Shure SM7B Dynamic Vocal & Instrument Microphone
Shure SM7B Dynamic Vocal & Instrument Microphone
Overview by GAK
The Shure SM7B is a bona fide legend amongst microphones, with a flat, wide-range frequency response that makes it perfect for live sound, recording and broadcasting. This versatile dynamic microphone is a chameleon that captures the natural sonic beauty of vocals and a wide variety of instruments. The fact that so many artists and leading podcasters swear by this mic speaks volumes. If you only have room for one mic in your arsenal, the SM7B is an excellent choice.
Shure have bestowed the SM7 B with their trademark robust build-quality, this is a premium microphone that’ll serve you well for many years to come. The SM7 B is equipped with an internal shockmounting and suspension system, virtually eliminating mechanical noise and resulting in a pristine sound. There’s no need to worry about irritating hum or interference from your equipment, as the SM7 B’s state-of-the-art electromagnetic shielding keeps it at bay.
More Than The Mic
Part of what makes the SM7-B such a popular choice for close-up vocal recording (whether that’s singing, voice-over or podcasting) is the professional-quality pop filter. The SM7-B’s effective pop filter saves you having to buy or setup extra protection against explosive breath sounds. A more recent addition to the SM7-B’s feature-set is the A7WS detachable windscreen, which has been specially designed to deliver a warm close-talk vocal sound and reduce plosives.
A handy quality-of-life feature is the integrated swivel mount and captive stand nut. The SM7B’s yoke mount makes mounting/dismounting and adjusting the mic position a breeze.
Sounds Great - Wherever You Use It
A huge advantage of the Shure SM7B is that it delivers plenty of warm sonic detail and is resistant to bleed from other sources. This is due to the SM7B’s classic cardioid polar pattern, which has been designed for optimal off-axis rejection. This allows you to talk or sing into the SM7B at a comfy angle whilst capturing your voice with minimal colouration.
If you’re recording in an untreated room, performing with a loud live band or a singing drummer, this feature of the SM7B makes it a top choice.
Tailor To Your Voice
Another key feature of the Shure SM7B is its sonic versatility. At its default setting the SM7B provides a flat, wide range response. Using the dual tone controls, you can access the SM7B’s switchable dual-band passive EQ. This built-in equalisation section lets you tailor the SM7B to your voice type.
In Flat or low-cut mode (which rolls off bass frequencies), this dynamic mic excels with male voice-over and vocals. The presence boost adds more definition to sibilant-heavy voices and brighter sound sources.
Included with the SM7B is a removable switch plate (RPM602), which can prevent you from accidentally adjusting the EQ sliders during a performance.
Ready For Volume
The Shure SM7B can withstand punishing amounts of SPL (sound pressure level) - up to 180dB. When recording fat kicks and maxed out guitar & bass cabinets, the SM7B can deliver the goods.
A True Icon
Not many microphones can boast the prestige that the SM7B has. The SM7B has been the mic of choice on legendary recordings such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and continues to be used by leading contemporary artists such as Dave Grohl, Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), John Mayer, Flume, Finneas (Billie Eilish) and Joe Duplantier (Gojira).
Recently, Shure’s SM7B has started to gain an impressive reputation outside of its musical applications. More often than not, in front of a broadcaster, VO artist, radio presenter or podcasters you’ll spot an SM7B. When it comes to dialogue, the SM7B is an excellent mic.
The dynamic SM7B sounds fantastic with a wide range of voices and is easy to achieve professional quality results with. Using the onboard EQ switches, you can instantly dial in the optimal sound for your voice, whether you’re speaking, singing, screaming, growling etc.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the Shure SM7B is one of the best dynamic microphones for the money. It’s a true legend in terms of records that it’s featured on and continues to be what many call an Industry Standard to this day.
Podcasters love it. Bedroom producers love it. Famous engineers love it. We’re sure you’ll love the SM7B, too.
- 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
- APPLICATIONS: Recording Studio-Instrumental and Vocal (particularly good on Hip-Hop and Rock Male vocals), Location Recording, Motion Picture and Television Scoring, Television Talk Shows and News Desks, Radio Announcing and Production, Narration
- Type: Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 50 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: Microphone impedance rating is 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)
- Electromagnetic Hum Sensitivity (Typical, Equivalent SPL/milliOersted): 60 Hz: 11 dB, 500 Hz: 24 dB, 1 kHz: 33 dB
- Switches: Bass rolloff and mid-range emphasis: Slotted response selector switches
- Cartridge Shock Mount: Internal air-suspension shock and vibration isolator
- Microphone Connector: Three-pin professional audio (XLR)
- Swivel Assembly: Integrated, captive nut for ease of attachment to stand, fits 5/8 in.-27 thread
- Case: Dark gray enamel aluminum and steel case with dark gray foam windscreen
Great microphone with fantastic sound capture.
Its good, very good, I have more expensive mics but with a signal booster its really sublime, flat in a musical way nothing sticking out too much and great bass.
I always wanted an SM7... finally got one and I do not regret it. A brilliant mic for male rock vocals... I look forward to trying it out on other vocalists soon. Tried it on Snare top and it is hugely better than an SM57, in my opinion. Get one... you know you want to.
The SM7B Shure microphone is a tried and tested standard for my purpose. There are cheaper products but the history of reliability and the specification given takes some beating.The mic is well engineered and built and with professional connection standards and with two pop filters. It has external switching for three settings to suit voice types and this panel has a cover plate to protect it from inadvertent change.Clamping is robust in order to keep the mic in the position that the user sets. A 48v supply is required.