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post Dec 7 2008, 11:47 PM
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Hey everyone.

I am starting to do more some small gigs, and besides the fact that I am still not a big fan of my own voice, I am starting to play more often and I need to sing ohmy.gif (backing vocals, and some songs as main vocals).
My voice can low without too much effort (Johnny Cash) but for desperation of people I will attempt to sing "La camisa negra" (Juanes) soon.

I searched for this question both in GMC and internet and it seems there are 3 standard answers: SM 57, SM 58 and Beta 58.
The question is then: which one of them should I buy and why? What differs between these models?

I checked some specs and saw that Beta models has variable frequency response on lows. Does that affect voice quality if I sing really low? or only the proximity effect?

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SM58. Not too over priced and a great vocal mic. It's simple and I will give the same answer every time. I love this mic for vocals live. I don't use one for recording usually as we have expensive mics for recording in uni but for live you can't beat an SM58 smile.gif SM57 I wouldn't use for vocals really only for instruments


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post Dec 7 2008, 11:53 PM
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I agree with OC, SM58 is a great mic for live vocals smile.gif


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post Dec 8 2008, 12:02 AM
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SM58, it has a wide intake, SM57 is directed straight.


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post Dec 8 2008, 12:23 AM
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Agreed, 58 for sure tongue.gif
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post Dec 8 2008, 01:02 AM
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SM58 is standard for live vocals and you can't go wrong with it.


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post Dec 8 2008, 01:15 AM
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SM58. Don't forget to get that one with switch. Just a few bucks more anyway.
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post Dec 8 2008, 03:17 AM
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Can't go wrong with the SM58 and it is a tank. This video is spot on and amusing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QPLbQi9FI . Sm57 is usually used for instrument mic'ing but can be better than sm58 on some voices.

But...just to play devil's advocate, Sennheiser had nice mic's too. The e835 would be a comparable model.

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I would give my vote to SM58 as everybody else. You will be very satisfied with this mic it is a vocal mic industry standard.


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post Dec 9 2008, 12:22 AM
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QUOTE (Mike Weaver @ Dec 8 2008, 03:17 AM) *
Can't go wrong with the SM58 and it is a tank. This video is spot on and amusing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QPLbQi9FI . Sm57 is usually used for instrument mic'ing but can be better than sm58 on some voices.

But...just to play devil's advocate, Sennheiser had nice mic's too. The e835 would be a comparable model.

Mike

Thanks everyone for the replies. And also for the alternative you mentioned.. I will see if I can check that one too.


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