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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. 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
  • Audio
    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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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


The SM7B is a great mic

By Dave

from Beverly

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

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.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Voiceover and vocal champ

By David Vasser

from Badin, NC

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

Worked in radio for 36 years and the best microphones I ever used were Shure SM7B's. I have used all kinds of microphones, some of which cost more than the SM7B. Name a microphone and I've probably worked at a station that had them. You can keep the tinny sounding Sennheiser MDU421's, boomy RCA 77DX's and 44's, stow away the overly sensitive Neuman U87's, wimpy sounding EV RE anythings and the sterile AKG anythings. Any other Shure microphone, other than the SM5, just is not the same either! I have no idea why the EV RE20 and RE27N/D seemed to have gained wider acceptance at radio stations. I guess because the Shure SM7B is less expensive people think it must be inferior. Yes, it has a slightly lower output than some other mics, but most broadcast and recording consoles have clean beefy preamps with lots of gain headroom and you will obtain a usable level with no outboard preamp required. Where you would need a preamp would be with a cheap mixer or when trying to use it live with a typical PA mixer. Compare the 1000 Htz specs of the EV RE20's 57 dB output at 1.5 mV to the SM7B's 59.0 dB at 1.12 mV and you see there really is 2 dB more audio signal delivered but at a lower voltage. So try it before ordering a preamp you may not actually need. If you do need one just a little boost is required and you can get that from an ART preamp for very little money. This microphone is natural, warm and rich sounding with absolutely no EQ applied and it never sounds boomy or muffled like some ribbon mics do when compressed. If God needed a microphone, he'd probably use this one. It comes with the integral shock mount cushioned stand mount and two windscreens including a close talking one. The thing about the SM7B I like most is the way it converts emotions into audio. It is easier for me to get a good take with one of these. There are adjustable EQ switches under the plate on the end of the microphone. It really comes with everything you need to start using it immediately except the stand and cable. This is the microphone Quincy Jones used to record Michael Jackson's vocals for "THRILLER." Also it was used when Bruce Springsteen or Pearl Jam made their hit recordings. For close talking applications there is nothing better as it has a very natural and smooth sound that compliments all voices. For recording or broadcasting the human voice, the Shure SM7B is tool number 1 for me and I've learned nothing else is close. By the same token the SM7B is not a general purpose microphone. So long as you use it for broadcast or recording studio voiceover narration or musical vocals you will be tickled to death. It has a nice and controlled proximity effect. This basic microphone design has been around for ages and is a descendant of the SM5 and SM5B which are discontinued but still in demand on the used market by voiceover artists. The early SM7 did not have the magnetic shielding that today's SM7B has. This microphone is a gem in noisy control rooms or home studios and equally at home in high end recording studios. Shure stands behind their products and offers full service if you ever need it. Avoid buying one used as there was a recent upgrade of the yoke/shock mount assembly.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing, everyone should own one

By Andrew

from NJ

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

That user on this review page that titles their review of this mic as: "quality, quality, quality" wasn't joking. After being frustrated and having touch and go/hot and cold experiences with cheap made Chinese mics, i figured since this is an industry standard mic but is at a budget price because it's been around for a would be a steal. I was a little hesitant about spending money on a dynamic mic thinking that only condensers can bring you that wide open full sound. Man was I wrong, this mic is great, records with a nice even response, no unwanted frequencies anywhere that make your vocal quality sound hay-wire or too harsh/hissy. I boost up the high-end switch on the back of this mic (it's either depicted as a hi-pass filter or low-end cut) to cut out the natural bold/bassy fullness of this mic mic yet it still maintains that fullness with a nice crisp bite to it. I am so happy with the improvement of my sound, since I'm not looking to splurge on another more expensive industry standard anytime soon, this will be recording my whole album. The mic is so dynamic (no pun intended) that in my case at seems you can work it around any project.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Shure SM7B

By Verdict

from Seattle

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

I got this mic for some recording projects I was doing with a few metal bands because I heard that it was good on vocals. They weren't kidding. Needs no eq at all if the vocalist is whithin a foot and the presence and bass cut are engaged. Very warm and great midrange. I ended up using this for a lot of tracks, which I didn't expect. It sounded awesome on the kick and easily competes with my favorite kick mic, AKG D112. I set up two mics on the guitar amps, an SM57 and an SM7B, and the side by side comparisons were incredible. The SM7B sounds like an SM57 but just with more balls. Very thick tone from the amp. I could go on and on, but I've found that there hasn't been one sound source that I've tried that I didn't love the recorded sound from this mic, and I've tried it on everything from bass cabs to hi hats. Great value.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Worth every penny and more...

By George Byers

from Detroit, Michigan

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

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)

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


the shure way of life

By janmichael

from plano tx

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

this is the most wonderful mic 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 it

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


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

By Jason Buckingham

from Bay Area, CA

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


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

By Greg Strope

from Frederick, MD

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


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


from Greensboro NC

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

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!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Love it.

By Logan

from Georgia

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  • Clear Sound
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  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile


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

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    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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