The Shure MV7 is a terrific dynamic microphone not only for beginners getting into podcasting and streaming, but it’s also a feasible alternative for more expert users thanks to hybrid USB & XLR connectivity. However, at £259/$249, it is hardly the cheapest microphone on the market.
Is Shure doing enough to entice customers? The Shure MV7 isn’t a clear winner, but there’s a lot to like about it. Continue reading to find out why.
The Shure MV7 is an excellent microphone for podcasting and streaming, with hybrid XLR and USB connectivity, as well as support for mobiles and tablets in addition to PC and Mac.
Shure MV7 Specs
- Dynamic microphone with cardioid recording pattern
- USB & XLR support with dual-recording
- Touch controls
- ShurePlus MOTIV app on Windows, Mac, Android & iPhone
- Multi-platform support
Shure MV7: Design and Build
The Shure MV7 is an extremely tiny dynamic microphone that is narrower and shorter than the Blue Yeti X, making it an especially excellent choice if you are limited on desk space.
The professional all-black look also means it won’t attract too much attention – but streamers may prefer something a little more “in your face,” like the Trust GTX 258 Fyru with its inbuilt RGB lighting. Having said that, the MV7’s all-metal chassis appears and feels sturdy.
The MV7, like virtually every other microphone, has a 5/8″ screw mount for mounting into stands and boom arms, as well as a 3/8″ adapter in the box for optimal compatibility. For entry-level users, Shure offers a (slightly more expensive) bundle that includes a Manfrotto PIXI tripod, but if you want to get into podcasting or streaming, we recommend investing in a specialized boom arm.
The yoke mount enables for easy angle adjustment, but before you start recording, make sure to tighten the microphone into position.
The lack of dials and switches is noticeable when compared to the majority of the other mics in our comparison chart. Instead, the Shure MV7 has a touch panel with a strip of LED indications to display current gain levels.
The swipe interface controls gain and headphone level, and there are touch-sensitive buttons to mute the mic and switch between mic and headset settings, but for anything else, you’ll need to download the ShurePlus MOTIV app – more on that later.
It’s clearly lacking in comparison to the Samson G-Track Pro, which has a plethora of physical controls for on-the-fly modification, but it’s hardly a dealbreaker for someone just beginning into streaming or podcasting. Despite our initial concerns regarding tap and swipe movements being picked up by the microphone during recording sessions, we never observed this during testing.
Shure MV7: Connectivity
One of the key advantages of the Shure MV7 is that you don’t have to choose between XLR and USB connectivity, as both an XLR and a micro USB port are located on the bottom of the device, along with a 3.5mm headphone connector for monitoring. This gives excellent future-proofing by allowing entry-level users to connect via USB and then upgrade to an XLR system later on, but it goes much further.
It allows you to record in both XLR and USB at the same time, producing a low-resolution file via USB and a high-resolution one from the XLR. This not only serves as a backup system in case the XLR system fails, but it also ensures that if you capture a flawless take, it is already digitally compressed and ready for sharing.
The Shure MV7 is not only compatible with PC and Mac, but also with iOS and Android devices, with official Made for iPhone & iPad branding on the box and a dedicated version of the ShurePlus MOTIV software for iOS and Android devices.
The supplied micro USB to USB-C cable, together with the micro USB to USB-A connection, allows you to connect the mic straight to a USB-C enabled Android or iPad, and a micro USB to Lightning adapter for iPhones and older iPads is available separately.
This makes the Shure MV7 extremely versatile, allowing you to record on your smartphone or tablet if you don’t have a desktop or laptop nearby – great for podcasters who need to do interviews on the road.
Shure MV7: Features and Performance
The Shure MV7 dynamic microphone features a single carded pickup design. That may appear to be a limitation when compared to the Blue Yeti X, but it’s a popular choice for those who record podcasts and stream online since it allows you to place the microphone in front of you and capture your voice without picking up sounds from behind it.
You’ll have to use the ShurePlus MOTIV app to alter the mic’s numerous settings because there aren’t any onboard controls. While companion apps can be annoying at times, the Windows app is well-designed and easy to use, making it ideal for individuals new to the audio recording.
Auto mode is likely to be the first port of call for all but the most experienced users, and it does exactly what it says on the tin: it automatically adjusts your mic’s settings on the fly for a constant, high-quality recording experience free of clipping.
One standout feature is the mic position toggle, which automatically optimizes the mic’s settings based on whether you’re close or far from the mic. This is especially useful for streamers and podcasters who don’t want the microphone in a shot; by selecting the far preset, it will automatically modify settings so that every word is picked up clearly without the noticeable hiss that comes with merely increasing the gain.
You may also change the tone of the recording, with three settings to pick from Dark, Natural, and Bright. What you choose will most likely be determined by the type of material you wish to create, and you may go much farther in manual mode if necessary.
Manual mode is where you go into the weeds of audio production, allowing you to tweak the EQ, enable a limiter, reduce the dynamic range using compressor effects, and more, and you can save the settings within the app for simple switching. There’s also a separate DPS within the microphone that remembers the settings even when switching devices, making it ideal for multi-device use.
How does the Shure MV7 perform once you’ve tweaked the settings? In a nutshell, it went nicely. We looked at the microphone from the perspective of a beginner podcaster or streamer, so we tested it with automatic settings and USB connectivity, and the results are outstanding.
The auto mode excels at speech recording, especially when the optimal mic position is selected, even avoiding clipping or distorting during extremely loud periods (like roaring with laughter during a podcast). It’s ideal for podcasts, streaming, voice-over work, and other applications, albeit the single cardioid recording pattern means it’s not ideal for recording music or atmospheric sound.
That quality is only increased by using an XLR connector, but we couldn’t test it because we didn’t have an appropriate audio interface.
Shure MV7 Pricing
The Shure MV7 is an amazingly capable dynamic microphone with excellent software and maximum platform compatibility, so it’s not surprising that it’s also expensive. If you buy straight from Shure, the MV7 starts at a reasonable £259/$249 and rises to £279/$269 with the Manfrotto tripod bundle if you don’t already have a boom arm or stand.
The good news is that the two Shure MV7 packages are significantly less expensive on Amazon in the UK, costing £199 and £219, respectively. Take a look at our list of the best USB microphones to see how it stacks up against the competition.
- Choice of covering
- Top-quality materials
- Hard armrests
The Shure MV7 is an excellent high-end dynamic microphone with a cardioid recording pattern that is ideal for podcasting and streaming, recording sound in front of but not behind it and producing generally clean results.
Though the touch controls aren’t as convenient as physical knobs and buttons, the ShurePlus MOTIV software for PCs, laptops, and even smartphones provides access to most audio recording capabilities – including a surprisingly well-tuned auto option for beginners. If you work on many platforms and devices, the MV7 provides a one-of-a-kind experience.
The dual recording capability provided by USB and XLR connectivity is a significant benefit, letting you record in both low- and high-resolution formats at the same time, or easily upgrade from a USB to an XLR connection later on.
It’s simply a shame it doesn’t come with a stand by default; you’ll have to attach the yoke mount to an existing boom arm or tripod or buy an even more expensive model that includes a Manfrotto tripod.