Summary: I bought these mics because I kept seeing them on lists of mics recording engineers either had or had used, and loved them. I recorded acoustic, and electric guitar at a session using a Golden Age Pre-73. I mic'ed the acoustic at the 12th fret and the sound hole near the fret board, both mic's @ 10-12 inches away. After a couple placement adjustments, the guitar was perfect in our headphones. Used some bass roll off on the sound hole mic.
Professional instrument mic for accustical instruments in the home studio.
8 June 2011
Summary: If you need a microphone to record acoustical instruments particularly guitars, this is the one to get. This will give you the natural sound that you want and pick up all the nuances (details in the sound) that bring the instrument up close. This is a truly professional mic for a home studio.
Summary: AS FAR AS A GREAT OVERHEAD MIC AND AN ACOUSTIC GTR MIC, THE SHURE SM81 IS GREAT FOR A CLEAR NATURAL SOUND. IT HAS A LOW FREQUENCY ROLL OFF SWITCH AND A -10db SWITCH ALSO. VERY PRACTICAL AND USEFUL FEATURES. IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO HAVE A PAIR. SHURE CLAIMS THEY ALL SOUND AND PERFORM THE SAME FROM THE FACTORY SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET A MATCHED PAIR.
Excerpt: Purchased two SM81-LC - Cardioid Condenser Mic by Shure to use for drum overheads. The bomb! These mics do not color the sound. What you hear when you play is what you will hear out of the mixer. Fantastic mics. I don't have any other instrument condensers to compare them to, and I will never need to. It couldn't get any better than this. I'm using recorderman setup with two additional mics on bass drum and bottom of snare. This is perfect for recording drums.
Pros: Clear Sound, Compact, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Summary: This is a good old utilitarian mic. No bells and whistles just a good flat response mic that gets the job done. Stick it anywhere and gather the sound thats coming in. With the pad and filter it gets even more useful. Nice small footprint and thin contours mean you can stick it just about anywhere. The only negative to this mic is actually a complement. It is flat I mean ruler flat to the ear what comes in gets recorded. This can be often un-musical.