Shure SM7b questions...

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Member Since: May 06, 2007

Hey guys, I'm really excited as I just got my Shure SM7b vocal mic in yesterday. I have not played with it much, but I was worried that my Line6 UX would not have enough drive for it. But this is no longer an issue. I tested it out with general speaking paterns, and with the input almost cranked, I get good signal without any hiss, buzz, or hums.

So, now here is a small series of questions on it. I know it has a bass roll off, flat response, and a presence boost. My question is, what settings should I be using for this types of situations:

Death metal (Low growls and lower screams)
Metal (mid to high screams)

Also, for guitar cab micing (as I hear this mic is solid and does wonders compaired to the SM57), what should I use with a cab? And is it possible to get a solid sound from this mic when micing a bass cab?

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance.

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MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Mar 14, 2010 01:31 am

The settings you need. Different voices, different guitar sounds - They need different things.

I generally start with "flat" and go from there...

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
Since: Jun 20, 2002

Mar 14, 2010 08:27 pm

I tend not to use the presence boost , like MM said i like to keep it flat . I havn't had to use the bass roll off yet either (but i've only recorded vocals and a little guitar). My advice is to listen , and see what sounds best . the less you have to process (or prcesses added) the better off you'll be.
Since: Nov 11, 2007

Mar 15, 2010 06:19 pm

If it were me, I'd compress heavily. I'd even go as far as to say 6:1 would be the LEAST amount of compression I would put on a screaming vocal. The point isn't to preserve dynamics with screaming; it's to create a percussive element out of a more commonly melodic instrument.

So go into it knowing what you're going for, brutal vocals that hit HARD. Compression is the best way to do that. Don't forget to use the compressors gain settings to bring the volume up if it's too quiet for you.

Even if you haven't experimented with singing in the past I'd seriously recommend singing through that Sm7b. It does a GREAT job of making male vocals sound better than reality in my opinion.

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