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Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone  

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Popular radio and TV mic features excellent shielding against electromagnetic hum.

The flat, 50Hz-20kHz frequency response of the Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response is designed especially for spoken word, but recording engineers have discovered that it's also an exceptional mic for adding body to thin vocals and handling loud rock/metal singers. It also has the ability to tame harsh or sibilant sounds from hi-hat, cymbals, and voice. The SM7B is highly shielded against electrical interference, and includes bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display, and internal "air suspension" shock isolation. It ships with a standard windscreen and an A7WS detachable windscreen for close-talk applications. Need some convincing that this might be the mic for you? This is the vocal mic, then known as simply the SM7, that Bruce Swedien used to record Michael Jackson's vocals on Thriller, the best-selling album of all time and it's a favorite of Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers as well.

Application note: The SM7B is a low output mic, so plugging direct into an audio interface may not offer enough gain. In such a case you need a preamp with a decent amount of gain. Due to its smooth sound and thickening characteristics, a transparent-sounding preamp will be a preferred choice. (See our Preamp Buying Guide for a thorough discussion of transparent vs. color preamps.)

Flat, wide-range frequency response 
Bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis controls
Optimized shielding against broadband interference
Internal "air suspension" shock isolation 
Built-in pop filter for protection against plosives
Rugged construction and excellent cartridge protection

Once you hear what this mic can do for your vocal recordings, you'll wish you found it sooner. Don't delay, order today!


SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone Specifications:

Analog or digital: Analog
Frequency response: 50Hz – 20kHz
Max SPL: Not specified
Connectivity: XLR

Pattern and Type
Capsule: Dynamic
Polar pattern: Cardioid
Type: Mounted
Switches: Yes
Phantom power required: No

Size and Weight
Diameter: Not specified
Length: Not specified
Weight: 1.69 lb.

Included Accessories
Case: Not specified
Clip: Yes
Shockmount: Yes
Power supply: N/A
Cable: No
Stand: No
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ShureSM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A Pro mic at a reachable price


from Central PA

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  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use


    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    For a very reachable price, I was able to buy this new SM7B mic and match part one of the signal Chain used to record many pro recordings from Michael Jackson's Thriller to Chickenfoot's III. You can see the mic briefly in the studio parts of some Chickenfoot videos from III including the video for "Three and a half letters". You can find that video online.

    I've found it to be a quality mic. It requires a a little more drive than some other mics, so some low end preamps may not have enough push for it, but my RME interface has much more than needed to push it. My UA710 also pushes it with ease and unrequired gain.

    Since it's a Shure Dynamic mic, it's about as tough as a mic can get. Shure got some things right decades ago that they've been wise to continue. The vocal quality is very clear. The tone of your voices varies greatly depending on your proximity to the mic. If you stand back, about 2 feet, you'll get a clear nice sound. If you stand closer, you'll get a warmer sound. Too close and you'll lose a little definition and accentuate the Ps. It becomes muffled if you're eating the mic. I haven't tried to EQ it out. I just stand back a little. I usually keep it slightly above my mouth to minimize direct plosives. I've been able to use it without a pop filter and I have never seen anyone use a pop filter on these. I will try that in the future, just to experiment. Always experiment with gear! It only takes one short take to hear what you're getting and how you need to adjust your mic distance. Your preamp settings also come in to play here, but getting the mic itself to sound its best is pretty simple.

    When you read tracking interviews from engineers and producers and read about mics of stratospheric cost being used, it seems like we're never going to get anywhere NEAR the quality of the gear and sound that they achieve, but this mic is one great example of that just not being true. It's proven itself to be good enough for serious, highly respected audio pros with verifiable success and I could afford it! A no brainer.

    It's clearly a good mic to have as an option, even among higher priced mics!

    (70 of 114 customers found this review helpful)


    Absolute 4-Star Product


    from Oxnard, California

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    As a recording vocalist, I must say that the Shure SM7 microphone provides outstanding clarity, warmth and presence. I was very amazed at its transparent and lush, open sound characteristics. I would defiantly recommend this product to any recording musician.

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