• Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone
Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone

Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone

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  • Pocket friendly, powerful audio recording
  • 5 DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud). Automatically adjusts EQ, compression and limiting for optimal results.
  • Flexibility to tilt, flip and rotate the microphone up to 90 to get stereo clarity, whatever your sound source
  • Two free Apps (MOTIV Audio & MOTIV Video) for pro-level recording and control
  • Apple MFi certified compatible with all iOS devices equipped with a Lightning connection, Made for iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation)
  • The Windscreen is an included accessory that comes on the microphone

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Not compatible with iOS11 Bought this today to find out it is not compatible with iOS 11. Will change rating when/if Shure updates their app. 1Versatile, programmable mic with great sound quality I love this little thing. The sound quality is, of course, vastly superior to the iPhone's built-in mic. But I'm no sound engineer, so I'll leave it at that. It sure sounds a lot better to me though.The mic can stick straight out from the bottom of the phone, or bend up to a 90 angle. It can also twist to reverse the left and right side alignment.The fit against the phone is meant to be tight. So tight, I could only barely use it with a thin silicone case, and not at all with my normal hard plastic case. I was able to grind away at the case to make room for this mic to slot in and connect securely, but just be aware that only the very thinnest of cases will work. Otherwise you will have to take the case off, unless You also have the option of buying a lightning extender cable. That's what I did initially. The cable plugs into the phone with the case on, and the mic plugs into the other end of the cable. It works okay, but then you have to worry about holding the phone and the mic somehow. That was too cumbersome for me, so I modified my phone case so the mic would fit. However, I sometimes still use the cable to make my Shure mic work like a (big, ugly) lavalier mic. For iPhone 7 users with no 3.5 mm headphone jack, you won't be able to monitor audio as it is being recorded. It's not possible with Bluetooth/wireless headphones, and obviously you can't plug in wired headphones while the mic is plugged in. unless there's some adapter I'm not aware of which would allow one audio input and one audio output device Anyway, just something to be aware of. You can see the graphic representation of the levels in the Shure app and apps like Filmic Pro, but you won't be able to listen to the audio as it comes in.Finally, there's the app, which is easy to use, allows for customizing the way the mic captures audio, and will allow you make high-quality audio-only recordings right in the app. I imagine most people buying this will already have a preferred recording app, but it's still a nice feature. The mic also remembers what it's set to, so you can set it and then use it with any other app, or even another iOS device, and it will work just the way you set it to. 5The Overall Best iOS Mic Yet It's about time someone made an iOS mic that ticks all the boxes. I've been tempted to buy other options, like the iXY, but it's static construction (lack of rotation) made me shy away. A little background on me- I'm a former professional recording artist (Intangible) & am still an active home recording enthusiast/ producer/ musician. I purchased the MV88 about 3 weeks ago & LOVE it. I'm not going to get into details about what I like because every review already posted pretty much talks about the same things I would. Really the only complaint I have is that the software compressor and limiter add quite a bit of background noise, as if the gain were turned up 15 db. I think the best option is to use it in "flat mode" when recording and manipulate your audio recordings as needed in postproduction. As stated in previous reviews, the build & audio quality are top notch. The software is solid but could benefit from a bit of GUI tweaking to make it a bit more "intuitive". For instance, the monitor function is in the "info" menu, which doesn't really make sense. It should be accessible on the main (record) screen. I'm sure these sort of things will be addressed and changed on upcoming revisions of the software. 