Hi, the thread title could also be: affordable alternatives to the Shure SM7B. I am recording in my room which has poor acoustics (stone floor, shallow walls) and a noisy street next to it. As far as I understood, people love the Shure sm7B because it is quite versatile, doesnt necessarily need a mic wall / studio environment and you can record very close up (hence negleting more of the background noise). So far (about) right? Roughly 400€ is a bit out of my reach, I was hoping there would be an alternative that shows similar characteristics, especially the ability to record close up / in such a way to reduce background noise and doesnt necessarily be "as hi-fi" as the sm7b (which in my case is not needed anyway I guess). Just for comparison, I did all my past recordings with a Behringer XM8500 (the cheap SM58 replica), which was fine but my new room is way worse and way noisier. Hence I am looking for alternatives. Thanks! Binz PS: I am well aware that this is by all means the worst recording environment. But it is as it is. I am not looking for a "solution", rather something to get the best out of a shitty situation.