Originally Posted by LucidNonsenze
Dynamic mics are usually need more eq
In the studio you'll sometimes see dynamic mics on vocals, sometimes it's even part of the vocalists sound, depends on genre too. Though mostly electric guitars, kicks, snares, sometimes ambient and wind instruments and toms(Californication uses an SM57 on the hi-hat which is quite interesting). Most studios prefer condensers or increasingly ribbon mics for vocals if they can afford it.
They also use dynamic mics live on pretty much everything 'cept drum overheads, as far as increased low end on condensers, a C451 with -12db@150Hz on will pick up less low end rumble than an SM58 through the stage, yes condensers have higher sensitivity, but well implemented eq and gating will negate it. The main reason that dynamics are used live for vocals as far as I can tell is down to the facts they're cheaper, sturdier, take a lot more SPL to damage or distort, and that in a loud live environment the differences in quality tend to be negligible.
I know that condensers are typically used for drum overheads. :) I'm a drummer, and have been for almost 21 years.
Anyway, yeah there are exceptions where dynamics are used for vocals in the studio, but generally, high-end large diaphragm condensers are preferred for vocals in the studio.
I'm fascinated that the hi-hats were miked up with an SM57 on Californication. That reminds me of my first "home studio" setup (lol). Two SM57s as overheads and a Beta 52 in my bass drum - all into a Behringer UB1202 with Sound Forge doing the recording. lol I knew better than to use SM57s as overheads, but it's all I had. I literally had no other mics to use.
That "home studio" stuff is a thing of the past for me though, but I'm still playing. I just lost interest in that. I'm mostly only interested in playing my instrument. However, and of course, it does help to know what you're talking about when working with the venue's sound engineer.