Sick and tired of your old and cheap vocal microphone? Looking to invest in a higher quality one? Well, you don’t have to worry any longer, as you are right where you need to be. Making your next purchase of a higher quality microphone can be daunting. Hence, in today’s Shure SM7B review, I hope to make your microphone hunting much easier!
With enough research on various dynamic microphones in the market, it will not come as a surprise that Shure makes some of the best ones in the industry. The SM7B dynamic microphone is a testament to Shure’s dedication to producing world class, pristine quality microphones. This model in particular, has been specially designed for vocals.
Perfect for all kinds of music and speech recordings, the SM7B vocal microphone has become an essential part of various professional audio productions. Many improvements have been made to the Shure SM7B, that will ensure greater stability and durability, as compared to its predecessors. What’s even greater is that the SM7B is relatively affordable.
- Frequency response: 50Hz to 20,000Hz
- Uniform cardioid pickup pattern
- Comes with an additional windscreen
- Weight: 765g
- Yoke mounting with captive stand nut
- Bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis controls
Next, we will take a look at the major features of the SM7B!
Great Sound and Controls
When choosing a microphone for your studio, you will want to make sure that it has the ability to reproduce crystal clear, transparent recordings. This is where the Shure SM7B stands out, as it is designed to have a flat, wide-range frequency response that is ideal for singing and speech applications. The result is a clean, and natural sounding vocal recording.
Another notable feature of the Shure SM7B that you should not overlook, is its bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) parameters. This is something that many lower end vocal microphones do not have. This allows you to custom tailor the tone of every recording, so you don’t have to do much during the actual mixing stage (after recording).
Superb Noise Isolation
To have the best quality sound in any recording environment, the audio signal has to be protected from any sort of interference. With the Shure SM7B’s improved rejection of electromagnetic hum, you no longer need to worry about a thing. The SM7B will be very well shielded against broadband interference that is typically emitted by computer monitors.
Another amazing thing about this Shure vocal dynamic microphone, is its internal “air suspension” shock isolation. Unwanted noises can be introduced when microphones come into contact with your hands or any other external devices. Hence, this unique design will virtually eliminate any possible mechanical noise transmission.
If you are planning to use a dynamic microphone for vocals, you would definitely want to have accessories that will allow you to produce the cleanest and clearest recordings. Every Shure SM7B dynamic microphone now comes with the A7WS detachable windscreen that helps to reduce plosive sounds and produces warmer tones for close-talk vocals.
The physical structure of the Shure SM7B microphone is rather unique, and may seem to be a little unusual for first time users. This is where the yoke mounting (with captive stand nut) that is included with every SM7B microphone, will come in handy. It allows for easy mounting and precise control of the microphone’s position in any recording situation.
Here’s a great video on the Shure SM7B’s sound quality!
Pros and Cons
- Clean and clear vocals
- Bass roll-off control
- Mid-range “presence” control
- Additional windscreen included
- Excellent noise isolation
- Suitable for podcasts
- Ideal for studio use
- Rugged and durable construction
- The microphone’s body construction renders it unsuitable for use during live performances
- Pickup pattern is very directional. Thus, your mouth has to stay at the sweet spot for best results
Based on my personal experience as a freelance audio engineer, most singers and performers prefer condenser microphones for recording vocals in their home studios. However, this is not a rule that is set in stone. Dynamic microphones have a unique quality that is also preferred by many professional engineers and producers.
That being said, I am truly impressed at what the Shure SM7B vocal dynamic microphone is able to offer. Its frequency controls, overall clarity and transparency, and build quality, are features that are hard to find in other microphones within the same price range.
If you are looking for something that will be a vast improvement in quality, as compared to your current entry level dynamic microphone, then the Shure SM7B will not disappoint. I also think that the price point for this dynamic microphone is relatively affordable, which makes it a very worthy long term investment. I definitely recommend it!