Nowadays Shure is not microphone producer, today Shure is all about innovations related with recording and MVi Audio is a great example of this innovative approach. Shure MVi is included in Motiv line. You can check out our reviews of other products of Motiv line here.
Shure MVi Audio Interface is digitize device, which allows you to record your performance (vocal or instrumental) on your pc or portable device in real time anywhere you want. You will need some sequencer program on your PC or ShurePlus Motiv App on your portable device and some cables (which are included in set). Rejoice, music lovers, completely new technology era is coming! Shure is bringing it right into your hands. But enough pathos, let’s talk about specifications oh this thing.
Input: Combination of XLR and ¼ 6.35mm Jack
Input Impedance: 3-Pin XLR: >2 kΩ; ¼” TRS >1 MΩ
Bit Depth: 16-bit / 24-bit
Sampling Rate: 44.1 / 48kHz
Frequency Rate: from 20Hz up to 20,000Hz
Adjustable Gain Range: 3-Pin XLR: 0 to +36dB; ¼” TRS: +9dB
Maximum Input Level: 3-Pin XLR: 0dBV; ¼” TRS: +9dBV
Headphone Output: 3.5mm (1/8″)
Phantom Power is Required: (12v–iOS / 48v–USB)
Power Requirements: Powered Through USB or Lightning Connector
5 DSP Preset Modes: Speech / Singing / Flat / Acoustic Instrument / Loud
Build: All-metal construction
Net Weight: 310 gram (without cables)
Size: 42 × 84 × 72mm (H × W × D)
One Micro-B-to-USB cable and one Micro-B-to-Lightning cable (included in the box)
Overall Build and Features
This thingy is rather small and fully metal. This makes it really durable and you don’t even have to buy case or a bag for it to transport. The color of housing is elegant, black panel in front looks good and fits overall design.
Let’s talk about front and back panels. First handy feature on the front panel is mute switch. It will be very useful for podcasters; you will not have to install special software for it, also hold mute button for 3 seconds to switch phantom power for your microphone. There is also mode switch which includes 5 DSP presets for every occasion: Singing / Acoustic / Speech / Loud / Flat. Moreover, headphone switch button and gain knob are situated there as well.
Back panel is a place for different inputs (no surprises here). Here are located: combined XLR + TRS input for microphones & instruments, Micro-B for USB connection and 3.5 headphone socket for real time monitoring your live signal / audio from PC or connected device.
The best feature of all Motiv devices is Shure Motiv App support. With this app you will be able to choose format of file. Set some equalizer parameters. This app also allows you to set limiter and compressor settings. You can read more about this app and its abilities on the official AppStore page or in our article.
Sound Recording Quality
The best quality of recording 24-bit/48 kHz, it is mediocre result but it is more than enough for amateurs and professionals who wants to have a chance to record new patterns or choruses wherever they are. Also preset modes will help users to get the best quality, moreover app gives an opportunity to set up almost everything you need. There are five of them: Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud. More than enough for portable device.
Moreover, this thing delivers exceptional tone and clarity for instrument recording via a JFET Class A buffered instrument preamplifier, so be sure that overall quality will be above average because of all that small features.
Here you can hear some Shure MVi examples of recordings, which were captured by this audio interface:
Three Reasons to Buy:
- Price / Quality (For 129$ you’ll get full functionality of audio interface with possibility to connect it to any iOS / Android device).
- Made for traveling. You can always take it with you anywhere, because of its small size, also this interface charges via USB cable and you do not need to connect it to a power supply. Just plug-to your laptop-and-play!
- Good quality preamplifier for your instruments & mic. Shure MVi has Class A preamplifier that gives him an advantage over budget audio interfaces.
Shure MVi is not the only portable audio interface but the thing is that some features such as special App, the ability to connect MVi to apple device without adapters makes it ideal choice for Apple users. On the other hand, there is great quality of recording for such small interface. A lot of buttons which are not superfluous but really useful. And of course the quality of Shure products is an extra reason to buy this thing. We highly recommend it to every person who do not want to miss an opportunity to catch important sounds while traveling etc.
Global Shure MVi Rating
Sound Recording Quality - 8/10
Overall Build & Features - 9/10
Design - 8/10