General Description

The ShurePlus MOTIV recording app provides instant recording for your Android device. Adjust your microphone settings and record uncompressed audio in the app. Then share your files via text, email, Google Drive™, and more.

Features

  • Plug-and-Play operation
  • Flexible recording control includes gain settings
  • Dark and light display options
  • Support for mono and stereo USB audio devices
  • Bluetooth® playback support
  • Multiple bit depth and sample rate options
  • Preset mode options when used with MOTIV microphones
  • Automatic file save in case your microphone becomes disconnected.

Quick Setup

  1. Plug the microphone into the USB Input on the Android device.

    The LED on the MOTIV device illuminates when the connection is made.

  2. Download and open the app.

    Android requests permission to use the external device each time. Check "Use by default for this USB Device".

  3. Turn on Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb before recording.

    This will prevent phone calls or notifications from interrupting your recording.

  4. Check audio levels and adjust microphone settings.

    Select a preset mode or manually adjust microphone gain. See the "Advanced Mic Settings" topic for information on advanced features.

  5. Start recording.

    Tip: Gain adjustments can be made while recording, but to avoid audible artifacts, test settings prior to pressing record.

Connect Android Device

Cable order is important to ensure that audio reaches your Android device.

  1. Plug your MOTIV device into the included Micro-B USB cable.
  2. Connect the other end of the Micro-B USB cable to an On-The-Go (OTG) cable.
  3. Connect the OTG cable to your Android device.

MOTIV device to Micro-B USB cable to On-The-Go (OTG) cable to Android device.

Mic Setup

Use the Mic Setup screen to access presets and advanced settings when connected to a MOTIV device.

① Menu

Tap the three dots to access app settings, version information, and the user guide.

② Connected Device Status

Displays the model name of the connected MOTIV device.

③ Advanced Settings Status

Displays the icons for the advanced settings currently enabled.

④ Input Meter

Displays the strength of the input signal. The loudest peaks should fall within the target range indicated by the shaded region.

⑤ Preset Modes

Select your mode to set equalization and compression for specific applications. Refer to the "Preset Modes" topic for more details.

⑥ Mic Gain

Adjust gain to ensure that levels are in the target range indicated by the shaded region of the input meter.

⑦ Advanced Settings

Fine-tune your audio with limiter, compressor controls, and equalization settings. Your mic level and settings will be preserved when using any other audio applications. Refer to the "Advanced Mic Settings" topic for more details.

⑧ Navigation Bar

Tap to access Mic Setup, Record, and My Recordings.

Preset Modes

Selectable modes optimize settings for gain, equalization, and compression to match your recording needs. Try different preset modes to find which sounds best and adjust mic level if needed.

Mode Application Characteristics
Speech
Ideal for capturing speech Narrow pick-up pattern to reject background noise, equalization emphasizes clarity and fullness while compression is gentle to keep levels consistent.
Singing
Use to capture solo or group vocal performances Subtle equalization to add richness and clarity for a natural sound.
Flat
Suited for any application An unprocessed signal (no equalization or compression settings used). Adds flexibility when processing the audio after recording.
Acoustic
Suited for acoustic instruments and quiet music applications Transparent compression to smooth out volume spikes and bring out quiet passages. The equalizer setting emphasizes detail and an overall natural sound.
Band
Use to record bands and louder sources Equalization improves definition by reducing frequencies to provide separation between individual instruments.

Note: Preset modes are device dependent. The MV5 has 3 presets (voice, instrument, and flat) while the MV51 and MVi feature all 5 presets.

1/4" Instrument Input Monitoring

The MVi features a combination XLR and 1/4" TRS input. When a 1/4" input is inserted, the MVi automatically switches to Hi-Z (instrument) input mode and the flat mode icon illuminates.

Note: When a 1/4" input is inserted no other preset modes are available and the Mode button toggles the input monitor on and off.

Mode LED on: Input monitoring is enabled

Mode LED off: Input monitoring is disabled

Use input monitoring when you want to hear the input signal as you record. If you want to hear the signal after it has been effected, turn off input monitoring and monitor through the Android device.

