Yes! Exactly what I use as well.(mic)I bought a really nice Countryman Isomax headworn cardioid mic at the 2000 NAMM show. It sounds great and was totally liberating, but the bleed from snare and cymbals is significant. Soundmen used to complain to me constantly, and I eventually got tired of hearing it. I reluctantly went back to a stand mounted SM57.
Just over 3 years ago, I was hired by a nationally touring Chicago tribute and have been required to sing on every song. The drumming is busy and all over the place, and being tethered to a stand mounted SM57 was a pain in the ass. I considered going back to the headset, but at one of our gigs (at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City) back in 2018, the tech had set up a Shure Beta 56a as my vocal mic. I had never seen one used as a vocal mic (toms and snare, sure), and the tech said, "Oh yeah, drummers love these". Man, was he was right! I loved it and immediately bought one, which I use exclusively now.
The 56 has changed my life as a singing drummer. It's tiny and routes the cable at a right angle from the capsule, along the mic stand. With a typical SM57 or 58, the mic itself is 6 1/2" long, and then the XLR connector and the cable is another 3" or 4". Even if you use a right angle connector to knock off a couple of inches, it's still an impediment, and many times I've hit the mic or the cable with a stick, dropping a few sticks along the way. I was always very conscious of it being in the way. To deal with this, I would end up keeping it angled off to my left side, and having to turn my head to sing. The 56 allows me to put the mic right in front of my face, and nothing sticks out or gets in the way. I've never hit it once, and it seamlessly integrates into my setup. From a drumming standpoint, I'm not even aware that it's there. It's the next best thing to a headset mic. I highly recommend it.
Hope this helps,
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Aren't the 56, 57 & 58 all the same mic with the enclosure being the difference? The 56 & 57 are the same with the 56 having the XLR incorporated into the mic mount. And a 58 is a 57 with an indestructible windscreen..This is very interesting... Is there a difference in sound between an SM56 and SM58?
I think you'll like it. When I was using an SM57, I would set up a standard boom stand to my left and slightly behind me; let's say at 7 or 8 o'clock. Then I would raise it up pretty high, and angle the boom down toward me at around a 45 degree angle, so it was never in the path of my sticks. It's really not necessary with the 56a. I keep my stand at 9 o'clock and the boom is close to horizontal, angled very slightly downward.You guys sold me! I found a “Customer Return”, and therefore used, Shure Beta 56a on ebay. It looks like new. Bought it. I’ll try it on a standard boom mic stand first and go from there.
Exactly: I don't sing but in an old forum some one was having trouble with stability problems and I suggested this same arrangement and for more stability using a long DW Doggie Bone Arm mounting the mic stand to the vertical pole of his throne. He said it worked and liked it.
My dad who plays left hand on a right kit (like Beauford) and has been doing so for IDK 65 years or so always had a mic setup like Beaufords with a overhead and gooseneck. I think because when they play their chest is open it makes that positioning easier. Eventually I would like to figure out a way to mount an INDe BR3 to my floor tom and get a goose neck overhead thing going off of that. But I don't do a lot of singing in my band at this time.Beaufords swinging boom mic he knocks around with his stick is the coolest drummer singing mic I've seen.