April 19, 2013
One of the components that DJs omit from their setup is a good recording microphone. Those who spend their time recording vocals have no issue with this, but some DJs may only pack a stage microphone for the occasion blast over the speakers. For general purposes, a workhorse mic like the Shure SM58 is as good as it gets. These un boosted mics come ready to take damage, and take damage they will. I’ve encountered many mics with distorted heads and discoloration – yet these mics work perfectly fine even after tons of abuse. The same cannot be said for professional recording mics and condenser mics – these really need to be taken care of.
It’s no wonder that to buy a decent condenser microphone you will likely spend more than a few hundred dollars. These pieces of gear are very sensitive and simply dropping them on the floor can …
April 6, 2013
In every type of industry, not just DJing and mixing, there are always the “workhorses” or the pieces of gear where everybody can attest to the quality of it. For turntables there is no question who receives this rank and recognition. Technics 1200’s, even though they are no longer being produced still hold the title for the best built record players out there. Even after ten years of ownership, the resale value remains the same or even higher. You can’t say that about any other turntable. How about microphones? Hopefully the name Shure pops up into your head, because the SM58 is still regarded as the tank of all microphones out there.
However, just because an item holds its position as the toughest or longest lasting – this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other better alternatives out there. With new technologies coming in all the time, it’s hard to …
December 16, 2012
If there is one common denominator that unites all hip-hop and scratch DJs together, it’s the needle. The Shure M447 is still a highly requested needle and cartridge combination, even with newer needle that have subsequently been produced. It’s just one of those situations where something was produced with the right specifications with a recipe that has been hard to match. With microphones it almost seems like the same deal. The Shure SM58 is old design, yet you will always find a microphone of this sort at any venue you go to. The SM58 is also known as the “hammer” because it can be dropped time and time again without breaking. When you make something great, there is little that needs to be changed or added.
Although the SM58 is a sturdy beast, it lacks originality making it hard to break out of the standard microphone shell. Your options are …