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    Quote Originally Posted by 123acdc123 View Post
    I don't need a mic for guitar cabs. I need a mic for vocals and acoustic guitar.
    57 is also great for vocals. Bass proximity effect gives great chest tone...really fattens male vocals. 57 is also great at rejecting feedback; if you are on a cramped stage in a club, right up on the monitor, it's still wont squeal. And, as I mentioned earlier, you really have to try to break it.

    I love my AKG C3000 condenser for acoustic - crystal clean, yet not shrill highs' gobs of dynamics.

    You could prbably get a 57 AND a c3000 within your 150 budget if you are patient enough to find em cheap on eBay,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 123acdc123 View Post
    I don't need a mic for guitar cabs. I need a mic for vocals and acoustic guitar.
    SM57's are "do everything" mics, as are SM58's. In fact, they are the same internally, but have different wind screens, causing a slightly different frequency response. I prefer 57's, as you can simply add an accessory screen to effectively turn them into a 58. With a 58, you need to unscrew the wind screen to make it sound like a 57, and that exposes the internals to damage.
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    Well, none of this will be for live use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123acdc123 View Post
    Well, none of this will be for live use.
    regardless, you have plenty of great suggestions to go on
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    Quote Originally Posted by 123acdc123 View Post
    I don't need a mic for guitar cabs. I need a mic for vocals and acoustic guitar.
    Check a RODE M3 then:

    http://www.rodemic.com/mics/m3



    Cheap like hell and it's brill for acoustic guitars and vocals. And a lot of other things, too. I used it from sound design projects where you record ambient noises to voice recording through musical instruments and it performed pretty fine everywhere. This one was some kind of test file, a single M3 was used for almost everything:

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    Quote Originally Posted by NecroPolo View Post
    Check a RODE M3 then:

    http://www.rodemic.com/mics/m3


    Cheap like hell and it's brill for acoustic guitars and vocals. And a lot of other things, too. I used it from sound design projects where you record ambient noises to voice recording through musical instruments and it performed pretty fine everywhere. This one was some kind of test file, a single M3 was used for almost everything
    +1 - not necessarily because it's the ultimate mic, but the budget is restricting options. Rodes are good and inexpensive.

    Because acoustic guitar is in the mix, you need a small diaphragm mic. Because vocals are in the mix, you need high pass filter on the mic to defeat proximity effect. The pad on the mic will be a bonus if your source sounds are overloading the capsule. (e.g. if you try it on electric guitar, or your acoustic is really thumpy in the bass)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 123acdc123 View Post
    I'm looking for my first microphone. I want it to be able to do electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and vocals all very well. I don't foresee needing to mic bass or drums. It needs to stay below $150.
    For vocals or micing a guitar cab, a Shure SM57 is hard to beat. It's the industry workhorse. I have used ones from the 1970s that still sounded great for vocals, micing drums, and micing guitar cabinets. I have also used them for remote broadcast radio station events. Overall the Shure SM57 is just a great mic.

    However, for acoustic guitar, I would suggest looking into condenser mics instead. I think that SM57s are best with recording loud sources, but not so much for acoustic guitar.

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    I have used Shure and Audio-Technica in the past. I still have them but haven't used them in years. I think one of them was like 99$ but that was like 12 years ago.

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