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Old 11-16-2010, 12:23 AM
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Default SM57 for snare?

I have a set of Shure drum mics I got from ebay for about 100, they seem to do good but my guitar player swears by sm57's. Will I tell a difference if I make the switch for my snare only?
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:42 AM
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Default Re: SM57 for snare?

For years the SM57 has been the de facto standard for alot of things. I think anybody who deals with sound owns at least two of 'em - including me. Whether or not you hear a difference is up to you. What are you using now? And more importantly, what is it being plugged in to?

When I use a board like a Mackie 1604 VLZ, I can tell all my mics are working and can do the gig. When I use a Yamaha O1v, I can begin to tell which mics are which!
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:40 AM
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It depends on what mic you're comparing the 57 to, and how atuned your ears are to the different sounds each mic picks up. For me, I can tell a noticeable difference between different mics, but for most people, especially non-musicians, they can't...
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:51 AM
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Default Re: SM57 for snare?

A 57 is the mic for snares. I've recorded hundreds of tracks and been mic'd at gigs about 2,000 times, and I can't recall ever seeing anything else on the snare.

I have one, even though I don't have a need to bring mics or do home recording. It's here just because.

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Old 11-16-2010, 02:00 AM
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SM57 - sound good, small enough to tuck away so you won't whack them with a stick, if you do they'll probably survive, can handle the gentle treatment from roadies and they handle high SPL.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:15 AM
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Default Re: SM57 for snare?

Like many others here......except for a couple of professional studios I recorded in, I can't recall using anything but an SM57 for my snare mic. I'm sure I must have, but can only remember the Shure due to how often I've seen it mounted up.

Whether or not you can tell the difference, you'll have to determine. Very common mic choice though.
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Default Re: SM57 for snare?

I have an SM57 and they are excellent snare mics. However, they are huge and hard to squeeze into some sets. For the snare, I prefer the Audio-Technica PRO35. They are comparable in cost and are very small and stay out of the way. I've used them for hand percussion and they do amazingly well clipped to an acoustic bass even. They are condensers, however, and need phantom power.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:15 AM
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Default Re: SM57 for snare?

I've had a lot of mics to choose from but I always use my 57 for recording and live purposes.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:57 AM
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I use to use a Shure SM57 for the batter side of my snares until about a year ago. I auditioned an Audix I5 and although close to the sound of a good SM57, the Audix was a bit more transparent to my ears and the screen around the element is made of metal, not plastic. Either one will make a great snare batter mic. Our studio just got a couple of Neumann TLM 102s in which I'll be using as a trial for tracking the snare in an upcoming project.

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Old 11-16-2010, 05:04 AM
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I love the sm57, I picked up an old used one, it looks like it has been through a war, but it still works perfectly. I don't think you can go wrong with a 57! I have one on my snare in this recording, for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btx2SDBkY3s

Actually, that was one of the first times I had ever used it.
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SM57 - sound good, small enough to tuck away so you won't whack them with a stick, if you do they'll probably survive, can handle the gentle treatment from roadies and they handle high SPL.
Gentle treatment from roadies? SM57 is the only mic I have ever seen used on a snare, live or studio, with the exception of a Beta 58.

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Old 11-18-2010, 10:15 AM
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Agree that the 57 is good, & certainly the default mike for snare. I prefer the Electrovoice PL35. A much more transparent mic that offers a very clear representation of the snare. Much more compact than the 57, & angled to get that XLR away from the hats or high tom. For me, a better, less coloured sound & better to live with. Dynamic, so no phantom power needed & tough build. Great price too!
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