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60 million records with a shure SM7($300) mic!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ransom, Jan 18, 2002.

  1. ransom

    ransom Guest

    Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" was recorded by Bruce Sweiden through a Massenburg console and a Shure SM7 mic. Bruce said he wanted the sound of a dynamic mic specifically, and not a large condensor(Mix Mag 1997). This was a number one song, and was the Hottest! thing when I was in 3rd grade. To all my fellow gear junkies...when in doubt use your ears and experiment, not your wallet.
    THRILLING!
     
  2. adam_w1

    adam_w1 Guest

    The SM7 (big, looks like a can)is a pretty excellent mic and sounds great... It was also used for Anthony Kiedis vocals on Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Kid Rock's last one, and probably by the looks of some pics I've seen the new "System Of A Down". Trainspotting, anyone ?
     
  3. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    I thought it was a Harrison console, did Massenburg modify it?

    Harvey uses an SM-7 that he bought off Sweiden as his first call vocal mic, and that works for him most of the time. That's kind of down the list of mics to get for me, since I've only heard of people being big on them as vocal mics (with my budget it needs to do vocals, instruments, and take out the trash), but I do still want one.

    Bear
     
  4. Originally posted by Bear's Gone Fission:
    since I've only heard of people being big on them as vocal mics

    FWIW, I know of a lot of great recordings where SM-7 has been used for trumpet. For instance, on a lot of Mile Davis' recordings the '7 was used.

    I also bet it would be great on electric gtr, after all the diaphragm is a sibling to the one used in the SM-57.

    Do you record any spoken word? Then SM-7 would be da bomb!

    /Mats
     
  5. tubedude

    tubedude Active Member

    What the deal, the SM-7 isnt on the Shure site anymore... discontinued? I've been thinking about getting one for awhile now.
     
  6. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Guest

    also, all the Sheryl Crow vox on Globe Sessions were rec with a SM-7.. In the control room with the Monitors on..

    Way Cool

    Steve Smith
     
  7. Geoff Ruby

    Geoff Ruby Guest

    Anyone used these for kick, floor toms, bass cabs or other places one might use a large diaphragm dynamic? I've heard others report success using them on ride cymbals and hats, but personally have only used one on vox.
    Cheers,
    Geoff Ruby
     
  8. Originally posted by Geoff Ruby:
    Anyone used these for kick, floor toms, bass cabs or other places one might use a large diaphragm dynamic? I've heard others report success using them on ride cymbals and hats, but personally have only used one on vox.
    Cheers,
    Geoff Ruby


    Large Diaphragm Dynamic?

    :eek:

    where did you get that? The diaphragm is the same one used in the SM57.

    The SM7 is an excellent microphone and may be used anywhere it sounds good.
     
  9. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

    Originally posted by Richard Kuschel:


    Large Diaphragm Dynamic?

    ;)
     
  10. bohemio

    bohemio Guest

    We recorded electric guitars on our record with either a sm7 or a vp-88(stereo mic used for more ambiental guitars)... most distorted and pure clean guitars were done with an sm7 through a demeter preamp... the sounds we got for distorted guitars was amazing... sm7 rocks...

    great on vocals, excelente choice for large diaphram dynamic...
     
  11. Originally posted by tubedude:
    What the deal, the SM-7 isnt on the Shure site anymore... discontinued? I've been thinking about getting one for awhile now.

    The updated SM7B is right here:
    http://www.shure.com/microphones/models/sm7.asp?PN=Selection Guides

    /Mats
     
  12. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I'd like to ask all of your opinions. I've been thinking about the SM-7 for years, but I already have an EV RE-27. Will the sound of an SM7 be significantly enough different to make it worthwhile to get that mic as well? Also, anyone have any thoughts about whether the new SM7b is equal or an improvement to the original? I'd hate to buy the new one and then hear everyone say they are a piece of $*^t compared to the original (which seems to happen a lot these days!)
     
  13. Originally posted by littledog:
    any thoughts about whether the new SM7b is equal or an improvement to the original?

    I believe that the main difference is in the shielding.

    IMO, Shure has a history of not changing designs without being very honestly outspoken about it.

    /Mats
     
  14. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    I've been thinking about the SM-7 for years, but I already have an EV RE-27. Will the sound of an SM7 be significantly enough different to make it worthwhile to get that mic as well?

    Haven't encountered the RE-27, though I think I'd like to have one in the stable. This review does seem to suggest they might be a bit close to eachother for it to really diversify your mic cabinet, but I can't tell you that for sure. Maybe you can borrow or rent an SM-7 in your area for some testing.

    BTW, I think I had actually seen a C revision of the SM-7 making the rounds. Anyone know about that?

    Bear
     
  15. Geoff Ruby

    Geoff Ruby Guest

    Originally posted by Richard Kuschel:

    Large Diaphragm Dynamic?



    where did you get that? The diaphragm is the same one used in the SM57.

    The SM7 is an excellent microphone and may be used anywhere it sounds good.


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I think he means has anyone used an SM7 in place of/instead of a large diaphragm dynamic.

    Umm, Yeah!

    Didn't mean to suggest this was a large diaphragm dynamic. However, I'll be honest ... until a few months ago, and thanks to this forum I now know otherwise, I thought it was. It looks like one (big and heavy) and is priced in the same league as other large dia. dynamics, so I just assumed. It sure doesn't sound like a 57 though!!

    So I asked the question because I thought there may be others like myself who, based on its looks, tried the SM7 in a large diaphragm dynamic role and perhaps had more success than I have had using it that way. (Despite my rather limited mic selection its been pretty much relegated to vocal duties. I'd like to get more out of it).

    On a different perspective - does the SM7 have ANY sonic similarity to any of the common ribbon mics out there? The SM7 has a smoothish rolled off top, and can have different sounds on the bottom few octaves depending on how its set up. It also has a relatively low output, like most ribbon mics. Are there any sonic similarities?

    Cheers,
    Geoff Ruby
     
  16. ldawg713

    ldawg713 Guest

    Recently, I was working on a elec. guitar o/d session at a friend of mine's studio. I had had been plugging along merrily for most of the day using mostly a 4038 but also a 441 and a 57, when at the 11th hour the studio owner came galavanting in from a day scouring the local yard sales.
    Obviously quite pleased with himself, he produced an SM7 that he'd aquired for some obnoxiosly reasonable price. Of course the first thing I did was put it up in front of the twin I'd been recording all day, and for the sound I was after, the first thing I thought was: "I wish you'd had this this morning..."
     
  17. drundall

    drundall Guest

    I use it on rock bass amp. Has a cool gritty sound that punches through the mix. See what you think.
     

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