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Shure SM7dB Vocal Microphone with Built-In Preamp

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Shure SM7dB Vocal Microphone with Built-In Preamp
Key Features
  • For Professional Voice-Over Applications
  • For Podcasting and Broadcasting Work
  • Built-In Preamp with +18 or +28 dB Gain
  • Preamp Powered via 48V Phantom Power
The black Shure SM7dB is an updated version of the SM7B, featuring a built-in preamp for a more robust output level, eliminating the need for an inline preamp. The SM7dB offers the same smooth, flat, and wide-range frequency response for music and speech that made the original a popular choice for professional audio applications. The mic's specially engineered dynamic capsule provides a smooth, polished vocal sound with a rich response in the lower frequency registers, making the mic a favorite among broadcasters and podcasters.
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Shure SM7DB Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2A Proven Performer, Now with More Output Gain
  • 3Broadcast-Quality Sound
  • 4Built-In Preamp
  • 5Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 6Rejection of Electromagnetic Hum
  • 7Air Suspension Shock Isolation
  • 8Pop Filter
A Proven Performer, Now with More Output Gain
The black Shure SM7dB is an updated version of the SM7B, featuring a built-in preamp for a more robust output level, eliminating the need for an inline preamp. The SM7dB offers the same smooth, flat, and wide-range frequency response for music and speech that made the original a popular choice for professional audio applications. The mic's specially engineered dynamic capsule provides a smooth, polished vocal sound with a rich response in the lower frequency registers, making the mic a favorite among broadcasters and podcasters.
Broadcast-Quality Sound
The SM7dB features a cardioid polar pattern, bass roll-off, and midrange emphasis (presence boost) controls as well as shielding against broadband interference. An internal air suspension shock isolation helps to eliminate mechanical noise transmission, and a yoke mount facilitates mounting and provides precise control of the mic position.
Built-In Preamp
The SM7dB features a built-in preamp that is powered via 48V phantom power. The preamp can be set for +18, +28 dB, or removed from the circuit entirely via the true-bypass switch.
Cardioid Polar Pattern
The classic cardioid pickup pattern is designed to reject off-axis audio, so you can sing or speak at a comfortable angle. And, it captures the sound with minimum coloration, isolating the signal source, which helps to reduce feedback issues.
Rejection of Electromagnetic Hum
Improved rejection of electromagnetic hum—optimized for shielding against broadband interference emitted by computer monitors.
Air Suspension Shock Isolation
Internal air suspension shock isolation virtually eliminates mechanical-noise transmission.
Pop Filter
The detachable close-talk windscreen eliminates the need for any add-on protection against explosive breath sounds—even for close-up vocals or narration.

Shure SM7DB Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Stand/Boom Mount
Element Type
Dynamic
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Frequency Range
50 Hz to 20 kHz
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Microphone
Primary Applications
Broadcast, Podcast, Web-Streaming
Form Factor
Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals, Speech/Voice-Over
Sound Field
Mono
Element Type
Dynamic
Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Pad
No
Tone Adjustment
Mid Boost
Gain Adjustment
+18 +28 dB
Performance
Frequency Range
50 Hz to 20 kHz
Impedance
150 Ohms
27 Ohms (Phantom Power)
Load Impedance
1 Kilohms
Sensitivity
-59 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level
130 dBV/Pa A-Weighted (Phantom Power, Typical)
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Operating Voltage
48 V (Phantom Power)
Physical
Color
Gray
Mounting Thread Size
5/8"-27 Female
Construction Material
Aluminum, Steel
Dimensions
H: 5.9 x W: 3.8 x L: 7.8" / H: 149.9 x W: 96.5 x L: 198.1 mm
Weight
1.7 lb / 764 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.935 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
13.3 x 7.4 x 4.9"

Shure SM7DB Reviews

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Does this plug straight into the Canon R5C? Or ...

Does this plug straight into the Canon R5C? Or does the canon R5C not have Phantom power?
Asked by: brad
No, the Shure SM7dB Vocal Microphone is not compatible for direct connection to the Canon EOS R5 C Mirrorless Camera. The mic requires phantom power, which the camera is unable to supply. However, you could use it with a separate phantom power supply or an XLR adapter/mixer like the TASCAM CA-XLR2d-C XLR Microphone Adapter Kit for Canon Cameras (B&H # TACAXLR2DC), the Beachtek DXA-MICRO-PRO Active XLR Compact Adapter (B&H # BEDXAMICROP), or the Saramonic SR-PAX1 Two-Channel Audio Mixer, Preamp, Microphone Adapter (B&H # SASRPAX1), which use a 3.5mm cable that will connect directly to the camera's mic input. If you want to use a separate phantom power supply, you could use the Xvive Audio P1 Portable Phantom Power Supply with Rechargeable Battery (B&H # XVP1), the Denecke PS-1A - Portable Single Channel 48V Phantom Power Supply (B&H # DEPS1A), the PSC 48 PHantom - Single Channel Battery Operated Phantom Power Supply (B&H # PS48PMPS), the Mackie M48 Single-Channel 48V Phantom Power Supply (B&H # MAM48), or the Rolls PB224 - 2-Channel Portable Battery Operated Phantom Power Supply (B&H # ROPB224), which can be connected to the camera's mic input using a cable like the Kopul XRSM 3-Pin XLR Female to 3.5mm RA Stereo Mini-Plug Cable - 6' (B&H # KOXRSM06B), in any length you prefer.
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2024-04-02

Which mic is better for podcasting, the Shure ...

Which mic is better for podcasting, the Shure SM7dB the the RODE NT2-A Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone?
Asked by: Brian
The Shure SM7dB Vocal Microphone, and other similar dynamic broadcast mics, are useful for scenarios in which acoustic isolation is not possible - either because the recording space cannot be acoustically treated, or because several people must speak in close proximity. Large diaphragm condenser microphones like the Rode NT2-A are more sensitive, and provide excellent definition and clarity for situations in which background noise and flutter echo are not a problem.
Answered by: Calvin M
Date published: 2024-03-17
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