Shure SM7B Microphone Review And Setup
The Shure SM7B is a broadcast industry standard microphone. It’s the microphone used by Joe Rogan in the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, Robin Quivers of the Howard Stern Show, and Michael Jackson, who famously recorded “Thriller” with it. I’ve had my ears set on this microphone for a while and finally pulled the trigger in an attempt to improve my production quality and reduce my video work flow cycle-time. My goal is to capture clear, professional quality sound in a less than ideal environment, that I don’t have to post process later.
I am very pleased with the result which you can hear for yourself in this video that features unprocessed audio.
I am now using the dbx286s (http://amzn.to/1VKt8Zg) instead of the Cloudlifter. It’s comparably priced and provides 60db of gain, which is all the gain you need to power the Shure SM7B, plus a variety of signal processing controls.
See the dbx286s in action here:
I have included links to the audio components I used to create this video below for your reference:
My Shure SM7B Setup
Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone
Cloudlifter CL-1 (I no longer use this. Replaced with dbx286s)
dbx286s (This is what I use instead of the Cloudlifter)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface
The Cables I Use To Connect The Above Hardware
Mogami Gold Studio 03 XLR to XLR Quad Conductor Patch Cable 3 feet
GLS Audio 6ft Patch Cable Cord – XLR Male To XLR Female Black Mic Cable – 6′ Balanced
If you need something longer you can use:
GLS Audio 25 foot Mic Cable Patch Cords – XLR Male to XLR Female
RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm
My Previous Mic & Good Starter Mic
Audio Technica AT2020 USB
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