5Wonderful Device with a Fatal Flaw! This microphone makes a huge difference in recording quality over the built-in iPhone microphone, both in fidelity and in imaging, since it's a true stereo microphone.However, there's a HUGE problem with it- it prevents the connection of an external power supply or battery to the phone, so your recording time will be limited to the available charge on your phone. If you're trying to use Facebook Live or other livestreaming Apps, which use a lot of phone power, your battery will die before the concert or event ends!I used it to record a concert last weekend, and I started getting Low Battery warnings on the phone after about 1 hour, so I had to unplug the MV88 and plug in a battery instead, so the end of the concert was recorded in mono (and with lots of crowd noise that the MV88 had eliminated).It seems that this would be relatively easy for Shure to fix- either by adding a tiny jack for power on the microphone body, or by offering a Lightning extender adapter with an external power input.I'm torn on whether to keep this- on one hand, the MV88 recording was far better than with the internal iPhone microphone; on the other hand, I had to constantly watch the phone so I wouldn't have the phone die in the middle of the Live session, which would have been catastrophic! 3You may burst out laughing hearing recordings with the MV88 for the first time it s that good I ve used the MV88 for live music performance video recording in stereo, with a handheld iPhone 6s Plus since Dec2015. As of 04Jul2017 there is no competition for this application. As a musician and software engineer coding audio signal processing, I ve found the sound quality to be excellent. Amazing lows and clear, extended natural highs vs. mics like the Zoom iQ7 and the old Tascam iM2. Amazon apparently doesn t allow external links, but google youtube electric eye lucky strike should yield two videos of the same performance, with audio from the Zoom iQ7 vs. the MV88.There are other great stereo mics from Shure and Rode, but they're significantly bulkier and heavier impractical for handheld video. And there is no contest vs the mono, overload prone built-in iPhone mics optimized for noise cancellation and monaural voice, rather than stereo live music. You may burst out laughing hearing recordings with the MV88 for the first time. Commenters saying there is little or no difference maybe are listening on the iPhone speaker? Headphones, external speakers, are the real test.The MOTIV app is easy to use. Documentation is a joy clear and detailed, often answering not just how, but why. Its Band preset works amazingly well for rock concerts just a touch of compression and limiting, to the point i ve never heard distortion on live performances, other than traceable to overloaded mixer/monitor/amps in the original performance. Even on video of Motley Crue s Final Tour 31Dec2015, the explosions weren t distorted (google youtube motley crue antera77, at 27:42)The highly elegant pivot and twist system for the stereo mics gives correctly oriented stereo audio for landscape mode ( horizontal ) video. Mics like the Rode iXYL and the apparently abandoned Blue Mikey Digital Lightning (Blue s website as of 04Jul2017 touts iOS 7 compatibility a version introduced Sep2013) require portrait mode for this rendering them essentially useless for landscape mode video. The jewel-like, all metal construction screams quality, vs. plasticy, deformed Mickey Mouse ears looking mics like the Zoom iQ7.Suggested improvements, 0-10 scale, 10 being highest priority/cost:10/10: Recording level indication on the mic - add two or three green LED level meters to the single MV88 Communication Established LED.My biggest disappointments have involved not knowing audio levels while recording video. Excellent workaround has been an iOS video app like Filmic Pro with on-screen audio level meters. Apple s default Camera app has none suggestion to Apple: Make audio level meters a Preferences-selectable option! Much less elegant workaround: carry earbuds or headphones to the live show to monitor the audio. Earbuds are hard to hear in a live music setting, and more bulk and kit to lose and fuss with especially with iPhone 7 and newer needing an adapter for headphones.The $100 Zoom iQ7 Lightning mic has three LED level meters, so they re likely cost-effective.4/10: Turn Airplane Mode On When MV88 detected option in the Shure MOTIV appI ve come home to interference-riddled audio several times, because I forgot to turn Airplane Mode on. No reliable way to tell if interference is occurring while taking video, even with an audio level meter-equipped video app like Filmic Pro.You wouldn t want Airplane Mode automatic:* not clear that iOS would allow