#1
I've decided to get a proper mic so I can record good-quality guitar tracks. I have 2 offers right now; a used Shure SM58 for USD$50, or a used Shure Beta 57A for the same price. The prices on MF: SM58 is $99, the beta 57A for 139, so I'm leaning towards the 57 right now.

Let me know what you think!

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#2
The SM57 Beta is the duck's guts as far as instrument mics go, it's a SM57 with more finesse. The 58s are great stage mics for vocals but that's what they are. You can't go wrong with a SM57 Beta for what you want it for.
Make sure you pull off the head cover and have a look at it before you buy. I know many people that use SM57s for vocals too (esp the betas) and you don't want one all rusted out by spit do you? They can get pretty nasty.
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#3
Quote by Cathbard
The SM57 Beta is the duck's guts as far as instrument mics go, it's a SM57 with more finesse. The 58s are great stage mics for vocals but that's what they are. You can't go wrong with a SM57 Beta for what you want it for.
Make sure you pull off the head cover and have a look at it before you buy. I know many people that use SM57s for vocals too (esp the betas) and you don't want one all rusted out by spit do you? They can get pretty nasty.


Had to google what you meant by 'duck's guts'

Sounds good then, I guess I'll go and check it out!

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#4
yup 57 will last you a lifetime. I use a 58 for my cabs right now because that's just the first mic I got. Doesn't sound bad. 57 is better though
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#5
Do I need 'pro' audio recording software to make good use of these mics? Or will freeware like Audacity do the job?

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#6
dynamic mics don't use phantom power but you will need some sort of mixer or something to boost the gain of the mic. audacity will be fine. mic to mic preamp to the mic in of your computer. If you don't have a recording interface you'll only be able to record one channel with the mic. But if you're only recording a cab that shouldn't be a problem.
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Quote by AcousticMirror
dynamic mics don't use phantom power but you will need some sort of mixer or something to boost the gain of the mic. audacity will be fine. mic to mic preamp to the mic in of your computer. If you don't have a recording interface you'll only be able to record one channel with the mic. But if you're only recording a cab that shouldn't be a problem.


sounds complex. So I need to buy a mixer? Do they just use standard 1/4" speaker cable?

I will be micing up my Laney combo, and I suppose I'll need a mixer of some sort since my computer has no 1/4" input.
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#8
You don't need a mixer, you need an audio interface. Get a basic Presonus interface and you should be set.
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#9
I just realized my amp has a 'Record out' function

Looks like I won't be needing a mic then! Silly me...

I still need an audio interface so that run a 1/4" cable from my amp's record out to my computer. Any specific recommendations?

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#10
Personally, I don't like the Beta 57. I find it to be a bit tinny and not very versitile. I prefer the regular sm57.
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#11
if your using the line out from your amp just get a 1/4 to mini adapter.
radioshack 2 dollars
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#12
Quote by AcousticMirror
if your using the line out from your amp just get a 1/4 to mini adapter.
radioshack 2 dollars


haha...won't that sound like shit?
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