The Shure MV7 is a professional-quality USB dynamic microphone, ideal for close mic applications that require vocal intelligibility with a balanced tone. The attractive and durable all-metal design features an adjustable yoke that can be mounted onto a variety of microphone stands for flexible placement options. A touch panel user interface provides control of microphone gain, headphone level, monitor mix blend and muting.
Compatible with Windows and Mac computers. Also compatible with iOS and Android devices with applicable cables. (Cables not provided.)
Note: See https://www.shure.com/en-US/motiv-compatibility for information on recommended Android devices.
Highly directional cardioid pattern isolates your voice and removes unwanted background noise
The MOTIV Desktop Application offers control over microphone settings and includes the following additional features:
The LEDs on the MV7 will pulse when the connection is made.
Your computer may request permission to use the external device the first time the app is opened.
Access customized controls for your MOTIV microphone.
Manually adjust microphone gain or select Auto Level Mode for worry free audio setup. See the "Advanced Mic Settings" topic for information on advanced features.
① LED bar Displays microphone and headphone level. The LED color indicates which level is being displayed or adjusted.
② Mute Button Press to mute and unmute the microphone.
③ Volume Control Slider Adjust microphone or headphone level by swiping your finger several times up and down the control surface.
④ Monitor Toggle Press the mode/headphone button to toggle between microphone (green) and headphone (orange) volume controls. Long press to activate monitor mix controls (both green and orange). Another long press to return to separate microphone and headphone volume controls.
⑤ Lock Indicator Displays whether the settings lock is on or off. Settings lock prevents changes to microphone settings from accidental touches. When Lock mode is on, the microphone settings screen is grayed out on the desktop application.
Adjust monitor mix: Press and hold Monitor Toggle for 2 seconds to access monitor mix controls. Swipe left to hear more mic audio (green) or swipe right to hear more playback audio (orange). Press and hold Monitor Toggle to return to separate microphone and headphone volume controls.
Settings lock: Press and hold both Mute and Monitor Toggle for 2 seconds to lock and unlock settings.
Exit Auto Level Mode: Press and hold Mute for 2 seconds
Note: Auto Level Mode can only be enabled through the MOTIV Desktop Application.
Live meters: Turn your Touch Panel LEDs into a visual volume meter for easy monitoring. If are using Manual mode and notice the level reaches the input meter peak, switch to Auto Level or lower the mic gain.
Night mode: Select the Night mode to lower the brightness of the Touch Panel LEDs from a bright display (Normal) to less bright (Dim). The Night mode display option is ideal for discreet recording in low-light situations.
Access the Live meters and Night mode toggles by going toin the MOTIV app settings tab.
Note: For information on dB values related to the Touch Panel slider, see the Touch Panel Values table in the Specifications appendix.
The MV7 features a dynamic capsule with a cardioid pattern, which uses Voice Isolation Technology to pick up sound directly in front of the microphone.
Note: XLR audio is not affected by software settings.
The MV7 microphone comes equipped with a 5/8"-27 threaded mount, the thread size most commonly found on microphone stands. This mount can be used with a microphone stand or hung from a boom. Some stands may require an adapter, which is not provided.
Note: Be very careful not to unloosen the screws all the way.
To easily flip the microphone orientation, loosen the screws and rotate 180 degrees.
The windscreen offers maximum protection from plosives and creates a warmer, more intimate sound for speech applications, like podcasting and gaming.
Use the following suggestions as a great starting point for your most common MV7 needs. Keep in mind that there are many effective ways to mic a voice. The closer you can get to the microphone, the better, but Auto Level Mode really helps to get you sounding your best. Experiment to find which mic placement works best for you.
For podcast and voice recording applications. Position the MV7 in front of and as close to your face as possible. Speak directly into the mic, 1-6 inches (2.54 - 15 cm) away for a more intimate voice sound with maximum rejection of off-axis sounds. Speaking closer to the microphone results in more bass response, similar to voices on a radio broadcast. Make additional gain adjustments if necessary.
Ideal when the sound source is further from the microphone, like in gaming when the person needs to be closer to the screen or gaming console. Aim the microphone directly at the sound source. Place the microphone 6 to 18 inches (15 to 45 cm) away from the sound source. Make additional gain adjustments if necessary.
Tip: Because the MV7 is highly directional, ensure that the microphone is directly pointed towards the source. If possible, experiment with mic placement to find where it sounds best. Make additional gain adjustments as necessary.
Shure offers educational articles and publications on recording techniques for a variety of instruments and applications. Visit Shure Educational Articles for more information.
Use the Shure MOTIV desktop app to quickly adjust microphone settings. The device stores the most recently used settings for quick setup.
① Settings Click the three dots to access MOTIV software information, manage presets, application preferences and check for firmware updates.
② Mic Selection/Settings Lock Tap the caret to access settings for your microphone. Tap the lock to lock and unlock selected settings.
③ Auto Level Mode / Manual Mode AUTO LEVEL mode allows the app to select best choices for your recording needs. Or select MANUAL mode for full control over the microphone settings.
④ Custom Presets Use the drop-down to create your own custom presets.
⑤ Mic Mute Use the toggle to mute and unmute your microphone.