this* some would like to do live streaming, and/or to take calls while recording even if it interrupts the video app3/10: Improve software system reliability in establishing MV88 communicationI don t know if this is practical. But I ve had big disappointments from not paying attention to the MV88 green LED. Not noticing the serial data connection wasn t established meant the horrible, built in mono iPhone mic took over, or worse, no audio. Even using an audio level meter equipped app like Filmic Pro, sometimes I haven t noticed if the on-screen audio meters were showing stereo vs. mono, or no audio. Apparently it s fairly common even with the MV88 plugged into the Lightning connector, that a serial data connection is not established. Understandable given several systems have to interact perfectly:* mechanical Lightning connection* three software systems iOS, video app, Shure MOTIV appThe ideal live music recorder would be a dedicated video camera and permanently attached stereo mic and integrated software. It may be that Shure has already maximized communication reliability, given the constraints of integrating with the iPhone hardware and software.1/10: Add RFID MV88 is so tiny, it s easy to lose!A passive 916MHz RFID tag would add an insignificant $0.15 (in volume as of 2006) to the $150 cost. You ve got the radio hardware to sent out RFID signals right there on the iPhone. Most practical would be just a response tells you the MV88 is in the room somewhere at least, vs. lost at the gig. GPS chips and a beeper in the MV88 would be nice, but almost certainly not cost effective. Source: wikipedia RFID. I d like to address the remainder of this review to errors in the review Not $150 worth of mic, just ok.By Amazon Customer #99 on March 7, 2017 , as these are common misunderstandings that could dissuade many from making an excellent choice in the MV88: Bottom line: It's good but, frustratingly, not $150 good Zoom makes one at least as good for less. I disagree completely. Superior performance, build quality and features are well worth $150 vs competition like the $100 Zoom iQ7. This is generally echoed by the majority of other reviews here. It's fine for speech and podcasts and YouTube videos, but not really good enough for a musician. It is noticeably noisy (hissy) For conversations, and live music performances at least, avoiding distortion and overload, is far more important than background hiss a comparative non-issue. As a musician and audio engineer, I ve found the MV88 audio excellent extended bass and highs, and if there s any distortion, it s been from overdriven mixers/monitors/amps in the original performance. On quiet passages, audience noise has been more an issue than background hiss.From Shure: The MV88 was designed primarily to record loud sounds, like a rock concert, or medium sounds, such as conversation. As the sounds gets softer and/or the MV88 is placed farther away from the sound source, at some point the self-noise (hiss level) of the MV88 might become noticeable or objectionable The MV88 does not have an exceptionally low noise floor like a Shure KSM44A (4 dB SPL-A), however the KSM44A is nearly seven times the price. If the requirement is to record very soft bird sounds in a forest, or the barely audible whispers of wind in the trees, the MV88 may not be appropriate. (google Shure Customer Help MV88 recording soft sounds)Further, the biggest source of background hiss is presets with Compression on, rather than quiescent mic capsule noise. Turning it off or using Flat preset in the MOTIV app will help. Just be careful to set recording levels low enough to prevent overload. even when the phone is in airplane mode. Airplane mode being off, and microphone signal-to-noise performance are two different noise sources. Airplane mode turns off the iPhone cellular/Bluetooth/wifi radio frequency transmit and receive, which can cause static and other intermittent noise at audio frequencies. This has nothing to do with steady background hiss from the MV88 ADC and mic capsules combined signal to noise ratio. It has weak midrange and bass response Compared to what? I ve found the MV88 to have excellent bass response vs other Lightning connector mics like the iQ7. Shure s User Guide lists response as 20-20kHz. Its frequency response graph shows a gentle rolloff below 300Hz but no dip in the midrange:(From Shure MV88 User Guide - Specifications)You may be comparing the MV88 to a mic with artificially boosted midrange and bass. although it's tweakable in the MOTIV app up to a point. Indeed it is, with the MOTIV 5-band graphic EQ:(From Shure MV88 User Guide - The ShurePlus MOTIV App - Mic setup) It is heavy and cumbersome unless you hold the phone on a tripod. Maybe if you re a leprechaun. The MV88 mass is 40.5g vs. your favored Zoom iQ7 at 30.5g. Using the MV88 handheld for shooting live music performances with my 192g iPhone 6s Plus and approx 24g Incase Halo Snap case increases the mass as a unit by about 20%. Or the mass vs. using the iQ7 by about 4.1%.