Shure Amplifies Its Iconic SM7B Microphone with The New SM7dB Edition
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its renowned SM7B microphone, Shure has launched a new edition, the SM7dB. This innovative addition to the Shure line-up is priced at $499 and boasts a built-in preamp, offering either 18- or 28dB of gain. This feature addresses the previous model’s requirement for significant amplification and eliminates the need for additional hardware.
The SM7dB: A New Era of Sound Engineering
The SM7dB’s built-in preamp promises a clean boost in volume without substantial alterations in size or form. This ensures that users can continue to enjoy the same compact, easy-to-use design they are used to with the SM7B, but with added benefits.
The new microphone also features two additional switches that allow users to bypass the preamp and toggle between varying gain amounts. This makes the SM7dB a versatile tool for creators, accommodating a variety of recording environments and sound requirements.
Workflow Changes and The Phantom Power Requirement
When the preamp is activated, it requires 48v phantom power, a slight workflow change for those familiar with dynamic microphones. However, despite this new requirement, the noise rejection characteristic of dynamic microphones remains unaffected with the built-in preamp, ensuring that users will continue to enjoy clear, high-quality sound.
The SM7dB comes with a price tag that is $100 more than the regular SM7B. However, for users who had planned on purchasing a separate preamp, the cost equals out. This makes the SM7dB a valuable investment for those seeking to elevate the quality of their sound without having to invest in multiple pieces of equipment.
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