Testing An SM58 Mic Setup

September - 2020

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmWC1vInUrA

Goal: Figure out what I want to use for my audio setup √

End result:

  • SM58 wins over H5
  • With Noise Suppression
  • With Compressor
  • Without High Pass filter
  • With Pop Screen

Test Notes

Here's the test notes:

Songs played during the tests:

  • Doctor Momentum (lounder)
  • Deep Mind (sofer)

This shows how much I need to setup a playlist where songs have a consistent volume. Maybe there's a way to automate that?


When the Filters are active, this is there settings:

  • Noise Suppression: -30dB

  • Compressor:

    • Ratio: 10.00:1
    • Threshold: -18dB
    • Attach 6ms
    • Release 60ms
    • Output Gain: 0dB
    • Sidechain/Ducking Source: None
  • VST 2.x Plug-in (reaeq-standalone):

    • High Pass
    • Log-Scale Automated Frequencies
    • Frequency: 140.7 (C#2)
    • Gain: -27.5dB
    • Bandwith (oct): 2.00

Test Times and Details:

5:00

  • SM58
  • One devil horn away
  • H5 - set to 9 on the dial
  • -3.5dB for the OBS mic setting
  • -30.5dB for Desktop audio

8:30

  • SM58
  • mic moved back about an elbow length away
  • H5 - set to 9 on the dial
  • -3.5dB for the OBS mic setting
  • -30.5dB for Desktop audio

11:00

  • SM58
  • mic one devil horn away
  • H5 - set to 8 on the dial
  • -0dB for the OBS mic setting
  • -30.5dB for Desktop audio

13:15 - no music

  • SM58
  • mic one devil horn away
  • H5 - set to 8 on the dial
  • -0dB for the OBS mic setting

15:30

  • SM58
  • One devil horn away
  • H5 - set to 9 on the dial
  • -3.7dB for the OBS mic setting

16:10

  • SM58
  • One devil horn away
  • H5 - set to 9 on the dial
  • -5.2dB for the OBS mic setting

21:45

  • SM58
  • One devil horn away
  • H5 - set to 9 on the dial
  • -5.2dB for the OBS mic setting
  • But, turned off VST High Pass Filter

22:35

  • SM58
  • One devil horn away
  • H5 - set to 9 on the dial
  • -5.2dB for the OBS mic setting
  • But, turned off VST High Pass Filter
  • And, turned off Compressor

24:20

  • Switch to H5 internal mic.
  • H5 dail set to 8.7
  • OBS H5 mic meter set to -5.2 dB
  • Noise Suppression: On
  • Compressor: On
  • VST High Pass: On

26:30 - Turn on Music at -30.5 dB


28:50

  • SM58
  • H5 dail set to 9
  • OBS H5 mic meter set to -5.2 dB
  • Noise Suppression: On
  • Compressor: On
  • VST High Pass: Off

29:40

  • SM58
  • H5 dail set to 9
  • OBS H5 mic meter set to -5.2 dB
  • Noise Suppression: On
  • Compressor: On
  • VST High Pass: Off
  • Add pop filter

30:40

  • SM58
  • H5 dail set to 9
  • OBS H5 mic meter set to -5.2 dB
  • Noise Suppression: On
  • Compressor: Off
  • VST High Pass: Off
  • Add pop filter