ShureSM7B Dynamic Vocal Microphone
Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone
Looking for the best microphone for vocals or voiceover? How about a no-nonsense solution for recording your guitar cab? The Shure SM7B isn't just a great microphone—it's one of the best microphones that money can buy. With its high SPL handling, excellent off-axis rejection, and its uncanny combination of warmth and clarity, it's a perfect fit for any studio.
Ideal for vocals in radio, podcasting, video or voiceover work, the SM7B is a top choice when it comes to spoken word or lead vocals in music. Although it's been around for a while, this microphone is still much loved, and its performance shows why that is.
The diaphragm has a terrific low-end presence with a flat wide-ranging frequency response, from 50Hz–20kHz. Two switches on the rear add a bit of bass roll-off and a midrange presence boost, perfect for tailoring the mic's response to any voice. Performing excellently through a broad spectrum of vocal ranges, it is suitable for any user. It also includes the alternative A7WS windscreen, designed specifically for close-talk applications common to broadcasting and vocal recording setups.
Using a cardioid polar pattern, the SM7B rejects sounds coming from off-axis sources such as the sides and rear, only picking up what is directly in front of it. This makes it great for use even in home studios with minimal acoustic treatment—by capturing only the sound right in front of it, the SM7B makes it simple to capture only what you want while keeping environmental sound at bay. An air suspension shock isolator and electromagnetic shielding eliminate mechanical and electrical interference that may otherwise detract from your performance. And of course, the SM7B can be mounted either on a boom arm for overhead positioning, or on a traditional microphone stand.
While best-known for its uses as a vocal microphone (after all, it was Michael Jackson's mic of choice), the SM7B's exceptional handling at high SPL makes it tremendously useful for a wide range of other sound sources as well. It is amazing for recording guitar cabinets, brass instruments, or virtually anything else that packs a punch. This combined with the aforementioned tight cardioid polar pattern means that the SM7B provides excellent isolation in loud environments—so even if you're multitracking a band in a suboptimal space, it can help keep you from introducing an unmanageable amount of bleed between channels in your recording.
If you're a singer, podcaster, streamer, or a content creator who needs a dependable microphone for vocal usage, the SM7B is a time-tested, world-class choice. If you're a guitarist looking for a trusted way to capture your tone, it's up for the job; and if you're looking for a way to capture studio-quality sound in any sonic environment, it's a godsend. And honestly, if you're running a studio—either a professional setup, an on-site recording rig, or even just a home project studio—this mic is a necessary addition to your locker. You'll be surprised at just how great it sounds, and just how often it will prove to be the right tool for the job at hand.
- Iconic, industry-standard microphone for broadcast and vocal recording
- Integrated bass roll-off and presence boost controls for tailoring sonic response
- Wide, flat frequency response for exceptional crispness and clarity
- Integrated pop filter
- Includes alternative A7WS windscreen for close-talk applications
- Shielded to reject hum and interference
- Cardioid response with incredible off-axis rejection provides excellent isolation from unwanted sound
- Built to last a lifetime
- Use for dialog, clean vocals, guitar amps, instruments, and more
- Microphone type: Dynamic
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency response: 50Hz–20kHz
- Output impedance: 150 Ohms
Jaws of Love is the Solo Project of Kelcey Ayer of Local Natives,
Joining Jaws of Love is vocalist & performer Omatola, (@omatola) as well as Mark Neito (@combatmusic)