What a gas ! hahaha
Is it okay for the included pop filter to be removed from the Shure SM7B entirely? It seems a bit more exposed than other mics do, with the giant holes and everything:
I've been reading that leaving the filter on negatively impacts sound quality.
I was also looking at the Warm Audio WA12 preamp to pair with the SM7B, but I don't want to lose the realtime processing features of the dbx286s to reduce background noise. Will using the focusrite as an interface negatively impact my sound quality? I don't plan to use the gain on the focusrite; I only want to use it for analog-to-digital conversion so that I can get the audio onto my PC.
I'm trying to keep my budget somewhere in the ~$700 range or so, total.
People regularly remove some, if not all, of the stuff around the capsule. Up to you.
I would just start with the new MIC.
Downside to 'pop filters in general;
You loose a bit of top end.
Downside to not having [adequate for the use] pop filtering;
Crappy breath noises polluting your tracks.
I'll take a bit of clarity' loss I can make up with a touch of eq every time.
The pop gag does not just reduce plosives, it also keeps spit off the diaphragm (and other unmentionables!) . A conventional frame shield could be used which perhaps has less HF loss than a foam gag? There are some very low loss but very effective shields on the market that cost 2 or 3 times the price of conventional ones but are said to be worth the extra. Name escapes this old, med addled brain but I shall track them down. (I would not let ANYONE gob into ANY of my mics and if they did it to an SM7b I would brain them with a counterweight!)
The issue with running a pre amp through an attenuated mic pre is a common worry but I have never thought it a problem. Even a workaday mic pre, at minimum gain and with a 20dB pad is going to be pretty transparent and the F'rite pres are rather better than 'workaday' by all accounts!
'Oil be beck!'
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