Shure MV7 USB/XLR Podcasting Cardioid Microphone - Silver
- Voice Isolation technology allows the unit to clearly record your voice or the desired sound in challenging environments by effectively preventing background noise
- Optimised dynamic microphone capsule makes this unit great for podcasters, game casters, recording musicians, and live streaming purposes
- Auto Level mode automatically fine-tunes gain and compression settings to enable steady and stable output
- USB and XLR outputs let you use this device with mobile, desktop, and various professional interfaces
- Compatible with ShurePlus MOTIV app that allows easy and optimal configuration of the settings for various applications
- USB-A Cable (118 inch / 3m)
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Of the 34 reviewers who responded, 34 would recommend this product.
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- My New Mic of Choice!- March 9, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] --- SETUP --- The setup of the Shure MV7 mic was quick and easy. In the box, you get the most basic things that you need to get up and running, the Shure Mic and two cables, one that’s USB to micro USB and one that is USB to USB-C. It can also be connected with an XLR cable, but that’s not included in the box. --- FEATURES --- The key features for this microphone include auto-adjust levels when using the software and a USB connection and buttons on the mic to raise/lower volume for sound mic monitoring settings. You also have two removable screws if you plan on using it as a podcast mic and need to install it on a table stand, though the stand is not included. --- PERFORMANCE --- The performance of this microphone is a big jump from my previous USB only microphone. I tested this on my digital audio workstation of choice, Cakewalk. I really enjoyed the quality of sound that I got back when compared to my older mic, which is of similar price range. Of course, I wanted to get feedback from my viewers, so I decided to run the mic through OBS and stream a game while using the mic. Some of my loyal fanbase pointed out that I sounded different. I asked them if this was different in a good way or different in a bad way? I’m glad they said that my voice was more crisp and clear. I then revealed the mic to be a Shure MV7. In fact, I have a fan that likes to make content of my streams. She sent me a video of a stream I made a week prior to owning this mic with my intro (which I repeat mostly the same words) and the stream that used the Shure MV7 mic. I was clearly able to hear what my fans hear, a lot of background airy noise with my old mic and a clear sound with my Shure. --- EXPECTATIONS --- The product exceeds my expectations. I was really stunned by the ability to auto-adjust levels when downloading the free Shure software Motive Desktop. In the Motive app, under the auto section, you can select whether you have the mic near or far, have a dark, natural, or bright tone, and create presets for various projects. Though you do have the option to manually tweak the settings, I decided to leave it on auto so that, as the manual says, I can focus on my project and not the mic. It adjusted the levels so well that on my livestream, it wasn’t noticeable that I forgot to turn off the sound from my laptop. Where with my older mic, on the livestream I would have sounded like I had an echo or was saying everything twice, the Shure mic did a good job at not duplicating the sound. I’m starting my second podcast this summer, and of the three mics that I own, this one is now the chosen one to run with that new project. --- VALUE --- The price for the Mic in terms of value is on par with others, but the auto-adjust is just so magical and the flexibility to use it as a USB and an XLR mic make this a sure choice, no pun intended. --- APPROVAL --- I highly recommend this product for people who have podcasts, are musicians, or stream any kind of content online.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Console/PC At The SAME TIME?! Yes.- March 7, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I’m going to start this review of with this: This is NOT a cheaper version of the Shure SM7B. It does not sound anywhere near as good and is a lot cheaper for a reason with a completely different target market and purpose. So, what is the target market? Streamers, YouTubers, podcasters, vocalists, etc. who are just starting off or those users who want a single microphone that offers the most flexibility by allowing you to use USB, XLR, or both AT THE SAME TIME. The main application that will make this microphone a banger is the ability to use the microphone on your computer to talk to stream while also having it plugged into your PS5 (or Xbox) and talk to game chat/party chat at the same time. No more having two microphones plugged in. It’s also great for those people who need a microphone to travel with. As this will work on an XLR setup or PC by just plugging it in via USB. The build quality and