Advanced Mic Settings

After selecting the preset mode, the app allows you to fine-tune your sound with equalizer, limiter, and compressor settings. These settings will be retained in the microphone when using other audio and video recording applications.

Limiter: Use the Limiter to control volume peaks by setting an input threshold.

Compressor: Use the Compressor when your sound source is very dynamic. The compressor will narrow the dynamic range; quiet signals are boosted and loud signals are lowered. There are light and heavy compression options available.

Equalizer: Use the Equalizer to boost or cut bands of frequencies to improve sound clarity.

The custom equalization changes you make will be reflected in the Equalizer icon.

Record

Access the Record screen for instant recording control.

① Menu

Tap the three dots to access app settings and version information, and the user guide.

② Connected Device Status

Displays the model name of the connected MOTIV device.

③ Advanced Settings Status

Displays the icons for the advanced settings currently enabled.

④ Input Meter

Displays the strength of the input signal. The loudest peaks should fall within the target range indicated by the shaded region.

⑤ Mic Gain

Adjust gain to ensure that levels are in the target range indicated by the shaded region of the input meter.

⑥ Timeline Display

Displays the waveform of the sound while recording.

⑦ Record Time Remaining/ Bit Depth and Sample Rate

Displays the drop-down menu to select bit depth and sample rate. Refer to the "Bit Depth and Sample Rate" topic for more information. During recording, the record time remaining is displayed.

⑧ Track Information

Displays the name, file type, and size of the current recording.

⑨ Record Control Bar

Displays controls for the Record/Pause and the Done check mark button.

⑩ Navigation Bar

Tap to access Mic Setup, Record, and My Recordings.

Bit Depth and Sample Rate

Find the Bit Depth and Sample Rate settings in the drop-down menu on the right side of the record window under the timeline. Select a lower sample rate for a smaller file, for example, when recording speech or a podcast for download. Select a higher sample rate for music and dynamic recordings.

By default the app will record audio at 24/48 kHz. The following bit depths and sample rates are supported. However, some Android phone models will only support certain sample rates. Your available sample rates will be displayed.

Bit Depth Sampling Rate
24 48  kHz
24 44.1  kHz
16 48  kHz
16 44.1  kHz

Recording Tips

Turn Off Notifications

When you plug a MOTIV device into your Android device, a message prompts you to enable Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb mode. Enable these modes to avoid interference from phone calls, messages, and notifications which add static to recordings. Android devices can't make calls and record USB audio at the same time. When you receive a phone call, recording stops.

Use the Dark

Select the Dark appearance option to change the app from light gray to dark gray. The darker display is ideal for discreet recording in low-light situations.

You can access the Dark setting by going to Menu > Settings > Appearance > Dark .

Keep Recording

If your microphone accidentally becomes disconnected during recording, the app will automatically stop the recording. The save file dialog will appear, prompting you to name and save your audio.

If you are recording a performance and the file goes over the maximum file size of 2 GB, a second recording will be generated. This limitation was put in place to maximize app performance.

Note: Low memory or low battery will affect available record time.

My Recordings

View and manage your recorded files in the My Recordings screen. Here you can listen to and edit your files, then share them with friends.

① Track List

Displays your list of recorded tracks.

② Select

Tap Select to perform functions on multiple files.

③ Advanced Menu

Tap the three dots in the audio player to access advanced menu options.
  • Rename: Rename your audio files.
  • Share: Share files to connected apps in your device.
  • Convert: Convert WAV files to AAC.
  • Delete: Delete unwanted files.

    Note: Deleted recordings are unrecoverable.

④ Audio Player Bar

Tap the Play button to play back and pause recordings. Or tap the bar to bring up the Playback window.

⑤ Navigation Bar

Tap to access Mic Setup, Record, and My Recordings.

Playback

Tap the audio player bar to access the Playback screen for a close-up view of your track information.

