Shure SM7B

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4.7/5 on March 14, 2017

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Shure is a well-known company for producing and designing high-quality consumer and professional audio electronics. The company was founded in 1925 and since then, it has been uninterruptedly working on innovating different audio products. Now, Shure has become fabled for its exceptional performance, value, and reliability all over the world.

Out of its many products, Shure has become recognized for manufacturing remarkable microphones. Its SM7B microphone is a large-diaphragm dynamic vocal microphone which gives the best response in all types of professional audio applications, whether you are making music or speeches.

The first version of the SM7B Vocal microphone was introduced in 1976 and was called SM7. From that day, this microphone has created incredible history in the world of audio applications and has been considered one of the most used vocal microphones in the global radio and recording history.

Shure SM7B Review

 

Shure SM7B Features

The SM7B has a built-in pop filter which provides protection from anti-pop noises like breath sounds, a bass roll-off which extracts some of the lower frequencies, and mid-range emphasis which gives the sound its required intensity. Moreover, its internal shock isolation effectively eradicates destructive noise transmission.

This microphone has an impressive maximum sound pressure level limit at over 180 decibels. It is greatly improbable that you will ever damage it, no matter how ear-splitting you sing. Besides, it’s flat; wide-range frequency response is engineered to accommodate a broad diversity of vocal applications, from softly spoken to shouting vocals, which helps produce natural and clear sound.

It has been optimized for defending sound against broadband intrusion ejected by computer monitors and improves rebuffing of electromagnetic small vibrations or hums. It has a classic cardioid directional polar pattern, which is by far the most favored and commonly used polar pattern. Cardioid polar patterns provide minimum coloration and maximum rejection at 180° of the off-axis sound.

It comes with a detachable A7WS windscreen intended to provide warmer tone for close-up vocals and aids in lessening the plosive sound. For accurate positioning of the microphone, it has a yoke mounting along with locking stand nut. For outstanding reliability, it possesses an excellent cartridge and is sturdy in construction.

Pros

As the SM7B is designed to record voice, it tends to sound exceptional on most vocals without much requirement for additional adjustment or tweaking. Moreover, it is a great sounding microphone because it produces rich sound quality, which is even better than its high-priced competitors.

It functions outstandingly in different circumstances such as a bedroom studio where you want to lower the level of room sound during your vocal recordings.

Besides, it is durable because of its sturdy and rugged construction. It is user-friendly and versatile and creates a clean sound. It is best for professional and amateur recordings, home studios, and event performances.

Cons

It’s hard to criticize a fantastic microphone that has been used by so many radio stations on numerous vocal recordings and by a lot of famous and great singers globally. Still, choosing a microphone that suits your voice is an entirely personal decision. This microphone might work for most people but not necessarily for others, no matter how good it is.

The only real drawback can be that it requires a pre-amplifier if you want to record classically oriented sound or music. The pre-amplifier should be with at least 60dB or 70dB to obtain the best out of it, or you will need a condenser microphone. Since it is a dynamic microphone, it might not sound as airy as the condenser microphone would. It does lack air, but it has a great flat focus, and even the mid-range is not hyped.

Other than that, the SM7B will make a pleasing sound for those vocalists who want to produce rap and rock music.

Shure SM7B Review – Wrap-up

No wonder, Shure is setting a global industry standard for high-level and quality microphones and other audio electronic products. Whenever audio performance is a priority, Shure’s products never disappoint just like its SM7B microphone. It provides complete protection from electromagnetic hum manufactured by electronic devices.

The SM7B microphone is quite the same in construction to its previous versions like the SM7 and SM7A, but the noticeable change is that it has an enhanced bracket design now, which gives considerable stability and steadiness. Moreover, the company has also added the A7WS windscreen for close-up tasks to its standard windscreen.