(192+24+41)/(192+24).(192+24+41)/(192+24+31)Claiming a 4% increase in mass would push an iPhone-plus-mic into tripod territory is baffling. It won't work with many cases It fits Apple, and some Incase cases. Making sure your case provides clearance around the Lightning connector is a reasonable tradeoff to get the excellent MV88 features. Shure also addresses this: (google Shure Customer Help MV88 use with a phone case) Alesis and Rode make better ones. As of Jul2017:* The RODE iXY-L orients its stereo mics incorrectly for landscape mode video. This can outweigh possibly better sound* Alesis lists no mics on its website It s an improvement over built in DAC/mic but not a huge improvement. DAC (digital to analog conversion) is irrelevant to an analog audio source like a microphone. You might be thinking of analog to digital conversion (ADC). An iPhone really needs a full outboard DAC to record decently. This seems to share You seem to be suggesting the MV88 relies on an iPhone internal digital to analog converter (DAC). If so, this is false.Again, digital to analog conversion outboard or otherwise is irrelevant to an analog audio source like a microphone. You might be thinking of analog to digital conversion (ADC). This is necessarily done by the MV88, since the iPhone Lightning connector has no analog data signals. It only has pins for a serial digital data stream. That is, the MV88 indeed has an ADC outboard from the iPhone.(Wikipedia Lightning Connector) 5Defective Doesn t work- had to request return label. Plan on shipping this back this week. I bought this for my husband for his bday & he says it only records through using their app & that it kicks him off constantly. It s glitchy & doesn t pick up sound well. He said it records the sound very low & you have to turn it up to hear it. So I m disappointed because this was a gift that he had been wanting for some time now. Nothing worse then giving an expensive gift for it to fail all expectations. 1Surprisingly good for such a small mic. Wow - there is a huge difference in the performance of this microphone versus the stock iPhone mic. As a matter of fact, this mic is so good I've actually recorded two radio commercials on it in my studio and no one could tell I wasn't using my standard EV RE320. You will need the free app to use it as an audio only recorder, but it automatically picks up this Mike with the phone's video app and uses it if it's plugged in. The free app is really nice, complete with level meters and its own Library System. Noise level is noticeably different when using this microphone. Although the iPhone picks up more sound, it also introduces a whole lot more noise. And what's really surprising is the bass pickup for such a small microphone. You'll have to hear it to believe it. I had a hard time choosing between this unit in a separate digital recorder, but I figured this made more sense since I always have my phone with me. Now all I have to do is remember to throw this unit in the glove compartment. 5GREAT MIC BUT THE CLIP SHOULD BE BETTER FOR THE PRICE. So here's the bottom line. You are paying for the mic itself, which is great. However the phone clip is incredibly cheap (it's why they lost a star) and will probably break after few uses. Why they went to the trouble for a great mic and mini tripod and then skimped out on the phone clip is a huge head scratch. Now is this worth $250? No. You can build you own system for much cheaper with the MV88 or another mic like the Rode or the BOYA mics and get the similar results. Hopefully they will update the mic clip to a metal one. Then, just then, maybe, this will be worth the money. 4Not as bad as other reviewers say I was hesitant to buy this because many reviewers said, to use this mic, you d have to either remove your case, or dramatically alter your case.Because of the super high reviews on the sound quality itself, I still bought the mic with hopes of MacGyvering a solution.Upon receiving mic, I discovered here s actually a raised black area on the mic s underside. (See picture)Whereas the silver part is approx 1.5 wide, the black section is only 1.0 wide. That may not sound like much, but it meant cutting out far less of my iPhone case s underside.Couple snips with a scissor, plus a cross-cut with an Xacto knife and I was in Business. Seeing as it s a fairly hidden part of case (covered by hands when in use), I can barely notice my case modification. 5Not working well with iPhone X It looks a really good mic but I disappointed. Because it stops working suddenly. I m trying to use it with my iPhone X but I think it s not compatible with iPhone X. 1
