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Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
Vocal Dynamic Microphones by Shure
AudioTrove® Rating for the Shure SM7B
4.9/5 Stars From 2668 Buyers
I spent 3.6 hours reading reviews from customers who purchased the Shure SM7B. Here is a summary of what they had to say:
10 Reasons To Buy
- Countless buyers reported that this microphone is excellent value for money and an incredible asset to their collection for recording. As one of the industry standards, you simply can’t go wrong with a Shure SM7B.
- A variety of users have talked about how durable this microphone is for studio use. A mic that has a lot of use, it is important that it is durable and able to last many years in a recording studio or home.
- All reviewers mentioned the outstanding sound quality of the SM7B when recording.
- Some users appreciated versatility of the mic, and that it can be used in a range of situations.
- Many reviewers complimented the beauty of the tone this mic produces, and that it sounds great for vocal recording.
- Users reported that the price of the microphone is well worth it for the quality sound.
- When paired with a great hardware setup the sound becomes more enhanced according to users.
- Perfect microphone for podcasting as many users have claimed the SM7B brings out a clear spoken vocal tone that is easy to understand.
- Reviewers have reported that they have found the SM7B works great when streaming on Twitch and while gaming.
- Many people have mentioned that they have been really impressed when they upgrade from lower-quality introductory mics.
4 Reasons NOT To Buy
- Some users reported that you need additional accessories to get the most out of the mic.
- While the is a quality introductory microphone for professional recording, users have mentioned that there are higher quality mics but for a higer price.
- Reviewers have said that the SM7B has a nice sound but needs more high quality hardware to really bring out the sound.
- Parts of the mic can be quite delecate and if not treated with care, some users have ended up causing damage to their mics.
Shure SM7B Product Research Summary
The Shure SM7B has received rave reviews from purchasers. The condenser mic is a great introductory microphone for people who are getting into both home and professional studio recording projects.
Shure SM7B has been a staple industry standard microphone for years and based on all the positive feedback from the countless people who have purchased the mic it looks like it will continue to be the perfect go-to mic for studio recording.
Due to the microphone being so widely used, there are also a large variety of accessories that have been created to help users get the best out of the microphone and apply it to more recording situations.
It is important to note that the microphone is a unidirectional, wired mic with an XLR connector. This means that you may need to purchase additional hardware if you are coming from lower quality mics that are likely to be connected through USB.
Studio mics are built to be durable as they are used frequently and moved around to different positions in a studio where accidents can happen. It is still important to treat them with care or they can be damaged if mishandled.
Overall, the value for money makes the “Shure SM7B” a great purchase. You can get a highly professional, clear, crisp, and smooth sound that is especially great for vocals but works just as well for a variety of other applications and recording requirements.
Polar Pattern: Unidirectional
Number of Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer battery required.
Impedance: 150 Ohm
Weight: 1.2 kg
Connector Type: XLR Connector
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Is an XLR cable included?
A: The retail package does not contain an XLR cable. Just the microphone, a large foam windscreen replacement, adhesive strips to attach the large windscreen, a Shure-branded velcro strap, and an extra metal backplate to keep anyone from adjusting the high-pass and bass roll-off are included.
Q: Can this function with power from a focusrite 2i2 or do you need a separate preamp?
A: It is a dynamic microphone, but it does not need power to work. There is no need for phantom power. It does, however, provide a far weaker signal than traditional dynamic microphones (like a Shure SM 58). Since this weak signal requires a powerful clean boost, a preamp is highly recommended for the signal boost rather than the power source.
Q: Is this microphone good for recording vocals?
A: Yes, it’s good for almost all types of recording situations. It works superbly for both singing and speaking voices.
Q: What is the simplest and quickest way to set up the Shure SM7B so that I can easily podcast to YouTube?
A: Everything you need to get started is a scarlett solo, two XLR cables, and a Cloud Lifter.
Q: Is this microphone appropriate for live performance?
A: Yes, this is appropriate for liver efficiency. However, fine-tuning EQ settings is to your specific needs can be beneficial to a better sound.
Q: Is a shock mount needed for this?
A: No, you do not need a shock mount. Shure describes “Internal air suspension shock isolation virtually eliminates mechanical noise transmission”
Q: Is it possible to mount this microphone on a desktop mic stand?
A: It should work fine. The Shure SM7B suits most standard mic stands.
Video Reviews of the Shure SM7B
Is Shure SM7B worth it?
Is the Shure SM7B superior to a high-quality USB microphone? Yes, the science behind the dynamic mic has advanced significantly, and it simply manages sound better. Our Shure SM7B analysis shows that it reliably outperforms any premium USB microphone. In reality, dynamic microphones account for the vast majority of microphones in use around the world.