The flat, 50Hz-20kHz frequency response of the Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response is designed especially for spoken word, but recording engineers have discovered that it’s also an exceptional mic for adding body to thin vocals and handling loud rock/metal singers. It also has the ability to tame harsh or sibilant sounds from hi-hat, cymbals, and voice. The SM7B is highly shielded against electrical interference, and includes bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display, and internal “air suspension” shock isolation. It ships with a standard windscreen and an A7WS detachable windscreen for close-talk applications. Need some convincing that this might be the mic for you? This is the vocal mic, then known as simply the SM7, that Bruce Swedien used to record Michael Jackson’s vocals on Thriller, the best-selling album of all time and it’s a favorite of Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers as well.
Application note: The SM7B is a low output mic, so plugging direct into an audio interface may not offer enough gain. In such a case you need a preamp with a decent amount of gain. Due to its smooth sound and thickening characteristics, a transparent-sounding preamp will be a preferred choice. (See our Preamp Buying Guide for a thorough discussion of transparent vs. color preamps.)
- Flat, wide-range frequency response
- Bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis controls
- Optimized shielding against broadband interference
- Internal “air suspension” shock isolation
- Built-in pop filter for protection against plosives
- Rugged construction and excellent cartridge protection
- Analog or digital: Analog
- Frequency response: 50Hz – 20kHz
- Max SPL: Not specified
- Connectivity: XLR
Pattern and Type
- Capsule: Dynamic
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Type: Mounted
- Switches: Yes
- Phantom power required: No
Size and Weight
- Diameter: Not specified
- Length: Not specified
- Weight: 1.69 lb.
- Case: Not specified
- Clip: Yes
- Shockmount: Yes
- Power supply: N/A
- Cable: No
- Stand: No
One year warranty on wireless mics, mixers, and circuitry products.
2 year warranty on wired mics.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.