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Shure MOTIV Microphones Buying Guide

How to Choose the Best Mic for Your Needs

Shure’s MOTIV digital microphones and mobile-ready recording devices offer artists, video content creators, and podcasters an array of useful hardware for capturing quality sound wherever they go. Options ranging from all-in-one digital microphones to iOS-ready preamps let you choose the format that best fits your situation, and onboard functions such as preset modes for speech and music make capturing great audio a breeze. This guide will help you decide which MOTIV recording device is the best choice for you.

The MOTIV Line in Brief

communicator

MV5

“The Communicator”

Desktop-ready Digital Condenser Microphone

Available in two eye-catching colors, Shure’s MV5 digital condenser microphone is perfect for songwriting, podcasting, and video chatting. It includes a detachable desktop stand and three onboard DSP modes (Voice, Instrument, and Flat). Like most of the MOTIV line, it’s instantly compatible with your computer or mobile device.
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Mac/Windows PCs
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performer

MV51

“The Performer”

Digital Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Whether you’re strumming on the couch or sitting at the piano, the MV51 digital mic can instantly turn any room into a recording studio. You can shape its naturally warm and musical sound with five touch-panel-accessible DSP modes, all captured in detailed 24-bit/48kHz digital resolution. It also features a kickstand for desktop and stand use.
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Mac/Windows PCs
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narrator

MVL

“The Narrator”

Lavalier Microphone for Mobile Devices

The MVL is an extremely effective way to capture lectures and interviews with your mobile device. Brilliantly simple and elegantly executed, this omnidirectional lavalier microphone operates on the same low-voltage charge that normally powers the in-line mic on your cell phone headset.
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Mac/Windows PCs
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documenter

MV88

“The Documenter”

Stereo Microphone with Lightning Connector

The pocket-sized MV88 stereo microphone is a serious step up from your iOS device’s onboard mic. Just connect it to your device via the integrated Lightning connector, and you’re good to go. Pair the MV88 with Shure’s MOTIV app, and you get access to advanced functions, too, such as mid-side stereo width, EQ, and more.
Compatibility: iOS
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adapter

MVi

“The Adapter”

1-channel Audio Interface for Desktop and Mobile

Constructed of metal and ready to travel, the MVi lets you record anywhere with your mobile device or computer and your favorite gear. You’ll get excellent sound out of any mic, thanks to phantom power and five touch-panel-accessible DSP modes, and you can even plug in your guitar or bass and record direct.
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Mac/Windows PCs
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app

ShurePlus MOTIV App

“The Content Capturer”

This free iOS app lets you get the most from your Shure MOTIV series recording device. It provides 24-bit/48kHz recording resolution for Lightning-equipped hardware, plus it offers you access to the MV88’s stereo spread, DSP modes, EQ/filter, and compression.
Compatibility: iOS
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MOTIV Mics by Application

MV5 MV88 MV51 MVi MVL MOTIVTM App
Digital Condenser Microphone iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone Digital Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Digital Audio Interface Lavalier Microphone ShurePlus iOS Recording Application
mv5 mv88 mv51 mvi mvl app-thumb
THE
COMMUNICATOR
THE
DOCUMENTER
THE
PERFORMER
THE
ADAPTER
THE
NARRATOR
THE
CONTENT CAPTURER
The MV5 is built for those who have a story to tell. Engineered with convenience in mind, this beauty can either stand tall on a desk or detach for maximum portability. And with the ability to connect to your PC, Android, Mac, or iOS devices, the MV5 provides a simple way to capture beautiful sound anytime, anywhere. The on-the-go journalist. The avid concert-goer. The college student in a crowded lecture hall. Anyone and everyone can benefit from the stereo quality, on-the-go recording that comes with the MV88. Just plug it right into any iOS device equipped with a Lightning connector and capture sound like never before. With striking vintage design and 24-bit/48 kHz digital recording, it’s safe to say the MV51 has both beauty and brains. Use its all-metal kickstand to record a living room jam session, or mount it to a mic stand to lay down a professional-quality demo. You’ve got the gear. Now, equip yourself with the MVi to capture your sound with simplicity and style. With five built-in DSP preset modes, this pocket-sized interface provides all the tools you need to capture studio-quality sound like never before. In the field or in the lecture hall, the MVL is the ideal tool for capturing clear, crisp audio. With an 1/8″ (3.5mm) TRRS connector, simply plug into the headphone jack of your phone or tablet and record anything from professional speeches to top-notch interviews. Every operation needs a mission control, and ShurePlus MOTIV is just that. Designed for use with all MOTIV products, the free app provides an arsenal of smart features that will help you optimize your sound on the move. It also lets you share your files via email, text, and SMS, and allows for real-time adjustments.
APPLICATIONS APPLICATIONS APPLICATIONS APPLICATIONS APPLICATIONS APPLICATIONS
• Home studio recording
• Podcasting
• Audio for video chat
• Live performance
• Interviews
• Audio for video
• Vocal and instrument
  recording
• Home studio recording
• Audio for
  videoconferencing
• Home studio recording • Interviews
• Videography
• Public speech
  archiving
• Live performance
• Interviews
• Audio for video
• Vocal and instrument
  recording
FEATURES FEATURES FEATURES FEATURES FEATURES FEATURES
• 3 preset modes (Vocal,
  Flat, Instrument)
• Built-in headphone
  monitoring
• Includes aluminum
  desktop stand, USB and
  Lightning cables
• Choice of color
• Mid-side architecture for
  high-quality stereo image
• Hinged, rotating design
  for multiple recording
  angles
• 5 preset modes
  (Speech, Singing, Flat,
  Acoustic, Loud)
• All metal construction
• Includes windscreen,
  headphone adapter
  cable, and carrying case
• Onboard touch panel
  control
• 5 preset modes
  (Speech, Singing, Flat,
  Acoustic, Loud)
• Built-in headphone
  monitoring
• Vintage design with
  integrated rear
  kickstand —
  mountable to any mic
  stand (when removing
  rubber foot)
• Includes USB and
  Lightning cables
• Accepts both XLR and
  1⁄4″ cable inputs, for
  use with any
  microphone or
  instrument
• Onboard touch panel
  control
• 5 preset modes
  (Speech, Singing, Flat,
  Acoustic, Loud)
• Built-in headphone
  monitoring
• Includes USB and
  Lightning cables
• 1/8″ (3.5mm) TRRS
  connector plugs into
  any mobile device
• Discreet low-profile
  appearance
• Includes windscreen,
  tie-clip, and carrying
  pouch
• 24-bit/48kHz audio
  recording
• Share recordings via
  email, text, and SMS
• 36dB of adjustable
  gain
• Intuitive stereo width
  control
COMPATIBILITY COMPATIBILITY COMPATIBILITY COMPATIBILITY COMPATIBILITY COMPATIBILITY
iOS, Android, Mac and
PC devices
iOS devices iOS, Android, Mac and PC devices iOS, Android, Mac and PC devices iOS, Android, Mac and PC devices iOS devices
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