The Shure MV5 microphone is an MFI-certified and lightning-enabled mic which can be used with the iPhone or iPad via a single microUSB to lightning cable. It can be used with a Mac or PC by switching the lightning cable to a traditional USB cable. It can handle tasks like podcasts and recording voiceovers. This unit is a digital condenser that does not require power supplies or special adapters to work. It plugs in, launches an app then starts to work.
Review of the Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone
Size and build
The Shure MV5 boasts of its small size that makes it portable or easy to travel with. It is just 5.5-inches tall including the mounted stand. Its aluminum stand is so lightweight and its thread mount screw hole is wide that makes it possible for the unit to move backward or forward for various firing angles. The stand is likewise very light. The thread mount on its bottom is a 1/4-inch camera tripod that allows the mic’s connection to various stands.
Design and versions
The mic is nearly all plastic, featuring a red windscreen below the plastic grill. Those who owned the mic who have dropped it are thankful the plastic did not chip, dent or crack because it is so lightweight. The mic comes in two versions – one is grey with a black windscreen while the other is black and a red windscreen.
When the user is closer to the mic, the sound is warmer. However, there will be more plosives to deal with. With the Shure MV5, if the mouth is away from the mic for at least five inches, that is fine even without a pop filter because the mic has a windscreen below the plastic grill.
The Shure MV5 microphone delivers a very good quality, clear and crisp sound, and many times better than built-in mics on any iOS device or Mac. The Shure Motiv app allows the mic to be tuned to specific environments, together with the DSP settings. The app makes it possible to change sample rate, DSP modes, limiter, compressor and equalizer. The physical DSP button lets the user cycle through the three preset modes of flat, instrument and vocals. The button helps mold the audio per the recording application.
Monitoring the headphone
When recording, one would find monitoring the headphone as very important. It will help users gauge if they are speaking too soft or loud by listening to the sound input. For this, the Shure mic has a 3.55mm headphone output for monitoring and a volume adjustment to achieve the right volume amount in the headphones.
The Shure MV5 microphone is an excellent unit for a podcaster who wants simple and light mic with a great audio quality. Shure is a veteran when it comes to audio recording industry. They certainly know about great microphones. The MV5’s simplicity when used with devices makes it great even with beginners.
The mic from Shure is an impressive unit and an excellent addition to the podcasting space. Its price is just close to other popular mics but with a bonus of portability and mobility. It is the best pick for those who want to do gaming on the go, enhance their sound quality and are relying on their Mac, iPhone or PC.