shure.jpgShure has a solid presence and reputation in the audio world. When most microphone manufacturers are trying to re-vamp their existing line of products to become portable device and USB-ready, Shure went ahead and designed a line specifically for this purpose. 

The Shure MOTIV microphones includes four Apple MFi (made for iOS) Certified devices, three of which are plug & play condenser mics, with a fourth audio interface that connects directly into any iOS device without additional adapters or connection kits. Also released is a new free iOS app, to use with the new products.


The MV5 is ideal for recording vocals and acoustic instruments, or for use with Skype, and comes equipped with three DSP modes and a Micro-B to USB cable. The MOTIV MV5 has a built-in headphone output for real-time monitoring. The MV5 is available in green, gray, blue, red, and black (region dependent) and ships complete with a detachable desktop stand and integrated thread mount compatible with any 1/4 inch standard camera tripod.

The MV5 can be purchased with Micro-B to Lightning and Micro-B to USB cables.


The MV51 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with a definite vintage vibe design. It sports a one-inch capsule element, an in-built headphone out and an integrated kickstand. It comes equipped with five onboard DSP preset modes and the industry’s first touch panel control for quick access to gain, mute, and headphone volume adjustments.

20150123_154340.JPGMVi Digital Audio Interface

The MVi can connect any XLR microphone or 1/4 instrument to iOS, Mac, or PC devices. It comes equipped with the five built-in DSP preset modes, an onboard touch panel control accessing gain, phantom power, mute, and headphone volume adjustments. 

MV88MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone

This litte guy was cool! The MV88 features a Lightning connector, five built-in DSP preset modes, plus 5-band EQ, and stereo width control. The mid-side microphone element is mounted to a 90-degree hinge with built-in rotation to allow for flexible positioning.

The MV88 shines when it is used in conjunction with the ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording app. The app is free has been designed for use with the MOTIV line of products. The interface includes DSP preset modes, microphone gain adjustment, and a stereo width control that can adjust the microphone pick-up pattern, depending on the sound source and surrounding environment.

Dave Chick
I'm a film / TV composer based in Vancouver BC. Music has always been part of my life, but my first career was in the technology industry as a consultant and project manager. I helped to build and open the Experience Music Project – a rock and roll museum in Seattle. I hold a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration degree from McMaster University. I also hold a diploma in Audio Engineering from the University of Washington and I’m a graduate of Hummie Mann’s acclaimed Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.