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SM57 bass?

Churchengi

Is the shure sm57 good for bass amps?
January 30, 2013 @03:07am
michaelhoddy

Not especially, but it can work in a pinch as long as you're not after room-shaking low end. Really doesn't do a very good job of reproducing the bottom octave of the instrument. If you use it in conjunction with a direct out, you can actually get a quite a good sound, but by itself, it doesn't truly reproduce much accurately below about 70 Hz, and it's already starting to roll off at 100 Hz.
January 30, 2013 @03:31am
Churchengi

Ok thanks a million
January 30, 2013 @04:21am
TimmyP1955

And, like most directional mics, it has a wide boost of as much as 12dB centered at about 200Hz.
February 16, 2013 @06:09pm
Tim Gillett

Sorry to have to correct you but the SM57 has no 12db boost centred around 200hz. If it did it would be a horrible sounding mic. It does have a deliberate presence boost, peaking by about 6db at 6khz.
Perhaps you are thinking of the proximity effect with (most) directional mics which does indeed boost bass when close micing. But in this application it would probably be a directional mic used anyway. So there would be no difference.
Tim
April 18, 2013 @09:58am
TimmyP1955

Sorry to have to correct you but the SM57 has no 12db boost centred around 200hz. If it did it would be a horrible sounding mic. It does have a deliberate presence boost, peaking by about 6db at 6khz.
Perhaps you are thinking of the proximity effect with (most) directional mics which does indeed boost bass when close micing. But in this application it would probably be a directional mic used anyway. So there would be no difference.
Tim

At a distance, no, but up close it does, just like every other directional microphone (save for a few EV RE series models). They may not publish a graph that shows it (as they do for some other models), but it's there.
April 22, 2013 @02:58am
GZsound

At a distance, no, but up close it does, just like every other directional microphone (save for a few EV RE series models). They may not publish a graph that shows it (as they do for some other models), but it's there.

Sounds just like "phantom" power.
April 24, 2013 @04:24am
FJ_Studios

If you can go direct in AND run an SM57, that might sound alright. The DI will keep the low-end solid, and the mic will get you the attack/growl out of your amp...
May 13, 2013 @04:40pm
radkins

Last time we were in the studio we used a 57 along with a DI for low end and it turned out great.
May 23, 2013 @05:33pm