Okay. I'm in need of a mic for recording purposes for my solos, and etc. Can anyone give me a recommendation on what would be a good recording device to use? It could be a portable or microphone.
Not too pricy. It does not have to be portable, and it'll be used in my room majority of the time.There are better option than any of the posts above - IF you have a budget in the thousands. How much would you feel comfortable spending?
Also - Does it need to be highly portable?
What kind of space (room) will it mostly be used in?
No - A 57 is not much different than a 58 but it sounds like you are doing something wrong with your 58. You should not get the unpleasant distortion you mention unless your gain is set too high. Your mic may be broken or you have a user error problem. The Shure SM58 (and 57) are real "workhorse" mics - not the best but certianly durable and with a very passable sound.@Saxjohnny: Seriously, an SM57? Does an SM57 have a much better sax tone than a SM58? Because I despise the sound of my sax through an SM58, but I haven't tried an SM 57. It can't handle the volume, it chops of certain frequencies, doesn't pick up the nuances of attack and release, and distorts heavily even with state of the art sound equipment. Frankly, it makes my sax end up sounding like a harmonica. I know the SM57 is supposed to be instrumental and 58 vocal, but as much as I hate my tone through a 58 I can't imagine a 57 could be that much better. I am a huge fan of the Neumann's for recording, but for gigs I get by with my Samson copy of the ATM clip on condenser. The tone is not as good as a Neumann, but at least it does justice to my tone, doesn't distort, and is able to handle all the volume and power of even the extreme altissimo range.
+1 very difficult to give a dynamic mic too much signal, the issue is in another part of the signal chain.No - A 57 is not much different than a 58 but it sounds like you are doing something wrong with your 58. You should not get the unpleasant distortion you mention unless your gain is set too high. Your mic may be broken or you have a user error problem. The Shure SM58 (and 57) are real "workhorse" mics - not the best but certianly durable and with a very passable sound.
My favorite recording mic for flute is the Beyerdynamic m 160 ribbon mic placed about a foot to a foot and a half above the flute, aimed directly between the hands (really nice, because you can put the mic stand behind the player.Thanks Hak, these threads always go astray regarding recording versus playing. In my experience the Shure's are a fine performance mic. I really like the Sennheiser 421 for recording. It very accurately reproduces the sax. Does an even better job on flute., for about $300.
I have to agree with Bill - We never did get a budget other than "Not too pricy." For me that might mean $400+ for a recording mic, but I'm guessing the OP may feel differently. The 57 may still be one of the best viable options. Keeping it around $100 I'd vote for owning a 57 over the Zoom H2 and I love my H2. It's just that the 57 can be used in more ways than one..Guys. We're talking recording. Recording sax and amplifying sax are two different things.