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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 exceptio... Read More

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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. Highly shielded against electrical interference. Bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display. Internal "air suspension" shock isolation. Ships with standard windscreen and an A7WS detachable windscreen for close-talk applications.

Forget the specs! This is the vocal mic that Bruce Swedien used to record Michael Jackson's vocals on Thriller, the best-selling album of all time.

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.)

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
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.
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on wireless mics, mixers, and circuitry products.
2 year warranty on wired mics.
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ShureSM7B Microphone with Switchable Response
 
5.0

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it.

By Logan

from Georgia

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    I use my mic for gigs, for performing at church on Sunday, recording at home, and if I want a fuller sound in my recordings I'll mic my guitar cab. It's pricy, but it is well worth it.

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    5.0

    Swiss Army Microphone

    By Hugo

    from Houston, TX

    Site Member

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    Vocals? Check. Electric guitar? Check. Acoustic guitar? Check. I've owned the SM7B for several years now and it never ceases to amaze me; everything I record with this mic sounds great. A lot of big bands use this mic in the studio as well, check out behind the scenes studio videos and you will spot this mic!

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    5.0

    Amazing is all I can say!

    By Karl

    from Kentucky

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    I can't say enough about this Mic! I cant treat my room to be able to record properly, so this mic makes it possible to record Vocals, Guitars and anything I can think of. I love how my vocals standout without me having to mess with placement, enclosed spaces or anything else! Just plug it in and record what you like! Highly recommended!!!!

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    5.0

    If You Are A Rap-Vocalist This Is A Must Have

    By TERRACE

    from Greensboro NC

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    This mic is killer if you are a rapper period. This is by far the best mic for voice-over sound in my opinion. Forget about MJ.... (no disrespect) this is the go to mic for any rapper who hates sounding thin on some cheap condenser mic. You will need a good preamp though to great the most out of this mic however. I run mines with the apollo twin duo. But before that a Cloud lifter and the Scarlett 6i6 from Focusrite did the trick. Every emcee should have one!!!

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    5.0

    Best Dynamic Mic!

    By JOHN REICHOW

    from Columbus, OH

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    We have all read the references to Michael J bla bla bla. I bought this mic for my home studio with a specific task in mind. I needed a studio quality practice mic for vocals that had the ability to reject background sound. I'm not referring to studio noise floor. I'm talking about my 2 guitar amps that were bleeding into the vocal mic and creating false harmonies of the guitar amp through the vocal processor (vocalist live pro). My mic is located directly in front and between two mini stacks with the rear of the mic facing the amps, as I like to practice facing my amps. I run a pretty extensive vocal chain: mpa gold preamp, digitech vocalist live pro, two Roland side chain rack delays, side chain lexicon reverb and an inserted tube compressor when desired. I was immediately shocked at how well this mic rejected my amps from the vocal chain. This sm7b is a great sounding mic as well. It will rival many LD condensers but is not quite as open sounding. I don't have a great voice and I felt very comfortable and inspired. I only bought this as a practice mic but it is certainly going to get used for some tracking. I haven't yet felt the need to insert the compressor either. This mic has a nice natural compression. I will give that a try at some point. I gave it a quick try on acoustic guitar on its own and I didn't much care for that. Perhaps paired with a condenser to open it up a bit. Overall this mic is a must have for any studio especially if you have the need for isolation. You will need a beefy preamp. The vocalist preamp was incapable of properly driving this mic. I will try it on amp cabs, drums, etc. and probably purchase more as needed.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Easily the best mic I've ever heard my own voice through

    By Jason Buckingham

    from Bay Area, CA

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    So you know how your voice sounds different through a mic or recorded than it does in your own head? The SM7B is the only microphone I have ever used that makes my voice sound like it does to my own ears. This mic needs no introduction, but in case you've never heard of it, here goes: all of Michael Jackson's vocals on the Thriller album, and Anthony Kiedis' vocals for every Red Hot Chili Peppers album, were captured with this microphone. Any mic that can faithfully reproduce such a wide variety of vocals (compare and contrast "Pretty Young Thing" and "Suck My Kiss") has to be something special. The thing is built like a tank. The capsule has an integrated shockmount, so you don't need an external one. The diaphragm is a few inches from the front of the mic, so you most likely won't need a pop filter other than one of the included foam mic covers. My voice is very loud and has a lot of low end. This mic has built in equalization that eliminates the usual problems associated with micing my voice. By using the built-in low end rolloff and the presence booster, I can get a recording of my voice that sounds "like me," rather than "like a recording of me," and I don't have to do a lot of extra EQ work on the vocal track later. If you get this mic, be sure to get a good preamp to go with it, because the mic is known to require a lot of clean gain (up to 70 dB)to produce good results.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth every penny and more...

