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One of the best all-time dynamic vocal mics&mdashl;used on Michael Jackson's Thriller album.

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 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 roll-off 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

Once you hear what this mic can do for your vocal recordings, you'll wish you found it sooner. Don't delay, order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response

  • 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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ShureSM7B Microphone with Switchable Response
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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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

 

Great, but suffers from low output

This mic has been so widely and famously used it's desirable qualities are already understood. I have one and otherwise love it. HOWEVER... as others have pointed out, this mic falls short...Read complete review

This mic has been so widely and famously used it's desirable qualities are already understood. I have one and otherwise love it. HOWEVER... as others have pointed out, this mic falls short of perfection due to it's subtlety. It really needs a bit more output or "muscle". I MUCH prefer the EV RE320 and the price difference certainly makes that a better buy. The SM7B is great, but it just doesn't seem manufactured to meet it's potential. It's not a bad purchase at all, but one should consider others first to make sure this mic's right for whatever job needs done.

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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!

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5.0

Perfect For Voiceover and Podcasting

By RVT

from Cleveland, OH

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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.

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    5.0

    Reason it's in every studio

    By Kevin

    from Michigan

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    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.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great, but suffers from low output

    By Dave 1024

    from Tennessee

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • All

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    This mic has been so widely and famously used it's desirable qualities are already understood. I have one and otherwise love it. HOWEVER... as others have pointed out, this mic falls short of perfection due to it's subtlety. It really needs a bit more output or "muscle". I MUCH prefer the EV RE320 and the price difference certainly makes that a better buy. The SM7B is great, but it just doesn't seem manufactured to meet it's potential. It's not a bad purchase at all, but one should consider others first to make sure this mic's right for whatever job needs done.

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    5.0

    very good sound

    By Salvatore

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    very good sounding vocal mic, easy to get a good sounding track

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sure it is a Shure

    By Bmsongs

    from Texas

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Smooth
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Takes A Lot Of Gain

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    I have a multitude of microphones. I'm thinking I really don't need another mike, but, I keep hearing the good reviews on the SM7b. So..., what the heck, let's get one and give it a spin.
    Yeah baby, buttda, shear buttda.. Love the mike, it has a rich sound for vocals, not to keen on guitar for me. You can ride this thing right to the screen and it can take. For the price, it is
    a great little microphone.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just WOW

    By Locklear Entertainment

    from Louisiana.

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    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

    I manage an Acoustic artist in certral Louisiana and when he said that he was paying 350 for a new mic I thought he was crazy. I was wrong... This baby stopped the harshness and pops associated with mic proximity. I did not think he could sound better but he does. Buy this but be ready to pump up the gain or use a preamp. This is the best mic we have used for live and recorded sound. Well worth the price.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for those who hate doing vocals!

    By nickshelby

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Great Results In Bad Room
    • Versatile
    • Vocals Without Cans

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

      I frequently record people who don't love the sound of their own voices (I include myself in this group). This microphone is great for recording when a vocalist prefers to hear a mix through monitors (at a reasonably low volume) instead of headphones, as it picks up very little of anyting not directly in front of it. It is also great for recording in an imperfect room or untreated room.

      If you are used to recording with a condenser, you may find the sound thin until you get used to it, but results sit very nicely in a mix with little processing.

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      (17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It's alright.

      By Thomas Cox

      from Virginia

      Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

      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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      (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best mic on the market

      By Mikeisaboss

      from midwest city, oklahoma

      Comments about Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response:

      this mic is awsome, for vocals, snare of bass drums, and great for acoustic guitar. i love it
      this mic is great. it has awsome hi and lo pass filters.
      it is rugged, and sturdy, yu dont have to worry about it falling apart. the sound is great for vocals. if you like hardcore music like me it is great for screams.
      theres nothing this good on the market in the price range.

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