Re: SM-57 vs. "Butterfield" 545s
- Subject: Re: SM-57 vs. "Butterfield" 545s
- From: PL500@xxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 16:54:34 EDT
In a message dated 9/22/03 2:43:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
just to cause a ruckus and since i'm really
curious, i'd like to ask what you all think of the
difference between the modern SM-57 mic and the 545s
model that Butterfield used to use (as opposed to a
MODERN 545). just wondered if anyone had A/B'd them
and had any specific thoughts on how similar or
different they are in terms or frequency response,
tone, what have you...
Well.....A ruckus it is!
I a/bed a Shure 545S with a Shure 57 ( I measure just about all my harp mics
against the Shure 57), this was about a year ago so I am going by long term
memory. The Shure 545S was:
1. On feel: Not too bad considering the extra metal you lug around with it.
The Shure 57 was a little bit lighter (go figure!), and cupping each of them
was the same due to the mic size on top of either of them.
2. On output: I would say the Shure 57 beat out the Shure 545S on output, but
it didn't do so by much. The Shure 57 though is a newer one with a newer
element and a bit more frequency range, so that also helped it.
3. On sound: This is a bit of an apples and oranges deal, but the Shure 545S
was a little bit fatter in tone than the Shure 57. The Shure 57 has a better
capacity for brightness (again frequency range), but the Shure 545S wasn't that
bad in that area either. I have a Shure 545SD which beats both of them
soundwise, but it isn't in the comparison. The Shure 545S seemed to compensate for
the bottom a bit more, but the Shure 57 seemed to have a delicate wispy top-end
when played. The Shure 545S also had this top-end,but it wasn't as
Conclusion: Buy both microphones, and use the Shure 57 as a spare in case
the Shure 545S dies on you. They are both good mics and unless you suck, you
will sound good through either of them.
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