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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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