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    I've found my Audio Interface(M-Audio Fast Track Pro) now I'm looking at Mics. I know I've read plenty of posts about these two mics since I've been looking into recording. I look at them and just see a different look. Can someone explain are there any true pros or cons to these mics? And would I be able to notice a difference if I got one or the other. Thanks guys ^_^

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    They're basically the same thing, the grill on top is different. They advertise the 58 as a vocal and the 57 as an instrumental mic. If I could choose only one, I'd get the 57. They're both great mics, awesome value for money, and they get almost any job done. If, however, you're a singer song writer interested in doing acoustic recordings you'll probably be better off with an LDC. You can use that for your vocals and acoustic guitar.

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    The 57 and the 58 are essentially the same mic. If you look at them on a frequency response chart you'll see slight differences. The differences are there, but barely audible in most home recording scenarios.

    Much of the difference can be traced to the ball-shaped windscreen on the 58. Remove that from a 58 and you essentially have a 57.

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    The 58 is a 57 with a bigger pop/spit guard and a bass roll off. The 57 would be better for recording, even vocals. Like Saads said though, if it's just studio stuff you're doing a Large Diaphragm Condenser would be better. Something like Welcome to sE Electronics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spare Dougal View Post
    The 58 is a 57 with a bigger pop/spit guard and a bass roll off. The 57 would be better for recording, even vocals. Like Saads said though, if it's just studio stuff you're doing a Large Diaphragm Condenser would be better. Something like Welcome to sE Electronics
    That is a good mic right there. You could probably get a couple 57s and 58s in that price, but still a lot cheaper than other LDCs.

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    I will be recording a few different things including acoustic, electric, bass, and vocals. Maybe Sax. I think I'm going to go for the SM57 to begin with... The LDCs seem to be a bit more expensive right?

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    Also, do I really need a pair of headphones that cost $100 dollars. Lol. How in the heck can a pair of headphones but that expensive. I'm looking at different brands. One costs 200... I mean wow. So, question being.. How bout that 30 dollar pair I see? ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by AddisonXI View Post
    Also, do I really need a pair of headphones that cost $100 dollars. Lol. How in the heck can a pair of headphones but that expensive. I'm looking at different brands. One costs 200... I mean wow. So, question being.. How bout that 30 dollar pair I see? ^_^
    It really depends what you need them for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AddisonXI View Post
    I will be recording a few different things including acoustic, electric, bass, and vocals. Maybe Sax. I think I'm going to go for the SM57 to begin with... The LDCs seem to be a bit more expensive right?
    The SE will be good for all those things and will last you. Having said that SM57 will last you and be a great mice to have so you should definitely get one anyway, but if you're unlikely to be able to afford another mic in a while, I'd go for the SE. It's a work horse.

    As for headphone, like grimtraveller said, what are you using them for? Just tracking or are you mixing on them
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    I haven't even started recording yet or learning how to record/produce.. So how bout I'll be using them for tracking??(I assume this is laying down single tracks over one another?) I am a brand spankin new newbie in the audio industry. My only knowledge is playing instruments themselves.

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