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Not compatible with iOS11 Bought this today to find out it is not compatible with iOS 11. Will change rating when/if Shure updates their app. 1Versatile, programmable mic with great sound quality I love this little thing. The sound quality is, of course, vastly superior to the iPhone's built-in mic. But I'm no sound engineer, so I'll leave it at that. It sure sounds a lot better to me though.The mic can stick straight out from the bottom of the phone, or bend up to a 90 angle. It can also twist to reverse the left and right side alignment.The fit against the phone is meant to be tight. So tight, I could only barely use it with a thin silicone case, and not at all with my normal hard plastic case. I was able to grind away at the case to make room for this mic to slot in and connect securely, but just be aware that only the very thinnest of cases will work. Otherwise you will have to take the case off, unless You also have the option of buying a lightning extender cable. That's what I did initially. The cable plugs into the phone with the case on, and the mic plugs into the other end of the cable. It works okay, but then you have to worry about holding the phone and the mic somehow. That was too cumbersome for me, so I modified my phone case so the mic would fit. However, I sometimes still use the cable to make my Shure mic work like a (big, ugly) lavalier mic. For iPhone 7 users with no 3.5 mm headphone jack, you won't be able to monitor audio as it is being recorded. It's not possible with Bluetooth/wireless headphones, and obviously you can't plug in wired headphones while the mic is plugged in. unless there's some adapter I'm not aware of which would allow one audio input and one audio output device Anyway, just something to be aware of. You can see the graphic representation of the levels in the Shure app and apps like Filmic Pro, but you won't be able to listen to the audio as it comes in.Finally, there's the app, which is easy to use, allows for customizing the way the mic captures audio, and will allow you make high-quality audio-only recordings right in the app. I imagine most people buying this will already have a preferred recording app, but it's still a nice feature. The mic also remembers what it's set to, so you can set it and then use it with any other app, or even another iOS device, and it will work just the way you set it to. 5The Overall Best iOS Mic Yet It's about time someone made an iOS mic that ticks all the boxes. I've been tempted to buy other options, like the iXY, but it's static construction (lack of rotation) made me shy away. A little background on me- I'm a former professional recording artist (Intangible) & am still an active home recording enthusiast/ producer/ musician. I purchased the MV88 about 3 weeks ago & LOVE it. I'm not going to get into details about what I like because every review already posted pretty much talks about the same things I would. Really the only complaint I have is that the software compressor and limiter add quite a bit of background noise, as if the gain were turned up 15 db. I think the best option is to use it in "flat mode" when recording and manipulate your audio recordings as needed in postproduction. As stated in previous reviews, the build & audio quality are top notch. The software is solid but could benefit from a bit of GUI tweaking to make it a bit more "intuitive". For instance, the monitor function is in the "info" menu, which doesn't really make sense. It should be accessible on the main (record) screen. I'm sure these sort of things will be addressed and changed on upcoming revisions of the software. 