#1
I've been thinking about buying a Shure SM57 mic because i need a good mic i can use for vocals, drums, and amps. This seems like a well rounded mic and its sort of pricey, but i'm willing to buy it if it's worth the money. Do you think i should get it or am i just paying for a brand? If there's anything cheaper please suggest.

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#2
I personally love the Sm57 for amps and drums, but not so much for vocals. I suppose in a pinch it could work.
And the Sm57 is a very low priced mic. If you want supurb quality, you're looking at at least a few hundred bucks more, and many mics go easily into the thousands.
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#5
Granted, it's not amazing for vocals, but it does the job - particularly if you spend some time with placement and processing. In general, it's a good all rounder and not high priced at all.
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#7
For the price I think it's a great mic. Definitely agree that it's more geared towards amps and such, but I use it for vocals sometimes, and as long as you set your pre-amp right and keep a consistent distance from the mic, it's not that bad. For an all-around mic, I really like it.
#8
it's a great mic for the money, i got 4 now because i just like the ease of use and reliability. tough durable little mics that sound good without alot of fuss. eventually i will upgrade to some studio mics, but when i record live at places i'll still use my 57's.
#9
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trust me, read the reviews for the Audix i5.

Same price, MUCH better mic.
#10
Andy Sneap uses only sm57 for guitar and bass "think he also does for some drum parts"
And andy sneap is a godlike producer. So... what are you waiting for?
#11
The SM57 is pretty much the industry standard for recording Guitars, Bass etc....

I personally prefer using two mic up guitar amps, one on-set and one off-set. As for vocals a dynamic mic (which is what the 57 is) has a cold sound, where as the a condenser has a warm sound which, is more ideal for vocals.

However, the singer for Oasis uses the 57 to record his vox, the mic suits his voice. I think it's down to preference. Anyway, the 57 would a good choice for instruments.
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#13
I've heard good things about the Audix model myself, but I haven't personally tried it so I can't really comment. 57 is tried and tested though, and a classic workhorse.
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