Shure MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iOS

Shure MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iOS

Shure MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iOS

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Product Highlights

  • Cardioid Condenser
  • Adjustable Width Stereo
  • Bidirectional and Cardioid Cartridges
  • Mid-Side Architecture
  • 90° Hinge with Left/Right Rotation
  • 24-Bit/48 kHz Resolution
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • 5 DSP Settings Software Selectable
  • Compatible with MOTIV Video App
  • For iOS Lightning Devices
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  • 1Description

Designed to capture clear, high-quality sound, the MOTIV MV88 from Shure is a stereo condenser microphone that directly connects to any iOS device equipped with a Lightning connector. The professional-quality microphone offers up to 24-bit/48 kHz resolution with a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The microphone element offers a 90° hinge and left/right rotation for flexible audio and video recording options.

The MV88 utilizes the ShurePlus MOTIV mobile recording app (available free from the app store) for access to mute, gain, and volume controls as well as stereo width settings, EQ, and five DSP modes. Each DSP preset offers a different combination of EQ and compression and includes choices for speech, singing, acoustic, loud, and flat.

Key Features
  • Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Matched capsules and mid-side design for clear, detailed stereo capture
  • 24-bit/48 kHz digital recording
  • 90° hinge with left/right rotation
  • Compatible with free ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile App
  • Adjustable stereo width, EQ, and limiter/compressor via software
  • Software controls for mute, gain, and volume controls
  • 5 preset DSP modes
  • All-metal construction

ShurePlus MOTIV Video App

  • iOS mobile video application enabling users to record uncompressed audio for video (free download available separately)
  • Features all functionality of MOTIV audio app, including gain control, EQ, and compression
  • On-screen audio metering
  • Choice of video resolution, device dependent (720p, 1080p, 4K)
  • Choice of audio format (WAV, AAC, ALAC)
  • For iOS 10 or later
  • 64-bit iPhone (iPhone 5s and later)
UPC: 042406491549
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Shure MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iOS
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  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Shure MV88 specs

    MFi Certified Yes
    DSP Modes Speech
    Singing
    Acoustic
    Loud
    Flat
    Transducer Type Cardioid/bidirectional condenser cartridge 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Polar Pattern Adjustable width stereo
    Mono bidirectional
    Mono cardioid
    Mid-side
    Recording Quality Up to 24-bit/48 kHz
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Gain Range 0 to +36 dB (adjustable)
    Sensitivity -37 dBFS/Pa at 1 kHz
    Max SPL Level 120 dB
    Limiter Yes
    Compressor Yes (adjustable)
    Equalizer 5-band EQ
    Power Requirements Powered through Lightning connector only
    Housing All-metal construction
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.6 x 1.0 x 1.4" / 6.7 x 2.5 x 3.5 cm
    Weight 1.4 oz / 40.5 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 3.7 x 2.9"