aesthetics are also premium. I was able to plug this into my PS5 and get it to work via USB. I was also able to plug this into my computer and get it to work either from USB or XLR. Last, I was able to get it to work for USB to PS5 and XLR to PC at the same time and record audio. Which was freaking brilliant I tell you! To explain further. If you are just starting off and are looking at buying a USB microphone you really shouldn’t look any further. As this microphone provides brilliant sound quality via USB. With the ability to upgrade at a later date to XLR which doesn’t sound any better than the USB counterpart. Which is super impressive as usually USB microphones don’t sound anywhere near as good as an XLR microphone. But that isn’t to say this microphone is all rainbows. I tested it mostly from an XLR point of view because I already have an Audio Interface and everything you would need for that. As an XLR microphone it performs well but you can buy a lot cheaper microphones that provide just as good or better sound. I found for my voice (which will also play a huge roll in the correct microphone you buy) to not work all that well for this. I have a relatively deep voice with strong Mids. This microphone heavily emphasizes mids and bass which makes me sound muddy and hard to understand. I had to do a lot of tweaking on my audio interface to make it sound what I considered to be good. But once I got that sound on lock things sounded GREAT. Another issue that I ran into was if you are hitting the microphone arm, XLR port, or USB port, that the sound is transferred into the microphone. Which is a bit disappointing at this price point. But otherwise, it did a great job at isolating sound from the sides and when manipulating the microphone itself which you’d expect from a dynamic microphone. Speaking of it being a dynamic microphone the windscreen on it is not the best as they skimped on the padding on the very front which makes plosives (p, s, etc.) kind of harsh. Along with having an extremely strong proximity effect. If you are 2 inches away and then move 1 inch away the volume nearly doubles. So, you need to be highly cognizant of that when doing recordings. It comes with a USB Micro to USB C or a USB Micro to USB A. It would have been nice to see USB C instead of USB micro. But whatever. Both of those cables are super long so you shouldn’t have too much issue getting the microphone where you want. It does not come with an XLR cable or an actual mount. So you’ll need to buy those separately, especially the mount. Setup is super easy no matter which one you use. The onboard touch controls do not work via XLR but do through USB and they work well. The application that you need to install to get the full use out of the USB connection is also simple to navigate and works well but is not needed. CONCLUSION: I absolutely love the flexibility and design of this microphone. As a USB microphone it is an easy recommendation if you can afford it. If you are using it for an XLR microphone I would recommend doing more research on other microphones. If you are trying to capture both PC and console voice at the same time this is probably some of the best you will find which also makes it an easy recommendation. If you are traveling a lot and need a microphone to work on multiple devices it is also a great choice. The only big issue is that this does NOT sound anywhere near as good as the Shure SM7B and should not be compared to it. I found the sound quality for my voice (bass and mid filled) to not be great and often left me unimpressed for the cost. But once I did some dialing in it was a lot better. As the frequency response isn’t terrific especially for the price. It also has a poor mic cover and has a lot of sound transfer when hitting the mic arm or cables. But otherwise does good. I think they are asking a bit too much for this guy. I think 150 – 200 would be a more competitive price. As 250 takes you into another bracket that opens up a lot of possibilities if you know what you are looking for or willing to do your research.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- The podcast mic of your dreams has come true!- March 2, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] As a recording engineer, I’m quite familiar with the Shure SM7B. It was a birthday gift last year, in fact! The Shure MV7 is the younger, shorter and slightly fatter version of it. It’s also more reasonable at $249, compared to the $399 price tag for its bigger brother. The greatest benefit of the MV7 is that you don’t need an audio interface to operate it, which means you save even more money. You can just plug it into your computer with the included USB cable and you’re ready to go. I consider this an advantage, because without an audio interface, there’s one less item on my desk, leaving more room for other things. It even comes with two different USB cables, USB-A and the more modern USB-C, which makes it compatible with many smartphone devices, in addition to