Originally Posted by mrufino1
Another thing, check out the sm57 mod where you remove the transformer. Takes just a few minutes and sounds amazing afterwards. All it costs is a little bit of time.
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I wouldn’t recommend this if the 57 is your only mic right now because 1) you may not like the results, and 2) if you screw it up then you’re SOL.
$300 isn’t a big deal, but you’ll probably want another preamp and maybe a comp too. In recording/engineering one thing ALWAYS leads to another. If you’re not going to starve or lose the roof over your head, then whatever…just be careful and best of luck to you in all your endeavors.
As for the comments about the Bluebird being a utility mic, it really is but not as much so as some of the others I mentioned before IMO. I think it does really well on acoustic guitars and as a vocal mic for some voices, although it’s not mid-forward and possesses scooped mids…not necessarily a bad thing and perfect for some things….About a month ago I tried it as a single OH, and it was freaking amazing…probably my favorite OH mic right now….
But on my voice, as a go-to vocal mic, “eh.”….My main vocal mics are a Violet Black Doly, an SM 7b, Studio Projects C3 and TB1, and an MXL 2003a. But, it I only had to pick from a Bluebird and the old trust Studio Projects B1—which was my primary LDC for years—in most cases the B1 would win out for my voice…not always but the majority of the time. For a couple of years the B1 was my primary go-to mic for lots of different things, and it always got the job done….of course, it was only $99 brand new back then (2003), and I got mine directly from the Studio Projects website as a “B stock” for $75, which was ridiculous considering how good that mic really is. It served me very well until I could afford to add some additional mics to my locker.
Anyway, that’s all I’m saying. The Blue Bluebird is an excellent mic and easily worth the $300 price tag. In fact, my wife bought mine for me for Christmas of 09 and got it for $250 brand new from an online vendor.