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Shure SM7

Dynamic Microphonefrom the Shure SM series

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Excellent micro ... if you use!

By zitouni, 16/04/2014
dynamic microphone for voice pick


I use it for 3 years
is perfectly suited to a micro voice "nag" genre rap, hardcore, metal.
it is also excellent in isolation, it was designed for radio at the time newsrooms noisy, internal air cushion suspension has done its office.
I use it for "live" recorded when the singer also plays an instrument, to avoid repeating the instrument.
Coupled to a preamplifier 610 LA, it's wonderful!
I've never tried on a female voice
I successfully tested on low toms, brass, guitar amps
however it is quite unsuitable for remote sockets, atmospheres, and instruments to soundboard.
not very expensive for a micro in its class, it's still a specialized micro, if you have only one microphone, choose a more versatile model.
I would do this choice without hesitation, this microphone is very special, but what he does, he is the only one doing it as well!

Very good dynamic mic

By el grinos, 06/07/2013

Very good dynamic mic I like to pair together a comp / analog preamp to give a rather warm color, natural and vintage.
Some similarities with a 421.

I used to snare & toms (attention to very high levels)
Studio with 5 microphones SM7 I like to take all the skins of the same battery ...
Like its directivity & turn "old school"
It also has a very useful sharp filter to voice out some grains.
Micro heavy & sturdy (it takes a hefty foot)
High congestion so delicate placement.



Really cool dynamic mic

By mooseherman, 15/12/2010
This is a dynamic mic that works great for live settings as well as in the studio. With a particular kind of pickup pattern, it's got a cool kind of sound. It's not the most expensive mic in the world but it probably costs more than most dynamic mics except maybe the 421 and similar mics. It has a really cool sound and is useful in a lot of ways.
I can use this mic more often in live situations. I've used it on lead vocals in live shows countless times. It's great if you're in a venue with feedback issues as it only picks up what is directly in front of it. I also like it on horns and kick drums as well for the same reason, as its still a dynamic mic it'll pick up a lot but won't be too loud or noisy.


The cool thing about this microphone is that it only picks up the frequencies that are directly in front of it, so it's great at minimizing bleed in a vocal signal. It's not something that a singer can hold in a live situation, obviously, but it's great for singer/guitarists really. Since it blocks out sound from certain directions, it doesn't really sound like most microphones, and as such it'll have qualities that I don't think you are used to hearing in mics, but I'd say overall it's pretty accurate. Only a trained ear would really notice such detail, and it pays off by isolating the signal. In the studio as a scratch vocal it's capable of blocking out excess noise but it'll get a good sound of the whole vocal. I know engineers who swear by its use for professional vocals but I don't think that I like it as much as a good tube mic or condenser. Anyway it's useful and not too expensive and can be a dealbreaker sometimes, so I highly recommend it.


By rollandh, 11/05/2010
Dynamic microphone used for the vocals, guitar, accordion, bass drum.


It's a great mic. Really, really. He actually likes good preamp that grow well. Its very soft and warm (which I thought to hear a kind of large sm57, I am firmly planted).

The trick génialissime is its ability to make a very nice tone of voice, intelligible (after comp + EQ), even when it is mixed thoroughly in the instrumentals. He clearly has a color, you may not like some votes. The slight lack of clear highs against other dinosaurs, frankly seen digital technology, is it really a handicap?

Me no say it is great. And not just for voice. Actually be bad for acoustic or studio taking live (Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam mouth in to a live session on you tube).
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  • Manufacturer:Shure
  • Model:SM7
  • Series:SM
  • Category:Dynamic Microphones
  • Added in our database on: 04/01/2004

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