your PC or Mac. If you prefer the old fashioned way, you can certainly plug an XLR cable into the mic and plug it into your true and tested audio interface. It will then operate as a regular dynamic microphone. Let’s talk about the most important aspect, the sound. I’m quite familiar with the response of an SM7B, and the MV7 is definitely sharing that same sonic quality. Remember that this microphone has a noticeable proximity effect, so if the low frequencies are overbearing, move away from the mic a few inches more, don’t reach for the low cut right away. This will benefit the sound tremendously. I was very impressed with the clarity and detail in my voice; very much like it’s older sibling. Speaking of the low cut, the MV7 encourages the use of an app called ShurePlus MOTIV to make any adjustments. The SM7B has physical switches for low cut and presence boost on the mic itself, but with the MV7, you have to change those settings virtually. I installed the app on my PC and Mac, and it worked fine on both. The settings are saved on the mic, so they were the same when I switched from my PC to Mac. You can use an auto setting that works pretty well, or you can have full control in manual mode, which allows you to change the mic gain, low cut, presence boost, limiter and compressor. Like an SM7B, you will probably have to crank the gain up a lot. When I stream, I have my mic 8 - 9 inches away from my face, and I had to crank it all the way up to get a proper level. The mic itself does have controls for volume and mute, but keep in mind that if you plug this in with an XLR cable rather than USB, you will not be able to use the onboard controls nor the app. This also applies to the headphone jack. No mic stand is included, but this mic has many uses, so it’s up to you to figure out the type of stand you need. Shure does offer a variety of options on their website to get you going in the right direction. If you’re a streamer or want to start a podcast, look no further as this is the mic for you. It’s designed to give both beginners and professionals everything they need to get that broadcast quality sound; fast, easy and affordable!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect for Podcasts, Conferences, and Recordings- March 10, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Since working from home for over a year now due to COVID, I've invested in better quality gear for my home office. I've also started creating content for LinkedIn, YouTube, and other platforms. So I needed to get a microphone that could work as a desktop microphone, but I also wanted something that was able to plug into a sound board via an XLR cable because I might end up picking up one down the road - so I wanted a "future proof" microphone. A buddy of mine who also hosts his own podcast series recommended the Shure brand because that's what he uses, so when I saw that Shure had the MV7 that could connect via XLR or USB, I picked it up. The MV7 also features capacitive touch controls on the device for gain level and muting. There's also an AUX port available for connecting headphone to monitor the sound quality. The microphone itself is designed to be attached to either a tripod stand, or a boom-type arm. Right now, I'm using a stand for it on my desktop until I find an arm that I like. It's important to note that the MV7 does not come with a stand on it's own - so make sure you have one ready to go or plan to get one before using it. As far as cables, it's nice because the MV7 comes with 2 cables: a MicroUSB-to-USB-A and a MicroUSB-to-USB-C for connecting to a computer. I was pleasantly surprised because it's been my experience that most devices like this come with one type of cable and it's on you to figure out how to connect it. The sound quality of the microphone is excellent. I've had people on Zoom and Teams calls remark how much clearer I sound versus using the built-in microphone on my laptop. I've recorded audio segments, speaking naturally and I've been impressed with how well they sound and how much background / white noise is reduced or eliminated. The MV7 also has some accompanying desktop software to adjust the sound quality, but I found that I could leave it on the auto settings, you can see those in the images I uploaded. I really like the Shure MV7, it feels solid from a build quality perspective, can connect to Mac / PC or mixing board, and is also small enough that you can take it on the go if needed.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Crisp sound- March 5, 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is my first shure mic. It was an easy plug and play to my Microsoft 10 usb. Nothing to download. Joined a zoom and picked this mix for sound. Cons: you will need a mic mount or you can hold it. You will need to be 2” or less away from the mic for the best sound. That’s close if you don’t want the mic in the picture. Pros: the sound is perfect. The install is seemless.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.