The Shure MV7 podcast microphone has just dropped – and we think this could be the mic of your dreams if you’re a podcaster or gamer. Inspired by the legendary SM7B but incorporating state-of-the-art tech for ease of use, the MV7 looks like an enticing proposition. Is this the podcast mic you’ve been waiting for?
You can’t have helped but notice how popular podcasting has become recently. Spurred on by the COVID pandemic, artists and musicians have been seeking alternative ways of connecting with their fans. As a result, podcasting and streaming tools have spiked in interest. We’ve seen new releases the last month from Mackie and Zoom all hoping to exploit the wave of interest in podcasting. Now, it’s time for Shure to show their hand, with the MV7 podcast microphone.
The MV7 has a look which is instantly recognisable, with Shure themselves claiming it’s “Inspired by the legendary SM7B”. You’ll have seen the SM7B popping up on live streams and podcasts everywhere the last few years. It’s pretty much become the industry standard professional podcast and broadcast microphone. The SM7B has even become a cult studio classic for vocals and instrument micing; so there are big shoes to fill!
What Shure have undoubtedly attempted is to give that SM7B sound but in a more user-friendly format. The SM7B is a USB equipped microphone which offers you high-tech options for auto level setting, EQ and direct connection to your computer. There’s even a built-in 3.5mm headphone socket for direct headphone monitoring built-in. Where the SM7B is a traditional wired microphone needing an audio interface and some engineering ability to operate, the MV7 is plug and play.
High Tech, Low Hassle
A built-in level meter and touch controls on the mic let you make the important adjustments with ease. Shure’s ShurePlus app further attempts to simplify things for first time users with presets for close and near mic positions; you can also adjust your monitor mix directly from the app. The question is then, is this better than the SM7B?
In terms of raw technical specs, perhaps predictably, no. The MV7 doesn’t offer the same extended frequency response of the SM7B which leads us to suspect it uses a different mic capsule. If you’re an experienced engineer with an audio interface, the SM7B is still going to be the one to buy then.
If you’re a podcaster or gamer first an foremost and on a slightly more limited budget (the MV7 is €100 less than the SM7B) then you’ll undoubtedly find the MV7 attractive. We expect to see them popping up in live streams and podcasts everywhere soon!