5Wonderful Device with a Fatal Flaw! This microphone makes a huge difference in recording quality over the built-in iPhone microphone, both in fidelity and in imaging, since it's a true stereo microphone.However, there's a HUGE problem with it- it prevents the connection of an external power supply or battery to the phone, so your recording time will be limited to the available charge on your phone. If you're trying to use Facebook Live or other livestreaming Apps, which use a lot of phone power, your battery will die before the concert or event ends!I used it to record a concert last weekend, and I started getting Low Battery warnings on the phone after about 1 hour, so I had to unplug the MV88 and plug in a battery instead, so the end of the concert was recorded in mono (and with lots of crowd noise that the MV88 had eliminated).It seems that this would be relatively easy for Shure to fix- either by adding a tiny jack for power on the microphone body, or by offering a Lightning extender adapter with an external power input.I'm torn on whether to keep this- on one hand, the MV88 recording was far better than with the internal iPhone microphone; on the other hand, I had to constantly watch the phone so I wouldn't have the phone die in the middle of the Live session, which would have been catastrophic! 3You may burst out laughing hearing recordings with the MV88 for the first time it s that good I ve used the MV88 for live music performance video recording in stereo, with a handheld iPhone 6s Plus since Dec2015. As of 04Jul2017 there is no competition for this application. As a musician and software engineer coding audio signal processing, I ve found the sound quality to be excellent. Amazing lows and clear, extended natural highs vs. mics like the Zoom iQ7 and the old Tascam iM2. Amazon apparently doesn t allow external links, but google youtube electric eye lucky strike should yield two videos of the same performance, with audio from the Zoom iQ7 vs. the MV88.There are other great stereo mics from Shure and Rode, but they're significantly bulkier and heavier impractical for handheld video. And there is no contest vs the mono, overload prone built-in iPhone mics optimized for noise cancellation and monaural voice, rather than stereo live music. You may burst out laughing hearing recordings with the MV88 for the first time. Commenters saying there is little or no difference maybe are listening on the iPhone speaker? Headphones, external speakers, are the real test.The MOTIV app is easy to use. Documentation is a joy clear and detailed, often answering not just how, but why. Its Band preset works amazingly well for rock concerts just a touch of compression and limiting, to the point i ve never heard distortion on live performances, other than traceable to overloaded mixer/monitor/amps in the original performance. Even on video of Motley Crue s Final Tour 31Dec2015, the explosions weren t distorted (google youtube motley crue antera77, at 27:42)The highly elegant pivot and twist system for the stereo mics gives correctly oriented stereo audio for landscape mode ( horizontal ) video. Mics like the Rode iXYL and the apparently abandoned Blue Mikey Digital Lightning (Blue s website as of 04Jul2017 touts iOS 7 compatibility a version introduced Sep2013) require portrait mode for this rendering them essentially useless for landscape mode video. The jewel-like, all metal construction screams quality, vs. plasticy, deformed Mickey Mouse ears looking mics like the Zoom iQ7.Suggested improvements, 0-10 scale, 10 being highest priority/cost:10/10: Recording level indication on the mic - add two or three green LED level meters to the single MV88 Communication Established LED.My biggest disappointments have involved not knowing audio levels while recording video. Excellent workaround has been an iOS video app like Filmic Pro with on-screen audio level meters. Apple s default Camera app has none suggestion to Apple: Make audio level meters a Preferences-selectable option! Much less elegant workaround: carry earbuds or headphones to the live show to monitor the audio. Earbuds are hard to hear in a live music setting, and more bulk and kit to lose and fuss with especially with iPhone 7 and newer needing an adapter for headphones.The $100 Zoom iQ7 Lightning mic has three LED level meters, so they re likely cost-effective.4/10: Turn Airplane Mode On When MV88 detected option in the Shure MOTIV appI ve come home to interference-riddled audio several times, because I forgot to turn Airplane Mode on. No reliable way to tell if interference is occurring while taking video, even with an audio level meter-equipped video app like Filmic Pro.You wouldn t want Airplane Mode automatic:* not clear that iOS would allow this* some would like to do live streaming, and/or to take calls while recording even if it interrupts the video app3/10: Improve software system reliability in establishing MV88 communicationI don t know if this is practical. But I ve had big disappointments from not paying attention to the MV88 green LED. Not noticing the serial data connection wasn t established meant the horrible, built in mono iPhone mic took over, or worse, no audio. Even