Shure's Classic Dynamic Microphone for Vocals, Voiceover and More!
When it comes to building up a serious microphone locker, a versatile dynamic like the Shure SM7B is a trusted first choice. Its cardioid pickup pattern delivers excellent off-axis rejection without adding unwanted color to the signal -- ideal for focusing on voices and instruments in less-than-ideal recording environments like the home studio. And with the ability to handle sound pressure levels of up to 180 dB SPL, this mic is perfect for loud sources. Need to capture aggressive rapping or screaming rock vocals? Plug the SM7B into a microphone preamp that can deliver 60 dB of gain, and you've got a killer setup for tracking vocals, voiceover, guitar amps, snare drum, toms and more.
Hear the SM7B's serious off-axis rejection in this video from Gearwire:
Frequency-Shaping Controls for Ultimate Versatility
If you're shopping for a microphone to capture vocals in the studio, you may not have considered a dynamic like the Shure SM7B. Often referred to as a "secret weapon" because of its affordable price tag, the SM7B may surprise you with its ability to beat out expensive condenser microphones when recording vocals. Flip the SM7B's mid-range presence boost switch to add 3 dB of gain in the all-important 2-4 kHz frequency range, helping your vocals to cut through the mix. Vocals sounding too roomy? Worried about rumble in your tracks? Cut your low-mids and bass frequencies by pressing the bass roll-off switch to cut 3 dB from 400 Hz on down. Shape your sound further with the SM7B's included detachable AW7S windscreen, designed to give you more control over the warm bass tone associated with the proximity effect. With the presence boost switch, bass roll-off, and a removable windscreen, this versatile mic helps you capture great vocals at the source, instead of cranking around on an EQ trying to dial in a vocal sound.
Record Vocals, Guitar Amps, Snare, and More
More than just a vocal microphone, the Shure SM7B is a trusted choice for recording full guitar cabinets, robust snare drums, and the notoriously difficult-to-capture floor tom. Thanks to this mic's frequency response of 50 to 20,000 Hz, it can capture the high harmonics that many other dynamic mics lose, resulting in a detailed signal that can fill the mix. With a maximum sound pressure level (SPL) of 180 dB, you can mic up the loudest guitar amps or drum kits without worrying about distortion. Between its wide frequency response and massive max SPL, the SM7B lets you get up close and personal with the instrument, accurately capturing both the punch of the initial attack, and the full sound of the sustain. The SM7B responds to a snare or floor tom drum like the SM57's big brother. With a similar capsule to the 57, along with improved electronics and a smoother, extended frequency response, you're free to experiment with more mic positions.
Cut Unwanted Noise: Built-in Pop Filter and Shock Mount
Nothing's worse than losing the perfect take due to popping P's, handling noise, or rumble from your studio floor. That's why the Shure SM7B includes a built-in pop filter and shock mount to help isolate the microphone from unwanted noises, letting you focus on the performance. Shure's updated SM7B also uses an integrated humbucking coil to reduce electrical noise. Furthermore, this microphone's capsule's response has been tuned specifically to take into account the internal acoustics of the chassis, making sure nothing compromises its sound. When it comes to capturing great sound up front, Shure has left no stone unturned.
- Industry-standard dynamic mic for vocals, voiceover, snare, and more
- Wide 50 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response
- Presence boost switch for added vocal clarity
- Bass roll-off switch to cut unwanted roominess and rumble
- Cardioid pickup pattern with excellent off-axis rejection
- Integrated pop filter plus interchangeable windscreens
- Includes yoke shock mount perfect for studio use
Designed as a go-to mic for broadcast voiceover, Shure's original SM7 mic gained notoriety in the recording studio when it captured vocals for Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time. A classic in its own right, the updated SM7B remains an industry-standard microphone for vocals, voiceover, and more. With a wider frequency response than most dynamic mics, a massive 180 dB dynamic range that can accommodate the loudest instruments, and switches for bass roll-off and mid-range presence boost, the Shure SM7B delivers serious versatility.
- Type: Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 50 to 20,000 Hz
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional)
- Impedance: Microphone impedance rating is 150 ohms (150 ohms actual) for connection to microphone inputs rated at 19 to 300 ohms.
- 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 rolloff and mid-range emphasis: Slotted response selector switches.
- Cartridge Shock Mount: Internal air-suspension shock and vibration isolator.
- Microphone Connector: Three-pin professional audio (XLR)
- Swivel Assembly: Integrated, captive nut for ease of attachment to stand, fits 5/8 in.-27 thread.
- Mic Chassis: Dark gray enamel aluminum and steel case with dark gray foam windscreen.
- Net Weight: 765.4 grams (1 lb, 11 oz)