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Mic for recording reso's

PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:58 pm
by Jakeblues
So, I've been gradually building up my home studio, which s still very modest (The only thing I have less of than space is money.). I've been using a Shure 55s for recording acoustic and reso guitars. It's OK, but I'm wondering if something else, like an SM57 or 58 might do better. Any suggestion on a reasonably price mic? The 55 is OK but seems to miss the low end especially on the Dobro. Thanks!

Re: Mic for recording reso's

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:03 pm
by bottleneckjohn
Hey bro!
You really, really should go for a condenser mic to record anything!
Get a large capsule model, they capture the acoustics way better, it will blow the dynamic mics away!!!!!

Röde NT-1 is a good one, I have it for my own recordings at home.

Re: Mic for recording reso's

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:47 pm
by Jakeblues
I'll have to look into that. I looked at my notes, I remembered that I had borrowed my wife's AKG condenser mic (I forget the model) to record https://soundcloud.com/mean_old_fireman/amazing-grace, which was on a Chinese-made round neck dobro. The only pain is that it's "side address", which sometimes makes positioning it correctly challenging. I'll have to experiment more with it. Good suggestion, thanks!

Re: Mic for recording reso's

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:21 pm
by bottleneckjohn
You can get condensers in any pattern, cardioid or super cardioid like most dynamic vocal mics. Absolutely no prob with the positioning, try sometime!

Re: Mic for recording reso's

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:52 pm
by Jakeblues
Actually, her AKG is available in front address, we just bought her's as a side address to suit her needs. Large capsule seems to be the way to go?

Re: Mic for recording reso's

PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:43 pm
by AZLBRAX
An SM 57 or 58 ???????? :roll:

Sheesh !!

'nuff said

Re: Mic for recording reso's

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 12:04 pm
by Jakeblues
They're great workhorse mics for live work, but color the sound similarly to the 55s. They work pretty well for close-mic recording. Particularly for the tricone, I think backing off will sound better. Dynamics work best with a lot of SPL.