using an audio level meter equipped app like Filmic Pro, sometimes I haven t noticed if the on-screen audio meters were showing stereo vs. mono, or no audio. Apparently it s fairly common even with the MV88 plugged into the Lightning connector, that a serial data connection is not established. Understandable given several systems have to interact perfectly:* mechanical Lightning connection* three software systems iOS, video app, Shure MOTIV appThe ideal live music recorder would be a dedicated video camera and permanently attached stereo mic and integrated software. It may be that Shure has already maximized communication reliability, given the constraints of integrating with the iPhone hardware and software.1/10: Add RFID MV88 is so tiny, it s easy to lose!A passive 916MHz RFID tag would add an insignificant $0.15 (in volume as of 2006) to the $150 cost. You ve got the radio hardware to sent out RFID signals right there on the iPhone. Most practical would be just a response tells you the MV88 is in the room somewhere at least, vs. lost at the gig. GPS chips and a beeper in the MV88 would be nice, but almost certainly not cost effective. Source: wikipedia RFID. I d like to address the remainder of this review to errors in the review Not $150 worth of mic, just ok.By Amazon Customer #99 on March 7, 2017 , as these are common misunderstandings that could dissuade many from making an excellent choice in the MV88: Bottom line: It's good but, frustratingly, not $150 good Zoom makes one at least as good for less. I disagree completely. Superior performance, build quality and features are well worth $150 vs competition like the $100 Zoom iQ7. This is generally echoed by the majority of other reviews here. It's fine for speech and podcasts and YouTube videos, but not really good enough for a musician. It is noticeably noisy (hissy) For conversations, and live music performances at least, avoiding distortion and overload, is far more important than background hiss a comparative non-issue. As a musician and audio engineer, I ve found the MV88 audio excellent extended bass and highs, and if there s any distortion, it s been from overdriven mixers/monitors/amps in the original performance. On quiet passages, audience noise has been more an issue than background hiss.From Shure: The MV88 was designed primarily to record loud sounds, like a rock concert, or medium sounds, such as conversation. As the sounds gets softer and/or the MV88 is placed farther away from the sound source, at some point the self-noise (hiss level) of the MV88 might become noticeable or objectionable The MV88 does not have an exceptionally low noise floor like a Shure KSM44A (4 dB SPL-A), however the KSM44A is nearly seven times the price. If the requirement is to record very soft bird sounds in a forest, or the barely audible whispers of wind in the trees, the MV88 may not be appropriate. (google Shure Customer Help MV88 recording soft sounds)Further, the biggest source of background hiss is presets with Compression on, rather than quiescent mic capsule noise. Turning it off or using Flat preset in the MOTIV app will help. Just be careful to set recording levels low enough to prevent overload. even when the phone is in airplane mode. Airplane mode being off, and microphone signal-to-noise performance are two different noise sources. Airplane mode turns off the iPhone cellular/Bluetooth/wifi radio frequency transmit and receive, which can cause static and other intermittent noise at audio frequencies. This has nothing to do with steady background hiss from the MV88 ADC and mic capsules combined signal to noise ratio. It has weak midrange and bass response Compared to what? I ve found the MV88 to have excellent bass response vs other Lightning connector mics like the iQ7. Shure s User Guide lists response as 20-20kHz. Its frequency response graph shows a gentle rolloff below 300Hz but no dip in the midrange:(From Shure MV88 User Guide - Specifications)You may be comparing the MV88 to a mic with artificially boosted midrange and bass. although it's tweakable in the MOTIV app up to a point. Indeed it is, with the MOTIV 5-band graphic EQ:(From Shure MV88 User Guide - The ShurePlus MOTIV App - Mic setup) It is heavy and cumbersome unless you hold the phone on a tripod. Maybe if you re a leprechaun. The MV88 mass is 40.5g vs. your favored Zoom iQ7 at 30.5g. Using the MV88 handheld for shooting live music performances with my 192g iPhone 6s Plus and approx 24g Incase Halo Snap case increases the mass as a unit by about 20%. Or the mass vs. using the iQ7 by about 4.1%.(192+24+41)/(192+24).