Re: best mic to use
I've tried many Shure mics; the SM-57, SM-58 and Beta 58A, an EV 257, a couple Audio Technicas, including a clip on corded model, and a Sennheiser cordless clip on model. I don't care for the Audio technica mics at all. They sound very thin; no low end at all, and when you try to compensate with an eq, they sound very muddy. The EV didn't have enough hi frequency response to suit me. I originally bought the EV as a vocal mic, but I didn't like it for vocals either. It's great for micing guitar though. The Sennheiser sounds ok for a cordless. I can't get enough low end to suit me though; that's typical of cordless condensors. It's far better than any other cordless mic I have tried, but I think i paid too much for it! The Shure SM-57 is too directional. The SM-58 and Beta 58A have the best sound. I especially like the Beta. I use a Beta for vocals also. The Beta 58A is like an SM-58 only it has a little better hi-end frequency response, and can take a little more power without feeding back. They retail for aroung $180, but I've seen them as cheap as $140 through companies like Musicians Friend, Guitar Center, and Music123.
Just a few ideas.