The Shure SMB7 dynamic microphone is a popular choice for outstanding voice recording, used by professional musicians, podcasters, youtubers... It's one of the best microphones available in the market, especially designed for voice recording. Because it is a professional microphone that uses a XLR connection (and not a USB plug-and-play one), you will need a couple more devices in order to connect this beauty to your computer:
- an audio interface such as the Scarlet i2i, which connects to your computer via USB and has two inputs where you can connect two microphones or one microphone and a guitar, for instance.
- a microphone pre-amp or activator such as the Cloudlifter. Without this one, your voice won't sound loud and clear enough.
Works on Linux?
- Yes. This microphone requires additional devices to be connected to your computer, no matter the OS. Once connected via a compatible audio interface such as the Scarlet, it is plug-and-play and will show up on your audio settings as "Scarlet i2i audio interface". No extra software needed on Ubuntu 21.04+.
- Ubuntu 21.04, Ubuntu 21.10
Clean recording without background noise:
Recording with background noise:
In this guide I share how I connected my Shure SMB7 microphone to my Ubuntu 21.10 machine
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