I want my own microphone!

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  1. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Ladies and gentlemen,

    I’ll be going to Euroguestock shortly, which means that I’ll be singing a lot. With a virus going round, I thought it would be good to get my own microphone.

    I’m looking for something that sounds good in a live music setting, something sturdy, and won’t break the bank.

    Initial research came up with the Shure SM58, which seems to meet requirements.

    Do you have experience with this microphone? What did you think? What are its direct competitors, and how do they compare?

    In addition, what do I need to look for when shopping for a microphone?

    David Byrne says in his book that microphones color the voice, so you need to take care the mike fits you.
     
  2. mohnjossey

    mohnjossey Strat-Talk Member

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    You're right on track with a SM58. Those are used time and again for a reason. They work well and they're reliable. I would start there for sure.
     
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  3. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Strat-Talker

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    Yep. You've found the right one. No need to look any further. That one will last a lifetime.
     
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    SM58 is a great workhorse mic that's been around for decades. Been used onstage by thousands of musicians. I've got one. Similar mics that are reliable, built like a tank, have great sound, and run +/- $100 are the Shure SM57 and Sennheiser e835. I've got one of each.

    Buy one, get a decent cable, and put it in your gear bag. IMO the SM57 is good choice for a guitarist because it's pattern is unidirectional so it's wonderful for mic'ing amps as well as working for vocals.
     
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    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Silver Member

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    I have a Shure, and it's fine. Your own mic is best for hygienic reasons even in normal times!
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    Another vote for SM58. Mine is 40 years old now and still works fine.
     
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    The 3 that I ended up with are SM57, SM58S & the Model 55 Series II model styles. I have the SM57 for micing an instrument or cab, The SM58S for vocals where I would use a handheld mic & the Model 55 for the stationary mic stand. I guess the SM models could be clipped to a mic stand just the same.

    Really only use them for the Acoustic Electric, one of the amps I have is a 2 channel open back that allows for a acoustic electric & microphone simultaneous use for sing & play busking or small parties around the house. I went with Pyle Pro brand, for $ 100 I ended up with the 3 mics & stand for less than what a Shure SM58S prices at MSRP delivered. They're close enough to the Shure mics for me. I figure they don't last I can buy 6-8 more of them for what a single Shure costs. Are they industry standard & proven, perhaps not, but they made it thru the warranty period with no problems, so I'm ahead in that game. And since vocalists use effects anyways, I just didn't see the point in paying $ 400+ for mics & a stand for karaoke level vocals.
     
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  8. Daddy Do Thang

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    If it's possible, compare the 58 with a Lewitt mtp 550.
     
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    58 rhymes with great. Get one. It will work great. If you ever need to sell it, it's a well known item and will move quick.

    FWIW, as I occasionally browse the local marketplace listings I'll do a search for 'Shure' and have run across decent deals. A couple yrs ago I got a SM-58 with a bag and xlr cable for $50. Didn't need it at the time but since it has come in handy, and the price was right.

    Just a few weeks ago I couldn't find my SM57 That I've had for +30 yrs. Rather than fret about it I followed up with a guy selling one just up the road for $65 with a bag. Done. I'm good for another 30 yrs....I hope one of my kids will put it to good use when I'm dead :thumb:
     
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    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I put a foam windguard on mine...slobber sumpo_O.
     
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    I've had a SM-58, and 2 SM-57 for over 30 years.
    The 57s for miking my guitar cabs and the 58 for vocals.
    The 58 saw heavy use for the 5 years I DJ'd.
    I have replaced the windscreen ($5) and it still works great.
    I've never been disappointed with their performance.

    I recently had a SM-57 added to a deal for an additional $10 with stand, clip and cable.
    These things are near bulletproof so don't be afraid of used ones, but change the windscreen if you buy a used one.
    Good luck
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  12. Malurkey

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    What are the opinions on the Sennheiser E835?
     
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    SM58 is great for live vocals. If you are cheap a Behringer XM8500 will also get the job done - been using them for years as well.
     
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    SM58?
    There's probably a Beta version, wireless version, version with or without on/ off switch. Too many choices, and people selling cruddy ones ask nearly new prices for scary, old SM58 mics.

    I recommend that you consider an SM58 with a usable felt mic cover over the grill if you want to sing through it.
     
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    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Euroguestock?
    Where?
    Who?
     
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    Strat-Talk jam session, in Paris France, on November 20th. You’re joining? :thumb:
     
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    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Wow
    Thought they were done...
    Very cool...
    :D
    Funds to travel that far are just a memory
    And
    For some unknown reason
    The state department won't give me a passport..
     
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    My first SM58 was flawless for 7 years before it was swiped. My replacement I’ve only had for 5 months. When I got it I unscrewed the top to see if it looked like it had been cheapened and it looked the same as my other one. So far so good.
     
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    Owning the sm57, i would say its only down side is in the vocal territory, sm58 has the pop filter for vocals but other than that, it is definitely the mic to go to. Californication vocals were with a sm57/58