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    Hi.

    I don't know if I'm missing something obvious here (like "yea! it's broken") or what, but I've been bugged for a while that I can't seem to get any levels out of my SM57 microhpone.

    I have the levels up to like 2 o' clock at least on my behringer mixer and the level in Cubase up way above zero, and yet the sound registered in cubase when I play is peaking at like -22

    Whatcha think? Time to buy a new one or what?

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    naaahh..

    time to buy a new behri board possibly...

    check your cable too. and try it with other mics.

    57's dont die just like that!

    how old is it?? shure might send you a new one if its not too old.. people use the same ones for 25+ years without anything but scratches on them..
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    Dynamics need loads of gain. Twist the knob it should get louder.

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    Also try a different channel on the mixer. I can see a Behri product breaking much easier than a 57.
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    Yeah the thing is, when I connect my condenser mic it's fine. Very loud...

    Also I have this strong feeling that when I bought it (a little more than a year ago now) it wasn't this quiet.

    I don't know...it has been dropped on the floor a couple of times (not by me!) so that's why I'm suspicious. But then, as you say, they supposed to be real workhorses these things...

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    $.02

    maybe it is roached but people use them for hammers and no problem... stranger shit has happened...

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    Lomas, dynamic mics are generally much much more quiet than condensors. For example if I recorded an acoustic guitar with a SM57 I'd have to turn my preamp to about 3/4's at least, with my ksm109 I'd probably have to turn it a quarter of the way. Dynamic mics are just much more quiet, generally, than condensers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyc
    ...dynamic mics are generally much much more loud than condensors...Dynamic mics are just much more quiet, generally, than condensers.

    Huh?

    Here is info on Shure's warranty/service policies.
    If you bought it (domestically) within 2 years (of the manufacture date) then it is still within warranty.

    http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Servic...cies/index.htm

    But like most of the other people said on here, it may not be the mic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAK
    Huh?

    Here is info on Shure's warranty/service policies.
    If you bought it (domestically) within 2 years (of the manufacture date) then it is still within warranty.

    http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Servic...cies/index.htm

    But like most of the other people said on here, it may not be the mic.

    Just said it backwards, not smart enough to figure it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyc
    Just said it backwards, not smart enough to figure it out?

    Except you changed your post. Look at what I originally quoted you. First you said dynamics are louder than condensers, then you said they're quieter.
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