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Comparision - Shure SM57 vs Moto G7 phone mic
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JohnG
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I got a new SM57 today (it recently came down $10) and recorded with first the phone mic on my Motorola Moto G7 and then with the Shure SM57. Bad notes abound but it's all about the mics.

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May 17, 2022 - 5:15 pm
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Wow, @JohnG. The new Shure57 really makes a difference. The sound is richer and fuller.

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@Mouse - I thought so too, but was afraid it was wishful thinking! lol

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@JohnG -

I'm not trying to rock the boat - idk... 1st thought maybe the new mic sounded a tiny bit better, but then I switched back & forth a few times, about the same spot for both and now I'm wondering if your phone was actually using the new mic when you plugged it in...  

Either way, they both sounded GREAT! 🥰

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@JohnG Your playing is sounding really good.  I don't think I'm hearing a difference between the two versions, though. 

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I listened again, and I still hear a difference. Weird.

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JohnG,

I personally  think the SM57 sounds better more volume and a more round deeper sound natural sounding sound.

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Thanks for that comment, Mark! I think so too, but I doubt myself at times.

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Sometimes it's hard to tell, but on my first listen it seemed that the 57 was much warmer and fuller.

But if it encourages people to buy a 57, my warning about fakes needs to be made a faq.

I have been there - bought a fake 57 (got refunded, luckily) and bought a genuine one. You can check by seeing if the head rotates freely on the body, but they change the superficial things every 6 months, so they may have dealt with that one already. The fake wasn't correctly insulated, so that you heard a lot of electrical noise if you touched it.

There are many videos on how to spot fakes on Youtube (I watched these two six years ago, but they rapidly become obsolete, as the fakers get more sophisticated, as one of the videos points out: - ): my advice is to be cautious and just use the videos for education - don't buy willy nilly on the assumption that you are too well informed to get stung. And since the RRP has come down, you don't even save much money on EBay.

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@JohnG

Just making sure here with the video.  Im pretty confident youve done all the setup correctly but in case and for anyone that doesnt know... here is some additional info.

 

 

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@Gordon Shumway - Thanks for that info. The one I got was through Amazon from a company called Alto Music at the recently reduced price of $89. Alto is a dealer from Middletown, NY. Good to know about the fakes, though and one of the reasons I avoid e-bay whenever possible.

@ABitRusty - Good to know and I had researched the necessary hook-up awhile back when I first started looking into this and had discovered the StarTech adapter then and had already purchased the cables so I could use it with the library's mike in their A/V lab.

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Unfortunately, it's all a lie!!!!! My Motorola G7 Power does not easily support external mic's. That recording I did is always using the internal mic. Difference in sound is either wishful thinking or I played it differently enough to sound that way. I spent 2 hours today trying to get it to work, even using a different camera app. Still more testing to do!

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Geeze, JohnG, I am sorry to hear this. You did a great comparison video. As I said in your blog, I think you played the second one with more confidence and the bowing produced a fuller sound. 

I am very pleased you did this and made that well-done comparison video.

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@Mouse - Thanks will try again as soon as I can figure out what I can do to use it!

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JohnG said
@Gordon Shumway - Thanks for that info. The one I got was through Amazon from a company called Alto Music at the recently reduced price of $89. Alto is a dealer from Middletown, NY. Good to know about the fakes, though and one of the reasons I avoid e-bay whenever possible. 

  

But there's a further caveat - some dealers, even high-end ones, get their stock from EBay, and I've known people buy fake violin strings from shops that way.

The Shure website lists their recommended dealers.

Andrew

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