A versatile microphone that delivers.
The Shure MV7 is a microphone that delivers on all fronts, offering excellent vocal clarity along with support for dual connectivity via USB and XLR.
Shure’s new MV7 microphone brings in a hybrid solution for users since it offers both a digital connection via USB and an analog connection via XLR. This alone makes the microphone a must-have for anyone’s podcast setup, which is the audience it is aimed at.
The MV7 comes in a metallic exterior and mirrors the design of one of its famous microphones, the SM7B. The main capsule has a foam that acts as a filter and is also replaceable. The microphone features a frequency range of 50Hz to 16kHz with the ability to record 16-bit/24-bit audio in 44.1kHz /48kHz sample rates.
Below the MV7 is the swivel mount that makes it easy to screw it on any microphone stand. We’re a little disappointed that the MV7’s package doesn’t include some form of stand and that would mean purchasing a separate one which of course will cost another extra. You can still make the MV7 stand on its own, but including an actual stand in the package would have been preferred.
On top of the MV7’s panel is a control strip that includes touch-sensitive controls for muting and adjusting the levels. There’s also a button that allows you to switch between mic gain (that glows green) or the headphone volume (that glows orange). A handy lock icon is also present so you don’t accidentally change settings while you are recording.
At the back of the MV7, you will find the XLR connection for legacy cables and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also a micro USB port and while we would have preferred USB-C, the package includes two USB cables with USB-A and USB-C on the other end. It is also compatible with iOS devices, but that would mean purchasing the USB to Lightning cable that is sold separately.
Using the MV7 would require you to install the Shure Motiv app available on iOS, Android, and PC. The app opens up more options in customizing the MV7, including changing EQ and tone presents as well as dynamic compression and limiting. These settings can be controlled in real-time, even while you are using the microphone. Note that these settings only work if you’re using the MV7 via USB.
Having two optional connections for digital and analog recording is already enough reason to get the MV7. But how does it perform? I used the microphone for recording voiceovers on a video I am editing, and the recorded vocals boast excellent clarity. I primarily used the USB digital connection and hooked up it on my PC and iPad Pro using USB-C.
This also means that the MV7 will perform well with podcasts, perfectly capturing voices in different tones without losing detail. Overall, the Shure MV7 is the perfect solution for a simple podcasting setup, a versatile microphone that can deliver a decent performance while offering digital and analog connections.
+ Great performance for vocals
+ Supports digital and analog connections
+ Additional features included on the Shure Motiv app
We Didn’t Like:
– A mic stand should have been included
Final Rating: 4/5