Shure Announces Update to the Celebrated SM7b: The Active Dynamic SM7dB


Podcasters, streamers, and content creators: take notice. Shure is updating one of its most successful microphones, the ubiquitous SM7b, to make your work easier than ever. The new active dynamic SM7dB takes all the smooth, polished, flat, and wide frequency response of the original and adds a built-in preamp for a more robust output level, eliminating the need for an inline preamp.

Shure SM7dB Vocal Microphone with Built-In Preamp
Shure SM7dB Vocal Microphone

The new preamp, built with technology licensed from Cloud, celebrated for its Cloudlifter preamp products, has been tuned by Shure’s engineers specifically for the SM7dB to ensure the iconic SM7 sound remains intact while making it easier to get big, rich-sounding vocal recordings in podcasting, streaming, and studio recording applications.

The preamp is powered via 48V phantom power. You can set the active circuitry for either a +18 or +28 dB boost, or you can remove it from the circuit entirely via the true-bypass switch. You still get all the onboard controls of the original SM7b, including a bass roll-off and a mid-range presence boost.

Shure SM7dB

Also, like the SM7b, you still get a cardioid mic that deftly rejects off-axis audio, internal air suspension shock isolation to eliminate mechanical noise transmission, optimized shielding against electromagnetic interference, and a broadcast-style yoke mount for facilitating precise control of mic position.

Finally, the SM7dB still comes with a detachable close-talk windscreen for eliminating the need to add any additional protection against explosive breath sounds. This feature is vital for ensuring the SM7dB maintains the SM7 legacy as a premier microphone for close-up vocals, podcasting, and narration.

For more information about this new Shure dynamic microphone, including additional features, specs, and highlights, be sure to check out the detailed product page for the Shure SM7dB. Or drop us a line below, and we’ll do our best to reply to your comments and questions.


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My business is Audio Production for Film and  TV. My normal setup is two 416s placed left and right and a SM7 for ambience. This setup always nails the sound. I did a 16 piece orchestra in a 48' x 60' room. The 416s were placed at 45 degrees left and right, and the SM7 (not 7B) was placed in the back of the last row completely flat, going into a SD 788T-SSD  I've gotten rave reviews