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    Question SM-57's as Overheads in the three mic technique

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    Just curious if anyone has used sm-57's as overheads in the three mic technique?

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    i once i long whlie back recorded a whole percusion group live with 2 sm57's in stereo and 1 condenser in the center, the mics were spaced out about 5 feet apart from each other
    you have to try it and hear how it sound, but
    nothing can beat having condensers as overheads
    good luck
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    i once did a drum set up with all dynamics. sm57 as overhead. sm57 on snare. d112 on bass drum. (we didn't, but using dynamics on toms would have been ideal). makes for a really good sound for metal. gives that close micing feel and still using plenty of Overhead.

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    Its kind of like puting blankets over the condensers you just dont get the full effect of the cymboles.

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    of course it does. but it takes away that overly bright sound that condensers give to the drums. in-escense, the sound i was talking about.

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    You should EQ it out if you dont want it...that way you lose that option.

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    well, its better if you can find a mic that is eq-ed to sound like i want....and i like the results for the purpose i mentioned. so, it works.

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    I am using a 57 as an overhead drum mic in my home studio and have no complaints. It is not as clean sounding as a condenser, but , I like the coloration.

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    Depeneding on the song I usually go with ribbon mics or lg. diaphragm tube condenser mics for overheads [sometimes small diaphragm condenser mics... but usually large]... that said... the SM-57 is quite capable of doing the job in a 3 mic thing without too much struggle... the caveat being that you will need a great sounding room, kit, and drummer, and mic pre's [all equally important] or you're going to spend most of the day trying to make chicken salad from chicken shit... sometimes you can hide some of the warts with the other mics a bit easier.

    Best of luck with it.
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