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ElectroVoice N/D 257

Curious about your experience w/ this mic.
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No experience here with a 257 - I like the ND 468 on drums and horns. A bit bright but not piercing.



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I did a A/B comparrison with the SM58 and the EV 257. I was amazed on how much better the 257 sounded. The 58 was all mid range, while the 257 gave a much better representation of my voice. Hence I have had one for over 15 years and love it on amps and vocals where you still want that mid push.
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So I was digging through my old stuff as I was selling my original Rode NT1 and I found my very first mic in pristine condition in its original packaging. An ElectroVoice N/D 257b. I did a quick search to find out whether it was any good and found this thread. Resurrecting it from the ashes of 2006...

Looks like it's a nice useful mic... so it doesn't go on the scrap pile after all.

Nothing to add but thanks for the info Revelation!
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Electrovoice N/D 257 Microphone

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So I was digging through my old stuff as I was selling my original Rode NT1 and I found my very first mic in pristine condition in its original packaging. An ElectroVoice N/D 257b. I did a quick search to find out whether it was any good and found this thread. Resurrecting it from the ashes of 2006...

Looks like it's a nice useful mic... so it doesn't go on the scrap pile after all.

Nothing to add but thanks for the info Revelation!
JEEEZ, a 6 year old thread. My, my....

And now my own add. I too was going through my closet and mic lockers and pulled out an old, but still shiny N/D 257 and wondered at what thoughts and experiences were out there.
My recollection is that these mics were bright and crisp and a little more detailed than the SM58 that they replaced in some applications. My mics sleeve is falling apart, otherwise all good.

A note for anyone else with an EV N/D 257. Another thread post mentioned using these with good results as a horn mic. Hmmmm...
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Back when I and some friends opened our first studio back in the 1990s, we had an ND 257 and we loved it. Recorded all kinds of stuff with it. Male rock, female folks. It never sucked.
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I own 3 0f them. More uniform and has a flatter frequency respons than 58 or 57. Goes higher and lower than a 57 or 58. But lacks the classic sound of a Shure also. I guess you always have to compromis somewhere. Ive used them on percussion, voice, drums brass, woodwinds, and some of eveything else. Their lack of coloration compared to some dynamics makes them very flexible. They are sort of a cheap version of a re20 in respect to being uncolored and unhyped.
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I have the 257 B. I agree with all the comments above, and will also add that I have used it on acoustic guitar with decent results.
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I had one about fifteen years ago and couldn't find anything that it sounded all that good on and sold it. It didn't sound nearly as good as the 767.
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Ive used it on accoustic guitar also. Not quite as sparkling or pristine as a condenser, but passable. The 757 is a pricier version of the same mic. Ive used it too. Its even more versatile than the 257.
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My second favorite guitar amp mic after my MD-409...oh, and on vocal when it suits the song. Cool mic for sure.
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Ive got other mics I prefer on guitar cabinets, but its very good on thin nasaly sounding female vocalists. It doesnt seem to have as much high harmonic content as the Cad mics I usually use for vocals and can give a more focused, full, sort of classic recording sound. Or something like that.
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The EV N/D 257 A is an awesome mic. I've recorded female and male voice, Upright Bass, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones. Stellar results. I don't allow my big band to use it, they can barrow my Shure mics, but not my 257.
As with anything that has some years, how it's cared for and what happened to it while you weren't looking plays into how it works now............just say'in
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It's an awesome mic for upright bass if you put inside the bridge with the help of a foam pointing upside in combination with an AT 4047 3 feet in front of the f...MY SECRET WEAPON!!
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I recorded an album with a 257 back in 1996. I've used it for vocals and for drums [toms and overhead at times]. Conidering what it's for, I think it's a fine mic.
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Stomps a 57 for vocals IMO and I use it on guitar amps from time to time. Because of the 257 and 767 I have absolutely no need for a 58 or 57.

Usually I choose my 767 over the 257 and the extra $$ for the 767 is justifiable, but the 257 is a very cool mic.
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Just curious if anyone knows the difference between the different styles of the N/D 257 that are out there. I have one with the skinnier body that I love and want to get another one, however, most that I see available for sale have the the thicker body. Just wondering if anyone knows if there are any sonic differences between the two body styles?
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I`ve used the 257 for years as my personal vocal microphone. I have a nasal voice, and the 257 is very flattering. Great mike.
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Just curious if anyone knows the difference between the different styles of the N/D 257 that are out there. I have one with the skinnier body that I love and want to get another one, however, most that I see available for sale have the the thicker body. Just wondering if anyone knows if there are any sonic differences between the two body styles?
Skinnier body? Are you sure you're not just missing the soft grip?
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Skinnier body? Are you sure you're not just missing the soft grip?
I've got a N/D 357 that the rubber grip cracked and doesn't stay on. Probably fairly common to have the grip missing on that series.
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