This year’s CES has officially wrapped. But there’s still a lot of news to process from that massive event. One item that caught my attention was Shure’s release of three new microphones (and one audio interface) under its new MOTIV line, made to work with iOS devices. Here’s a rundown on all of the devices, with information quoted from the Shure website:
MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone: Designed to capture clear, high-quality stereo sound on the go, MV88 directly connects to any iOS device equipped with a Lightning® connector. The microphone element is mounted to a 90-degree hinge with built-in rotation that offers flexible positioning options, even in video applications. Access five built-in preset modes for voice and instruments using the ShurePlus™ MOTIV Mobile Recording App, which also offers real-time adjustments to gain, stereo width and EQ with 24-bit / 48 kHz recording.
MV51 Digital Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone: MV51 features a striking vintage design that includes a headphone output and an integrated kickstand compatible with any standard mic stand. A unique touch panel allows for quick access to gain, mute and headphone monitoring volume adjustments. With seamless 24-bit / 48 kHz digital recording that delivers unmatched audio results, MV51 features five onboard DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud). It includes both a Micro-B-to-USB cable for connection to a PC, Mac or Android device, and a Micro-B-to-LTG cable for connection to Apple iOS devices.
MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone: Ideal for music, podcasting and video chats, MV5 features three onboard DSP presets (Vocals, Flat, Instrument) that provide optimal settings for virtually any sound source with great results, every time. Available in two colors (regionally dependent), MV5 can either make a bold statement or blend seamlessly into any creative space. An integrated headphone output offers real-time monitoring. The low-profile design and detachable desktop stand ensure flexibility and portability. MV5 also includes a Micro-B-to-USB cable for connection to a PC, Mac or Android device, and is available with a Micro-B-to-LTG cable for connection to Apple mobile devices.
MVi Digital Audio Interface: Connect any standard XLR microphone — including those requiring phantom power — or ¼-inch plug for guitar, bass or keyboard to any iOS device, Mac or PC for seamless, high-quality audio capture. An intuitive touch panel allows easy, real-time access to volume, gain and mode selection functions. Equipped with five built-in DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud), MVi offers the convenience of a professional sound studio in a compact, portable size. MVi includes a Micro-B-to-USB cable for connection to a PC, Mac or Android device, and is available with a Micro-B-to-LTG cable for connection to Apple mobile devices.
Shure has also created a MOTIV app for iOS that works with these devices. No word yet on whether or not MOTIV products will work with Core Audio, but hopefully they will, so producers can use them with any app they choose.
These new products are targeted for release in summer of 2015. Suggested retail prices run from $99 to $199, depending on the model. Check out the link at the top of this article to learn more.