    By George Byers

    from Detroit, Michigan

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    Several years ago I had a Rode NT1-A with a Focusrite MK2 Producer Pack preamp (that's a $2,200 preamp coupled with the world's quietest condenser microphone!) and the quality I was getting was awesome. As time progressed and things got harder I ended up selling my two babies and several years later I recently purchased a new home studio on a smaller (much smaller!) budget. My newer studio was/is equipped with a PreSonus Channel strip and an MXL-V63M (that's a combined price of $400). An experienced audio engineer such as myself can still manage to get some pretty rockin' quality recordings out of this set up, but it was nothing compared to what I had in recent years. Finally I got sick and tired of spending so much time focusing on the technical aspect of things and not enough time on the creative side, so I decided to visit my local Guitar Center. Several guys there pitched the Shure SM7B to me so I picked it up and when I got home I was blown away!!!!! This thing ROCKS!! What had taken me hours to achieve previously I could now record and track with dry takes and little EQ (if any). Comparing my mixes to my earlier years is like day and night. This microphone is worth every penny. Every "serious" musician, sound engineer, broadcaster, etc. needs to have this microphone in their arsenal. If you want to compete with commercial recordings, then this microphone along with a decent preamp (make sure the preamp has at least 60db+ of input power) would make a great weaponry choice. This baby is also durable, comes with a bullet proof pop filter/plosive shield (nothing gets through!). Also keep in mind that microphone is delicate enough to NOT NEED PHANTOM POWER. It does a great job at eliminating unwanted low end frequencies, but I found that by using some subtractive EQing techniques you'll really get a bang for your buck: -4db at 600Hz (remove honkiness -Mid Q) -5db sharp cut at 170hz (extra low end rumble, great for male vocals) +2db or -2db at 7K depending on how bright you want your sound (the SM7B's presence boost does work great at times, but I found vocals to sound more pleasing with a flat top response and -2db at 7k)

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    oh what a mic!

    By brandon Leitch

    from river falls, wi

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    a must have for vocals, works great on bass cabs, guitar, kick drum... its an all purpose studio workhorse, like an sm57 on steroids. so glad to finally have one in my possession, it's a really affordable way to upgrade your studio in a big way. it does take a good amount of gain to bring up the levels but if you have a halfway decent preamp it shouldn't be an issue. overall, so happy with it

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    5.0

    If Batman had a mic in his utility belt, this would be the one.

    By Greg Strope

    from Frederick, MD

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    Since working in broadcasting the past 6 years, I've come across the usual mics; The RE20, MD421, etc. Those are not bad mics by any means. But every voice is different and some mics will sound better than others depending on YOUR voice. So I decided to pick up a new mic for my home studio and I already knew what I sounded like through the other mics and wanted to try something different. After hearing myself through the SM7B? I'm sold. This mic fits MY voice like a glove. Smooth response through all the frequencies, great noise rejection from the back and let's not forget; she's a sexy piece of metal. My favorite part? The fact that there are no "rubber band" style shock mounts to deal with. Screw it on and it's ready to roll. If you've ever seen an RE20 shock mount that's getting old, you'll know what I'm talking about. The internal shock mounting on the SM7B is quite good. You can move this mic around on a boom and it really doesn't pick up much movement noise, if any. I'm used to having to address these broadcast-style mics from the side to reduce popping. Not with this baby! I can speak directly into the front and get little to no popping. The mic itself seems to be built like a small, black Sherman tank with a windscreen. I don't feel as if I have to handle it like a newborn baby. I can't attest to how this mic performs when it comes to recording musical instruments, but as far as vocals go? Do yourself a favor...get this thing.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the shure way of life

    By janmichael

    from plano tx

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    this is the most wonderful mic ever..my vocals where awesome with out even going in my sound booth.. a very warm sound..cuts out all of the background noise.. super mic for the price... my one and only mic..love it

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