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Shure MOTIV™ MV88

iOS® digital condenser microphone with Lightning™ connector

Item # 183MV88

If you're ever tried to do remote recording with just your iPhone® or iPad®, you know the results can...

If you're ever tried to do remote recording with just your iPhone® or iPad®, you know the results can...

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Item # 183MV88

About the Shure MOTIV™ MV88

Make great on-the-go recordings

If you're ever tried to do remote recording with just your iPhone® or iPad®, you know the results can sometimes be disappointing. That's why Shure made the MV88 iOS digital stereo condenser microphone. Just plug it into your device's Lightning connector, and you've got a recording setup that can capture speech and music reliably with a high degree of accuracy.
Shure MOTIV MV88

With the free MOTIV app, you can fine-tune your recordings with the MV88 (iPad not included).

Make great on-the-go recordings

If you're ever tried to do remote recording with just your iPhone® or iPad®, you know the results can sometimes be disappointing. That's why Shure made the MV88 iOS digital stereo condenser microphone. Just plug it into your device's Lightning connector, and you've got a recording setup that can capture speech and music reliably with a high degree of accuracy.

Flexible recording options

The MV88 mic rests on a 90° hinge, so you can angle it for effective recording. The mic also has selectable polar patterns, with adjustable stereo width. The included windscreen minimizes unwanted wind sound during outdoor recording. The MV88 also includes a headphone adapter cable, so you can monitor your recording in real time.

ShurePlus™ MOTIV™ app

You can get even better quality recordings using the free ShurePlus MOTIV app. With this app, you can record uncompressed audio to your device. You can also fine-tune the app's limiter, compressor, and five-band EQ controls to get just the sound you want. You can even add a 20 dB boost if you need it. And when you're done, the app makes it easy to share your recording via email, text, iTunes®, AirDrop, and Dropbox.


Product highlights:

  • condenser microphone
  • for mobile recording with iPhone or iPad
  • cardioid polar pattern (front)
  • bidirectional polar patterns (sides)
  • headphone minijack for monitoring
  • built-in analog-to-digital 24-bit converter
  • sampling rate: 48 kHz
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: -37 dBFS/Pa at 1 kHz
  • max. SPL: 120 dB
  • 15/16"W x 2-5/8"H x 1-3/8"D
  • weight: 1.43 oz.
Included Accessories:
  • headphone monitor adapting cable
  • foam windscreen
  • carrying case
Other Info:
  • free ShurePlus MOTIV app
    • available from Apple® iTunes App Store
    • allows uncompressed audio recording on smartphone or tablet
    • adjustable limiter, compressor and EQ
    • optional 20 dB boost
    • easy file-sharing via text, email, iTunes, AirDrop and Dropbox
  • supports Apple® iOS 8.0 and higher
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # MV88

What's in the box:

  • Stereo condenser microphone for select iOS devices
  • Foam windscreen
  • 9" Headphone monitor adapting cable
  • Semi-hard zippered case
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Warnings and Safety Instructions

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Features & specs

Application For studio use
Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Selectable
Phantom Power Y
On/Off Switch No
Connector Lightning
Frequency response 20-20k
Sensitivity -37dBFS/Pa
Max SPL 120
Diameter 0.71
Length 2.658
Weight 1.43 oz.
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Shure MOTIV digital microphones and devices are designed to be used with many of today's smartphones and tablets for high quality, portable recording anywhere. The MV88 is a direct plug-in condenser microphone that is compatible with iOS devices equipped with a Lightning connector. It comes with a foam windscreen, a monitor extension cable, and a zippered, semi-hard clamshell storage case.

Design: The MV88 is designed for use with Lightning connector-equipped Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch only. It plugs directly into the device, and receives power through the Lightning connector. It features matched cardioid and bi-directional 1 cm cartridges that allow you to select the polar pattern (via the MOTIV app) that best suits the recording conditions. The microphone is hinged on its base and can be aimed straight or at a 90-degree angle. The MV88 is a condenser microphone, and receives power from the recording device.

