In an article detailing Dave Gahan's personal NYC studio space and the recording of the album Delta Machine, engineer and producer Kurt Uenala reveals that he captures Dave Gahan's vocal tracks using a Shure SM7 going through a BAE 1073. However, by recommendation of producer Ben Hillier, a "recently acquired LaChapell Audio mic preamp may start to get the lion’s share of the takes." Uenala says, "The LaChapell with the SM7 is beautiful. It sounds really warm, like there’s a compressor on it already. It’s very buttery. You can abuse it more, but it’s very forgiving. Dave is very dynamic, he works a lot with mic technique – getting away and coming closer – but with this mic pre we don’t have to do that as much."more
Taylor talks about how yes, he has lots of expensive microphones, and yes there are probably better sounding ones than the SM7B; but it's right there, ready to go - which is much more important in the studio when the inspiration strikes and you need to capture the magic take quickly.more
In this hefty blog post, Andrew discusses his essentials for the home studio. The first item on the list is the SM7B. Andrew says, "I bought this mic before going abroad because a friend of mine was raving about it - in particular, how it was better than anything else at picking up what was in front of it without a lot of ambience from the room. It has since become my favorite mic for vocals and acoustic guitar. The sound is clean and sweet, as long as you have a good preamp..."more
Ballad of Paka: Logic Pro for DAW. Guitars were recorded with a MXL 890 through a Focusrite 2i2. My friend recorded drum samples for me to use - not sure what his set up was for those. Vocals were through the MXL and Focusrite as well. As for VST I used some sort of 8bit wave generator for most of the synths plus a thermin plugin for Toothless. Organs were just through the built-in Logic organs. Bass I usually just direct input through the Focusrite. Pollen King: Logic Pro for Daw. This time Guitars were recorded up close with an SM57, with the MXL 890 picking up room noise (both recorded simultaneously through the Focusrite 2i2.). Drums were recorded live this time with my friend's 8-input firepod. I think I mic'd everything with SM57s and used the MXL 890 and whatever condenser mic he had picking up room noise. Viola on Copper/Gold was recorded with the MXL890 and then re-recorded via my monitors to a tape recorder I bought at Goodwill. I then mixed the two together. VST I think I only used a Mellotron sampler I found online and whatever the built in electric piano for Logic is called. Bass was recorded direct input from the Focusrite again. Vocals through the MXL 890. Equipment (outside of aforementioned mics): Gibson SG for guitar (Maybe a Strat on some of Pollen King), Vox Solid State amp, Fender Jazz Bass, Basic Starter Bell Kit. Outside of the drums (don't know the make on those) I think that might be it. Happy to answer more questions if you've got them.more
If you want clear and concise vocals this mic is all you need. Metal vocalists or anybody mixing metal vocals need this mic. It will capture growls and squeals. The late great Mitch Lucker used this mic and will make your vocals pop out of the musical ether that is metal. If metal isn't your thing its great on any vocal performance, capturing the voice clear with all its perfection or imperfection. A lot of people think that its low gain makes it hard to use but if you are mixing, this mic will give you all the headroom needed to make mixing easy.
For me it falls under essentials. If memory serves the late King of Pop MJ used it for all of the Vox on Thriller...with a palace of a studio as well I'm sure it was an amazing signal chain-but SM7's smooth as silk in this mans opinion. THEY DO REQUIRE A GOOD AMOUNT OF GAIN THO. So match it with the right pre & your psyched.
Any time I was put in front of this mic in the studio it sounded incredibly true and direct and that's what I love about it. It's been my "Go-to-mic" for all songs that needed a more souly, bluesy, rooty sound for the vocals and since this is the type of music I'm getting into more and more it was just common sense to get one of my own. If you haven't tried it out and only know the clear high sound of condensers, make sure you try it!
If you are building a mic locker this is still an essential piece of gear. Very versatile. Sometimes a condenser mic is not the way to go and this has much more range but less feedback rejection than other Shure dynamic microphones. Play around with the switch settings and wind screen choice for close talking and voice over work. Thats where it really shines. If you do video looping or narration this is a must have. Street price is under $400