Why, in your opinion, is the SM58 so popular? Is its popularity merited?
Under what circumstances did you use an SM58 for the first time? When was that?
Do you use SM58's regularly? When do you choose the SM58 over other mics? Why?
When would you use a different vocal microphone? What mic would that be? Why?
the SM58 had an impact on your sound career? On live sound in general?
If the SM58 did not exist, what microphone would be the standard for live vocals? Why?
Has the SM58 had an impact on your sound career? On live sound in general?
It seems this should be more of a business case study that "technocultural" study whatever that means. At least the other mic manufacturers might want to read your paper. JR
The Shure 565SD. It was the predecessor to the SM58, and was used extensively on stage at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Bill Hanley, the man in charge of the audio at Woodstock, and a lot of other high-profile events of the period would A/B the 565 with other popular mics of the day (often Electro-Voice mics, which were popular with broadcasters at that time) for non-believers and anyone else who cared to listen.
Have you spoken with Shure? I know they've got a published book about the history of the company. It certainly has a large amount of space dedicated to the 58.Also, look up Ernie Seeler. He was the engineer in the Mic Lab that developed the Unidyne III.Also, some other tidbits.1) The SM57 came first.2) The 57 was intended for studio use.3) Ernie Seeler hated rock music-Fred
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