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Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

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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
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 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
 
4.9

(based on 36 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
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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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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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(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's alright.

By Thomas Cox

from Virginia

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

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.

(16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic. Buy. Now.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

Even with a crappy preamp this thing is out of control quiet. no noise, crispy clean, awesome low end. amazing for metal vocals/ screaming, loud cleans. coupled it with an expensive pre and recorded blank noise.. you could virtually hear NOTHING. does not pick up room sound. at all. needs a bawlz ton of gain, but that could be a positive. wont ever use a different mic again for loud vocals. i spend months studying things before i buy them.. so believe me when i say to get this. if you dont like it.. ill let you punch me in the face.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent for Professional Voiceovers

By Rick Jensen Productions

from Wilmington, DE

Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

The SM7B (with a tube preamp) is the mic I used on recent commercials for national brands and a university with acclaim from the producers and clients. It has excellent presence without the hard edge on the high end I have experienced with the popular and much more expensive Neumann TLM 103.Rick Jensen, Rick Jensen Productions

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SM7b...Incredible Quality...Very Economical

By Adam-C3Yfi

from Maryland

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Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

I read all the reviews about this mic and after experiencing the sibalant and very dynamic (in a bad way) nature of condenser mics on a particular nasally, punk rock type vocalist I knew I had to get this to round out my mic collection.Well...James Hetfield of Metallica, Michael Jackson (as the product description says), Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandon Boyd of Incubus and countless other lead singers can't be wrong. This mic really does tame the wildness out of singers in a very good way.And mixers will love you (or it'll make your job easier if you're the recorder/mixer) because the SM7b has this ability to mix very easily. Really, just some compression and maybe a little mid-EQ and you're golden.I have not tried this mic on female vocalists yet so I can't comment there. But on my own voice as well as the vocalist whose voice was to be honest irritating on a $500+ condenser mic sounded nice and smooth on this Shure mic.That other thing I like about this mic is it doesn't pick up a lot of room echo. So you can record in a not-so-ideal-room (like most home studios) and still get a great vocal sound. One caveat: Like most/all dynamic microphones your mic preamp makes a big difference in quality. I think the SM7b sounds best under the "clean/uncolored" category of preamps.Totally worth the price of admission and then some. A great addition to our home recording studio that will stick around until the end.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for those who hate doing vocals!

By nickshelby

from Phoenix, AZ

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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 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    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.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best bang for your buck! Works great with GAP Pre-73 pre-amp

    By Gino Burgio

    from CT

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    Excellent! Check out my comments in the quality section!
    Check out my review on this mic with the Gap-pre 73 for more details on this combo!

    But yes, this mic is also a sleeper. In my friends studio, he has a Neumann TLM 103, Blackberry, and a couple other lower grade LDC mics like Rode NT-1, but we were very surprised how great this mic sounded for male rock vocal. It also has a great way of thickening up the vox, which is great for any singers that have somewhat thinner nasal, tenor type voices.

    Don't forget, this was the mic used on Michael Jackson's thriller album! Don't let the fact that this mic is not phantom powered scare you. I will say that you really need to juice this thing though, you need at least 70.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An essential mic for your studio

    By Quadrophonic73

    from Tucson, AZ

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    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    After a lot of research I picked up the SM7B about a month ago. Having used it for a month in various applications ranging from snare drum to acoustic guitar to vocals, I've got to agree with the rampant praise this mic gets. I have somewhat of a nasally voice but I find the response of this mic is ideal. I get a mid bump like an SM57 but with incredible clarity on top (this mic is rated to go up to 20kHz). I tried it on snare and although it was good, I prefer the Audix i5. I find this mic really shines as a mid in an m/s stereo matrix with an AKG 414 in figure 8 as the side mic. The SM7B has a couple built in EQ switches but I find I don't even need them, especially since I prefer to EQ later on in software.As others have noted, this mic has extremely low output. As long as you've got a preamp that you can really crank for clean gain, you'll get the best out of this mic. I'm very glad I bought this mic. You probably will be too.

    (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best mic on the market

    By Mikeisaboss

    from midwest city, oklahoma

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    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Shure stands behind this mic

    By Balzypipes-0Sbgl

    from Milwaukie, OR

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    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    I've owned one of these mics for 25 years. The stand connector broke and it was getting pretty sad looking so I sent it to Shure for repair. They said they would have to replace too many parts to make it right so they gave me a new one. How cool is that!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My new Favorite

    By AddictedToAPI

    from OKC, Oklahoma

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    I used to think that getting a nice and expensive condenser mic could get the best vocal sounds. Sometimes, that's the case depending on the song and application, but many times, the flattering sound of a dynamic mic is really what sells the performance. I have used the Neumann U87 and TLM 103 on vocals for years and I just picked this up about a month ago and it changed my life. It's got a warmth that is so different from many mics I have used. Many times, a dynamic mic is used in recording [vocals] to capture that "live sound" which is gaining in popularity. This mic can do it all. It is almost a cross between a 58 and a large diaphragm condenser because it is a large diaphragm dynamic. It captures the intimacy of the voice with a unique flattering quality. It's no wonder it was used on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album--that's the greatest selling album of all time (108 million copies) and the vocal performance is just outstanding, and this mic REALLY captures it all.For the price, you CANNOT get better. It requires a LOT of gain, so it may require a high end preamp with lots and lots of gain, but it's worth it. Go with this mic and hear your vocals come to life!

