Wow, You “Shure” Do Know A Lot About Microphones

Use online resources and/or your local music store to research a current or historical microphone, then answer the following questions:
–What is the manufacturer and model name? What years was it manufactured? Price (if you can find it)?
–What type of electronics does it use? (Dynamic, Condenser, Ribbon)
–What is its pickup pattern? (Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, switchable)
–What frequencies can it pick up? (refer to its Frequency Response Curve)
–Based on your answers to the questions above, which instruments would sound good recorded with this mic? What instruments would not?

The microphone I picked was the Shure SM57 Microphone. I’m not exactly sure when it was first manufactured but Wikipedia states that the microphone could be traced back to 1937. This microphone can be purchased for about $99 on amazon.

The Shure SM57 uses a Dynamic electronic.

The pickup pattern is cardioid.

It can pick up frequencies of 40 to 15,000 Hz. Starting from 40Hz it hears 10dB lower, 1,000-2,000Hz it is stabilized, and from that point until 15,000 Hz it hears to a little over 5dB higher than the actual note.

Amplified or acoustic instruments would sound best on this type of mic. I’m not exactly sure but I would think that a drum set would sound pretty bad on it.


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