Shure MV 7 Silver
Dynamic Podcast Microphone
- Control microphone gain, headphone volume, monitor mix and mute via touch panel interface
- Make individual adjustments via the ShurePlus MOTIV desktop app (ex. gain-, compression- and EQ presets)
- Compatible with PC/Mac/iPad/Android
- Internal shock mount
- Directional characteristic: Unidirectional (cardioid)
- A/D converter: 16-/24-bit, 44.1/48 kHz
- Frequency response: 50 - 16,000 Hz
- Adjustable gain range: 0 to +36 dB
- Sensitivity: XLR -55 dBV/Pa (1.78 mV) at 1 kHz
- USB -47 dBFS/Pa at 1 kHz (at minimal gain, flat mode, 1 Pa = 94 dB SPL (sound pressure level))
- USB max. SPL (sound pressure level): 132 dB SPL
- DSP modes (presets): Near/Far, Dark/Natural/Bright
- Powered via USB or Lightning connector
- MFi certified
- XLR output impedance: 314 Ohm at 1 kHz
- 5/8" thread
- XLR output
- Micro-USB output
- Jack headphone output: 3.5 mm
- Microphone dimensions (X x L): 66.5 x 53.6 mm
- Microphone dimensions (incl. bracket mount) (H x L x D): 164 x 153.6 x 90.2 mm
- Weight: 550 g
- Colour: Silver
- Includes a bracket mount, 3 m micro-B to USB-A cable, and 3 m micro-B to USB-C cable
One microphone – two worlds of technology
The Shure MV 7 Silver is in essence a dynamic broadcast microphone, specifically designed for speech and voice applications. At first glance, this might sound quite commonplace. However, beneath its silver-coloured casing lies much more: The MV 7 combines two technological worlds. On the one hand, it can be used as a conventional analogue dynamic mic, with its characteristic moving coil. On the other hand, it can also be connected directly to a Mac, a PC, or a tablet running iOS or Android, directly via USB – in which case the MV 7 becomes a digital microphone with an integrated AD/DA converter. This digital capacity comes together with a number of additional features, notably the ShurePlus MOTIV app which, among other things, allows the signal strength of the microphone to be automatically and consistently adjusted via an auto-level function.
Dynamic mic with touch panel interface
In analogue mode, the Shure MV 7 is simply connected via XLR to an external mic preamp or the XLR input of an audio interface – and as such works like any “normal” dynamic microphone. However, the MV 7 can also be digitally connected via its micro USB socket, in which case the signal is both amplified and converted internally – and can be monitored from the dedicated headphone output located on the back. When in USB mode, basic settings such as gain, monitor, and headphone levels can be set via the microphone’s dedicated touch panel interface. However, in order to take advantage of the MV 7's full range of functions, the ShurePlus MOTIV app provides access to many additional setting options. The internal converter of the MV 7 operates at a maximum sample rate of 48 kHz and with a 24-bit internal resolution.
Voice and speech-oriented
The Shure MV 7 microphone is primarily designed with the human voice in mind. Its frequency response is tailored towards speech intelligibility, and as such it possesses both subtle high boost and low cut shelves. Shure-ly however, the real strength of the MV 7 resides in its expert microphone technology combined with a truly effective yet user-friendly interface – making the Shure MV 7 a solid investment for the future, even for newcomers. Another noteworthy feature is that the XLR output always stays active, even when the MV 7 is connected to the computer via USB. In this way, the digitally converted and compressed audio can be streamed while the pure analogue signal is recorded simultaneously and independently.
The American company Shure began developing microphones during the early 1930s and is one of the pioneers of the audio engineering sector. Models such as the 55 Unidyne - known to many as the "Elvis microphone" - and the SM57 and SM58 which appeared in the mid-1960s are still ubiquitous in live sound production today. They enjoy cult status among musicians and technicians alike. In the 1990s, Shure introduced the first wireless microphones and in-ear monitoring systems and became a market leader in this field. In addition to microphones, Shure offers a wide range of earphones and headphones for studio and live use, as well as various accessories.
Radio and Rock & Roll
Shure describe the MV 7 as a broadcast microphone, but that hardly does justice to its potential. Admittedly, the mic is geared towards applications such as podcasts or YouTube videos – and combined with a table microphone boom arm such as the Millenium DS200 Silver (item no. 437361), it will immediately convey that live broadcast feel, both visually and acoustically. However, it cannot be overlooked that the MV 7 is also a cousin of the Shure SM 7 B – the microphone used by Metallica frontman James Hetfield to record his vocals. So, podcasting with a Rock & Roll feel? Easy to achieve with the Shure MV 7! A less spectacular application, admittedly, but nevertheless just as useful, is telephone and video conferencing. And in all of these areas of application, the MV 7 has the double advantage that it can be used in both a professional broadcasting studio or in a hotel room on a laptop. Even in a “proper” recording studio, the MV 7 still has its place thanks to its maximum SPL tolerance of +132 dB, which means it can easily handle loud brass instruments, for example.
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