Shure v. Sennheiser- Which Mics to get?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by rkohli, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. rkohli

    rkohli Active Member

    Jun 3, 2004

    I'm planning on purchasing an mbox/pro tools rig, but I need help choosing which mics to buy.

    I went to guitar center to just look around and decided to ask the guy which 2 mics he would recommend (I'm looking to spend around $100 per mic, one for guitar, one for vocals).

    Instead of getting the "Oh you should definitely go w/the SM57/SM58" thing that one would expect, he said to go w/the Sennheiser mics that are priced around the same level. I don't remember the models of each, but perhaps someone here does.

    SO, what should I do? Should I go with the Shures, or go w/the GC guy's advice? I wanted to ask him: "If the Sennheisers are better, then why aren't THEY the industry 'standards'?" But I didn't. Perhaps someone can answer that.

    OR, if there are 2 other mics you would recommend, please feel free to do so.

    I'll be recording pop punk/indie/metal music, so those are the styles I need the mic to serve.

  2. golli

    golli Active Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    Well, not all Shure's/Sennheiser's are inustry standards. There are specific models within these brands that are, as you mention.
    Dont they offer any listening in this shop?
    Take your favorite guitar to the shop and have a listen.
    It is hard to say anything, without having an idea of what you were presented with.
    You're the buyer so you be the judge. :wink:
  3. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    get a pair of sm-57's and learn to record with those...then later you can pick up a pair of condensers or something....
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    The $100 Sennheiser mic's are ok for what you pay. But the real truth is that the salesman makes more money profit wise than he does with the little profit made from a SM57 or SM58. Your instinct was right. The SM57 and SM58 have earned their way to be the standards that they are. If your dead set on only $200 bucks, then I'd get a SM57 and the Marshall 990/991 mic pac (2 mics - 1 pencil and one large) for $99. In fact this weekend that specific mic pack is $99 at Guitar Center for two packs giving you four cheap mics...
  5. rkohli

    rkohli Active Member

    Jun 3, 2004
    Awesome, well thank you very much for all the help. I'll definitely be purchasing an SM57, and I'll look into that Marshall pack. Thanks once again for the help.
  6. andrebrito

    andrebrito Guest

    I have a SM57 and a Sennheiser MD 441 (an old one) and I like both of them. I also had a Sennheiser MD 421 which I stupidly sold (stupid stupid lol )....

    You may get a Sennheiser 2nd handed on Ebay (they are cheaper in Europe since they are german).

    For micing guitars I prefer the SM57 but for vocals I prefer the MD441 which has a dark sound.


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