Shure, the microphone firm that has merchandise in virtually each recording studio, has lastly launched its first hybrid USB / XLR dynamic microphone, the MV7.
The MV7 was designed to be an reasonably priced various to Shure’s customary radio broadcasting dynamic microphone, the SM7b. When you had been to stroll into virtually any radio studio or a higher-budget podcast studio, you’ll almost definitely discover Shure’s SM7b — however the price to get the SM7b studio prepared is just too excessive for a podcaster beginning out. The SM7b is $400, however you additionally want some form of recording interface to file into your pc (beginning at round $100) and a pre-amplifier to spice up the sign. (Shure recommends the Cloudlifter, which begins at $150.)
Shure’s MV7 is a lower-budget choice, providing an all-in-one microphone / audio interface with a plug-and-play expertise at $249.
The worth is considerably above the rivals in its class, however the MV7 being a dynamic microphone is what makes it stick out within the now-crowded USB microphone house. Many USB microphones have copied the success of the best-selling Blue Yeti, a big diaphragm condenser mic. Although a condenser microphone is under no circumstances a nasty sort of microphone, it’s extra delicate and delicate to background noises and rumbles. Condenser microphones are extra fitted to very managed environments, whereas dynamic microphones are extra versatile in noisy environments and have extra sturdy inner elements. There are only some different dynamic USB microphones accessible out there, that are largely modeled after Shure’s mics, however none had been from Shure instantly till now.
The MV7 additionally presents built-in EQ and compression settings and presets managed by Shure’s MOTIV app when plugged in through USB. Although you can not management inner settings when utilizing the XLR output, you don’t want a Cloudlifter or phantom energy to spice up the sign when plugging into one other audio interface.
Shure says the MV7 shouldn’t be going to sound precisely just like the SM7b however that it presents the frequency response and tonal high quality of broadcast-style dynamic microphones. The SM7b sounded significantly higher than the MV7 out of the field in my very own transient comparability. Nevertheless, the “tone” presets on the MOTIV app (darkish, pure, and shiny) change the sound of the MV7 considerably. Shure says the “darkish tone” setting is designed to carry a BBC-style sound to the recording, whereas the “shiny” setting sounds extra like NPR. It is a fairly nice setting for live-streaming reasonably than recording, as that is one thing you are able to do in post-production you probably have the know-how.
One factor to notice is Shure continues to be sticking with Micro USB for the MV7 as a substitute of shifting to USB-C, stating that they have already got Shure-made cables, that are additionally used of their different merchandise just like the MV88+ and the MV51, and that they don’t want the upper speeds that USB-C has to supply.
Since Shure has been a trusted model within the microphone house, the MV7 appears to be a promising choice for podcasting, streaming, and voice-over work for somebody who needs to improve their microphone setup whereas nonetheless holding the pliability of the built-in USB interface. Bringing the broadcast-style dynamic microphone to this house is well worth the effort, because it has been utilized in radio for many years.