The Bent Shure SM 57 Trick

bent57b.jpgDo you often have the problem of a drummer cramping your Drum Micing style with cymbals being to close to his drums? About a decade ago, I figured out how to never worry about this problem again. I unscrewed a Shure SM 57, bent it at a 90 degree angle and affixed some gaffers tape to keep it in place. Since then I have had the easiest time micing Snare Drums, Hi-Hats, and Toms with 57′s anytime I need to! There is no change in the sound or added noise, just hours of your life saved getting your mic under a Hi-Hat. Go to the jump to see how to do it!


Step 1. Get a Shure SM 57 and some Gaffers Tape

IMG_0368.jpgStep 2. Grab your SM 57 and unscrew it

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Step 3. Angle Your SM57 capsule at 90 Degrees to the body.
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Step 4. Grab some gaffers tape and wrap it nice and thick around the SM 57

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Step 5. Start micing your drums with a greater easebent57c.jpg

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  • Martin

    Nice to see you make a post on this topic, I need to book mark this site. Keep up the good work.

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  • Hakeem Hashash

    Brilliant! There’s a company that builds angeled housing and attaches them to certified Shure SM-57s for ~$20-40 on top of the standard $100 if I remember correctly. Much cheaper, but for a safer route, check that out. The exact brand escapes my mind.

    Thanks for the post!

  • Hakeem Hashash

    Brilliant! There’s a company that builds angeled housing and attaches them to certified Shure SM-57s for ~$20-40 on top of the standard $100 if I remember correctly. Much cheaper, but for a safer route, check that out. The exact brand escapes my mind.

    Thanks for the post!