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Tim Hite:

--- Quote from: Matthias McCready on July 28, 2020, 10:03:40 PM ---I have had this to.

I always wondered if I bought the shell of one if I could get improved results with a different capsule in there... Not sure how much the shell contributes to the problems though? Sure would be nice to have something that mixed well, that that give the look.

I even have one musician friend who know's they sound terrible, he still got one. You can make it sound less bad, but I never had one do wonderful things, even with a wonderful vocalist on a great rig.

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Mick Hughes talks about remaking Super 55's with Metallica https://youtu.be/u24T4kgLjdk?t=710

Dave Pluke:

--- Quote from: Tim McCulloch on July 29, 2020, 12:47:11 PM ---The capsule in the Shure 55 is from the SM-48, one of the shittiest mics I've ever used.

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And it only gets worse when the singer cups the back of the 55 and kisses the front.

I understand the visual aesthetic of the Shure 55.  Just wish it behaved better in a Live Sound environment.

Dave

Chris Grimshaw:
Looks like there might be a small market for Shure 55 look-alikes that sound decent. I've been playing with some dynamic mic capsules recently with good results, so might see about mounting one in a 55 basket and see how the response looks.

I have some ideas on how I might go about making one of these mics sound decent, so will come up with a prototype and take some measurements.

Chris

Mac Kerr:

--- Quote from: va_nutshell on October 20, 2020, 01:56:54 PM ---I test a lot of different vocal microphones from the perspective of a voice actor working from home. I've been using the Neat King Bee for a few months now and I'm impressed by its frequency response, but the Audio Technica AT2020 is my go-to recommendation for beginners.

It's tough convincing a lot of amateur voice actors to avoid getting a cheap Amazon USB mic or a Blue Yeti, but that's the uphill battle I'm fighting right now!

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Paul Johnson:
Concur with the SM-48 mic - I didn't realise that was the same capsule, but the 55 was a fifties mic that never sounded modern and clean and the copies have mistaken their sound as 'classic' and replicated it, maybe too closely. They look stunning and sound kind of average.

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