Shure, the microphone company that has products in almost every recording studio, has finally released its first hybrid USB / XLR dynamic microphone, the MV7.

The MV7 was designed to be an affordable alternative to Shure’s standard radio broadcasting dynamic microphone, the SM7b. If you were to walk into almost any radio studio or a higher-budget podcast studio, you will most likely find Shure’s SM7b — but the cost to get the SM7b studio ready is too high for a podcaster starting out. The SM7b is $400, but you also need some kind of recording interface to record into your computer (starting at around $100) and a pre-amplifier to boost the signal. (Shure recommends the Cloudlifter, which starts at $150.)

Shure’s MV7 is a lower-budget…

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