Shure SM 58 use other than vocals ?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by HaHallur, May 12, 2010.

  1. HaHallur

    HaHallur Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    I don't have a lot of mics to go around and I'm looking to use what I have as much as possible.

    One of my band-mates has two SM58's and I'm hoping they are usable for drum recordings.
    Maybe hit-hat micing ?

    So far the mics I have for the drums session are; Rode NT4, Beta 57A x 2, Beta 52A, SM57 x 3, SM58 x 2.
  2. BusterMudd

    BusterMudd Active Member

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York City
    I've used SM58s for nearly *every* part of a drumkit in a live PA situation: kick, snare, toms, ride cymbal, & hihats. In a studio I don't think I've ever had to resort to 58s but I'd still use 'em if that was all I had. Only place I'd avoid is for Overheads.

    And if you've got good overheads I'd skip the hihat mic altogether.
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    You've got all the mics you need. I assume you're thinking of using the Rode NT4 as a stereo overhead, the Beta 52A on the kick drum, 2x SM57 as top and bottom snare mics. With a well-tuned drum kit in a really good sounding room I'd be tempted to stop there and see what it sounds like. But in less than ideal conditions, go ahead and mic the toms and hi-hat with the remaining 57s and 58s. They're very capable mics.

    Best of luck.
  4. Front End Audio

    Front End Audio Active Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    You can always experiment with all of your options and see which mic works best. Like BusterMudd said an SM58 will work on just about anything you throw at it, now it may not sound as open and thick as some more expensive mics but it will get the job done!

  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Just remember you can always unscrew the metal ball on your SM58/Beta 58 and it becomes a 57 and much easier to place in tight situations. I've used both 57's & Sennheiser 421's on entire drum sets including overheads. And if it's a good drum set you're going to get one heck of a great recording with those microphones that you already have. It's the standard MO for drum sets.

    Same MO
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  6. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
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    The only thing I can add to the above is that if you have a spare 58 (not micing toms), use it as a room mic.
    Put it anywhere, put it everywhere.
    Depending on the size and acoustics of your space, your results will vary, but it's worth a try.

    <edit> And skip the hi-hat mic - unless you're doing a disco song or you have the channel to burn <edit>
  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    As was said above, the 58 is essentially a 57 with a pop filter. But I've always felt that when you removed the big silver ball the capsule looked kind of vulnerable. So, if you do that, I'd use it on things like under snare or high hat where it is harder for the drummer to hit.

    BTW, I usually throw a mic on the high hat if the track is available. You are not forced to put every mic that you track into the mix - but it's nice to have them if you want to highlight them.
  8. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
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    Michael Wagoner recorded Kings X using 58s on toms. I emailed him about it and he said that it only made sense, seeing that he EQ'd the toms to sound pretty much like the 58s frequency curve. He also used that same set-up when he recorded drums outdoors. That was unique.
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