Shure has injected a pro-quality multi-pattern small diaphragm condenser microphone into the blogosphere. The web will never be the same.
We were already huge fans of the Shure MV88, but the MV88+ is an even more complete all-in-one setup for podcasters, vloggers and general video content creators. It includes everything you need for recording on the go including a Manfrotto® PIXI tripod, phone clamp, and mount, as well as iOS and USB-C cables for easy on-the-go compatibility and connectivity. All of this fits into a little roll-up pouch that’s small enough to pack in a backpack.
The MV88+ houses a micro USB connection on its rear panel, and this connects to either a USB-C or a Lightning cable, both of which are included, for use with both iOS and Android devices. You literally just add your phone and you have professional quality recording at your fingertips. A built-in headphone jack was also added for real-time monitoring.
The MV88+ houses a condenser mic capsule to record in stereo, bidirectional mono, cardioid or mid-side patterns. There’s DSP that brings compression, limiting, and EQ into play, but it can be adjusted to a degree—there are four DSP modes (speech, singing, acoustic, loud), and a fifth neutral, DSP-free mode. The mic records with a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, at up to 24bits with a 48kHz sampling rate. It can also record at 16bits and 44.1kHz.
The MV88+ Video Kit works with the free ShurePlus MOTIV audio/video apps. The app interfaces are extremely intuitive – even for those with little audio experience. The option for quick-change settings on the recording screen allows you to toggle through audio format, resolution, frame rate or sound quality without having to divert through menu screens. The accelerometer function also lets you ensure your recording is evenly set, particularly helpful for self-recording without the mini tripod.
All-in-all, this is a great portable broadcast-quality audio and video recording solution, whether streaming live, recording your latest vlog or shooting your favorite musical performance.
For more information on the Shure MV88+ Video Kit, visit the Shure website at https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/microphones/mv88plus