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Post by jmpizzoferrato » Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:46 am

I just did the 57 mod in the new tape op. It breathes fresh air into a mic that I could bear to use anymore. The article said "less honk" and I thought that was a great way to describe it. I havnt actually put it up to a real instrument yet though. I did it at midnight last night and just kind of talked into it and switched to a regular 57.

Everyone should do this!

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Post by dejacky » Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:47 am

post sound clips showing the difference between a regular sm57 and the new modded one :) :evil:
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Post by gauze » Sat Apr 01, 2006 4:36 am

is #51 the new one? I already read it and I can't recall seeing this ...

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Post by rhythm ranch » Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:14 pm

gauze wrote:is #51 the new one? I already read it and I can't recall seeing this ...
The latest, #52, is out and has the article.

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Post by pumadrum » Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:44 pm

i have a sm58 that im planning on modding in this way as well (as suggested in the article)
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Post by ;ivlunsdystf » Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:15 pm

I will also soon take the plunge - LESS HONK, (hopefully) MORE TONK

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Post by gauze » Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:27 pm

another thread on this elsewhere on the board:
http://messageboard.tapeop.com/viewtopic.php?t=32897

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Post by amishsixstringer » Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:57 pm

It's 3 in the morning. I couldn't sleep, so i decided to chop up one of my 57's. I plugged it in and it has signal, but my roomate is sleeping about 8" away from me, so I don't think I'll try it out just yet. I'll run it through some tests tomorrow.

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Post by ;ivlunsdystf » Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:23 am

amishsixstringer wrote:It's 3 in the morning. I couldn't sleep...
Darned daylight savings

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Post by amishsixstringer » Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:32 pm

Yeah, no kidding. I did a really simple test with the mics today. I just mic'd a speaker that had comercial music playing through it. I don't know that I noticed any more low end, but it seemed a little tighter and (cliche) "punchier" to me...Almost like the dampning factor was helped out. The top end was a little more "airy" or extended like. The particular song coming through the mic'd speaker was a male vocalist. I could really notice most of the difference in that frequency range. The vocal was a little less nasally sounding through the MOD57. I noticed about the same 12dB gain loss that was mentioned earlier. I compensated by just normalizing both tracks to be sure that level wasn't the only thing I noticed different. It's a pretty cool mod. I would think it might be cool on rock vox, under snare mics and toms even. I plan to run some frequency sweep tests later today on the 2 mics.

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Post by amishsixstringer » Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:24 pm

Ok, I played around quite abit this evening and found that the mod57 at equal C weighted RMS to the SM57 exhibits about 4dB extra @50Hz and about 5-6dB lift around 7-10Khz. The mids are really almost identical as far as freqency response. I also noticed that spoken words into the mod tend to pop p's less dramaticaly. I'm not sure why that would happen, but it is a pretty big difference. The difference can be heard when setting 2 capsules really close and inverting the phase on one. The P's are still there from the SM and you also hear a lot of highs that the modded version puts out. It's a cool little thing.

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Post by ;ivlunsdystf » Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:44 pm

Cool.

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Post by mingus2112 » Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:28 pm

anyone try this on a 58 yet? I've got two 57s, but like 5 or 6 58s that i rarely if EVER use. It'd be nice to mod them instead!

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Post by valverec » Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:31 am

The folks over at the lab (diy forum) are discussing the pluses and minuses of doing this. It's interesting to get a little more down and dirty with the details. If you're going to do this, I highly recommend checking this thread out.

http://www.prodigy-pro.com/forum/viewto ... ght=tapeop

I for one am proud to say that I love my 57's as is. I wouldn't mind trying this mod, but as some of the folks at the lab are suggesting, I think I'd rather just put a different/better transformer in there, as opposed to just taking it out.

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Post by jspartz » Tue Apr 11, 2006 3:52 pm

So what issue is it in? I am wondering why I have not seen it. Did I not get the latest issue?

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