The Shure SM7B microphone is legendary. It offers natural sound and does not pick up too much background noise. It certainly makes a great alternative to the RE20 microphone. If you are picking up one of these microphones, you should also pick these accessories out:
RME Babyface USB 2.0 Audio Interface: a high quality USB interface for the Shure SM7B and RE20 microphones. It should work great for small operations. The included software is a big plus.
Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1: the Shure SM7B microphone is very quiet, so you need one of these to get it to work with more affordable audio interfaces. It provides 25db boost for your microphone.
Audio-Technica ATHM50S Professional Monitor Headphones: provides great audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing. It has a collapsible design, which makes storing it more convenient.
RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount: this is compatible with RODE and other professional microphones. If your mic mount thread is 5/8″, you will need a mic thread adapter. But the mount does hold microphones up to 4.4 lbs in weight and comes with two desk mounting options.
On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand: not the best stand around but it is affordable and does the job. It is great for home recording. It has an adjustable-height shaft and locking clutch.
These accessories are not cheap but they do help you get started with your SM7B microphone on the right track. Have you got any suggestions? Pleases add them below.