Thomann has added USB-C to the t.bone MB 7 Beta microphone and turned it into the MB 7 Beta USB. With a choice of USB and XLR connections, the MB 7 Beta USB looks like a versatile and affordable mic for a wide range of applications.
the t.bone MB 7 Beta USB
One look at the MB 7 Beta USB and it’s obvious which famous mic served as an inspiration. Shure’s SM7B is a classic that’s seeing a huge surge in popularity thanks to the rapidly growing podcasting and streaming scenes. Like the SM7B, the t.bone MB 7 Beta USB is a dynamic microphone designed for a wide range of studio, broadcasting and podcasting applications.
Other similarities include the cardioid polar pattern, integrated pop filter and shock mount. The MB 7 Beta USB is shielded against electromagnetic interference. The manufacturer states a frequency range of 20–20,000 Hz and an output impedance of 320 Ohms.
What sets the MB 7 Beta USB apart from its non-USB counterpart is the USB-C connector. You can connect the microphone directly to a computer using the included USB-C to USB-A cable. This means that you don’t need an audio interface to record with the MB 7 Beta USB, which is especially convenient in a desktop recording environment. It’s also possible to connect the MB 7 Beta USB to mobile devices using an OTG adapter.
What’s great is that they’ve kept the XLR connector, giving you a choice of connections. If you’d like to run the MB 7 Beta USB through a fancy preamp or connect it to the XLR inputs of popular podcasting devices like the Rodecaster Pro, PodTrak P8 or Maonocaster, that’s definitely doable. The choice of connections means that the MB 7 Beta USB is a versatile mic for a wide range of applications that extend well beyond the podcasting and broadcasting fields.
Price and availability
The t.bone MB 7 Beta USB is now available from Thomann* for £86 / €119 / $120.