ShurePlus MOTIV App: With the ShurePlus MOTIV recording app, you can easily make recordings on your iOS mobile device. The app enables you to make 24-bit / 48 kHz uncompressed recordings on your device. You can also make adjustments to the recording levels, monitor, and play back recordings. The app also offers advanced audio settings exclusively for the MOTIV MV88 microphone. The MOTIV app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 8.0 or later, and is available for download from the App Store. The app is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad: iPad 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 1st generation, iPad Mini 2nd generation, iPad Mini 3rd generation
  • iPod touch: 5th generation

Preset Modes: The MOTIV app offers five DSP preset modes to match your recording needs:

  • Speech: This preset is ideal for capturing speech. It offers a narrow stereo width to reject background noise, an EQ setting to emphasize clarity and fullness, and gentle compression to keep levels constant.
  • Singing: The singing preset is for capturing solo or group vocal performances. It has a medium stereo width with subtle equalization to add richness and clarity.
  • Flat: The signal is completely unprocessed, so you can add processing after the recording is completed.
  • Acoustic: The acoustic mode is suitable for quiet music applications involving acoustic instruments. It uses a medium stereo width and transparent compression to smooth out volume spikes and bring out quiet passages.
  • Band: For recording bands and other loud sources, the Band preset should be selected. It uses a wide stereo width to provide an accurate stereo image. Some frequencies are EQ'ed out to make the instrumentation sound less crowded.

Polar Pattern Selections: Using the ShurePlus MOTIV app you can select from the following polar patterns:

  • Stereo: The left and right Side microphone capsules are on and the front capsule is turned off. You can set the stereo width to 60°, 75°, 90°, 105°, 120°, and 135°.
  • Mono Cardioid: The left/right side capsules are turned off, and only the front capsule is on. This pattern captures sound directly in front and to the sides of the microphone, but rejects sound from behind the mic. In mono mode, the stereo width is not adjustable.
  • Mono Bi-directional: The left/right side capsules are turned on, while the front capsule is off. This captures sound on both sides of the microphone, and rejects sound from the front. Stereo width is not adjustable.
  • Raw Mid-Side: The Raw Mid-Side setting delivers a 2-channel signal with a stereo image that can be adjusted after the tracks have been recorded. It is intended only for use with audio recording applications that have a mid-side stereo matrix decoder to interpret the recorded tracks as a stereo image. Sound picked up by the front microphone capsule is routed to the left channel, while sound from the bi-directional side capsules are routed to the right channel.

Other Controls: The app also provides other controls over the MV88 mic:

  • Microphone Gain: The app features an adjustable gain control. Using your finger, you can slide the gain control from 0dB to +36dB in 1.5dB increments.
  • Wind Noise Reduction: When used in windy conditions or close-up miking, you should use the supplied foam windscreen and the Wind Noise Reduction control to counteract rumble and plosives.
  • Left-Right Channel Swap: When recording in stereo, the Left-Right Channel Swap reverses the left and right channels to correctly match the stereo image to the video. The left and right microphone capsules are marked "L" and "R" so you can determine if the Channel Swap is necessary.
  • EQ, Limiter, Compressor: The app features a 5-band equalizer that lets you fine tune the sound. You can adjust each band from -8dB to +6dB at 200Hz, 350Hz, 1.5kHz, 6kHz, and 10kHz. The limiter features a simple On/Off switch, while the compressor can be set to Light or Heavy compression (or Off).

Specifications: The MV88 has the following specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz
  • Transducer Types: Cardioid (1 cm)/Bi-directional Condenser cartridge (1 cm)
  • Polar Pattern Selections: Adjustable Width Stereo, Mono Bi-directional, Mono Cardioid, Mid-Side
  • Recording Resolution: 24-bit or 16-bit rate; 48 kHz or 44.1 kHz sampling rate
  • Maximum SPL: 120dB SPL
  • Sensitivity: -37.0 dBV at 1 kHz (Pa=94 dB SPL)
  • Dimensions: Diameter 0.71", Length 1.1" (2.658" overall--including Lightning connector), Base 1.4" x 1.04"
  • Weight: 1.43 ounces

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can you use with a laptop?
[ Marie  Dec 11, 2020 ]
1 answer
Hmm, good question. I looked at the spec sheet for the MV88 and it only talks about using it with an eye phone. I think that if you are going to use it with a laptop, I would use an USB microphone. It might be cheaper too??
[ MICHAEL  Dec 11, 2020 ]
Can this mic be utilized when recording videos with your apple device? Or does it only work for audio via the app?
[ ERIC E  Jun 13, 2018 ]
1 answer
I'm afraid Shure doesn't specify whether the MV88 would work for recording videos on your iOS device. For more information on that, you may want to contact Shure's support directly--you can check out their support site here for more details: Feel free to contact a Crutchfield Advisor if you would like to discuss further. Thanks!
[ Larry  Jun 15, 2018 ]  Staff

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