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Old 12th January 2011
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too bad it has no pad or filter.

what made you switch?

can you describe the sound?
Well the 57 has non either, I would say there is a different character in the 2 mics, the Beta you can about put anywhere, the 57 can not always get the best angle of the 2. Another thing for a smaller mic I think the beta has a fuller sound and a nice round bottom.

Like I said I still use the 57 but the Beta is very addictive. VERY, I wonder how the Beta works live ?
I got mine used for 100 bucks and I think they go for 199.99
Old 12th January 2011
  #122
just visited shure site and noticed the new beta 98 series. they are even smaller and come with a few mounting clip options.

thanks for the reply!
Old 12th January 2011
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I've been using a MD441 + Beta 57 mostly, but have used the U47w on top and MD441 on bottom and had good results for the specific type of sound and snare.

I think that MD441 and Beta 57 is the most versatile high end choice out of the less usual ones.
Old 14th January 2011
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i might have posted here before...but ill do it again. i have a km84 that i use on nothing else but snare. i personally love it. it just sounds like a snare....not like a sm57.
Old 14th January 2011
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57s always sounded thin and narrow to me. i used to use i5's but i've been using an e609 for well over a year now. full bodied sound and (in the right position) totally rejects hihat bleed.
Old 14th January 2011
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I hated the 57, used an Senn E906, Blue Kickball, Cad E100, Senn421. This week I put a 57 back on the snare and I liked it.
Old 14th January 2011
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SM57 or a custom one from sweetwater
Senn MD409 (the old one)
Sony C55P
Old 14th January 2011
  #128
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On my last recording I tested SM57, Audix i5 and Beyer M201

The Beyer got the better sound for that band, more attack than the 57, not too many lows that the Audix was getting and few Hi Hat bleed.

As the bottom mic the 57 remained great, next time I will try a 421 (I don't have a 441).


I think that the Audix would be good on other snare, but this snare was 14x6,5 and tuned quite low, so that low end was disturbing in the mix.
Old 14th January 2011
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i'm liking an AKG D200 at the moment nice and fat (dual capsule thingymajig) also beyer M160 great separation
heres a wierd one c-ducer contact mic on shell ,interesting if you're using a lot of overheads or Glyn johns style
Old 14th January 2011
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Beyer 201 usually does it for me. Nicer hihat bleed i think than for instance a 57.

Some guys that show up at our live venue absolutely hate the 201 though, but i find that theyre usually the same guys who cant mix for ****

/J
Old 14th January 2011
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I hated the 57, used an Senn E906, Blue Kickball, Cad E100, Senn421. This week I put a 57 back on the snare and I liked it.
Ha ha...Yeah, that's how it goes sometimes.
Old 14th January 2011
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Wow, they ate a million mics on here.
Old 14th January 2011
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m160....crack!!!
Old 14th January 2011
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SM57 or a custom one from sweetwater
Senn MD409 (the old one)
Sony C55P
What is the custom SM57 from sweetwater? Sorry, I couldn't find it.
Old 14th January 2011
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For snare top I have had good sucess with a 70's era Shure SM56 with a Beyer M 422 N(C) Mic "shock strapped" directly on to it with the diaphrams spot on in phase. Nice and tight set up, fits into most kits and the small diaphram dynamic Beyer mic really fills out the sound if the SM56 seems to be lacking any good tone. Always track a bottom mic, SM57 usually.
Old 15th January 2011
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snare mic

I made an CD jazz pop in October with AT 2020 on top snare , and it worked great !!
Old 15th January 2011
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What is the custom SM57 from sweetwater? Sorry, I couldn't find it.
Mercenary Audio - TabFunk SM57.

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Old 15th January 2011
  #138
M201 on top works for me most of the time. Sold all my 57's after getting a couple M201's.

Tried my MD431 and it sounded great, but don't want to risk a hit.
Old 18th January 2011
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I love PR30 Heil sound, really nice for me!!!!!
Old 8th April 2011
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This is my typical starting point for snare. Gives me lots of options at mix time. ;-)

Nice, how did you get all the stands to cooperate?
Old 8th April 2011
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Beta 56

Slightly off topic, but having done the rounds of many mics in many applications both live and in the studio, I have come to the realisation that Shure Beta 56's work pretty well on toms. Not quite condenser like attack in the top, but fairly bright, and small enough to get under many low cymbals if necessary. Shame I still don't think they are voiced quite right for snare top, but until I discovered the I5 for snare bottom I favoured either a Beta 56 or Beta 57 (same sounding mic, just more positioning options with the 56 version of course.)

90 degree angle from Granelli labs, aftermarket trannie from TAB, an SM 58 capsule and a beta 57 filter seems to be the ultimate combo for snare top so far..
Old 22nd September 2011
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I use a MXL 604 taped with a Sennheiser e906 in the top, an Audix i5 in the bottom ring, no down below, but beside at 90°. The sound is like heaven!!!! for example, the snare in the song from Audio slave (cochise), I love that sound. I use foam with the e906 and 604, and foam with the i5, minimum bleed form the hats to the 906 and 604, and also minimum bled form the kik to the i5. The MXL 604 is a very under rated and cheap mic, but sounds great in this combination, you can find some threads here talking about it.
Old 22nd September 2011
  #143
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I've been using a blue baby bottle lately, it sounds so good on a snare. I found that a 57 had too much ringing sound in the snare and not enough pop and punch.
Old 24th September 2011
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I love PR30 Heil sound, really nice for me!!!!!
Me too. Great snare mic (as well as my new favorite for guitar amp), it's a shame they are a bit pricey here in the UK. I wouldn't mind having a couple more.
Old 24th September 2011
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I love sm57s but I had a Rode m1 with the pop filter ball taken off on the snare through an API 312 last night's session and it had a nice whack.
Old 7th February 2012
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I find it interesting that only a couple people have replied the dependence on the snare, tuning, and style.

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An older sage studio owner Peter Rackham once said to me, "If you get a lot of spill from the hihat - chose a mic for the snare that at least makes that spill sound nice" - he was making reference to the hihat spill sound you can get on an Sm57 - he hated it!

I always though this was a cool viewpoint.

This is important. I typically lean to the 57. Most of the mics I've tried end up being EQed toward what a 57 is naturally doing. If I find too much bleed from the hat, I move toward a mic with a smoother response. The contour of the 57 makes the bleed of cymbals sound harsh sometimes. then I lean toward something smoother like the 201 or 441. You can eq those to a similar response of a 57 and yet it doesn't make the bleed sound so harsh. But I figure "why eq more than I have to?"
For bottom, which I almost always mic, but only occasionally use, I like the m201 or atm450. Or really any mic with an extended top end. Who really cares about anything below 1k on the bottom?

Regardless, the best microphone is totally dependent on the the drummer, the drum, the tuning, the style, and the placement of surrounding drums.
Old 7th February 2012
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I tried 57, SM7, Heil PR30, 421, 441. they are all differents flavour, It depends my humor
I forgot Rode M1 and Audix I5 !
Old 7th February 2012
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57 with the tab mod.
Top and bottom.
If the drummer is playing the hats like he has a hammer in his hand
Then we change to big thin hats or 15-16 inch crashes.
Seems to help.
Thinner equals quieter.
Also like a 451 in conjunction w/57 on top.
Old 28th February 2012
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Alternative mic to SM58

I was turned on to the Audix I5 as an alternative mic to the SM58 and in the same price point. Of course it depends on the sound you're looking for but for the heavier full snare sound it works.
Old 28th February 2012
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What do people think about the SM87 on a snare? I've been recommended it by a producer I know, to get a sweeter, sappier sound than the 57.
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