Cardioid studio microphone delivers warm and smooth audio reproduction in close-proximity studio and vocal applications. Features include wide-range frequency response, bass roll off and mid-range control, and internal air suspension shock isolation.

  • Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech
  • Bass rolloff 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

What is the SM7B best suited to?

The SM7B is a smooth and warm sounding microphone that is ideal for close-talk applications such as radio presenting and voiceovers for TV. It has also been widely used for vocals on numerous albums.

Why would I want a mic that shields against electromagnetic hum?

Electromagnetic hum is emitted by computer monitors which can cause interference to your sound if the mic is in close proximity to a TV screen or computer monitor and is not shielded.

Amount Part Title
1 Close-Talk Black Foam Windscreen Part A7WS
1 Black Windscreen Part RK345
1 Switch Cover Plate Part RPM602
1 5/8" to 3/8" Thread Adapter Part 31A1856

Technical specifications

765 g
Height x Width x Depth:
198.7 × 117.0 × 96.0 mm
Frequency Response:
50 Hz – 20 kHz
Frequency Response:
-59.00 dBV/Pa – 1.12 mV/Pa
Transducer Type:
Polar Pattern:
Switchable low cut:
3 Pin XLR
Interchangeable Capsule:
Main Functionality:
Headphone Output:
Frequency Response Curve Image:
Shure Studio Microphone Frequency Response Curve Image


Can I use it for anything other than voiceover?

Of course you can! The SM7B has become a standard e.g. in recording studios.

How can I mount this microphone? Are there special stands available?

For the SM7B to fasten tightly to a mic stand, there must be 7 mm (3/8") of external (male) thread exposed on the mic stand. If there is a retaining ring on the mic stand thread, remove it and this will typically expose about 10 mm of male thread. Any other surface with an according thread works as well.

Output is too low. What should I do?

The SM7B is a dynamic microphone. A typical dynamic mic has a lower output level than a typical condenser mic. The SM7B in particular requires the use of a preamp. When selecting a preamp for the SM7B, make sure the preamp has a minimum gain of 60 dB. Many modern mic preamps assume the mic is a condenser mic with a "hot" output level. Thus, it is common to find mic preamps or mic mixers with gains of only 40 to 50 dB.

Which preamp works with the SM7B?

Here are some recommendations: Grace M101 HR-MP2A by Radio Design Labs Cloudlifter Mic Activator Focusrite Scarlett 8i6
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