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Whether it’s broadcast, podcast or recording, voices need to be handled with care. When purified and polished, every detail has more impact. That’s why the SM7B was built, to capture smooth, warm vocals that connect the speaker to the listener.
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Based on 34 Reviews and 214 Ratings
It's just always great.
Built like a tank, smooth as butter, and never unflattering. This is just a great vocal mic that can be used for most people to get a quality outcome. I think its best suited for male vocalists but I think it can be a good choice for just about anyone. Needs gain, it's true. Does even better with a good preamp, but for most modern interfaces going direct in will work just fine.
It took me a while to upgrade to this for my home studio just due to the price, but now that I have it I will never part with it. A must-have for audio work, and great for home studios due to background noise rejection provided by dynamic mics.
Keep in mind...
Very full deep response. Detailed lows and mids. Very dynamic, needs to be pushed with preamps. Can sound dull in flat response mode, suggested setting for brighter or thinner sources. I use high boost setting for vocals. Fairly natural highs. Slight bump on upper mids combined with deep response helps sounds cut through, especially mid focused sounds. Preferably used in place of a 57 just be aware of mic boost and cut settings and your source. Sounds great on snare. Sounds great paired with a condensor. Might suggest bass roll off for close bass heavy sources. If property handled an essential mic in your collection.
Alternative to condenser-mics
We use the SM7B for vocal recordings and it's sounds is awesome. The colouring is perfect for vocals rounding highs and giving bodily mids to the recorded vocal. You don't have to fool around with the EQs, just give it a little compression and it sounds "produced". You don't even need a popshield. But you'll need a strong micpreamp to get this mic going. This one rivals all those condensers mic shockingly well.
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Awesome dynamic mic if you can give it enough gain
This mic sounds awesome. It has that classic radio broadcaster low-end and a pretty transparent high end. It can give you a clean, bright, transparent sound or a dirty, crunchy, warm tone. It all depends on how you process this thing, which is the biggest part of owning this mic. This thing absolutely requires some form of dedicated gain amplification. Running this directly into my interface is not a good call. The interface's preamps are not strong enough to boost the signal of this mic off the noise floor. I have been running it through a Cloudlifter for some years but recently added some 500 Series outboard gear to my studio and I will be running this mic through my Warm Audio WA12 500 MKII from now on to get the signal hot. You can use this mic for everything - vocals, guitars, flutes, drums, whatever - as long as you gain stage it properly.
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My go to for screaming vocals, spoken word, rap, and podcasts.
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.