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Roland Clarke:
I love going back to old threads.  Some interesting things on this one.  Iím a Shure guy, I can always make them work.  58ís and Beta 58ís, absolutely my go to choices.  I like the DPA mics, but they are slightly thinner in the bass than I would like, possibly the best top end Iíve heard.  SM86, donít we all like those?  I like the Sennheiser 865 not mentioned here, but find I dislike the rest of the current range, 835, 945, not for me.  OM 7, screamingly feedback resistant, but the just donít sound great to me ears.  KSM9 has a great balance, quality mic and sounds it.  I like the KSM 104 and 105, but they need the right vocalist and gig.  Iím really looking forward to getting my mits on a ksm 11.

Tim Hite:

--- Quote from: Roland Clarke on November 21, 2022, 02:13:13 PM ---I love going back to old threads.  Some interesting things on this one.  Iím a Shure guy, I can always make them work.  58ís and Beta 58ís, absolutely my go to choices.  I like the DPA mics, but they are slightly thinner in the bass than I would like, possibly the best top end Iíve heard.  SM86, donít we all like those?  I like the Sennheiser 865 not mentioned here, but find I dislike the rest of the current range, 835, 945, not for me.  OM 7, screamingly feedback resistant, but the just donít sound great to me ears.  KSM9 has a great balance, quality mic and sounds it.  I like the KSM 104 and 105, but they need the right vocalist and gig.  Iím really looking forward to getting my mits on a ksm 11.

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Andy Broughton put me on to the KSM8, which I like for vocals. My go to is still the 935, which I think is great with no EQ.

Thomas Le:

--- Quote from: Roland Clarke on November 21, 2022, 02:13:13 PM ---I love going back to old threads.  Some interesting things on this one.  Iím a Shure guy, I can always make them work.  58ís and Beta 58ís, absolutely my go to choices.  I like the DPA mics, but they are slightly thinner in the bass than I would like, possibly the best top end Iíve heard.  SM86, donít we all like those?  I like the Sennheiser 865 not mentioned here, but find I dislike the rest of the current range, 835, 945, not for me.  OM 7, screamingly feedback resistant, but the just donít sound great to me ears.  KSM9 has a great balance, quality mic and sounds it.  I like the KSM 104 and 105, but they need the right vocalist and gig.  Iím really looking forward to getting my mits on a ksm 11.

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Ye old thread. I'm also a Shure house, I really don't like the "sennheiser sound" though it is because I use the 835 on a EW100 G3. Sunday livestreams I am still using the same SM58 and Beta 58A, though I am gravitating towards the B58a more because of the hotter output, can't do much for timid singers... If I had money, I'd put them all on KSM9's lol but I can get by with SM86's.

Helge A Bentsen:
Might be a silly question, but from time to time people request Shure SM57 with windscreen for vocals.
Sounds like it works all right when I provide it as per request, is there a reason why they don't get used more for vocals?
Did a choir the other day on 20x SM57, sounded like a choir to me and the customer was happy.

Art Welter:

--- Quote from: Helge A Bentsen on December 23, 2022, 12:45:36 PM ---Might be a silly question, but from time to time people request Shure SM57 with windscreen for vocals.
Sounds like it works all right when I provide it as per request, is there a reason why they don't get used more for vocals?

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The feel of a foam wind screen as it fills with saliva is not good, and the look of foam wind screens not great, especially after they get wet and chewed up.
A single drop of an SM57 can snap the built in screen into pieces.

Most would prefer just using an SM58 with it's built in foam screen that covers up the mess, and better protects the diaphragm, though the closer diaphragm to lip distance of a 57 even with a foam screen can give a little more gain before feedback.

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