One of the best all-time dynamic vocal mics—used on Michael Jackson's Thriller album.
- Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech
Bass roll-off and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display of response setting
Improved rejection of electromagnetic hum, optimized for shielding against broadband interference emitted by computer monitors
Internal "air suspension" shock isolation virtually eliminates mechanical noise transmission
Highly effective pop filter eliminates need for any add-on protection against explosive breath sounds, even for close-up vocals or narration
Now shipping with the A7WS detachable windscreen, designed to reduce plosive sounds and gives a warmer tone for close-talk vocals
Yoke mounting with captive stand nut for easy mounting and dismounting provides precise control of microphone position
Classic cardioid polar pattern, uniform with frequency and symmetrical about axis, to provide maximum rejection and minimum coloration of off-axis sound
Rugged construction and excellent cartridge protection for outstanding reliability
Shure SM7B Microphone with Switchable Response
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.)
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- Type: Dynamic
Frequency Response: 50Hz — 20kHz
Polar Pattern: Cardioid (unidirectional)
Impedance: 150 ohms (150 ohms actual), for connection to microphone inputs rated at 19 to 300 ohms.
Polarity: 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 roll off and mid-range emphasis: slotted response selector switches.
Cartridge Shock Mount: Internal air-suspension shock and vibration isolator
Connector: 3-pin professional audio (XLR)
Swivel Assembly: Integrated, captive nut for ease of attachment to stand, fits 5/8 in.-27 thread