#1
im prettymuch a noob when it comes to microphones. is a shure sm57 a good mic to record with? Someone told me no because it wasnt a condensing mic but im not sure what the difference would be.
thanks
#2
It depends WHAT you're recording. The ideal mics for recording drums, vocals, and guitars can be very different.
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#3
oh well ill mainly be recording guitar with it, maybe some drums but not much at all. guitar is the main thing i want to record
#5
Yep a Shure SM57 is your best bet if you want to record electric guitar.
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#6
alright, also what is condensing? i know it makes the sound not break up like on some crappy mics but i would think i would need that if i wanted to record loud guitar.
#7
how do you set it up? do you just put the SM57 in front of the amplifier or what?
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how do you set it up? do you just put the SM57 in front of the amplifier or what?

thats what i would do, then hook it up to a usb interface then into a computer
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im prettymuch a noob when it comes to microphones. is a shure sm57 a good mic to record with? Someone told me no because it wasnt a condensing mic but im not sure what the difference would be.
thanks


Whoever told you that is an idiot. An SM57 is THE mic to mic an amp with or record an amp with.
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#10
sennheiser 421s do the job as well, and you can combine a sm57 and a 421.
#11
Yes the SM57 is not a CONDENSOR mic, and NO you do not need one for recording a guitar. A condensor mic refers to the shape of the mic capsule, and is generally used for recording acoustic instruments and vocals, but both can be used for pretty much any task - some just sound better for certain applications than others. The capsule is shaped like a heart, and blah blah blah blah.

All you need to know - get the SM57 or the Senn. and don't listen to whoever told you, you needed a condensor the that situation - you could use a condensor but you don't NEED it, and even if you had a huge budget for a condensor I would recommend the SM57, heck even if you had a million dollar studio I would recommend the SM57. I could talk for much longer on how a condensor works vs. a dynamic, but you do not need to know that at this point, and would probably not read whatever I wrote anyways as it would be really boring.
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Yes the SM57 is not a CONDENSOR mic, and NO you do not need one for recording a guitar. A condensor mic refers to the shape of the mic capsule, and is generally used for recording acoustic instruments and vocals, but both can be used for pretty much any task - some just sound better for certain applications than others. The capsule is shaped like a heart, and blah blah blah blah.

All you need to know - get the SM57 or the Senn. and don't listen to whoever told you, you needed a condensor the that situation - you could use a condensor but you don't NEED it, and even if you had a huge budget for a condensor I would recommend the SM57, heck even if you had a million dollar studio I would recommend the SM57. I could talk for much longer on how a condensor works vs. a dynamic, but you do not need to know that at this point, and would probably not read whatever I wrote anyways as it would be really boring.

You mean a condenser mic?

@threadstarter: Get the SM57. Great choice.
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^ lol - yes thanks for the spelling edit.
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