Everybody has their favorites, and nobody seems to use anything on snare besides a Shure SM57, but if you had to choose one microphone to use on just about anything and everything, what would it be?
My choice would be the AT4030. I haven't found another mic (yet) that I can throw on just about anything and be just fine with. The 4030 has been around for a while and I admit I don't get out as much as I used to so let me know your experiences...
... ever use a 57 on strings or overheads? Just curious. I think they're great on brass, especially French Horn, but I don't know that I would pick it as "Best All Around." It would come in a close second!
SM7 is a great all around secret weapon as well (though not so secret anymore). Sometimes I will get it out and replace a much more expensive mic, and ask myself why did I not have this out in the first place?!?!
gfd used to have a c12 that sounded great in Chris McHugh's bass drum. It laso worked super for recording rain sounds in a shower....only my second knows for sure
ps. I've used 57's for overheads before. The last Michael Card record I used a 7B for most of the perc.
My current go to mic for more things than I care to think about is the AT3035. Very low self noise, no upper mid hype like so many other budget price LDC's. It seems to fill the void of other mics that I'm taking down for whatever reason on whatever source.
I recently picked up an Avant CV 12, hoping it's somewhere as useful as a real C12. My snare mic of choice for years has been an EV RE38. The 57 doesn't come out much.