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Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response
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One of the best all-time dynamic vocal mics—used on Michael Jackson's Thriller album.

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.)

Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response Features:

  • Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech
    Bass roll-off 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 Microphone with Switchable Response Specifications:

  • Type: Dynamic
    Frequency Response: 50Hz — 20kHz
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional)
    Impedance: 150 ohms (150 ohms actual), for connection to microphone inputs rated at 19 to 300 ohms.
    Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3.
    Output Level (at 1,000 Hz): Open Circuit Voltage*: -59.0 dB (1.12 mV)
    *0 dB = 1 volt per Pascal
    Electromagnetic Hum Sensitivity (Typical, Equivalent SPL/milliOersted):
    60 Hz: 11 dB
    500 Hz: 24 dB
    1 kHz: 33 dB
    Switches: Bass roll off and mid-range emphasis: slotted response selector switches.
    Cartridge Shock Mount: Internal air-suspension shock and vibration isolator
    Connector: 3-pin professional audio (XLR)
    Swivel Assembly: Integrated, captive nut for ease of attachment to stand, fits 5/8 in.-27 thread

Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response

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  • SM7B rock mic arsenal

    As reviewed by Andreasthemusic on 1/5/2007

    Huge Diaphram, stealth grayish black paint, and cool cool cool microphone adjusting bracket mount. Nothing cheap here...... SM7B is the mic that restored my sense of control over vocal recordings which simply ran out of control with overly sensitive, siblant and way too loud Condensors. Of which, tend to overload most pro mic preamps at the inputs with their ridiculous dynamic ranges (increased noise floors too). This Shure Microphone does for rock voice what the Lengendary SM57 does for electric guitar cabs and drums. Just simply tames them, and beautifully captures material into rich detailed audio for your recorders or live sound reinforcements. SPL handling is second to none, If you are LUCKY ENOUGH to get an SM7B, A/B it against any top pro condensor out there for rock or gritty male vocal applications. You will be suprised like I was that the expensive boutique microphones thousands and thousands dollars more, go right back where you got them, in the mic closet. I definately swear by this microphone. Go Shure, you won't go wrong. Compared this to Nuemanns, AKG 414's, Blue, and Audio Technica's - Shure hands down winner for heavy or acoustically gritty vocal scenarios.

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  • Quality, quality, quality

    As reviewed by Ash Holmz on 10/25/2006

    well built. Just all and all a terrific addition to the studio. Excellent vocal mic. Thick, warm tone without the high end harshness and sibliance of simialriy priced condesor mics. Outperforms any mic under 1,000 that i have heard at least on vocals. Its just a quality buy. comes with switchable eq but i never use them, i tend to record flat to me it sound best. Takes eq well. I really have nothing bad to say about it. The only negative i would associate with it is that it may be too dark for some. Ur not going to get that mariah carey airy silkyness thing going with this mic. This mic was made for rappers and rock stars who need that in ur face sound with a big bottom.. I recommend this mic to anyone who is serious about recording. Honestly probably the best mic to price value in pro audio.Period.

    36 of 36 people found this review helpful.
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  • The SM7B is a great mic

    As reviewed by Dave on 8/26/2009

    I just bought my 2nd SM7B last week for the podcast shows I'm doing. These work great for recording. They are shielded, so it blocks out any noise from computers, lights, etc. which works out great for my home studio. What I also like is you need a ton of gain to get the levels up, which means the mic doesn't pick up everything in the room when recording, just your voice. My condenser mics would pick up computer noise as well as any fans I had going. The SM7B doesn't pick up any of that noise and comes in crystal clear.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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