Since the world of podcasters and the podcast it’s becoming wider and wider every day, I just feel the urge to compare as many microphones as possible, just to ease your process of purchasing the right one.
Once again, in this article I have compared two amazing microphones, coming from two different companies that are pretty known when it comes to producing qualitative microphones, but not only.
The microphones about to be compared are Shure SM7B and Rode Procaster, and as always, first, you can find an overview of both of those microphones, and then you can find a short comparison in between I have also included specifications of both of the microphones, because at the end of the day, those specifications are the ones that make a microphone qualitative or not, so don’t hesitate to rely on them.
So, without no further ado, let’s start this journey, and hopefully at the end of this article, all together come to a verdict, even though I highly doubt it, because, for some reason, I find it hard to come to a verdict, especially when it comes to microphones, but let’s see, hope dies last! So, let’s see how this goes!
Overview of Shure SM7B and Rode Procaster
The Shure SM7B is a dynamic moving coil microphone with a fixed cardioid characteristic that works incredibly well for miking instruments as well as recording speech and as a vocal mic.
Natural voice and instrument reproduction is ensured with a broad, linear frequency range. You’re ready to record without any interruptions thanks to a pneumatic shock-absorbing mount and advanced shielding that blocks all mechanical and broadband electromagnetic interference.
The Shure SM7B’s frequency response is excellent for recording speech and singing, and this is evident in the sound quality of the recordings.
This microphone enhances recordings with an incredibly genuine tone and a gentle warmth. The switchable “mid boost” and “bass roll-off” offer additional possibilities for generating a distinctive sound and enhancing the prominence of voices.
The SM7B performs equally well when recording instruments: Whether you’re recording wind and string instruments, drums and percussion, or guitar and bass amps, nothing is an issue because of the SM7B’s genuinely outstanding sound.
The Shure SM7B’s ability to reproduce voices naturally is one of many features that make it perfect for use as a speaker’s microphone. When selecting a microphone, podcasters, YouTubers, newsreaders, radio presenters, and singers should all give the SM7B a closer look.
But this microphone will also make a top-notch recording partner for musicians who play the guitar, drums, wind instruments, and string instruments.
Specifications and characteristics of Shure SM7B:
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency range: 50 – 20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity -59.0 dB (1.12 mV)
- Bass roll-off switch
- Mid-boost switch
- Impedance: 150 ohms
- Shielding against electromagnetic interference
- Swivel mount
- Zero Latency Headphone Jack
- XLR connector
- Dimensions: 190 x 64 x 96 mm
- Weight: 766 g
- Includes switch cover plate and windscreen
The Rode Procaster’s initial distinguishing characteristic is that, in contrast to many microphones used for speech, it is a dynamic rather than a condenser. Being a dynamic mic, it doesn’t require phantom power, and the switchable high-pass filter and cardioid polar pattern let it perform a fantastic job of rejecting unwanted noise.
However, as a speaker microphone, this doesn’t offer the same issue as it would when recording acoustic instruments or voices, when every harmonic counts. Of course, you lose a tiny bit of the detail you would receive from a condenser.
Since the cardioid pickup pattern allows 180 degrees of rejection, directional use, specifically in front of one voice as opposed to many at once, is best suited for this microphone.
Contrary to what it might seem at first, you also speak into the top of the microphone rather than the side. An internal pop shield helps with performance in this case, but just to be safe, we always recommend using an external pop filter.
Specifications and characteristics of Rode Procaster:
- Use: For radio and dubbing studios as well as for professional podcasting
- Build: Internal pop filter and insensitivity to HF- and other electromagnetic interference
- Diaphragm: Neodymium large-diaphragm capsule
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency range: 75 – 18.000 Hz
- Output impedance: 32 Ohm
- Sensitivity -56.0 dB re 1 V/Pascal (1.60 mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1 kHz
- Length: 214 mm
- Diameter: 53 mm
- Weight: 695 g
Shure SM7B V.s Rode Procaster
Because vocals can be recorded and reproduced in a controlled atmosphere and with the flat frequency response setting, the Shure SM7B is the undisputed king of studio recording.
Both by ear and when examining the frequency response charts, it is challenging to distinguish between the bass roll-off and presence boost choices. With presence boost mode, mids and treble are very little boosted in comparison to bass boost, but one thing is for certain: they sound very different.
Whereas, the frequency response of the Rode Procaster is full, smooth, and transparent; it has a level midrange and a great clarity boost with a transition that is completely bumps- and dent-free.
The lows may initially appear murky and unappealing due to proximity and the fact that you must be directly on top of it at close range in order for it to perform.
A simple low-cut filter, however, takes rid of this delicacy and allows the mic to start to shine. The Rode Procaster’s clarity with its lovely and silky-smooth highs suddenly sounds considerably more expensive.
Design and built
The Shure SM7B showcases the company’s focus on fine details and preference for superior manufacturing. Depending on the situation, you can choose from three options using two toggles (e.g. bass roll-off, flat, presence boost).
It is simple to attach and detach the SM7B from your preferred mic stand thanks to the smart yoke mounting mechanism. Additionally, the yoke’s adjustment is easy to use and provides just the right amount of resistance to maintain the microphone in its intended location.
Whereas, thanks to its all-metal structure, the Procaster feels good in your hands. A desk mount or boom arm would be smart investments because you wouldn’t want to hold the mic in your hands for too long. When trying to isolate from shaky desks or mic stands, Rode also provides a shock mount, which is sold separately.
The SM7B is an outstanding choice for the following applications: Recording studio, both instrumental and vocal, location Recording, motion picture and television scoring, television, talk shows, and news desks. Radio announcing and production and narration.
The Procaster produces pleasant results that don’t require a lot of post-production to polish for any speech-related application, including podcasts, voiceovers, and video. You will find a microphone in the Procaster that you would happily rely on. But let me just say that, as with any broadcast microphone, the recording environment will affect the quality you achieve.
For some reason, since I’ve been writing about microphones mainly, I find it hard to come to a conclusion, especially if it is a comparison article between dynamic mics. So, I’m sorry, but again the verdict is in your hands, and you will have to make your own decision.
I just can promise you that you can totally rely on the above-mentioned things when thinking to make a purchase, because I have mentioned some accurate information that would come in handy, and I’m pretty sure about it. Enjoy!
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