Originally Posted by jrghetto602
Ive heard the gain is only 48db which is remarkably lower the gain required for the SM7B. Have you used the SM7B with a low end interface?
Confirm the Focusrite pre has at least 55-60db of gain. Should be easy enough to find the specs. Or, as one of the above posters said, just get the SM7B and decide later whether you want/need a new preamp. You may decide your current one is fine.
Don't believe this BS that you absolutely need an expensive preamp for the SM7B to sound good. It sounds good on it's own with any decent preamp with about 60 db gain. Of course a good preamp with an EQ will help, but that's true for all mics.