ProSoundWeb Community

Sound Reinforcement - Forums for Live Sound Professionals - Your Displayed Name Must Be Your Real Full Name To Post In The Live Sound Forums => LAB Lounge => Topic started by: Michael A. Yates on February 15, 2014, 01:42:12 am

Title: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Michael A. Yates on February 15, 2014, 01:42:12 am
This may have been talked about before but I have been cleaning out the storage unit and found a few good ol Shure SM57 mics. I happened to look at one of the ones I had and it says Shure Unidyne III SM57. Is this really a SM57 or is it a fake/ knockoff? Any difference in the standard SM57 and the Unidyne III SM57?

-Yates
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Thomas Le on February 15, 2014, 02:32:10 am
It's the real deal, the Unidyne IMO is way better than the current 57's in that it has a different sound that's less "boxy" on low mids.
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Steve M Smith on February 15, 2014, 05:37:54 am
I believe Unidyne was its original name.  And the predecessor to the SM58 was the Unisphere.

http://i876.photobucket.com/albums/ab329/jackaudio/For%20Sale/Shure565DUnisphereI_zps0df6f6b2.jpg


Steve.
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Ian Routley on February 15, 2014, 05:41:40 am
I have two Unidyne III SM57's amongst a stable of 6 or so newies.

The Unidynes belonged to my dad in the 1970's !

Tough mics!
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Bob Leonard on February 15, 2014, 06:17:00 am
There used to be a little jingle some 30-40 years ago.

How's your sound?
Mighty fine!
What makes it great?
My Unidyne.
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Steve M Smith on February 15, 2014, 09:58:13 am
Was that a real advertising jingle or did you just make it up to sing to yourself?!!!


Steve.
Title: Re: SM57 Difference???
Post by: Kirby Yarbrough on February 15, 2014, 10:18:21 am
a real advertising jingle or did you just make it up

Either way it's pretty good. So 50s.
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Ned Ward on February 15, 2014, 10:38:30 am
Reminds me of the "what's the word? Thunderbird!" Jingle/song.
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Jay Barracato on February 15, 2014, 10:55:02 am
This may have been talked about before but I have been cleaning out the storage unit and found a few good ol Shure SM57 mics. I happened to look at one of the ones I had and it says Shure Unidyne III SM57. Is this really a SM57 or is it a fake/ knockoff? Any difference in the standard SM57 and the Unidyne III SM57?

-Yates

It probably also says Shure Brothers instead of just Shure.
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Mike Appleby on February 15, 2014, 12:16:24 pm
When I saw Ronnie Van Zant using a Unidyne SM57 for a vocal mic, I fell in love with them. I use Beta 57's for vocals now and new 57's for toms sometimes. The SM57 is a dependable workhorse that is always in my kit bag.

Mike
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Michael A. Yates on February 15, 2014, 12:47:38 pm
It probably also says Shure Brothers instead of just Shure.

Yes in fact... Shure Brothers Incorporated. Also Made in the USA Patented. I think the newer stuff says made in Mexico.

I have found 2 so far in my storage room. Only one worked. Have not investigated why the other one is not working yet. May just be a broke wire. I have the one that works for sell in the marketplace for $25.00. haha I really have to get rid of some of this stuff in storage. 
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Mark McFarlane on February 15, 2014, 03:47:07 pm
Speaking of Unidyne  57's, how do you remove the grille? I was doing my annual mic cleaning this weekend and didn't find a way to remove the grilles.
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Geoff Doane on February 15, 2014, 05:53:49 pm
Speaking of Unidyne  57's, how do you remove the grille? I was doing my annual mic cleaning this weekend and didn't find a way to remove the grilles.

Usually with a drumstick.

Then you have the problem of how to put it back on.

There is a little spring "C-ring" that holds the grill in place.  Shure probably has some special tool for installing (and maybe removing) them.

GTD
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Mark McFarlane on February 16, 2014, 08:38:54 am
Usually with a drumstick.

Then you have the problem of how to put it back on.

There is a little spring "C-ring" that holds the grill in place.  Shure probably has some special tool for installing (and maybe removing) them.

GTD


Thanks Geoff. I broke out my magnifying glass and there dis very little clearance around the grille.  Nothing I can do apparently.  It should be fine, I doubt these were spit into too many times,... I picked up a couple used Unidynes from a friend for $30 each. They work fine.  Cosmetically they are 'like new'.
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Michael A. Yates on February 16, 2014, 09:51:17 am

Thanks Geoff. I broke out my magnifying glass and there dis very little clearance around the grille.  Nothing I can do apparently.  It should be fine, I doubt these were spit into too many times,... I picked up a couple used Unidynes from a friend for $30 each. They work fine.  Cosmetically they are 'like new'.

Sold the one I had in the market place last night. I have another one that's broke. Anyone know it shure will still repair them or if they are worth getting fixed?
Title: Re: SM57 Differance???
Post by: Tim McCulloch on February 16, 2014, 10:33:09 am
Sold the one I had in the market place last night. I have another one that's broke. Anyone know it shure will still repair them or if they are worth getting fixed?

Shure has a flat-rate repair/replace program.  Check their web site for details.