    (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Decent, but overhyped

    By MrKnobs

    from Austin TX

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    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    This is a decent, low output dynamic that works best on loud rock vocals. That's about the only application that I might ever choose it for, as I have other mics that are better for electric guitar, acoustic guitar, softer vocals, drums, etc. If you buy this thinking you're just going to be blown away you'll most likely be disappointed. And be sure you have a preamp with lots of clean gain as this is a very low output mic.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great For Vocals

    By xmWdQdRd_

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    This Mic has ramped up my vocal sound to where I want it to be. I run it through the focusrite liquid channel and get amazingly good sounds. I originally wanted it because I saw Jeff Tweedy using it on the making of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I love this mic.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A mic that gets the job DONE

    By Andreasthemusic

    from Alta Loma, CA

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    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    Huge Diaphram, stealth grayish black paint, and cool cool cool microphone adjusting bracket mount. Nothing cheap here...... SM7B is the mic that restored my sense of control over vocal recordings which simply ran out of control with overly sensitive, siblant and way too loud Condensors. Of which, tend to overload most pro mic preamps at the inputs with their ridiculous dynamic ranges (increased noise floors due to ambient room sounds too). This Shure Microphone does for rock voice what the Lengendary SM57 does for electric guitar cabs and drums. Just simply tames them, and beautifully captures material into rich detailed audio for your recorders or live sound reinforcements. SPL handling is second to none, If you are LUCKY ENOUGH to get an SM7B, A/B it against any top pro condensor out there for rock or gritty male vocal applications. You will be suprised like I was that the expensive boutique microphones thousands and thousands dollars more, go right back where you got them, in the mic closet. I definately swear by this microphone. Go Shure, you won't go wrong. Compared this to Nuemanns, AKG 414's, Blue, and Audio Technica's - Shure hands down winner for heavy or acoustically gritty vocal scenarios.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The One and Only!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    This mic is the real deal!! Freakin' Awesome in every department! You do not have to worry about this purchase. Can't say enough good things about it. I use it for vocals mainly but i heard of alot of engineers using it for guitar cabs and snares. IMPORTANT NOTE: BUY A PREAMP FOR IT! YOU WILL NEED IT TO GET IT UP TO LEVEL! This mic is not hot like a condenser or even a regular 58! You can get by without one but trust me you will need one.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Dynamic Voiceover Mic

    By Brother Dave-MLJxZ

    from Albemarle NC

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    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    Since 1968 I've done voiceover work using every kind of microphone from RCA 77DX's to Neumans to dozens of EV RE-27's. So many radio stations today use EV's RE-20/27 series because of the very limited proximity effect. These high end EV's are vanilla compared to the 31 flavors of the SM-7B, yet the EV's cost more! The EV's are heavier plus require an optional shock mount while the SM-7B's is already built-in! The first time I heard playback of my voice from an SM-7 I knew instantly it was "THE ONE" & went right out and bought myself one of the SM-7's. I can't find any microphone at any price I like better. If you are hesitating because of price, IMO it is worth way more than even the RETAIL! The SM-7B's controllable proximity effect makes it a real tool for voiceover recording!

    (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 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Studio Mic!

    By BoBoJack

    from Salisbury, MD

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    Smooth as silk! I use this microphone for voice-over work in my production studio. It has a very warm sound with a nice bottom end. The roll-off switch comes in handy for miking instruments. I definitely prefer this mic over the EV re20...and it's cheaper too!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Danged Mic EVER

    By Brother Dave-MLJxZ

    from Albemarle NC

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    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    From 1968 until 2004 I worked at about 18 different radio stations using many different mics. I do some voiceovers at recording studios now and then. Of all the mics I've ever used, including those obscenely expensive Neuman tube condenser mics, the Shure SM-7B is my all time favorite. I feel more confident that I'm going to get a good take with this mic than any other. From a whisper to a scream I know the SM7 will sound predictable. It costs less than other popular dynamic mics like the RE-20 or RE-27. Maybe others sound better on horns and guitar cabs but if you need a mic for recording the human voice, even if you are considering a condenser, I can without reservation recommend the SM7. It was designed especially for vocal use. It would be cheap at twice the price! KUDOS to Shure for a masterpiece.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Permanant Go To Mic

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    I run a studio out of my home and this took my recordings to the next level. I went from a demo studio to bands using my work on iTunes overnight. I just finished recording a couple songs for a local band that sings/screams and this did amazing on both. The fact that it's dynamic makes it perfect for the music I record. You can even roll off the bass or boost the mids with a switch. IDK what this can't do so no matter what you record get it now! I rather have an SM7B than a 414 (But I'm still getting one to add to the collection) ;)

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is it!

    By Jay-IFTyO

    from Portland, OR.

    Comments about Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone:

    Why Shure doesn't charge thousands of dollars for this thing I'll never know, but simply put...it is THE best! If you have a screaming vocalist that you need to record right with depth and fullness, this is it, also is insane with raspy whisper vocals, I mean this is a flat out MANS MIC!!!

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