Microphone Off Axis Sound – How Does It Affect The Sound? | Production Expert

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Microphone Off Axis Sound – How Does It Affect The Sound? | Production Expert

I’ve been accused of audio heresy in the past because I’m not a fan of the SM57. It’s a useful mic on guitars but I avoid them on snare drums because of their off axis sound, which I find colours the hi hat in an unpleasant way. In this article we will look at a couple of examples, including the SM57 on snare and offer some thoughts not just about why this happens but why it matters.