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Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.9

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's alright.

For a dynamic, this is pretty decent. You don't get the mouth clicks and sibilances and as much background noise as you do with a condenser. So it's good for voiceover and podcasts...Read complete review

For a dynamic, this is pretty decent. You don't get the mouth clicks and sibilances and as much background noise as you do with a condenser. So it's good for voiceover and podcasts and so on. For vocals, it has a thick, potentially stuffy and middy, focused and closed kind of sound. Not an open, broad and neutral sound like a condenser. It has a crisp top end if you high-shelve it with an EQ. But the thing is, it doesn't work on all voices. I don't like it on teenish middy sounding voices that lack top crispness and chest-resonating bass, as this mic seems to bring out the 600 to 1000 Hz area a bit too much even on the flat setting. So I always have to eq that down a bit, roll off the bottom, and shelve boost the highs. Therefore I don't consider this an EQ-free mic. It does take EQ well though, and can be made to sound good that way.

All in all, I prefer the more open sound of a condenser. The SM7B can sound stuffy or nasal if you don't position it right; it's a LOT more sensitive to positioning relative to the mouth than a condenser. You can't move your head around when you sing, but need it bolted in place.

And no, it's not plosive free; you do get reduced but still present plosives, but nothing like compared to a condenser. And no, it doesn't cut out all background noise. At 68 dB gain it will pick up paper being shuffled a yard behind it and the hum of the refrigerator ten yards away, and room reflections in an untreated room. But it's still quieter that way versus a condenser. For me, it's good enough to keep, but not good enough to keep me from buying other potentially better sounding vocal mics.
The bass roll-off and mid boost is a nice feature, but I found it works best set to flat. The collar part that attaches to the mic stand rotates by itself when you screw it down, so you don't have to rotate the whole mic like with some mic clips.
Very rugged. Although the short audio cable going from the XLR input to the mic body itself, that cord I suppose could fray after a decade of heavy use, but I've never heard of such a problem. It's just the softest most dangly thing on the mic, that's all.
In my mind this mic is worth around two hundred fifty bucks, but some say they'd pay a thousand.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent, but overhyped

This is a decent, low output dynamic that works best on loud rock vocals. That's about the only application that I might ever choose it for, as I have other mics that are...Read complete review

This is a decent, low output dynamic that works best on loud rock vocals. That's about the only application that I might ever choose it for, as I have other mics that are better for electric guitar, acoustic guitar, softer vocals, drums, etc. If you buy this thinking you're just going to be blown away you'll most likely be disappointed. And be sure you have a preamp with lots of clean gain as this is a very low output mic.

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5.0

High Quality Dynamic Mic

By sanfi4u

from Europe

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    Sure SM7 is a legendary dynamic mic for a reason. It is used in many professional and home studios for decades. It delivers great sound. Yeah, it's quite big and heavy, and it's quite demanding in terms of the mic preamp requirements (needs about +60dB of gain). Other than that it's just very good.
    SM7B was a great addition to the condenser mics I have. I use it for vocals and electric guitar recording with good results. It definitely worth the money. I'm very happy with this purchase.

     
    5.0

    Best mic I've ever used!

    By Jeffrey

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    The best mic I've ever seen...extremely clear, crisp, and responsive!

     
    5.0

    The best mic for podcasting

    By Daniel

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    It's an amazing mic. I had the Shure MV51 for podcasting and the SM7B just raised the bar. Be aware that you need a lot of gain, so if you're using the SM7B with a Scarlett Solo, you need a Cloudlifter!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for my online radio station and voice-over work

    By DJ-KT

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy
    • It was hard to find a case to carry it on road.
    • So nice it's delicate. But they all are.

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Online radio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Voice-over

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    I have mine attached to a heavy duty Rode mic stand on my desk in my studio. I am in online radio and do voice-over work. I also travel a great deal and was leaving this mic behind but I finally found a heavy-duty travel case to do the job.

     
    5.0

    Needed this months ago

    By Antonio

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    Works great. Just what I needed for my home studio

     
    5.0

    Top Pick

    By Tim

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    I bought this mic because I needed something for studio recordings as I do voice over work for film and advertisement. I really needed something on the professional level and this mic definitely gave me what I needed! I highly recommend this mic to anyone doing studio work!

     
    5.0

    Perfect For Voiceover and Podcasting

    By RVT

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Voiceover

      Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

      I have a wide variety of mics in my project studio, including the SM7B as well as its competitors, the EV RE20 and the Sennheiser MD421 II. All three are fantastic mics, but on my voice, the SM7B was the clear winner in a shootout. For voiceover and podcasting, this would probably be the best choice of three, as it is also the least expensive. All the mics mentioned here benefit greatly from the Cloudlifter CL-1 to compensate from their low outputs, so I would strongly recommend getting one. This mic ships in the boom position, but can be flipped by removing screws to sit neatly on a desk mic stand. This process can be a little tricky to get the washers to line up correctly. Still, this mic gets five stars and is an incredible value for the price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Reason it's in every studio

      By Kevin

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Smooth Accurate Recordings
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

      This legendary mic is in about every professional studio locker. There's a reason. It's fantastic for male vocals. Especially rock. I was skeptical if it would live up to the hype but it's made a huge difference on my vocals. It's smooth and accurate. Really impressed. You'll need a good preamp with lots of clean gain. Seems to work fine with my stock Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 preamps. Highly recommend.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it.

      By Logan

      from Georgia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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