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    Shure SM7B - Do I need it?

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    Hey guys,

    A used Shure SM7B has come up locally for a good price and I'm trying to decide if I need one (used one in a studio last winter and liked it a lot). Here's what we've got so far:

    SM58
    SM57
    AT3035
    AKG C1000s
    Apex 210 Ribbon
    Apex 460 Tube
    A few old bullet/dirt mics

    I don't have any fancy preamps or anything yet (looking to upgrade from a Presonus Bluetube DP), but my Zoom R24 has done well by us so far...

    What do you think?

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    Can't really answer that other than to say I love mine.

    What would you use for? What mics would it replace?

    If you're planning on building up an arsenal, just go for it.

    Having an Sm7b handy is never ever a bad thing.
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    Thanks for the reply. I figure that none of those I listed are that great in terms of vocal mics, but we do well with them. That said, the SM7B sounded great on my wife's vocals in the studio, so it would probably be great for that...

    The guy already has someone else interested (no surprise considering it's a few hundred cheaper than retail), but there's still hope (and I'll still look for one regardless of this deal).

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    It can't hurt you, if that's what you're asking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitaristic View Post
    It can't hurt you, if that's what you're asking...
    Ha. Yeah, I suppose this is one of those "confirm what I already want to do" threads...

    Asking "should I buy more gear" on a recording forum is like asking a bartender if I should have another drink. Ha.

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    I would just buy one, nice, versatile vocal mic and spend the rest on other stuff. Like, in your case, maybe a pre amp. Do you think this could be your one, nice, versatile vocal mic ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saads View Post
    I would just buy one, nice, versatile vocal mic and spend the rest on other stuff. Like, in your case, maybe a pre amp. Do you think this could be your one, nice, versatile vocal mic ?
    I was hoping it could be our go-to vocal mic, for sure. I know it sounds great on my wife/bandmate's voice and have heard nothing but good things.

    In terms of a preamp, I was thinking of something like Pre73 or maybe the FMR RNP. Do you guys have any suggestions of something in that price-range?

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    I would say that if you want to build a serious studio setting, the SM7 is almost mandatory.

    That said, I haven't got one (yet), either.

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    Another thing to keep in mind is that the SM7b and mics like it (re20, re320) take more gain than others for vox! How much gain can your preamps crank out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitaristic View Post
    Another thing to keep in mind is that the SM7b and mics like it (re20, re320) take more gain than others for vox! How much gain can your preamps crank out?
    The pres on the R24 are usually fine, but I brought in the Bluetube DP to use with my Apex 210 ribbon mic and it does fine.

    Any pre you could recommend in the range of a Pre73, etc?

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