I plan to buy Shure 520DX microphone and plugging it straight into my audio interface. Do I need to add an amp simulation plugin in the signal chain to achieve the desirable sound or will it sound good by itself?

It's a mic with a jack connection for use with amps and this made me wonder.

Will the sound without the amp will be as distorted as when I play guitar with just an amp and without a cabinet?

Also, I believe I'll have to switch from mic/line mode to instrument mode since this microphone needs at least 100k impendance load

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Yes, you are correct that the Shure 520DX requires the high impedence 'Instrument' input.

I don't know what sound you want. Fortunately, as this is going into a recording input, you don't have to decide yet. Record it clean. If you want a different sound, try some plugins while mixing. MAYBE if you consistently decide on the same plugin, same settings, you can save a bit of time by putting them in an input channel of your DAW.

  • Thanks for the help. I wonder if minimum 100k ohm load needed for this microphone will work well with my 1 milion ohm instrument load in the interface though.
    – Toby
    Jul 14, 2019 at 12:16
  • That will be fine.
    – Laurence
    Jul 14, 2019 at 12:54

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