Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone
The Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone is often seen in studio situations parked above hi-hats, in front of bass cabinets, and as a vocal mic for rock vocalists. The Shure SM7B excels on many fronts!
Whether it’s broadcast, podcast or recording, voices need to be handled with care. When purified and polished, every detail has more impact. That’s why the SM7B was built, to capture smooth, warm vocals that connect the speaker to the listener.
The Shure SM7B is a favorite in radio studios, as its designed to fare well in a broadcast environment. The A7WS windscreen reduces plosive sounds and gives a warmer tone for close-up vocals or narration. And the increased isolation to RFI and EMI due to SM7B's upgraded cartridge make it a no-brainer for when getting it right really matters.
In recent years, the SM7B has seen time in front of rock vocalists and also does an excellent job of handling low-frequency instruments such as bass guitar. The SM7B has also proven successful on unlikely sources such as hi-hat.
Offers Rugged Reliability
Like all Shure mics, the SM7B is built like a tank, meaning that you can travel with it from gig to gig and rest assured that it will last. Shure mics are famous for their bulletproof construction, and the SM7B is no exception. Session after session, the Shure SM7B will continue to perform on stage and in the studio without flaw.
Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone Features
- Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech
- Bass rolloff and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display of response setting
- Improved rejection of electromagnetic hum, optimized for shielding against broadband interference emitted by computer monitors
- Internal "air suspension" shock isolation virtually eliminates mechanical noise transmission
- Highly effective pop filter eliminates need for any add-on protection against explosive breath sounds, even for close-up vocals or narration
- Now shipping with the A7WS detachable windscreen, designed to reduce plosive sounds and gives a warmer tone for close-talk vocals
- Yoke mounting with captive stand nut for easy mounting and dismounting provides precise control of microphone position
- Classic cardioid polar pattern, uniform with frequency and symmetrical about axis, to provide maximum rejection and minimum coloration of off-axis sound
- Rugged construction and excellent cartridge protection for outstanding reliability
Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone Specifications
- Sound Field: Mono
- Operating Principle: Pressure Operated
- Capsule: Dynamic
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- On-Board Controls: High-Pass Filter, HF
- Frequency Range: 50 Hz to 20 kHz
- Impedance: 150 Ohms
- Sensitivity: -59 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz
- Output: 1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone Includes
- Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone
- Swivel (Yoke Mount) Stand Adapter
- A7WS Detachable Windscreen
- RPM602 Switch Cover Plate
- Limited 2-Year Warranty
What We Think
The Shure SM7B is very much a favorite around these parts - and in pro studios the whole world wide. The SM7B is a very open sounding microphone for a dynamic and exhibits a lower output level making it perfect for 'screamer' vocals and for cranking up your favorite boutique mic preamps. While the SM7B has broadcast vocal clothing (yoke, windscreen, roll-off/emphasis controls, etc), it has a long-standing reputation for doing exceptionally well for rock vocals - live off the floor or as the final isolated vocal. In fact, a great many platinum hits have been recorded with the original SM7 AND with this upgraded SM7B. It really gives you that nice presentation that isn't crisp nor dull. The resulting sound does not disappoint! The integrated windscreen helps to tame plosives and spit landing on the capsule, etc. The SM7B also shows it's worth on bass cabinets, guitar amps, hi-hats, snare drums, the lower rotor of a Leslie speaker, and may just surprise you on a great many of other sources. It's a great mic to have one or more of since it's such a versatile microphone and you're sure to fall in love with it's charms once you've got some time put in with one
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As musician and AV tech, I've been using the Shure SM7B as both my main vocal mic, and for my communication microphone for video conferencing applications for a couple of years now and it's fantastic.
Having tried a variety of condenser mics for vocals, I wasn't fully satisfied with the results I was getting. Then while trakcing an EP at an amazing studio up in Boston, the engineer brought out this bad boy after I had done a few takes with a U87 with lacklsuter results. "Get up nice and close and belt it out" - Right away I knew I had to get one. It captured the fullness of my voice like nothing else at that point had.
And in the crazy year of 2020, running hundreds of virtual meetings a week, the SM7B meant I was always clear and precise. Just a great all-round mic, whether the source is quiet or blasting loud. A full-bodied, tight sound that has worked wonders for me.
Oddly this is the only mic in use in my home studio at the moment. With the mid-boost switch on, I get some nice extended highs. I shopped around and tried the Beta 87A and Sennheiser e838, and SM7B sounded better, was much more forgiving and versatile. (Apples to oranges, I know.) Something about the form factor makes me feel more connected to the mic, much more so than a 57 or 58.
If you are recording rock vocals that are loud...there is no better mic than this one. This thing can handle a ton screaming or hard rock vocals with ease!
On the advice of a studio engineer/producer, I tried this mic. I had thought is was only for radio broadcasters/spoken word. I used it for lead vocal recording on a new album. The mic was a great improvement, particularly at picking up the high end frequencies. I used it without either foam guard and used a separate wind screen.
I got this microphone because it has been said to have been used for the Michael Jackson Thriller Album and let me tell you, the music that can be made with this mic is nothing short of thrillers!
Needs alot of gain, but sounds great on rock and roll voices, and guitar cabs.
It's a studio standard. Can't go wrong.
This mic is consistent with 70's versions. I've recorded and heard other vocalists who used this mic, and it always delivers in a way that I expect and depend upon (especially when the session doesn't call for a U47 or U87). A little bit of 1176 after-the-pre works wonders.
If it was good enough for Michael Jackson in Thriller it's good enough for me. If I want to try another mic sound I use antares mic mod to try different mic options. I also add Sonnox Oxford Inflator at the end of the track chain to raise the apparent volume and add warmth and presence.