Yes 57's on the podium but I have my own presidential set of nice 57's.
The advance team audio guy (department of Defense) ... who sets up two minidisc recorders and a live feed through the telephone line to be archived ... messes with the 57's until he is satisfied. Moving the windscreen screws to the bottom of the microphone, black sharpie on non-black pieces, move the 45 degree angled microphone cables so they are pretty.
Then I swear at least an hour to an hour and a half sound check - for one microphone! Granted there are two but one is for a backup.
I know Bob during the sweep it's very intense. The situation seem as though they could escalate very easily and quickly for they do mean business. Then it's all cool till the secret service human shields show up.
The music that has to be played is also a hoot. The VPOTUS intro music was Bruce Springsteen's *We take care of our own*. Musta had something to do with the fact that the event was sponsored by the Teamsters local 633.
♫♪♫ I have a fever and the cure is cowbell ♫♪♫ .......... *LIVE FREE OR DIE* .......... ♫ I'm all ears ♫
☼ Mucho Loco Henry Areebah! ☼
Any mic you buy will be perfectly suited to your needs, until you use it long enough to learn that it's not.