Do you need another component with the Shure SM7B mic?

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    In the 80s, I had a reel to reel recorder. In the 90s, I had a 4-track cassette recorder (Tascam 424). After 20 years of not recording because of lack of tech knowledge, I’m going to start recording my own songs again. I plan to get the Shure SM7B for vocals. Someone at a party told me, I’d need to by some other component. It had the word cloud in it. Is that true? What was he talking about? Do all mics need it? My plan is to run the mic through the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface, and then into the computer with ProTools. Thenks in advance for sharing your knowledge.
     
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    No, you shouldn't need any thing for the Shure mic. Just plug it into your interface if you are using a DAW in your computer. If you were going to be recording in something like a digital 4 or 8 track recorder like a Tascam, etc. you wouldn't even need the interface. If it were a condenser mic then you would need phantom power which both can supply. I am using the same interface as you, the Scarlett 2i2.

    Back in the late 70's through the 90's I was also recording on a multi track recorder, a Fostex. Digital is so much better and easier.
     
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    Love the Tascam 424. A great machine. Shame a cassette tape costs a fortune now.
     
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    Your mic has a low output (as my Beta 57A) and combined with the Scarlett you "need" either a Cloudlifter, FetHead or similar to boost the gain.
    Otherways you'll have to gain the Scarlett pretty much, adding hum/noise at the same time.
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    The sm7b is a very low output microphone. Plugging it directly into your interface won't hurt anything, but you will have to turn your preamp gain all the way up, to get a useable level.

    The "cloud lifter" "fet head" or something similar will give you an instant 20db of clean gain, before it gets to your interface.

    Very useful. Highly recommended for the mic you want to use.

    The sm7b is a classic mic. Great on vocals (and other things), but it definitely could use the help of a cloud lifter.
     
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    Thanks. I talked to my guy at Sweetwater, and he bundled the mic. and the cloud lifter for $478 ($359 for mic, $119 for cloud lifter). Plus tax.
     
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    Good mic, Good deal. Have fun recording
     
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    The SM7 will plug straight into the Scarlett with no other device needed. The “cloud” is a device that acts like kinda a preamp to enhance the sound of a mic, but the SM7 doesn’t need any extra enhancement and your Scarlett has built in preamps.
     
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    The built in preamps of the Scarlett are pretty good. Good enough for these kind of recordings anyway.
    Keep it simple.

    All the best,
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    Thanks. I’ll try it and maybe return the Cloud Lifter.
     
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    I've used it both ways, it should be sold with the CL-1 or other similar product, the difference is dramatic.
     
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    Yep!
    I have actually seen them bundled together "on sale".
     
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    Sweetwater did the bundle for me and took $40 off the price.
     
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