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Shure MV51 Digital Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone + USB & Lightning Cable
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|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Number of Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
|Item Weight||1.75 Pounds|
|Hardware Platform||PC, Tablet, Smartphone|
About this item
- Apple MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) Certified for direct connection to any iOS device without the need for any additional adapters or connection kits.
- 5 DSP Preset Modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud)
- Automatically adjusts Gain, EQ, Compression and Limiting for optimal results
- Front panel touch controls for mode selection, headphone volume, microphone gain, and mute
- Built-in headphone output for real-time monitoring
- 1-inch (25mm) microphone capsule element provides best-in-class audio
- Integrated rear kickstand provides optimal positioning on any desktop
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Looks Like The Past
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The MV51 feels like the real deal because it is. Unparalleled audio in all-metal construction make this mic the go-to. Deny distortion and enjoy sound excellence in every environment, from demo sessions to field recordings whether you’re at home or on the road.
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Specifically engineered for high-quality digital audio capture, the all-digital MOTIV MV51 large-diaphragm condenser microphone seamlessly connects to any Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices for the ultimate in convenience of digital recording. Equipped with five onboard DSP preset modes to provide optimal recording results, the MV51 includes a unique onboard touch panel control for quick access to gain, mute and headphone volume adjustments. The 1 inch capsule element provides unmatched audio results, which are easily monitored in real-time via the built in 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone output. The striking vintage design and durable all-metal construction includes an integrated kickstand compatible with any standard mic stand, making the MV51 a complete recording solution when convenience is required without sacrifice.
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I tested it by connecting to my 2018 MacBook Pro and using QuickTime and Zoom to record simple audio clips.
Like all the other reviewers say, this mic is built like a tank. Weighs 1lb in an all metal casing, really nice input and output jacks, touch panel is responsive and everything just feels like it was built with care and pride.
Voice quality. I have this about 5-6" away from my mouth, with 50% gain, in neutral mode and my voice sounds really clear. Finally a setup that I can comfortably say it does exactly what I was looking for, which is crystal clear audio. And by crystal clear, I mean crystal clear to a fault.
Since this is a condenser mic, it will literally pick up everything that remotely resembles a sound wave. My toddler banging toys around the hallway or whining? Yep. Someone washing their hands? Yep. Talking in the other room? Yep. Birds chirping outside while my window is closed? Yep. BUT my voice is still super clear! Yay!
So how to remove the unwanted background noise from a condenser mic when using it in real-time? Remember, I can't do post processing because I'm on a live conference call, not making a recording. Some reviewers will say lower the gain and get intimate with your mic, like really intimate. Um, no thanks. I'm on conference calls 4-5 hours a day. Others will say ditch the condenser mic and get a dynamic mic with XLR connection, run it through a USB audio interface into your computer, and problem solved. Um, no thanks. I don't have the Taj Mahal of desks to add more boxes on it.
Solution for noise cancellation? Add a noise gate app, which is a bit of software on your computer that takes your audio, runs it through its algorithm to eliminate unwanted background noise, and outputs a cleaner version. I found one called Krisp AI, and as of May 2019 it is only available in Macs, but there are other noise gate apps available in Windows as well. Basically, under my mac's input and output I have Krisp available as a selection, so in the Krisp app I choose the Shure MV51 as both the output and input but in my web conference app I choose Krisp. And I kid you not, this app worked miracles. And by miracles I mean I was doing a test run and my 2.5 year old started crying in the bathroom next door because he fell in the toilet (still potty training) and my recording picked up zero crying. Zero. And oh yeah it doesn't pick up my keyboard or mouse clicks that are 3" from the mic. Safe to say, a noise gate was the way to go for me.
Conclusion? Love this mic. Lots of great USB mics available out there, specially in the $150-200 range. I mainly chose this one because I like the look of it, had good reviews, and there was a touch sensitive mute button. Mostly because there was a touch sensitive mute button. Seriously. But I'm glad I went with this one anyway.
This seems like it should be a standard cable, relatively cheap and easy to replace — but it isn’t. I’ve tried other cables in this configuration and only Shure’s works. Their replacement cables are stupidly expensive ($40ish). This is inexplicable/inexcusable in an otherwise pretty high quality piece of kit. It would be so easy to solve... either make the mic side a standard USB fitting, or ship it with a higher quality cable. Selling replacements, in different lengths, would also be a nice (normal) touch...
I cannot recommend this mic for any serious use until they fix the cable issue. I’m sure Shure could not care less about my issues and bad review, and I’m not about to sit on hold for hours with then seeing if they care to resolve it, but I’ll let you know if they take any notice whatsoever
By MN on December 4, 2016
I love the rich sound for voice, the beautiful look, and how well it is built. Software works perfectly for IOS iPad. For Mac desktop, no extra software is needed.
FYI, for podcasts and narration, I prefer that Flat mode (not the Voice mode) inside an Auray ISO-ARMOR-2. It is a tight fit, but works well as long as you keep the Shure close to the windscreen. If you move it too far back in the cage, you lose mid-range.
I bought this mic bc I fell in love with its looks. I'm a sucker for aesthetics. Compared to the Blue Yeti, I bought the Gen 2 at good time bc it was only like $10 more than the Yeti. I researched the crap out of it, and I found a website that gave it a 70/100. Although others were higher rated, I liked this one and figured it wasn't so bad for what I needed--mostly just for zoom/discord calls. I like it a lot. I might even love it, but cautiously. The cables provided are terribly short, but not a complete deal breaker for me as I have a M1 Mini. The biggest annoyance is it doesn't have an off button (1/2 star off). I contacted Shure on Twitter and they claim leaving it on and/or unplugging it on a daily is fine. I am def gonna buy it insurance through Amazon, or checkout Shure's, bc it's a little unnerving that those are my only options. So for 99% of its existence, it's a great mic for my needs :)
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I then contacted Shure Who couldn’t help or understand. I then contacted Apple who couldn’t help or understand although this product is certified by Apple. I then went into the Apple Store who couldn’t help. I couldn’t find or buy a replacement connector which in this case is a micro USB to lightning connector. Finally I was forced to return it. Very sad, I’ve been in the music business for over 50 years and have used sure microphones all the that time. In the past they have been incredibly reliable, but sadly MV51 doesn’t and it would seem there is no one knowledgeable enough in the product to help you.
As for recording, it was easy to create an aggregate device in OSX High Sierra with this microphone and my Propellerhead Balance Audio interface and worked perfectly the first time I recorded into Reason 10. The built in compressor which can be manually controlled is actually really good in quiet environments and I may end up using it a lot even for music recordings. You have to place this mic about 30cm to 50cm from your source to get the most natural sound but the angle matters too which is where the stand is perfect.
I can’t find a bad thing to say about this mic for the price. I’m selling my AKG 214 as a consequence of purchasing this mic and that was almost double the price when new.
Here is why I can’t love it.
Though it says it is made to work with iPad and iphone and comes supplied with a usb-c cable it does not work with the latest generation of iOS devices that use usb-c. Given that usb-c is the way forward and this has been known for quite some time it is really surprising that Shure have not sorted this out.
Nor does it work with Facebook livestream.
It’s a real shame because design wise it is my favourite microphone but sadly it is really let down by it’s functionality today.