Because you are a pretty big fan of the sm58, I was wondering do you always use the standard sm58 or do you use the Beta 58 as well? If you do use the beta sometimes, for which application do you use which? Also, are you a fan of any of the other Shure dynamics? The sm7, for instance?
I try avoid Beta 58. Its just not the same for me...sounds like something missing or just not as forward? SM7 Yes! Excellent for vocals if voice is a little bright. Very flat sounding and tough. Great on guitar amps but strange on bass or drums as seem a little light compared to D12. Good on toms if you have 3 of them.
No. don't dislike 57 at all. Its slightly brighter and 'tighter' sounding to me which is good in some applications. The 58 is flatter and takes eq better and also can be used on vocals without the popping. Sometimes 57 on Marshall amp is to bright if amp sound is bright and using 58 can slightly reduce this. Its a subtle thing.
I Think this is a great topic as lots of people own 58's and 57's i a guess it is easy to dissmiss them because they are so affordable and lots of people who have access to more expensive mics dont like to say they use them.
Are they often a go to mic for you on drums and guitars?
could you give an example of what other mics you might use them with on a kit or amp's
SM7 Yes! Excellent for vocals if voice is a little bright. Very flat sounding and tough. Great on guitar amps but strange on bass or drums as seem a little light compared to D12. Good on toms if you have 3 of them.
Do you remove the foam from the sm7 or do you leave it on?
Thanks for your time, John!
For SM7 use foam for vocals but take it off for guitars, floor toms, conga etc
58/57: Yes. they are workhorse mics and rarely fail and often used as a lead test. I go for them to start on guitars and snare drums and you know you're always going to get a usable vocal sound from 58 rather than any other similar. Yes I've taken top off 58 and used on snare and really dont know difference from 57.