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Old 11th July 2009 | Show parent
  #61
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🎧 15 years
Whenever I REALLY want to impress a client, I break out the SM57. It just has that wow factor. I can't count the amount of times a 57 has helped me to get laid, chicks dig that mic. Try painting one gold and attaching it to a pendant to get respect on the street.
Old 6th August 2021
  #62
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ze engineer ➡️
Does anyone hate the SM57s on snares and distorted guitars as much as I do?
No. Depends what music you're recording. For metal it has this dark bottom end I love and probably why most metal bands use it. I also have a Sennheiser e609 and while it's not a bad mic it's way too bright sounding no matter where I place it and it just has no bottom end. It's easier to add mids and highs later but impossible to add low end.
Old 12th August 2021
  #63
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I don't hate SM57's. They have their applications. I recently recorded some overdriven electric guitars through a Vox AC15H1TV amp. I started off with a Royer R121 and a Sennheiser e906. The e906 wasn't cutting it so I put a 57 on it along with the R121 and it sprung to life. A MD421 was going to be my next choice but the 57 sounded so good I just left it.
Old 12th August 2021
  #64
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🎧 15 years
I don‘t hate it, I just don‘t know many uses where it would be my 1st choice, at least on its own.
I have a long list of things that must be right before I put it up on a gtr speaker, and I still haven‘t found the snare setup where I would reach for it first.
Amazingly, I find it pretty useful for many things in live use, possibly due to how I usually set my master EQ...
Old 12th August 2021 | Show parent
  #65
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🎧 10 years
Well i use to think i hated it. So I used anything else i could find, especially on guitars cabs and snare.

I rediscovered it lately on guitar, with good olds amps : bassman 50 silver, ac30, that kind of thing... Its hi mid peak doesn't hurt me that much anymore. Or i become deaf ... anyway on snare i like beyer m500 more.
Old 13th August 2021
  #66
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Love a 57 for both snare and guitar amps. I typically prefer a SM7b for snare, helps reduce the annoying high-hat bleed.


One 57 directly in front of the cone against the grill. Love Michael Landau’s tone.
Old 13th August 2021 | Show parent
  #67
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SM57. The Telecaster of Mic's
Old 13th August 2021
  #68
I'd be willing to bet that most of the haters loved sounds that came from 57s, but just don't know it. Not that actually using one is synonymous with loving someone else's use of one.
Old 13th August 2021
  #69
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🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by ze engineer ➡️
Does anyone hate the SM57s on snares and distorted guitars as much as I do?
No, but I'll hope to hate this microphone as much as you do someday, maybe a lot more after that.
Old 13th August 2021 | Show parent
  #70
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🎧 20 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by ExPorts ➡️
SM57. The Telecaster of Mic's
NO NO NO. Telecasters sound GOOD!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aural Endeavors ➡️
I'd be willing to bet that most of the haters loved sounds that came from 57s, but just don't know it. Not that actually using one is synonymous with loving someone else's use of one.
Of course that's true. I have asked many friends about things that sound good to be told a 57 was used. I just do not understand that mic, and have never been able to make it sound the way others do, save for one record that I can recall.
Old 13th August 2021 | Show parent
  #71
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🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drumsound ➡️
NO NO NO. Telecasters sound GOOD!
.
Don‘t worry, he‘s talking about 'humming like a Telecaster'.
Old 13th August 2021
  #72
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🎧 15 years
I don't hate it. I also don't miss it (don't have any anymore) once I got a few 545's.
Old 13th August 2021 | Show parent
  #73
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🎧 10 years
I'm back to liking them ..
Old 13th August 2021 | Show parent
  #74
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🎧 20 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by RightOnRome ➡️
I'm back to liking them ..
I used to think that would happen to me, but it didn't. I went through a time where I'd try them a couple times a year, but I'd always be bothered by something. I don't even own any (that haven't been ruined by a stray drumstick) anymore.
Old 13th August 2021 | Show parent
  #75
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1 Review written
🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drumsound ➡️
(...) try them a couple times a year, but I'd always be bothered by something.(...)
^^^^
This!
Old 14th August 2021 | Show parent
  #76
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🎧 10 years
i hated them so much on Tuesday, but on Friday they were thongs and sweat.
Old 15th August 2021
  #77
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🎧 15 years
I love 57s. One of the few things in life that I can depend on.
Old 15th August 2021
  #78
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🎧 5 years
Like death and taxes!

Chris
Old 15th August 2021
  #79
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🎧 5 years
OK. It's that classic canoe conundrum...

A 57 and a 3630 fall into the river.
(Each in a watertight case-of course)

You can only save one.

But which one?
Chris
Old 16th August 2021 | Show parent
  #80
Gear Nut
 
🎧 5 years
I like the 57 on both snare and distorted guitars. I own or have tried many of the other popular snare contenders and always come back to the 57 mainly because it handles bleed from the hat pretty well.

Does a M201 sound better? Sure...if the snare if being played by itself and you are taking samples. Put both in the context of a kit and the 57 sounds like it has a gate on it in comparison.
Old 16th August 2021 | Show parent
  #81
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🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by chessparov2.0 ➡️
OK. It's that classic canoe conundrum...

A 57 and a 3630 fall into the river.
(Each in a watertight case-of course)

You can only save one.

But which one?
Chris
The river is wide, the current too strong and which idiot wasted watertight cases on hammers and anchors? ;-)
Old 16th August 2021
  #82
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🎧 5 years
(Cue The Grassroots "The River Is Wide")
Chris
Old 17th August 2021 | Show parent
  #83
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pchicago ➡️
i hated them so much on Tuesday, but on Friday they were thongs and sweat.
That's because the SM 57 is "The Cure."
Old 17th August 2021 | Show parent
  #84
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🎧 20 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by kennybro ➡️
That's because the SM 57 is "The Cure."
Bad Kenny, BAD
Old 18th August 2021 | Show parent
  #85
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🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by chessparov2.0 ➡️
OK. It's that classic canoe conundrum...

A 57 and a 3630 fall into the river.
(Each in a watertight case-of course)

You can only save one.

But which one?
Chris
Save one? Nah, I’ll just chase after it to throw a d112 in the case with it.

The only 57 I own has no transformer but I even that gets used infrequently. I will use a 57 when an artist requests it however.
Old 18th August 2021
  #86
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🎧 5 years
I guess we'll limit the overboard canoe mic antics, to streaming and great rivers.
Chris
Old 18th August 2021 | Show parent
  #87
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🎧 5 years
They're really not that great sounding are they. 57's. Kinda midrangy but not too clangy. I've always thought they sound boxy on snare. Not to say you can't make one sound good...
Old 18th August 2021
  #88
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🎧 5 years
I posted a couple of 58 vocals just now, on the "What vocal mic did you use today" thread.
(to compare Launcher vs. Focusrite Air Button)
But I always wonder how much better, the recordings would be on another mic.
Chris
P.S. I stayed with the 58 on this, as they're so popular for home/stage use.
Old 18th August 2021 | Show parent
  #89
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🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by chessparov2.0 ➡️
I guess we'll limit the overboard canoe mic antics, to streaming and great rivers.
Chris
Very well played sir!
Old 20th August 2021
  #90
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Unhelpful:

I used to hate them. Now I don’t. 🤷🏻‍♂️
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