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    Best mic to use for recording Metal vocals?

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    Okay I have a question? Would a Shure SM58 mic be pretty good for recording Screaming Hardcore Metal vocals. I'm thinking a condenser mic and a pop filter would be at best. The guy has a physical attachment for this mic Shure mic. Is there a go to method for this. Just curious about what the pro bands use in studio. My friend really wants to use his SM58 would it make a difference using something else. I would like to say his voice is pretty matched with the singers/vocals to the band Lamb of God.

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    I would guess that pro metal scream dudes use dynamic mics, although I'm sure there's (like always...) exceptions.


    I guarantee you couldn't go wrong with Shure sm7b or EV re320 (or re20 if you've got a bit extra).
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    Quote Originally Posted by guitaristic View Post
    I would guess that pro metal scream dudes use dynamic mics, although I'm sure there's (like always...) exceptions.


    I guarantee you couldn't go wrong with Shure sm7b or EV re320 (or re20 if you've got a bit extra).
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    The Shure sm7b looks like the go to mic for Metal. Thanks for the help

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    Why not try both the 58 and the sm7b?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Privacles View Post
    The Shure sm7b looks like the go to mic for Metal. Thanks for the help
    No prob! I'd give the SM58 a shot since you already have it...you might like it. If not, I'd give the sm7b or something like that a go! It's just a handy mic to have around!
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    If you have the cash burning a hole in your pocket, go for 7b. But the times I've had the cookie monster vocal guys in I put up a 58 and let 'em spit.

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    I'm a big fan of the 7b as a "go to" vocal mic for nearly any situation - But I have to admit, I need to try that RE320 thing just for the bad-ass factor alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Massive Master View Post
    I'm a big fan of the 7b as a "go to" vocal mic for nearly any situation - But I have to admit, I need to try that RE320 thing just for the bad-ass factor alone.
    You should get one! It's straight sexy-looking! I pulled mine out of the case a few days ago just to look at it!
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    I'll agree that the 7b and RE20 (58 too) are go-to mics for Metal stuff, but RE20 and SM58 don't get the top end presence that I prefer. Sure a little top end EQ spruces it up, but I often go with a big condenser for the screamers. The 7b is a meet-in-the-middle mic, which is probably why it's the first choice for many and highly recommended for this application.

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