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    Has anyone ever heard of, used, or care to render an opinion on the following mics:

    1) Shure 545SD (the Shure Website says it's a dual-impedance, unidirectional, dynamic mic that is "a favorite for instrument pickup and recording and can be used for PAs")--looks a lot like an SM57

    2) University Sound US664A dynamic supercardioid (can't find anything about this one)

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    If your looking for a good all around mic get a shure Beta 58 they are the industry standard for stage proformance and they sound great even in a studio! you can get one find them for a little over $100 but they list about $340

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    Rather than getting a mic that looks like a 57, just get a 57.

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    Originally posted by tdukex
    2) University Sound US664A dynamic supercardioid (can't find anything about this one)
    I found this http://mailman.listserve.com/archive.../msg05495.html which lead me to this http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...59-1&q=EV+664A
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    grahamware, I purchased two of the 545s for $10 each at a swap meet almost four years ago and posted that question in November 1999 when I was first starting out.

    The 545 is an excellent mic in its own right. Although the 545 was designed for podium use, it has a frequency response and polar pattern that are very close to the 57. In fact, the two mics are so similar in performance that I have been advised by experienced recordists that to purchase a 57 would be redundant. The 545 is actually a very cool mic.


    DJL, thanks for the links.

    "The great EV664A is now being manufactured as the
    US664A... "

    So, it's a rebadged EV664A. Not bad. This mic is actually pretty heavy duty and is solid polished alum. Very solid. Very shiney. I used it on a blues vocal a couple of weeks ago because it had just the right balance of forwardness and grit I was looking for on that particular song.

    These guys have a couple of 'em.
    http://www.exocetstudios.com/

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    Your welcome, and yeah it's a rebadged EV664A.... so tell me, what did you pay for the US664A?
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    DJL, this was another swap meet find back in '99. I think I paid $10 - $15 for it as well, not even knowing what the hell I was doing. I haven't been to a swap meet in years. Maybe I should go back and maybe find an old U87 for $40.

    ...and then he woke up.

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    :cool Man, too bad you didn't get that sellers phone number.
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    The Shure 545 series was a favorite of Blues harmonica players like
    Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter.
    It was also used on a number of Beach Boys hits for their lead vocal.

    On vocals (just got a 545), it's more bluesy/gritty than a
    SM57. Will be my first try for blues based stuff now.
    Still love the SM57 on pop/rock stuff though.

    Chris

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