had to break it down to just two mic's, then probably SM57 for dynamic and U87 for tube condenser. But there is no #1 or #2 or #3 really. There is just fitting the microphone to the recording source.
  5. Audiodog

    Audiodog Guest

    I'd say in a similar way that the SM57 affected the world of mics (value to cost ratio and commonly found) would be the AKG C414
  6. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    The U87 is not a "tube condenser", but I agree with the Attack on its' importance... nice mic if you can pop for it.
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    currently Billings
    Ahhhh....for lack of a "/".......combined with my brain racing around M50's and U67's and Deccas.......and Droid typing.... :-(
  8. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Yeah unfortunately there isn't much thats as usable, but affordable as the 57/58. I mean the most ubiquitous condensor I see is the AKG C1000 (the gold pencil one?) but that doesn't mean its any good.
  10. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Blacksburg, VA
    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.
  11. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Pacific NW
    I dont think there is a number 2 ubiquitous or not. There is 57/58 and there are all the others.
  12. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    There's another reason that the 57/58 are still so revered....anyone remember the AKG D1000?
  13. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    What's in your mic cabinet?"

    Mic closet recommendations

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

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    The D1000 looked like Satan's nose-hair trimmer.

    The D190e on the other hand was a fantastic little mic - way more open sounding than a 57 on a guitar amp.

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