Excerpt: For roughly the same price as an SM57, you can have a dedicated guitar amp microphone. It's not the workhorse that the 57 is, but if you're completely aware of what you want to mic things up with, you shouldn't have to worry about not having an ideal microphone anyway. If you desperately need a guitar amp microphone just to have a guitar amp mic... [ read more on Audiofanzine ] You will not break the bank on this mike and should be very happy with the results.
Excerpt: The Sennheiser E609 is a dynamic mic designed specifically with a flat profile for for close miking guitar amps but it's also one of the few mics on the market that offers realistic competition for the sm57 on snare drums particularly with its more defined super cardiod polar pattern. Well now this was a surprising and unexpected discovery and has turned out to be a real gem. A friend of mine put a studio together some years ago.