A lot of people ask me what kind of microphone I prefer. The short answer is always, “Well, it depends on what I’m recording.” And that’s a good answer, because it’s simple and true. But the fact is, I do have a preference.
When I was getting started in broadcasting, which included setting up my own recording studio for podcasts, I didn’t have a lot of money. But I knew I needed to maximize my return when it came to the mic I chose. So, I did some research and landed on the Shure SM7B.
That microphone works well for me and is superb for what I want to accomplish with its use. And my voice quality is enhanced with the SM7B. It’s versatile and covers a wide frequency range that’s perfect for podcasting and certain industrial gigs. Those who choose the SM7B should include a Cloudlifter in the string. The Cloudlifter provides up to +25dB of gain that works in partnernship with your preamp in boosting your mics’ signal for clean, transparent recordings. It actually works like a charm.
I know voice actors and broadcasters who literally never leave home without their SM7B. Whether they’re on the road with their own recording equipment or working out of a corporate studio, they’ve got their SM7B tucked into their gig bag ready to go.
I told a guy one time that I could pound nails with my SM7B. He gave me that look, knowing I was exaggerating. But the mic really is tough and durable. I like that. I’m always on the move; I take care of my stuff like it’s made of porcelain, but I really do like the fact my preferred microphone matches my style.
If you’re like me and need the best microphone for the money, look up Shure and see what they can do for you.