I ran into this a while back, when I bumped into this video:Anyone got a comment on this. Fascinating.
"SM57 combined with A81WS, sounds like the SM7B"
the SM57 combined with the enormous A81WSwindscreen from Shure sonically transforms the SM57 and makes it sound virtually the same as the much more costly SM7B, at a fraction of the cost, and without demanding a preamplifier...
...part of the sonic transformation is due to the sound waves being affected by the A81WS’s unique material, and that the other detail is —like the cage in the SM7B—, the extremely thick material in the A81WS forces the person speaking to maintain an ideal minimum distance...
So I bought an A81WS and used it for a woman who was recording some spoken word stuff... It worked well IMHO, but since I have zero experience with the SM7B I can't compare.