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    a second time- SM7B

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    I grabbed a SM7B again.

    man it sounds murky and cloudy...
    the room noise reduction is excellent, the build and all that...total 5 star.

    does everyone notice this dry SM7b is pretty blah, once I add some comp and eq it seems to sound great...but then a lot of mics do.

    anyone want to share what they do to their SM7B or RE20...dynamics for er....better dynamics?

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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    I pretty much always end up with some sort of gentle higher frequency boost when using sm7b and, maybe to a lesser extent, the re20.
    It's just the nature of the beast.

    I do use the 7b a lot for vocals though and I like the final sound I get.
    I like that it's rugged and hard to annoy with plosives etc

    The environment I record in isn't great at all which probably shapes my preference heavily.
    If the 7b isn't doing it I generally try the re20 next, then a 421 after that. Rarely get that far.
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    If you're have a preamp with a setting for Hi-Z give that a try. I usually use a FetHead (10kohm input Z) behind mine that seems to give the top end a bit crisper sound than with not using it.

    This is from a Focusrite blurb on preamp impedance....

    "Impedance Setting Quick Guide
    - In general, the following selections will yield these results:
    High mic pre-amp impedance settings
    - will generate more overall level
    - will tend to make the low- and mid-frequency response of the microphone flatter
    - will improve the high-frequency response of the microphone.
    Low pre-amp impedance settings
    - will reduce the microphone output level
    - will tend to emphasise the low- and mid-frequency presence peaks and resonant points of the microphone"


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    "Murky and cloudy" compared to what CC?

    Dave.

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    If you are comparing it to a condenser, iit will sound a little dark. I think of it as more natural sounding.
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    exactly condensers comparison.
    the BCD1 is tuned a bit brighter too.

    grabbed a Cloudlifter to try out, these seem to be big sellers with SM7b.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcaxis View Post
    If you're have a preamp with a setting for Hi-Z give that a try. I usually use a FetHead (10kohm input Z) behind mine that seems to give the top end a bit crisper sound than with not using it.

    This is from a Focusrite blurb on preamp impedance....

    "Impedance Setting Quick Guide
    - In general, the following selections will yield these results:
    High mic pre-amp impedance settings
    - will generate more overall level
    - will tend to make the low- and mid-frequency response of the microphone flatter
    - will improve the high-frequency response of the microphone.
    Low pre-amp impedance settings
    - will reduce the microphone output level
    - will tend to emphasise the low- and mid-frequency presence peaks and resonant points of the microphone"


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    That is interesting. And it may be something that is important to some that do not have that option.

    I use SM7b for almost every vocal recording I do in my studio. My preamp has a impedance selector switch. 300 is dull. 1.2k sounds really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmys69 View Post
    That is interesting. And it may be something that is important to some that do not have that option.

    I use SM7b for almost every vocal recording I do in my studio. My preamp has a impedance selector switch. 300 is dull. 1.2k sounds really good.

    That might be my experience without realising it.
    When I first bought my 7b I was really disappointed, although I held on to it anyway. I was using a digi 003 at that time.
    Shortly after when I got some broadcast console preamps I suddenly really liked the microphone and never looked back.

    I can't say the preamps have their own obvious character or 'colour' or whatever, but the 7b just sounds better through them than it did through the old digi.
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    does anyone set the switches on the back?
    no ones mentioned doing that yet.
    I dont have good luck setting eq;s with the closed back headphones on so left it as Flat setting.

    appreciate the inputs, the impedance is something I'll play with more.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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    I thought I had mine permanently set with the high freq bump but I happened to look at it earlier, no idea why, and noticed it's set to flat.
    I suppose it doesn't matter all that much whether the bump is on the mic or in a plugin but, as I say, I would have sworn I just set-and-forget the HF boost.

    I like the microphone a lot with my newer preamps but don't get me wrong - In a blind test with any condenser, the 7b is going to seem flat + dull.
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