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Shure SM-57 for miking a bass amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fat jonny, Aug 3, 2000.

  1. fat jonny

    fat jonny

    Jul 8, 2000
    Columbus Ohio
    I am getting into recording and wanted to get a decent mic to mic my bass amp. Does anybody know if the Shure SM57 mics are good for low frequencies? If not, does anybody know of a nice mic for around a hundred bucks that would be better? Thanks a lot!
  2. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks! In Memoriam

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    The better bass mics are alot more money. The 57 is fine.

    Chris A. rolleyes.

    A bass should not be a fashion accessory

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  3. SmartLobster


    Mar 26, 2000
    This is...related...to amps. So...i think i'll move it to...amps. Right?

    I sleep past noon but that's okay, i'll be president someday...

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  4. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    When ever I have to use a mike, it's always a SM-57. Whether in a studio or on stage, they work great for bass.
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  5. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    That's the mic I've always used. When you set it up, make sure it's pointed about 45 deg. (perpendicular to the speaker radius) and not straight in on the cone. You'll get a warmer sound out of it.
  6. It will do , but that is all. The SM57 is an instrument mic, but doesn't have an overly bass oriented frequency response. If you want to catch the full impressive punch of the bass, and particularly if you are using a 5 (the SM57 won't actually pick up the fundamental of the low B) a dedicated bass mike is a good idea.

    I use an AKG D112. This is about twice the price of the SM57, but the difference is quite astonishing to my ear. Also, you can close mike with even the loudest amp with this mike...

    I should add, though, that I use the D112 for live performance, not recording...YMMV!


    [This message has been edited by Andy Daventry (edited August 04, 2000).]
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  7. Robroy


    Jun 21, 2006
    Central Kentucky
    I can't imagine a need to mic a bass cab, but then, we're in modern times now. Technology marches on.
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  8. Last post August 4, 2000.
    Robroy you win the Zombie Thread Revival Award.

  9. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Good answers though.
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  10. The Chuck

    The Chuck

    Dec 11, 2013
    Wilmington, NC
    57s are still good to mic bass amps with even 16 years later!
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  11. Robroy


    Jun 21, 2006
    Central Kentucky
    That's exactly what I was going for! :D
  12. Robroy


    Jun 21, 2006
    Central Kentucky
    I actually intended to do this as a sort of inside joke, but I read the thread and thought, heck, this is worth reviewing, even now.
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  13. Thrillhouse


    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Jist like they were 16 years before this thread was first started and will be 16 years from now (probably).
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  14. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Well, not everyone has or can afford a good external DI, or has a good DI built in like in some of the newer heads.
    I remember that @Andy Daventry from way back. The advice on the AKG was interesting.

    The SM57 is a classic instrument mic. There are a bazillion around. It wouldn't be my choice for miking a bass cab though.
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  15. arai

    arai Banned

    Jul 16, 2007
    It's a good mic if you run it with a Di to make up for the lack of lows. I hate the mid scoop of the d112
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  16. Robroy


    Jun 21, 2006
    Central Kentucky
    They roll off the bass. End of story. :)
  17. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Since we are in Zombie land, I’m helping a local talented kid put together a small studio
    Wasn’t there a 57 and 58 copy that was supposed to be incredible for the money?
  18. DinoRock


    Mar 26, 2015
    New York State
    If you are investing for recording, you can pick up a pretty good DI box and software for not much more than the cost of an SM57. I've done 95% of my recording going DI. I rarely will mic a bass cab. Guitar, yes. Bass, no. Keys, no.
  19. Behringer XM8500 is a fair 58.

    To mic a bass driver on the cheap, Akg P2. Proper full range and pretty darn flat response.
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  20. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    If you can borrow a sennheiser 421, I'd go that way
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