I Love my NT1a and my 57s. It gets used a ton when I’m tracking bands. so everyone should have an SM 57 or similar style microphone. The Shure SM58 is a professional cardioid dynamic microphone, and the RODE NT-1A is a large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone. I will keep them all. As the Shure SM58 and Rode NT1-A are both considered to be the benchmark in respect to price and popularity among home studio owners, this article will help you decide on which is best for your home studio based on how you work (because everyone is different). Your email address will not be published. Use the 57 for one and the PR40 for the other…they’ll live in the same space without stepping on each other too much. As yet don’t have a Dynamic or a Ribbon Mic but that will probably change.. I wasn’t going to spend the money on a ribbon, but saw a $60 deal on the MXL R40 and I’m glad I did. there passive ribbon is real good sounds better than my rca ribbon under 200 bucks Click here to read our 15 advanced vocal recording tips. The vocal on the Behringer sounds a bit like a surface of clear water, beneath which everything gets seen on the bottom. I have 2 Condenser Mics..The SE 2200 ii Cardoid..all round AMAZING £179 with cradle etc BUT the surprise package ..a Sontronic ST20, British made…really smooth top end..got it with cradle and its own pop filter from eBay £70 !!!! Also Guage ECM 87… $149 and a amazing mic.. I really appreciate your site. GLS ES-57 . And btw, thanks for what you do . Now it sounds truly remarkable!!! Just thought I’d throw that out there. Shure SM58 VS RODE NT-1A? I’ve done records with this for many many years. Hi Graham. I started with a Rode NT2-A as a large diaphragm condenser. I have a very cheap Samson dynamic ($40 SM58-ish clone), but I hardly ever use it, so I’ve never bothered to get a better one. I also own a Behringer B-1 condenser, which sounds a lot more transparent – makes things a lor easier to mix, everything beneath the vocal is clearly heard without, in any way, crowding the vocal. It sounds rounder to me, it seems to be deeper into the back. I own an se Electronics X1r and for the money a really great ribbon. So if you don’t like how the high end sounds on a Behringer B1 you can compare it to the easily affordable alternatives from Audio Technica, Rhode, The T.Bone, Samson and many other manufacturers. 2 cad trion 6000 multi pat. Great sound – easy/unobtrusive/quiet attachment, high SPL handling. This is one of those microphones that a buddy of mine had in college. sound is REAL GOOD !! ), 6 Best Recording Studio Chairs For Producers (2020), Slate Digital Release Brand New Free Plugin ‘’Fresh Air’’. As far as ribbon mics go, I bought a T-Bone RM700 a couple of years ago and it sounds absolutely amazing on guitar cabs and acoustic guitar for just 100$… It’s also great for vocals, but a little more colorful, especially through a tube pre ( I usually send it through a 610mkII ). They are also a lot less sensitive so you won’t overload the capsule like you would on a condenser. Its fundamental frequency is 350Hz to 3KHz and Harmonics is 3KHz to 17KHz. For years I’d been using my Rode K2, which is an outstanding mic. Not buying another mic until the Slate Digital VMS ($999) comes out…, http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/VMS Let me know which microphone you ended up going with, what your thoughts on either of them are. SM58’s from my old PA system, flat mic but takes super high db levels and loud singers. Agree on that, Nick about the AKG.. Love to check out the Blue Bottle sometime. * Strings: fiddle, viola, viola d’amour, nyckelharpa, acoustic guitars/mandola/bouzouki. So again the condenser microphone, it’s going to capture lots of detail which is great for things that you want full range of detail like the air on your vocals, the air on acoustic guitars, symbols, all that kind of stuff. I’ve had great luck with each one I’ve bought every time I use them. I am usually blown away by how good vocals, and instruments do sound when I record. It’s a D6 killer and cheaper. I don’t know what it’s response curve is, but the resulting recording has a musical and pleasing top end. … but I must say, Behringer rocks! They each have very audible differences in their tonal characteristics. Best thing about it is that it offers soundsamples for most mics. They both have wildly different tonal characteristics. Just mic her and shove your jaw back up. And you can also use this on vocals as well. The answer is it depends, though you probably should have both. AKG D1000 (can be found cheap on eBay) <$100 I’ve got it already up here. So, did it transform the 57 into an 87. no….but it did make the 57 sound very similar EQ wise. Here’s a vocal cut on them. I heard a shootout between these and the SM57 and in the shootout, I actually liked the DRI100 better, so I tried them. They are, undoubtedly, the most transparent things that I have but it’s funny how I often don’t use them because they are a bit characterless. It’s been a long time and this is a really good sounding microphone. You get much more punch & gain than the Shure beta 52a. And thanks, Graham! Audix D6 (Great kick mic) Have only used the 100 so far but it is very comparable to the SM58. (I also have the Shure 57 and Rode NT-1A and they get their fair share of work, particularly the 57 on my amp). So, if your audio interface lacks the capability to power +48v, and you are unwilling to upgrade, the Shure SM58 will be the option for you. You don’t need a lot of EQ, there’s nothing to compensate before it just sounds good. …plus the Heil is really good on kick drum (because it’s got a bright-ish top and an extended bottom) and does pretty well as a vocal/VO mic. I’ve made some decent recordings with these and haven’t seen the need for a ribbon mic. Even when I don’t use it for electric guitar or snare, it’s because I’m deliberately shooting for a different sound. $9.99 The modified Rode NT-1 is sublime on vocals and acoustic instruments. So a pretty affordable and great sounding ribbon. The Shure SM58 has been designed with the live performer in mind, though this is by no means a hard-and-fast rule. I bought a pair of them on ebay for $120. They also repair speaker cones. The mic was about 4ft away from him pointed at his knees to pick up more of the acoustic as he has a booming voice. Sweetwater music has been having a BOGO sale on the Blue Encore 100, 200, and 300 mics and I’ve gotten 2 of each model. The Shure mics are great workhorses live, and versatile in the studio. Shure SM58 VS RODE NT-1A? Completely agree on the SM7B. You mentioned in the video that you used the Spark on your last record. If you don’t need a ton of air on the top in. My first mic was a $69 Apex 435 (LDC) 10 years ago and it is surprisingly good.