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6/19/12 8:40 PM
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I've put together my preferences for my backline company; just wanted to get an idea of what others are using.
6/19/12 9:55 PM
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I currently carry:

-a pile of SM57s & SM58s as workhorses.
-a handful of Beta58s & wireless 58s for vocalists that ask for them.
-a few Beta52s for kicks & bass amps.
-two Beta91s for inside kicks & pianos.
-a pile of Beta98s for toms & latin percussion.
-a couple of KSM137s for cymbals.
-a Super55 for oldies acts.
-a 520DX for harmonica.
-an RE20 as a secret weapon.

I'm still undecided on overhead mics & crowd PZMs. Not entirely satisfied with what I carry for those.

Your thoughts??
6/20/12 9:10 AM
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No idea, I don't know shit about mics besides an SM57.

As far as guitar amps, backlines that I've been used to is the standard Marshall or Mesa Boogie Half-Stacks. That's all I know about backline stuff (I know you only asked about mics, sorry).

Good luck with the company, it's a bitch trying to make a living doing anything with music.
6/20/12 2:05 PM
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^I have a decade's worth of contracts/riders, which is what I used to decide what inventory to carry.
6/20/12 2:22 PM
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57s & 58s are industry standards because they're affordable, durable, consistent & reasonably flat around the human hearing curve. Entire mixers are built around them. But you can't use them well without Eqing & there are better things out there. They're just kind of expected at this point.

Human frequency/loudness curves:

http://www.nu9n.com/images/fletcher.jpg

57 freq curve:

http://www.shure.co.uk/dms/shure/products/microphones/frequency-curves/sm/frequency-response_sm57/frequency-response_sm57.gif?1255946776

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