Re: tips for shure sm 57 recording
It's not the greatest acoustic mic, but it'll do in a pinch.
On an electric, it's tough to beat. There are alternatives out there, but so many classic recordings have been done with a SM57 that you should be able to get SOMETHING good out of one.
There's a few things you'll want to think about:
1.) Amp settings. If you've never dome much recording, remember that you're used to listening to an amp from 6-10' back, 6' off the floor from the speaker. When micing, you're "listening" from right in front of the speaker. Settings that sound awesome for the former won't necessarily work so well for the later.
2.) As a very loose rule of thumb, the sound of a mic close to the speaker starts out very dark at the edge of the speaker cone, and gets brighter as you move towards the dust cap. A/B against a couple favorite guitar tones, and experiment until you get something you like.
3.) Proximity effect - if you're unfamiliar with the term, the idea is that as a mic gets closer to a sound source, something about the way sound radiates and is captured by a mic creates a "bass boost" to the microphone. Usually, if you're 2" or closer to the speaker, you'll start to see an increased low end.
In general, I've found that a SM57 pointing straight at the speakerjust off the edge of the dust cap and right up against the grill works pretty well for heavy rhythm, and the same position but at a 30-45 degree angle ("off axis") seems to do better for leads.