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LDC voiced like 57 Condenser Microphones
Old 4th November 2011
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Forget LDC. Try a PE-54DCN or a Shure 545 from the 70's. If you like the SM-57 for vocals these older Shure models are sure to please and they're dirt cheap on ebay.

I tried LDC's from all price ranges and found that a dynamic mic was what I really wanted for my rock music productions.

I must say that I don't know whether Bono handholds an SM-58 or not but based off reading that I had our female vocalist try a 58 in the studio and it made a big difference (for the better) in her recorded sound.

Previously she was using a Peluso 2247LE/API 312/LA-2/Apogee chain.

We switched her to SM-58/API 312/1176/Apogee and the difference was night and day improvement in the way her voice comes across in recordings. The tone of the dynamic mic just fits her voice so much better.

My advice is don't pick the microphone off the way it looks, close your eyes and listen carefully to the sound.

Happy mic hunting and good music to you.
Old 5th November 2011
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IMHO seriously consider getting either a Fmr. Audio RNP or GAP-73 for your 57.
Personally would have no qualms for this on myself-even on a major release(not that I'm there yet)
Just be prepared to do some EQing.

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