Shure made a podcast-friendly different to its high-end SM7b radio mic
Shure, the microphone firm that has merchandise in nearly each recording studio, has lastly launched its first hybrid USB / XLR dynamic microphone, the MV7.
The MV7 was designed to be an inexpensive different to Shure’s normal radio broadcasting dynamic microphone, the SM7b. When you had been to stroll into nearly any radio studio or a higher-budget podcast studio, you’ll most certainly discover Shure’s SM7b — however the price to get the SM7b studio prepared is simply too excessive for a podcaster beginning out. The SM7b is $400, however you additionally want some type of recording interface to document into your pc (beginning at round $100) and a pre-amplifier to spice up the sign. (Shure recommends the Cloudlifter, which begins at $150.)
Shure’s MV7 is a lower-budget choice, providing an all-in-one microphone / audio interface with a plug-and-play expertise at $249.
The worth is considerably above the opponents in its class, however the MV7 being a dynamic microphone is what makes it stick out within the now-crowded USB microphone house. Many USB microphones have copied the success of the best-selling Blue Yeti, a big diaphragm condenser mic. Although a condenser microphone is under no circumstances a foul sort of microphone, it’s extra delicate and delicate to background noises and rumbles. Condenser microphones are extra suited to very managed environments, whereas dynamic microphones are extra versatile in noisy environments and have extra sturdy inside elements. There are just a few different dynamic USB microphones out there out there, that are largely modeled after Shure’s mics, however none had been from Shure immediately till now.
The MV7 additionally presents built-in EQ and compression settings and presets managed by Shure’s MOTIV app when plugged in through USB. Although you can’t management inside settings when utilizing the XLR output, you do not want a Cloudlifter or phantom energy to spice up the sign when plugging into one other audio interface.
Shure says the MV7 is just not going to sound precisely just like the SM7b however that it presents the frequency response and tonal high quality of broadcast-style dynamic microphones. The SM7b sounded significantly higher than the MV7 out of the field in my very own transient comparability. Nonetheless, the “tone” presets on the MOTIV app (darkish, pure, and vivid) change the sound of the MV7 considerably. Shure says the “darkish tone” setting is designed to carry a BBC-style sound to the recording, whereas the “vivid” setting sounds extra like NPR. This can be a fairly nice setting for live-streaming slightly than recording, as that is one thing you are able to do in post-production when you have the know-how.
One factor to notice is Shure remains to be sticking with Micro USB for the MV7 as an alternative of shifting to USB-C, stating that they have already got Shure-made cables, that are additionally used of their different merchandise just like the MV88+ and the MV51, and that they don’t want the upper speeds that USB-C has to supply.
Since Shure has been a trusted model within the microphone house, the MV7 appears to be a promising choice for podcasting, streaming, and voice-over work for somebody who needs to improve their microphone setup whereas nonetheless maintaining the flexibleness of the built-in USB interface. Bringing the broadcast-style dynamic microphone to this house is definitely worth the effort, because it has been utilized in radio for many years.
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