① Return

Tap the Return icon to return to the My Recordings screen.

② Track Information

Information of the currently playing track is displayed, including title, file format, bit depth, sample rate, and whether the track is in stereo and mono.

③ Track Artwork

The MOTIV iconography accompanies your recording.

④ Recording History

Displays the time and date that the track was recorded and the microphone that was used.

⑤ Advanced Menu

Tap the three dots in the audio player to access advanced menu options.
  • Rename: Rename your audio files.
  • Share: Share files to connected apps in your device.
  • Convert: Convert WAV files to AAC.
  • Delete: Delete unwanted files. See the "Deleting Audio Files" topic for more information.

⑥ Playback Timeline

The timeline displays your place in the track as it progresses. Tap anywhere on the timeline to play from that point. The time elapsed and time remaining are displayed just below.

⑦ Playback Controls

Rewind, Play/Pause, Fast-Forward, and Loop your track.

Sharing Files

Export your recorded files to share with friends on social media or to free up space on your device. Sharing options are dependent on applications installed, like Google Drive, Gmail, SoundCloud®, Dropbox™, and Android Beam, and on the available hardware features on your Android device.

Tip: Convert large WAV files to the AAC format before sharing.

  1. Tap My Recordings.
  2. Select the file you'd like to share.
  3. Tap the 3 dots on the audio player, then tap the Share button. A dialog box opens to show all of your sharing options.

    Note: You may need to grant access between MOTIV and other apps. Selecting "Allow" links the apps.

  4. The file will appear in the selected app. It may show up as an attachment in Gmail or a new post in Soundcloud. Large files may take longer to upload. If the app opens but the attachment is not visible, the file might be too large to share.

Converting Files

Only files with the same format can be converted at the same time.

Note: Longer conversion time may require power.

  1. Tap Select in the top-right corner of My Recordings.
  2. Select the files that you want to convert. A blue check mark will appear next to selected files.
  3. Tap the 3 dots in the bottom right corner and Convert to convert the files to the AAC file format. The new files will be added to the My Recordings list.

Deleting Files

  1. Tap Select in the top-right corner of My Recordings.
  2. Select the file or files that you want to delete. A blue check mark will appear next to selected files.
  3. Tap Delete to remove files permanently.

Note: Deleted recordings are unrecoverable.

Troubleshooting

Issue Solution
MOTIV device is plugged in, but the device does not illuminate and is not recognized by the app. Ensure that the cables are connected in correct order; MOTIV device to Micro-B USB cable to On-The-Go (OTG) cable to Android device.
Microphone is plugged in, but the volume meter does not register a signal. Unplug and re-seat the microphone when the name of the microphone is not visible in the status bar.
Microphone has been reseated, but the volume meter still does not register a signal. If the lights on the MOTIV device are still off, your phone may not provide enough power. Check device settings to enable USB power. And ensure that the connecting cable is an On-The-Go (OTG) cable.
Audio sounds bad or distant. To ensure that you are receiving audio from the microphone and not a built-in mic, unplug and reseat the microphone. The top left corner of the screen will identify the Shure MOTIV microphone when the microphone is in place.
Audio is distorted Use the audio meter to ensure that volume peaks are within the target range. If the level reaches the red peak indicator of the input meter, turn the gain down.

System Requirements and Compatibility

Will work with any Android device that has:

  • Android KitKat 4.4 and higher
  • USB Host Power Requirement of ≥100 mA
  • On-The-Go (OTG) Cable
  • USB Audio Class 1.1 support

Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

Specifications

DSP Modes (Presets)

Speech/Singing/Acoustic/Loud/Flat

Adjustable Gain Range

0 to +36 dB

Limiter

Yes

Compressor

Yes

Equalizer

5-band

Android Compatibility

This equipment is compatible with Android devices that support USB Audio Class 2.0 and Micro-B OTG (On-The-Go) connectivity. Not all Android devices are compatible. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

The ShurePlus MOTIV App for Android is not affiliated with or otherwise sponsored by Dropbox, Inc.