The Shure PE57 is far from glamorous. It’s downright ugly with no top end, no bass… it’s not even terribly present. But what it lacks in fidelity is makes up with funk. When you want something to honk, this microphone has a wooly midrange you can’t ignore. I think of microphones as different colors for sonic painting, which makes unique ones valuable. It would be difficult to mistake something recorded with this microphone for anything else. I most commonly use my PE57 for re-amping or as an ambient room mic.
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