    Shure MV88 reviews

    MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iOS is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works better with an iPhone 5 or 6 than iPhone 7 plus The quality of the audio that this mic provides is excellent. The only drawback is that IF you are using an iPhone 7 plus phone, there is no way to monitor the audio input via headphones because the mic is in the same Thunderbolt input where you would put your headphones. Also, the adapters that allow you to charge your iPhone and connect a 1/8 headset cord do not work. I know, I brought several different models. Yes you can see the small bars as the audio is modulating, but for professional use, you need to HEAR it while you are recording it. I also liked that it works outside of the settings in the downloadable software, though without all the additional bells and whistles.
    Date published: 2017-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best iOS mic I think this is the best mic to use for your iOS device. I have used it so far to record myself singing and to record sets. Great quality and the build quality of the mic is great. If you use the app you can control the stereo width of the mic. Then you can use any recording app. It saves the settings in the mic! Buy it if you have the cash.
    Date published: 2015-08-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sounds Surprisingly Good We've avoided iOS recording because it has has seemed sketchy and not up to our broadcast standards. The MOTIV MV88 though sounds pretty darn good, it's key benefit being that it is a take everywhere device. The MS record settings are a real plus and the app is good, though switching between screens (to get quickly to RECORD) requires fussing with a tiny menu. This can be a bit tricky out in the field with other things going on. We may switch to Twisted Wave as our recording app as it is perfect for our needs. The physical design is impressive, made with quality materials, though one must be careful not to torque the Lightning port by bumping the extend mic profile. So far, this hasn't been a big deal. Downloading through a normal iTunes sync seems impossible, always jamming iTunes. So instead, we'll be using DropBox, which offers a much more professional environment for offloading, syncing and sharing big audio files. The MOTIV app offers this option. One request for a future version would be the choice to record 24/44.1 (not just 48). Bottom line: it won't replace the Nagra or Sound Devices, but will always be in the backpack every day for spontaneous situations and/or broadcast-quality backup.
    Date published: 2015-10-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Perhaps a stand-alone recorder is better... I wanted to see if I could improve the audio quality on the videos I do of street musicians, and was trying to avoid carrying a second device for better quality audio than my iphone 6s can provide. If you want to just record audio, and can setup the mic/iphone correctly and leave it in place while recording, this item performs well. The design of the mic however, with a unsecure connection via the lightening plug, can become disconnected easily, which distupts the recording and resets the device. You need to unplug the mic, and reset it to resume recording. I made a workaround to firm the connection, by using rubber bands over the top of the mic to the bottom of my iphone, and this worked fairly well. You had to choose what part of your screen to obscure but they helped with the disconnect problem. The mic is pretty large to rely only on the non-locking lightening connector to secure it. Ideally, this would record directly with any camera app, but all of the camera apps I have either did not recognize the mic as a source, (iphone camera, Camera+, and ProCam), or recognized the mic, but crashed often when in use, (FILMiC Pro). The lightening connection comes into play when recording video, and rubber bands across the screen to secure the mic make the video apps unusable.... forget about moving the camera with this mic unless you want to further jury-rig something to hold the mic better or buy a cage of some sort. Nevertheless, I did use the mic to record some things, and had to go through a roundabout transfer with my macbook pro photos software, whereas with a standalone recorder, it's much simpler to transfer the files via a card. My takeaway? A phone is a phone, and asking it to perform one semi-professional function is enough... (record video or record audio).... It's too much to expect a phone to do both at the same time, and still maintain control and make changes during a recording... which of course is usually called for. All of the video apps I tried didn't work well with the mic, and file management is simpler with a card based recorder. I'll continue using the iphone for video, but will invest in a second set of travel pants with a spare pocket for a separate audio recorder, probably something with a stereo capsule and also a pair of xlr mic/line inputs for flexibility. I'd rather spend a little time matching the files later, than a lot of time trying to mess with things at the moment I'm trying to record. ----- I wanted to see if I could improve the audio quality on my videos of street musicians, and was trying to avoid carrying a second device for better quality audio than my iphone 6s can provide. If you want to just record audio, and can setup the mic/iphone correctly and leave it in place while recording, this item performs well. The design of the mic however, with a unsecure connection via the lightening plug, can become disconnected easily, which distupts the recording and resets the device. You need to unplug the mic, and reset it to resume recording. I made a workaround to firm the connection, by using rubber bands over the top of the mic to the bottom of my iphone, that worked fairly well. The screen was obscured but they helped with the disconnect problem. The mic is pretty large to rely only on the non-locking lightening connector to secure it. Ideally, this would record directly with any camera app, but all of the apps did not recognize the mic as a source, (iphone camera, Camera+, ProCam), or recognized the mic, but crashed often when in use, (FILMiC Pro). The rubber bands across the screen to secure the mic make the video apps unusable... forget about moving the camera with this mic unless you want to further jury-rig something to hold the mic better or buy a cage of some sort. Nevertheless, I did use the mic to record and had to go through a roundabout transfer with my macbook pro photos software, whereas with a standalone recorder, it's much simpler to transfer the files via a card. My takeaway? A phone is a phone, and asking it to perform one semi-professional function is enough... (record video or record audio).... It's too much to expect a phone to do both and still maintain control and make changes during a recording. I'll continue using the iphone for video, but will invest in a second set of travel pants with a spare pocket for a separate audio recorder, probably something with a stereo capsule and also a pair of xlr mic/line inputs for flexibility. I'd rather spend a little time matching the files later, than a lot of time trying to mess with things at the moment I'm trying to record.
    Date published: 2017-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent tool It is used on an iPad to record committee meetings for a municipal government. The transcription software is Express Dictate. The room is large and the native microphone was very linear in reception. This plug and play tool increased the directional and spatial quality of meeting recordings for the transcriptionist significantly.
    Date published: 2015-10-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent audio, challenges for using with Facebook Live Still experimenting. Bought it for use on iPhone to conduct Facebook Live session. At the beginning, had problems because when I launched a Facebook Live session it would resent mic gain levels to 0. Struggled with this and called Shure. They didn't have any answers. I then when through a process of updating a bunch of different apps on my iPhone and that seemed to resolve the issue. Definite disadvantage to not being able to listen to audio through a 1/8 jack or any other way, particularly for doing something like Facebook Live. Ended up doing a number of tests and then just held my breath (and had someone checking while live). In the end, the Facebook Live video sounded good. You can go between Facebook Live and the app, but that is not ideal particularly if you don't have the iPhone on a tripod.
    Date published: 2017-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific So far, using it on my iPhone and Filmic Pro, has been a pleasurable success. I don't see any other product that can do as much so well. I'm looking forward to recording for videos as well as live audio only even after Apple has eliminated the 3.5 plug!
    Date published: 2016-01-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mic (with room for improvement) Having owned a few iOS connected mics, this one is definitely the best sounding. It's versatile and has the unique feature of retaining it's settings within the hardware when using it on another app (in my case, video apps.) As a first generation device, I personally think it could borrow two features from the competition. For example: 1. An external gain knob or slider. When recording video, having to switch back to the Shure Motiv app will usually pause a video app. Sometimes you just need to make slight adjustments on the fly due to loud sources easily and quickly. 2. A power inlet. Some other iOS mics have a power pass through to charge the iOS device. With batteries getting better in each subsequent device, it's not a totally necessary feature. However, it always makes longer video recordings a bit of a guessing game whether the device will make it. That said, the sound quality itself makes for a good trade off. Normally I use an Audio Technical AT2022 stereo mic connected to a Tascam iXJ2 for my needs, but that can cumbersome, however the sound quality is excellent. Something small, directional, multi patterned, and ingenious was needed as well. I found it in the MV88. It's worth it.
    Date published: 2016-03-05
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