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  1. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    That's a great question that I should have clarified in the OP. This will mostly be used for performance, but some home recording as well... nothing high-tech or for public consumption.
     
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    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    That is detailed... thanks! Very helpful!
     
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    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a couple 545s that I (planned to) use for micing the amp. I hadn't really considered them for vocals, but can certainly give them a try. Thanks for the advice.
     
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    I’ve been very happy with my old EV RE16s...much lower proximity effect, super cardioid. Not nearly as “in your face” sounding as the popular Shures (which I have)...just a preference really
     
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    Sm58 or 57. Robert Plant used a 57 for his studio recordings, it can't be that bad.
     
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    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    I was referring specifically to the low-impedance only transformerless versions.
    The 545S has both the transformer and a switch.

    In My Opinion, the lack of an impedance matching transformer results in a noticeably smoother upper midrange response in the Unidyne III series.
    There is still the familiar presence boost but it's just a bit more balanced, less spikey.
    The peaky presence might help in a live situation, but the smoother response is better for recording use, again depending on the voice.

    Since you have added that this will also be used in a live setting, that throws in the added variables of the monitor and main speakers responses to consider.

    There really is a fine art to matching a vocalist to their mic for the best results.
     
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    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    My 545s are all 545SD. This is a low-impedence (but switchable) mic. Since I have 4 of them (a gift from a friend), I thought I'd try one as a vocal mic straight through my guitar amp (just for fun and to see what this sounds like). Do I need to switch it to hi-impedence for this (potentially silly) application?
     
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    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    No, not silly !
    Some of us played gigs with a mic into the spare channel of a guitar amp back in the day. :cool:

    Yes, you should be able to plug the mic in (assuming a compatible adapter cord) and get sound in either high or low impedance setting,
    A guitar amp input may have enough gain to make up for the low level of a low impedance mic.
    The high impedance setting would be a better match and louder, though. :thumb:
     
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    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm a big fan of the 57 and 57 betas. I own one of each.
     
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    Seamus OReally Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    I use a Beta SM58 live.
     
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    Soul31 Strat-Talker

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    Beta58 here too, in fact I go...

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    Adds reverb, echo, and some auto EQ to really make things sound great. You can tap tempo the echo as well.
     
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    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    Seinheiser, if they’re available stateside, are really good and, here at least, cheaper than Shure.
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Some are, some aren't. I prefer Shure unless its a MD421 or 441.
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Shure mics are the standard for live vocals and micing cabs--they're good mics and they're sturdy and inexpensive compared to "vocal mics." SM57 and 58 are the same mic except for the covering.

    I doubt if there are a lot of engineers who would consider the SM57/58 their first choice for studio vocal recording--unless they want the recording to feel more "live." Nothing wrong with that, but it's a specific choice.

    I like the Seinheiser MD421 better than the SM58 in just about every application--but it's usually more expensive.

    How about an Audio Technica AT4040?
     
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    Oh! Well then, recording is slightly more demanding...if it's in the budget...
    Gefell.
    https://www.microtechgefell.de/mikrofon-alle

    Really nice mics. Expensive though.
     
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    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's a large capsule condenser mic. Great for the studio but not a dual purpose mic by any means.

    The king of live mics comes with a royal price, the Neumann KMS105.
     
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    yes it is, yes it is.
     
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    I also use the Behringer XM8500 for live backup and lead vocals. I also sometimes a Beta 57, SM58, and an old Shure Unisphere (Like Freddy Mercury used on the live concert video).
     
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