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SM7 into M Audio Tampa
Old 25th May 2006
  #1
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SM7 into M Audio Tampa

So I have been having the siblance problems with my Rode NT1000, and with a few of your recommendations I've been checking out the SM7B.

I've done some searching and reading and see alot of people recommending a "high end pre" or a pre with alot of gain.

Question is...
Will I be able to get a decent sound out of this mic with the tampa or should I look into another condensor?

The sound of the rode and the tampa isn't a bad sound, just thin and harsh.

So what do you guys think?

I'm thinking if the tampas not going to work out with the SM7, of going with one of the following tube mics:

MXL V69
MXL 960
AT3060 (Looks alot like my old 3035 but with a larger capsule)
Also the ADK hamburg

Any info/advice on the above?

I def. need something darker then the rode.

I would like to get a better pre and go with the SM7, but I just bought a house and Im getting married in August, so my money is spent. Maybe next year.
Old 25th May 2006
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i don't know anything about the tampa, but look at its specs.
Can it provide at least 55db of gain?

With less than that, you wont get a strong enough signal from the SM7. Also, even if you have a pre that you can crank to 60db, is it clean up to 60db? If not you could end up with a strong signal, but with a lot of hum/hiss/noise.
Old 25th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyPraze
So I have been having the siblance problems with my Rode NT1000, and with a few of your recommendations I've been checking out the SM7B.

I've done some searching and reading and see alot of people recommending a "high end pre" or a pre with alot of gain.

Question is...
Will I be able to get a decent sound out of this mic with the tampa or should I look into another condensor?

The sound of the rode and the tampa isn't a bad sound, just thin and harsh.

So what do you guys think?

I'm thinking if the tampas not going to work out with the SM7, of going with one of the following tube mics:

MXL V69
MXL 960
AT3060 (Looks alot like my old 3035 but with a larger capsule)
Also the ADK hamburg

Any info/advice on the above?

I def. need something darker then the rode.

I would like to get a better pre and go with the SM7, but I just bought a house and Im getting married in August, so my money is spent. Maybe next year.
Get the SM7, and save up and get a good pre.
Old 25th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TonyBelmont
Get the SM7, and save up and get a good pre.
We'll thats the plan, but I want to be able to record until that time comes.

After reading some posts from other users, I dont think the Tampa is gonna have enough gain for a dynamic mic.

So its back to the drawing board...
Old 25th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by simonv
i don't know anything about the tampa, but look at its specs.
Can it provide at least 55db of gain?

With less than that, you wont get a strong enough signal from the SM7. Also, even if you have a pre that you can crank to 60db, is it clean up to 60db? If not you could end up with a strong signal, but with a lot of hum/hiss/noise.
From the web page:
Tampa preamp
mic input:
XLR with variable impedance loading (2400/1200/600/300 ohms)
instrument input (TRS):
200k balanced / 100k unbalanced
digital outputs:
AES/EBU and S/PDIF 24-bit mono (44.1/48/88.2/96kHz)
continuously variable gain:
34dB
low-cut switch:
-12dB / octave below 80Hz
system gain (balanced in/out):
12dB to 46dB (20dB gain switch off)
32dB to 66dB (20dB gain switch on)
maximum analog output at soft clip:
+30dBu (balanced)
*+24dBu (unbalanced)
Old 25th May 2006
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i use to have a tampa. it has an alright sound but nothing great, but it doesn't have a lot of gain for a mic like a sm7...if you use the +20 gain and turn the gain up you should be alright. use the spdif output too.. its rather quiet...
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