Looking for mic recommendation

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  1. Howard2k

    Howard2k Premium Member

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    May have a show coming up and may need to mic my amp.
    I'm not thinking that this would be a regular thing so don't want to spend big, but really know nothing about mics.

    So I guess I'm looking for something that's middle of the road. Perhaps the "good" side of middle.

    Any recommendations?

    Bluesy rock if that helps.
     
  2. John Scrip

    John Scrip Senior Member

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    You can hardly go wrong with a 57... That's probably what the sound guy was going to use anyway.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    +1 Another vote for the tried and true SM57.
     
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    Awesome thanks.
     
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    Matt_Krush Senior Member

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    SM57 is an descent and durable instrument MIC.

    For the same price, get the Sennheiser 835.
    Sounds better and is more versatile than the SM57.
     
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    frozenotter Down with the Sickness

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    I use the BETA 57. It's the "top-of-the-line", improved SM57. I got it new for about 25 bucks more than a standard 57. Not a bad jump for the BETA. It was $125 shipped.

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    Thanks, I shall check out both of those too.
     
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    yeti Senior Member

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    The SM 57 is the standard mic for this application and you can't go wrong with it. I'd stay away from the beta version, the Beta 57/58s just sound wrong, a sentiment that is shared by a great many engineers I've talked to over the years, could be the Neodymium magnet, I've never met a dynamic mic with a Neodymium magnet that I liked, the entire EV N/Dyn series sounds weird to me.
    I'm not convinced that the 57 is the best choice for you because it needs to be placed meticulously. Other mics are much more forgiving. I like the sennheiser e906 because it's one of those that sound good no matter how you place it (within reason). Having said that, the best recorded tone of my old Fender amp was done with a 57 of sorts, a vintage Shure UNIDYNE III Model 545SD, never have I heard as accurate a representation of what my amp sounds like than with that microphone.
     
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    I too am no fan of the beta 57 / 58 mics.

    I've got to find one of those old unidynes!
     
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    I'm leaning towards the e609. Seems like it's a good balance of price, ease of use, and frequency response. Thanks for the feedback all, incredibly helpful.
     
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    Just so you understand, I recommended the e906, the 609 is cheaper and comes in a few variants, one of which is the silver and it has a really nasty presence peak, the e606 might be better choice or a "regular" e609.
     
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    Thanks - yeah I did notice that the 906 and 609 are different beasts. The 609 got surprisingly good reviews from what I saw. I'll look at the 606 too though, thanks!

    I'm not sure what a presence peak is to be honest. And not recording, just maybe mic'ing my Marshall AVT50 into the PA so I don't think the drunk bikers will know what a presence peak is either. That's not to dismiss your feedback though, I do greatly appreciate it and will look into it further. I really appreciate it.

    If there are problems with my sounds they're more likely to be sourced at the ends of my hands than anywhere at this point. :cheers:
     
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    I have to apologize, I got my model names wrong, according to the web the e606 = e609silver, I was thinking about the original blackface e609 as a better choice if the e906 is too expensive.
    Not sure you can buy them new anymore.The e609 sounds harsh due to it's pronounced peak at 4KHz.
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    These pics all claim to be a worthy heir to the original Sennheiser MD 409 but they all fall short to varying degrees with the e906 being the closest to the real deal plus the filter setting provide some flexibility. I own the e906 and am very happy with it.
     
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    Thanks Yeti! I believe the original black 609 is gone, only the silver remains.
     

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