Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Microphone Collection Grows - I Just picked up a Shure SM56!

So a while back I wrote about finding and restoring a Shure SM56 for a studio I was working at. It was a GREAT find, as it's not every day you find a 40 year old mic stuck in a box, and not only does it work, but it sounds great.

Unfortunately, no one liked using it.

Cuz it was old looking.

I brought it up with the studio owner, and he was fine trading it for an SM58 I had lying around. I jumped on it, and had the SM58 in his hands the next day, LOL. Now I own two SM57's and an SM56. Very cool stuff.

Now, this isn't a great VO mic. Like it's brother the SM57, it's a great studio and stage all-rounder. For any given application, there are probably other mics that might sound better, but I've never encountered a microphone that moves from application to application as seamlessly as the SM57/56.

It's silly, but this is a mic that I keep bouncing around. Getting into recording, it was one of the first mics I used in Albuquerque. Lately I seem to keep running into it, seeing it used in Johnny Cash's 'At Folsom Prison' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Live at Monterey'.

And now I own one!
someaudioguy microphone recording some audio guy music voice over studio classic vintage



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  2. Nice find!
    The Mrs. AudioGuy is not going to be happy about this one, LOL.
    Thanks Peter!