Shure SM7B Review: Vocal Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Shure SM7B is a legendary excessive-finish dynamic microphone, usually used for radio stations, voiceovers and studio recording as nicely. Many individuals imagine that to get the most effective sound it’s considerably necessary to make use of solely the costly condensers like Neumann and related. This microphone can simply show them unsuitable. 3 times cheaper than TLM 103 and eight instances cheaper than U37, it’s able to producing simply pretty much as good, and in some events, even higher outcomes! Having its personal execs and cons, it resurrects the previous subject of dynamics vs condensers, however in a nutshell, the sound high quality of SM7B is outstanding.

Sound & high quality

Shure SM7B has a really wealthy, but impartial and utterly pure sounding low-finish. On this respect, it’s akin to a top quality bass microphone. You gained’t hear any distortion or boominess of a typical client grade mic; it’s simply clear, deep and balanced bass. And this is among the explanation why folks fall in love with this microphone. Not do you must search for a compromise between sounding boomy and skinny, by reducing out that generally distorted low finish altogether. You’ll most likely see the advantages even should you don’t have a low-pitched voice, however in case you do, you’ll by no means commerce it for anything!

On the similar time, it doesn’t sacrifice the standard of its complete frequency vary. The midrange is simply as impartial, with little if any coloration, however the excessive finish is a gem. Regardless of the actual fact that there’s a seen dip on the frequency diagram, the highs are exceptionally easy and really clear. It does should do with the mic having a dynamic capsule, however it additionally has to do with the standard of the mic. To my ears, it sounds higher than any flatter condenser as a result of, as a result of even the costly condensers are inclined to have some quantity of edginess, graininess or harshness however the SM7B is simply fully easy.

sm7b-shureThere are in fact the downsides of it being a dynamic. It’s not as crispy as condensers and it doesn’t provide the prolonged response all the best way as much as 20 kHz however these aren’t actually cons – extra like frequent traits of any dynamic. Nonetheless, its roughly flat response, all the way in which as much as 12 kHz ought to be greater than enough for any vocal purposes. It has extra to do with the high quality of the excessive finish reasonably than how excessive it could possibly go. And naturally, the transient response is nowhere close to to condensers, so it gained’t be capable of seize as a lot of the element, but it surely’s nonetheless fairly first rate for a dynamic.

On opposite, for purposes aside from studio recording, condensers are sometimes too sizzling and actually seize every part. That is very true for radio stations, since you don’t wish to file each single fart of your visitor. To not point out the background noise, air-conditioning and all of the potential room reflections, that are unavoidable outdoors the studio partitions. However this isn’t the one motive why Shure SM7B is so well-liked. Not like studio-grade condensers, this mic can be far simpler to make use of. Due to this fact, it warrants for a extra constant manufacturing and leaves fewer probabilities for you or your visitor to mess up.

Options

Shure SM7B has an inner shock mount that gives greater than sufficient absorption, and it substitutes for these cumbersome exterior shock mounts you’ll normally see round Neumann’s. So although the mic initially appears to be like big, it’s really a lot smaller than a Neumann + shock mount combo. Furthermore, there may be additionally an built-in pop filter, which together with the mic’s foam cowl eliminates the necessity for exterior pop filters. Simply think about now the Neumann + shock mount + large pop filter on high of that. It will utterly impede your imaginative and prescient and make it unimaginable for a watch contact between the host and the visitor, except for different limitations.

There may be in fact a state of affairs whenever you wish to take away the froth windshield altogether and use a standard pop filter. When recording the vocals within the studio, that is precisely what you’ll do. The reason being, foams muffle the excessive frequencies, so the mic gained’t sound as vibrant as you’d need to within the combine. With SM7B, that is particularly essential, as a result of it smoothens and softens the highs, and thus doesn’t sound as vibrant as condensers. Nevertheless, it has a wonderful function referred to as presence increase that compensates for its lack of brightness and will get you higher outcomes in the long run. Low minimize can also be there, and it really has a pleasant ‘n easy transition however I didn’t discover myself utilizing it as a lot as excessive enhance.

Setup

Though Shure SM7B takes better of a dynamic mic, that you must be cautious about one factor. It requires numerous clear achieve (round 60 dB). In skilled studios, this gained’t be an issue however in case you are utilizing shopper grade mixers and preamps, make certain they’ve enough ‘horse energy’. In any other case, you might find yourself with noise or a really low output. To unravel this, you possibly can additionally place an extra preamp within the chain. For instance, Cloudlifter, however that is simply to offer you an thought. I’ve seen many individuals complain that it doesn’t work with their subpar high quality gear, however this isn’t the mic’s downside…

Professionals

  • Very pure sound
  • Crystal clear, wealthy lows
  • Exceptionally easy highs
  • Low minimize and excessive enhance filters
  • Ease of use
  • Works with out exterior shock mount and pop filters
  • Good sound isolation, not as scorching as condensers
  • Cheaper than excessive-finish condenser mics

Cons

  • Requires a good mixer or preamp

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