We've known that counterfeit mics are available for years - the SM57 and SM58 dodgy mics being well known, but a friend sent me an SM7B to try.
Things didn't go that well, to be honest - but not in the way you might imagine. One thing is clear, you do need to be on the ball. In the video, I've run through what I found, and you can hear the genuine SM7B against the fake.
I recently got a Shure SM7b but I suspect it's defective. I've only recorded vocals for one song with it but felt there was something off with the sibilance so I analyzed it with Voxengo Span and noticed that there is a weird dip at 6500 Hz. It looks exactly like if there was an EQ with a very narrow bell with a pretty large decrease in dB at 6500 Hz.
This is an average measurement using Voxengo Span. The audio is completely dry, the SM7b set to flat (i.e. no bass roll off or presence boost).
In the videos I have been producing, we've listened to a number of microphones and how they respond to voice and instruments, but for completeness, we'd not heard them on voices. I'd been working on a little job where I'm creating a stage track for a person I've worked with for years and I always send him the stems, and a guide vocal. He then replaces that with his voice, and does another of just the track which he uses live with a real voice and the tracks. I thought it an opportunity to put out an array of mics and record my vocals on the different mics.
I know absolutely nothing about this stuff so I just wanted to check with you which one is better.
Im planning to record some youtube videos and the mic I'm going to use is Shure SM7B. So since its an XLR mic I need some sort of audio interface.
I know SSL2 is going to work fine with Shure but I already have Terratec DMX 6Fire, do you think this will work fine?
I have a client that I have been struggling with finding the correct mic for. He has a really sharp s sound so any of my condensers where out of the question the minute I heard his rap vocals. Here is an example of a song he recorded using an AKG c3000 and I mixed and mastered. (he is the fist rapper)
Setting up home studio for on line radio and looking for a mike, can anyone tell me why the MXL V63M is so cheap ?
I found a used Shure Sm7b
Or any other XLR suggestions considering a limited budget to run though my board would be much appreciated. I have phantom power on the board but no other home equipment at the moment.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks Gents.
I am purchasing an SM7b for vocals. I will be doing a singer/songwriter set-up, just vocals and midi piano. I was looking at this setup:
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface
A-Designs P-1 Pre
I am running Reaper on Windows 7
Is this a good setup? Out of curiosity, if I only purchased the first two items and used the built-in pre in the Focusrite (maybe with a cloudlifter), how much difference would there be in sound quality than using an external pre like the AD P-1? $800 worth? Enough for the casual listener to tell?
Im starting to setup my studio again. Do you think this might be over kill for a clean vocal? Inside the SE Reflexion is the Shure SM7B. As you can see i have panels. So when i stand behind mic, there will be a panel behind me/back facing panel. The stand is directed between the two panels but is usually right in front of the one on the wall to left (with space of course for me to stand in between). Feel free to give opinions!
As for my situation, I'm recording spoken vocals for audio-only video games -- essentially radio dramas with some interactive elements. For now I only need to record 1 actor at a time, but I want my studio to support more than that in case I need multiple simultaneous actors later on.
i need a new vocal mic
just all around vocal mic, form a to z
my choices are:
1. mod my r77 that i already have
2. get a sm7b
3. or get a cad e100s
now with the r77 that i already have, i think it sounds alright but I'm pretty sure a mod would make it sound better, i am using a fethead booster to use it with my onboard phantom power, so i could mod the r77 and maybe or maybe not get a better preamp