SM57 for cymbals?

SM57 for cymbals?

Date Updated: March 2, 2018 FAQ #309
Question:
Are SM57's good enough for cymbals in a small low budget home recording studio? Has anyone ever tried using these mics for cymbals? I'm using a Mackie 1202 mixer line inputs for cymbals because all other mic inputs are being used. Bad idea? I'm having a hard time finding money to get a couple of condensor mics for cymbals. thank you for your time.
Answer:


At 11/09/2001 09:44 AM we wrote - Are SM57's good enough for cymbals in a small low budget home recording studio?
* They will be lacking in "high frequency sizzle" when compared to a good condensor mic.
Has anyone ever tried using these mics for cymbals?
* They work much better for snare or toms.
I'm using a Mackie 1202 mixer line inputs for cymbals because all other mic inputs are being used.
* A line level input will not have enough gain (amplification) when used with a mic level signal.
I'm having a hard time finding money to get a couple of condensor mics for cymbals.
* Shop around for a good price on the Shure PGA81, SM94, or SM137. All are condensors and all will sound very good.