I love this microphone. If you have the money available and you're into heavier music stop reading here and just buy it.
Now that the people that, in my opinion, this mic is perfect for are gone, let's get down to business.
This mic is clean, rich and very reliable. It not only feels sturdy, but it will usually avoid any background noise while recording, even when holding it in your hands, something a lot of heavy vocalists feel they need to do. This stops those headaches that can happen when you're in your home studio, you do the perfect vocal take and bam, someone closes a door half way through and it's ruined.
You may have guessed I use this mic for vocals mainly and you'd be correct. The music I write is usually aggressive, loud and this mic is perfect for it. However I have used it on pop tracks, grunge tracks and other lighter/moodier music and it also shines through there.
I've seen this mic used for micing guitar cabinets with high success although the sound is very niche so I wouldn't buy it just for that. Same with micing Toms. One of the main things I love about this microphone is because it feels so sturdy you're not afraid to use it anywhere and just see how it sounds.
I'm trying to find a negative about the mic and can think of very little. The wires on the side sometimes feel flimsy? But they've never broken or come loose and this mic has been beaten up royally by some vocalists.
Honestly if the good points I've brought to you perk your interest, just buy this microphone, you won't regret it.
I use the Shure SM 7 B for making videos on YouTube, Streaming on Twitch and also simply talking via TeamSpeak. I have paired it together with a FetHead to provide additional gain, as it required more than my audio interface can offer without adding too much noise.
The sound quality of this microphone is simply legendary. It also has a presence boost toggle and low frequency cut off, which I have enabled to get a bit more clearer audio from it.
What I also really like is the built in arm/stand that attaches to the microphone arm. It simply allows for better adjustment and makes it easy to use in a variety of places, for example when streaming to have it slightly offset so it does not cover your entire face.
Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase and won't be upgrading to anything else in the near future.
I use this to track vocals, electric guitar and bass cabs, floor tom, kick and misc percussion instruments. It does very well in all these applications, it's a real workhorse. Plus, it impresses the clients.
It's not the most neutral mic, it has a 'sound'. Warm and vintagey, I suppose. Not as detailed as a condenser, but still surprisingly detailed for a dynamic mic. On the right source, it often sounds 'right' straight away, I guess that's because I've been listening to it on countless records all my life! It takes EQ and compression well in the mix, and usually sits really well with a minimum of pulling and dragging.
It doesn't work on everything, I've found it to be pretty poor on acoustic guitar for example, and it often loses out to LDCs on vocals. BUT, on the right voice, it's terrific.
It's decent on floor tom, although it seems to pick up a lot of spill from the rest of the kit, snare and hi-hat especially.
If a band want to track a song live, I tend to use the sm7b on the lead vocals as it sounds great, but doesn't pick up as much bleed as an LDC would. For the same reason, it's great for recording in untreated rooms.
I like it a lot on guitar and bass amps, much more than the sm57.
For vocals, I use it with a GAP Pre73 mkiii that provides more than enough gain. For loud sources like drums and amps, my Focusrite Scarlett and Presonus D8 preamps have provided plenty of gain when the Pre73 was on other duties. It sounds 'darker' through the Pre73 than the other preamps.
For me, this has been a worthwhile investement. The only problem is now I want more large diaphragm dynamics!
Pros - versatile studio workhorse with a classic sound. Great on the right source. Cons - requires a preamp with plenty of gain to reach its full potential.