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sm7 pre-amp?
Old 21st March 2008
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sm7 pre-amp?

I 've read the sm7 needs a high gain pre-amp.
I have a motu ultralite, will this work?
Old 21st March 2008
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I doubt...SM7B really shines with high quality preamp in my experience...as any dynamic. Though this one need a lot of gain.
Old 21st March 2008
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I remember when I had my vintech 72, my sm57 sounded incredible. Unfortunately I don't have that kind of cash right now.
Old 21st March 2008
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with a dynamic mic (like the sm7) a high end pre amp will make a huge difference. Anything with lots of clean gain will be good.

narco
Old 21st March 2008
  #5
My voice over talent has a loud voice, is my moto ultralite still out of the picture?

If so, what is a budget pre-amp someone would recommend?
Old 21st March 2008
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick B. View Post
My voice over talent has a loud voice, is my moto ultralite still out of the picture?
maybe. check the manual to see what the gain is on the preamps. You'd proably want in the area of 60dB. Next try turning up the gain to this level with no mic pluged in and see how much hiss there is. If there is more than you will want on your final recording then get something else.

sorry I don't know my cheap preamps, so I can't recommend any

narco
Old 21st March 2008
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UA Solo 610.
Old 21st March 2008
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The sm7 sounds heavenly with a Great River preamp.
Old 21st March 2008
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Ok. my ultralite goes to 60db but the last 5 db are noisy.
I'm open to suggestions on a nice pre for the sm7
Old 21st March 2008
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Originally Posted by JPeters86 View Post
The sm7 sounds heavenly with a Great River preamp.
+1
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Old 21st March 2008
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What about the re20, does it need a high gain pre also?
Old 21st March 2008
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Originally Posted by Patrick B. View Post
What about the re20, does it need a high gain pre also?
Not quite as much as the SM7B, but it still needs a lot. I think the RE27 is a little hotter still.
Old 22nd March 2008
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Originally Posted by Patrick B. View Post
Ok. my ultralite goes to 60db but the last 5 db are noisy.
I'm open to suggestions on a nice pre for the sm7
RNP is good start at $500
Old 22nd March 2008
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RNP is good start at $500
The RNP is kind of noisy at the last 10db of gain.
Old 22nd March 2008
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The Grace 101 is about $500-550 and it is super clean and a world class league mic pre, for little money.
Old 22nd March 2008
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SM7 with API works wonderfully.
Old 22nd March 2008
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The Grace 101 is about $500-550 and it is super clean and a world class league mic pre, for little money.
+1. Awesome pre.
Old 22nd March 2008
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SM7B sounds good through almost every pre I have used it. But so far the absolute best one has been Great River. DAV ain't bad either, but I like the hair GR is giving to the sound.
Old 23rd March 2008
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Originally Posted by EricF View Post
RNP is good start at $500
I get good results from my SM7 and my RNP. It is nice on the great river too.

RE20 does not need as much gain, but I prefer the SM7 in more cases.

Both great mics though.
Old 23rd March 2008
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SM7b sounds amazing through my CL 7602. Love it for vocals especially.
Old 24th March 2008
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anybody used the sm7 through a purple bizz for male vocals or acoustic guitar?
Old 24th March 2008
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Originally Posted by JPeters86 View Post
The sm7 sounds heavenly with a Great River preamp.
+2 thumbsupthumbsup
Old 24th March 2008
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick B. View Post
Ok. my ultralite goes to 60db but the last 5 db are noisy.
well then give it a try. it wont shine as it will with a higher end pre but if the source is loud enough then it should work. i never need more than about 50db gain on my SM7b.
Old 25th March 2008
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anybody used the sm7 through a purple bizz for male vocals or acoustic guitar?
nobody huh?
Old 25th March 2008
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I stopped using my Sm7b until I bought a Focusrite 1sa 428. Lots of clean gain but the impedance switches really alter the sound.

John
Old 26th March 2008
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Sm7b with P1 here.

Awesome!

Gorgeous!

Delicious!

Tone!....

Old 26th March 2008
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TRP

TRP

TRP

TRP

or the Grace 101, great pre from a great compnay, a little cheaper than the TRP but only one channel, though it does include phantom, which the SM7 doesn't need.

P.S., the RNP is kind of a lousy deal.

Damn, this topic sure sounds familiar ...

JSL
Old 26th March 2008
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Gggggggreat Riverrrrrr!
Old 26th March 2008
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I've tried my Sm7b through both my Trident S20 and Mackie Onyx pre's...obviously not in the ballpark of great river, but both sounded pretty good.
Old 26th March 2008
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rukas View Post
+1. Awesome pre.
Another +1 here!
Have never tried a SM7b into mine yet, but I bet it would be the cat sass
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