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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-16-2006, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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1. So I want to record my cab and I was thinking of using an SM57. It's fairly cheap and supposedly carries the same performance and quality as their higher end stuff. Is this true? I can get a used one for $50 and was wondering if it was worth it and suitable for recording a cab?

If not, is there another recording mic better than the Shure that is around the same price [new $100]?



2. My next question is if there is something out on the market for a relatively low price in which I can have drum beats while I play? The other guitarist in my band said his friend had some device in which drum beats came out of the cab while he was playing and made jamming more fun. He said it functioned and looked just like a regular effects pedal, but I can't find one on any online music stores. So if such device exists, could you provide a brand name, model, and price? Thanks!
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Re: Shure SM57 & drum beats

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1. So I want to record my cab and I was thinking of using an SM57. It's fairly cheap and supposedly carries the same performance and quality as their higher end stuff. Is this true? I can get a used one for $50 and was wondering if it was worth it and suitable for recording a cab?

If not, is there another recording mic better than the Shure that is around the same price [new $100]?



2. My next question is if there is something out on the market for a relatively low price in which I can have drum beats while I play? The other guitarist in my band said his friend had some device in which drum beats came out of the cab while he was playing and made jamming more fun. He said it functioned and looked just like a regular effects pedal, but I can't find one on any online music stores. So if such device exists, could you provide a brand name, model, and price? Thanks!
A Shure SM57 is sort of industry standard for micing electric guitars. There are other options out there (I split time between a SM57 and an Audix i5, which is a little brighter and slightly more scooped in the mids), and it's not uncommon to use a 57 in conjunction with another mic, but chances are most recorded guitar tones you like were captured at least in part through a SM57. $50's a pretty good price - grab it!

Do you play anywhere near your computer? If so, download the free demo of www.fruityloops.com - it's fully functional but save-disabled, and I use it in favor of a metronome most of my practice time now. You can also program in synth pads and basslines and piano parts and whatnot, if you want to "jam" over something. The "Realistic" kit is pretty good, but some of the cheesy drum machine samples are fun too, and you can always load your own samples if you have something better.
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Re: Shure SM57 & drum beats

1.SM57 is the industry standard for recording electric guitar, every studio has a few of them. You should at least gain some experience micing up with one, so go for it!

2. Roger Linn's Adrenalinn maybe? It's more of a jam box, with amp sims, fx, rhythms, and rhythm-based effects. The M-audio Black Box is a more stripped down handheld take on it. Website is http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/, but doesn't seem to work at the moment. Alternatively, you can just get a drum machine, and somehow run it in your guitar's signal path as well. Something like this for instance.
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