#1
I'm thinking about buying a Shure SM57. I hear it's a versatile mic for recording instruments.

What I don't know is if it is worth buying it with the X2u adaptor. I want to do alot of recording through the computer with my guitar mic'd up.

Thanks guys.
#2
It isn't a bad mic. I personally use a Sennheiser 609 Silver, but the SM57 is still a damn good mic, especially for the money.
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I have the exact same mic and the X2U just go to my profile and listen to "The sounds" i recorded everything with it.
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#7
Yeah, as someone mentioned for the same price you could get an interface, which would be much better suited to the task.
I'd suggest one of the newer model M-Audio FastTrack USB2's as they can provide phantom power, so if you ever got a condenser mic (for recording vocals, or pretty much anything else apart from electric guitar) it would power that, and it's also compatible with Protools M-Powered, should you ever decide to try protools out.
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#8
I use the SM57 to record my acoustic guitar. I throw it through an Alesis multimix 8 because I play mainly acoustic instruments and just an audio interface would not suffice.

It's a great mic for the money. Does great work with vocals and acoustic instruments. Haven't tested it with anything else though... so sorry.


If you care, here's what it sounds like with my acoustic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWEZKyqRaCo
#10
Only thing I would ever use an SM57 for would be micing up a guitar amp at a gig. For anything else, it would almost always be one of my last choices.
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I've been led to believe that the only real difference between the 57 and 58 is the windscreen.... So buy a 58 and take the snow cone off the top and you have a 57. Unless the internets have lied to me.
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Only thing I would ever use an SM57 for would be micing up a guitar amp at a gig. For anything else, it would almost always be one of my last choices.


Thats pretty much where it stands for me as well. Its great for micing amps and close mic'ing drum kits but for acoustics, vocals, room mics for drums and pretty much everything else you'd mic I'd use a condenser.
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For a $60-$90 mic, what would you use instead of an SM57?


For the same price as an SM57, I got an AT2020 for vocals and acoustic. For electric guitar and bass I would look into a ribbon mic probably, not sure for certain, I don't need to yet, so I haven't looked into it. Let the drummer sort his own shit out.
I personally don't like SM57s. They sound really 'airy' and horrible IMO. They're all right live, but for anything else, they're not nice IMO.
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Thats pretty much where it stands for me as well. Its great for micing amps and close mic'ing drum kits but for acoustics, vocals, room mics for drums and pretty much everything else you'd mic I'd use a condenser.


I would never record screams/growls with a condenser. I'm using an SM48 for now, saving up for an SM7B.

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I would never record screams/growls with a condenser. I'm using an SM48 for now, saving up for an SM7B.


Done it, works fine. I usually run everything through a hardware limiter before but I've done it and gotten better results than with a 57 or other dynamic
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#18
Current fav mic for screaming vocals is probably U47 (well, a U47 clone by Peluso)... condensers handle screaming perfectly.
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#19
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I've been led to believe that the only real difference between the 57 and 58 is the windscreen.... So buy a 58 and take the snow cone off the top and you have a 57. Unless the internets have lied to me.


They are the same mic, the interwebz is not lying.