So, that title deserves some qualifiers. It doesn’t sound as good because the Shure SM7B, however nearly nearly as good? Yeah, certain, it’s fairly good, particularly contemplating what it prices – and assuming you already personal a 3D printer. It’s not a very DIY challenge from scratch, extra a modification of an current microphone to place it into a brand new housing. A bit like modifying previous movie images lenses with a brand new housing to show them into cinema lenses – they’re not likely cinema lenses, however they’re shut.
The Shure SM7B is a staple amongst podcasters, vloggers and dwell streamers however at round $400, it’s not precisely a cheap microphone. On this video, Caleb Pike reveals us how we will take a cheap $20 Behringer microphone and a few bits and switch it into one thing that provides a really comparable sound to the vastly costlier microphone.
Though this SM7B clone with the finances mic inside it isn’t going to idiot actual microphone aficionados, it’s definitely going to be ok for these making an attempt to begin a podcast or dwell stream on an excellent low finances. It’s primarily based on the Behringer XM8500 dynamic microphone mounted inside a 3D printed housing with the metallic perforated dome eliminated and changed by one which extra resembles that of the Shure SM7B. Caleb has needed to modify the design of the housing barely, because the built-in yoke of the Shure isn’t all that strong when it’s in 3D printed type, however sound-wise, it’s not dangerous.
The distinction in sound is unquestionably noticeable whenever you hear the 2 microphones side-by-side fully unfiltered, however should you throw a little bit EQ and compression on there, you may doubtlessly make them sound nearly similar, relying in your voice. But when that’s an excessive amount of work and also you wish to begin with a microphone that sounds even nearer to the SM7B whereas nonetheless saving a bunch of cash, Caleb additionally walks us by means of the identical course of utilizing the $99 Shure SM58LC – which has a nearly similar fashion of microphone capsule to the 4x-the-price SM7B.
Listening to the 2 Shure microphones side-by-side, you must be listening to Caleb’s video on actually good studio headphones, like BeyerDynamic DT100, Rode NTH-100 or Sennheiser HD25 to actually be capable of discover a large distinction between them and a slight adjustment of the microphone’s place relative to the sound supply (your mouth) can typically compensate for that slight distinction. And given what you’ll save… No one will ever discover should you’re not utilizing them side-by-side with the actual deal on the identical sound supply.