sir space egg,
i do live band music, i'm presently using the china made shure sm 58. can u advice me what to use? is a condenser mic ideal for vocal in live band music?
I would say not, condensors aren't really very good for live vocals - personally I mostly use the cheap Behringer mikes, they come in a pack of three for very little money and I've found them absolutely excellent.
I originally bought the first three Behringer mikes for an emergency gig, where I had to cobble gear together unexpectedly - the plan was to buy a real SM58 for lead vocals at a later date. However, the cheap Behringers sound so good I decided it was just a waste of money, so bought more Behringers instead.
thanks sir, i supposed to buy that behringer pack of three before but i was tempted to buy the warfdale instead, i am not really satisfied with it. . . i will then buy that pack. . . thanks
Yes, large diaphram condensers for studio, hypercard dynamics for live. 2 reasons: (niether being direct sound quality) durability and directionality, the sm 58s for vocals 57s for instruments ( folklore has it that if you cant find a hammer you can use the sm57, theres lots of them out there still sounding great after dozens of hits with drum sticks) these are the reasons you see them (often 20 years old) so often at gigs. Dont know much about the behringers but Ild like to see how well they stand up to micing a snare drum for a few years. The other thing is leakage, record some vocals with a 58 next to one of the behringers and see how much of the rest of the band leaks into them. The more leakage you have the muddier the mix will be.
but I've had no muddy vocal problems with the Behringers.
Like I said, I dont know the Behringers, they may have as tight a pickup pattern as the shures. Its not the vocals that get muddy its the stuff that leaks into the mic (drums, guitars etc.) not only from the amps but from the stage monitors and even the PA. (can also cause feedback) When you run these thru your mixer and ad them again from the vocal mic they can get muddy, or even phasey depending on the relative loudness. (depends on how loud and close the singer is to the mike) Another plus for shure is they can handle a lot of SPL.