It's the most wonderful time of the year! Where a musician's GAS is relieved by... Christmas Gear!
(For those of you who may not know, GAS: Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Most musicians and music makers suffer from it.)
Apparently I was a good boy this year, because Santa brought me a brand-spankin' new mic - the Sure SM27.
I've been itching for a new large-diaphragm condenser for a while now. The ol' tin can I've been using (MXL V63MBP) has seen better days.
It's been dropped multiple times, fallen out of the case, the windscreen completely detaches now (and has a lovely, oversized dent) - so it's time to upgrade.
I quickly plugged it in to test it out, and the difference was immediately discernible. I ran a few tracks each using the SM27: electric bass, acoustic guitar, and vocals. It really brought richness to the lows on bass, shimmering detail to the highs on guitar, and a nice clarity in the mid-range on the vocals. There's a reason Sure is such a trusted microphone brand, and why the SM27 is such a common find in studios and on stages.