(192+24+41)/(192+24+31)Claiming a 4% increase in mass would push an iPhone-plus-mic into tripod territory is baffling. It won't work with many cases It fits Apple, and some Incase cases. Making sure your case provides clearance around the Lightning connector is a reasonable tradeoff to get the excellent MV88 features. Shure also addresses this: (google Shure Customer Help MV88 use with a phone case) Alesis and Rode make better ones. As of Jul2017:* The RODE iXY-L orients its stereo mics incorrectly for landscape mode video. This can outweigh possibly better sound* Alesis lists no mics on its website It s an improvement over built in DAC/mic but not a huge improvement. DAC (digital to analog conversion) is irrelevant to an analog audio source like a microphone. You might be thinking of analog to digital conversion (ADC). An iPhone really needs a full outboard DAC to record decently. This seems to share You seem to be suggesting the MV88 relies on an iPhone internal digital to analog converter (DAC). If so, this is false.Again, digital to analog conversion outboard or otherwise is irrelevant to an analog audio source like a microphone. You might be thinking of analog to digital conversion (ADC). This is necessarily done by the MV88, since the iPhone Lightning connector has no analog data signals. It only has pins for a serial digital data stream. That is, the MV88 indeed has an ADC outboard from the iPhone.(Wikipedia Lightning Connector) 5Defective Doesn t work- had to request return label. Plan on shipping this back this week. I bought this for my husband for his bday & he says it only records through using their app & that it kicks him off constantly. It s glitchy & doesn t pick up sound well. He said it records the sound very low & you have to turn it up to hear it. So I m disappointed because this was a gift that he had been wanting for some time now. Nothing worse then giving an expensive gift for it to fail all expectations. 1Surprisingly good for such a small mic. Wow - there is a huge difference in the performance of this microphone versus the stock iPhone mic. As a matter of fact, this mic is so good I've actually recorded two radio commercials on it in my studio and no one could tell I wasn't using my standard EV RE320. You will need the free app to use it as an audio only recorder, but it automatically picks up this Mike with the phone's video app and uses it if it's plugged in. The free app is really nice, complete with level meters and its own Library System. Noise level is noticeably different when using this microphone. Although the iPhone picks up more sound, it also introduces a whole lot more noise. And what's really surprising is the bass pickup for such a small microphone. You'll have to hear it to believe it. I had a hard time choosing between this unit in a separate digital recorder, but I figured this made more sense since I always have my phone with me. Now all I have to do is remember to throw this unit in the glove compartment. 5GREAT MIC BUT THE CLIP SHOULD BE BETTER FOR THE PRICE. So here's the bottom line. You are paying for the mic itself, which is great. However the phone clip is incredibly cheap (it's why they lost a star) and will probably break after few uses. Why they went to the trouble for a great mic and mini tripod and then skimped out on the phone clip is a huge head scratch. Now is this worth $250? No. You can build you own system for much cheaper with the MV88 or another mic like the Rode or the BOYA mics and get the similar results. Hopefully they will update the mic clip to a metal one. Then, just then, maybe, this will be worth the money. 4Not as bad as other reviewers say I was hesitant to buy this because many reviewers said, to use this mic, you d have to either remove your case, or dramatically alter your case.Because of the super high reviews on the sound quality itself, I still bought the mic with hopes of MacGyvering a solution.Upon receiving mic, I discovered here s actually a raised black area on the mic s underside. (See picture)Whereas the silver part is approx 1.5 wide, the black section is only 1.0 wide. That may not sound like much, but it meant cutting out far less of my iPhone case s underside.Couple snips with a scissor, plus a cross-cut with an Xacto knife and I was in Business. Seeing as it s a fairly hidden part of case (covered by hands when in use), I can barely notice my case modification. 5Not working well with iPhone X It looks a really good mic but I disappointed. Because it stops working suddenly. I m trying to use it with my iPhone X but I think it s not compatible with iPhone X. 1
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