⑥ Monitor Mix slider Move the slider to adjust the levels of mic and playback sound sources. See "Monitor Mix Blend" for more information on monitoring.
⑦ Mic Position Select the distance, Near or Far, from the sound source to the microphone.
⑧ Tone Adjust the tonal qualities of your audio by selecting Dark, Natural or Bright tone. Tone controls a variety of settings to quickly dial in the sound that works best for your voice.
⑨ LED Behavior Turn on Live meters to use your Touch Panel for mic gain metering. Use Night mode to lower the brightness of your Touch Panel. See "LED Behavior" for more information on using these features for metering and dimming.
① Auto Level Mode / Manual Mode AUTO LEVEL mode allows the app to select best choices for your recording needs. Or select MANUAL mode for full control over the microphone settings.
② Custom Presets Use the drop-down to create your own custom presets.
③ Mic Mute / Mic Gain Use the toggle to mute and unmute your microphone. Use the slider to control microphone gain.
Note: Some programs can control microphone gain while in Manual mode. We recommend locking your mic settings once you have it set the way you'd like.
④ Monitor Mix slider Move the slider to adjust the levels of mic and playback sound sources. See "Monitor Mix Blend" for more information on monitoring.
⑤ EQ Use the equalizer to add a high-pass filter, presence or both. Tap Flat to return to an unchanged equalization state.
⑥ Limiter and Compressor settings Fine tune your audio with limiter and compressor controls. See "Advanced Mic Settings" for more information.
⑦ LED Behavior Turn on Live meters to use your Touch Panel for mic gain metering. Use Night mode to lower the brightness of your Touch Panel. See "LED Behavior" for more information on using these features for metering and dimming.
Note: Be aware that manual settings will be reset if you switch to Auto Level mode and switch back to manual mode.
Use the monitor mix slider to adjust how much of each source you can hear. For best results, start monitoring at the midpoint and adjust.
Use the equalizer to boost or cut bands of frequencies to improve sound clarity. Tap Flat to return to an unchanged equalisation state.
|A completely unprocessed signal (no equalization settings used).|
|High-pass filter to reduce proximity effect.|
|Equalization that emphasizes clarity and fullness.|
High-pass presence boost
|Combination high-pass filter and presence boost to improve definition and focus on clarity|
Fine-tune your sound with limiter, compression, and equalizer settings.
Toggle the limiter on or off to prevent distortion from volume peaks in your recording.
Choose no compression, or select light, medium or heavy compression to control volume when your sound source is dynamic. Quiet signals are boosted and loud signals are lowered, resulting in a denser, louder sound.
To ensure consistent volume levels, determine the microphone placement that works best for you and maintain that distance. Record several practice tests to determine the spot where your voice sounds best and background sounds are minimized.
When you've tested your audio and have found the settings that sound great, press and hold both Mute and Monitor Toggle for 2 seconds to lock and prevent accidental adjustment and ensure that your audio remains consistent.
To hear your audio, plug headphones into the headphone output on your MOTIV device.
|Microphone is plugged in, but not detected.||Unplug and reconnect the cable so that the app recognizes the microphone. You'll know that the connection is made when you see the desktop application display the correct microphone settings.|
|You hear no audio even though the desktop application is displaying the correct microphone.||Check the Monitor Mix blend. Move the Monitor Mix slider to the center to hear the audio going into the mic and the audio being played back at the same time.|
|Audio is distorted (Auto Level Mode)||Select Auto Level Mode to allow the software to control audio settings. Near for up-close applications (1-6 in. / 2.54-15 cm) and Far for a distance of 6-18 inches. (15-45 cm)|
|Audio is distorted (Manual Mode)||Audio distortion usually comes from overloading the microphone which causes clipping. Lower your mic gain for the best sound recording.|
|Headphone LED flashes. Audio sounds higher or lower pitch than normal.||Your microphone and computer have a sample rate mismatch. To adjust your computer sample rate settings, go to the Shure FAQ topic for information on correcting sample rate mismatch.
Note: Windows update 10 v2004 (April 2020) solves this problem.
|Microphone has become detached from the yoke.||See the MV7 Yoke Assembly topic for step by step instructions for re-assembling your yoke and assorted washers. Correct washer assembly is crucial to ensure that your microphone is securely in place.|
|Miscellaneous issues||It may be useful to reset the app to restore functionality. Perform a hard reset by unplugging and re-plugging the microphone.|
Note: Contact Shure Service and Repair if you continue to experience any issues.
Take advantage of additional features and design enhancements by updating the firmware when prompted. A notification will appear when a firmware update is available. You have the option to download the update immediately or at a later time.
To access firmware update at a later time, tap the Send to device. Contact Shure Service and Repair if you experience any issues.. Tap the caret icon and if the available firmware package is newer than the current version, tap
Keep the MOTIV device connected to your mobile device when updating to ensure that there are no update issues.
Note: iPad Pro (USB-C) is not supported.
Will work with any Android device that has:
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
Note: See https://www.shure.com/en-US/motiv-compatibility for information on supportive Android devices.
Dynamic (moving coil)
50 Hz to 16,000 Hz
0 to +36 dB
(@ 1 kHz, open circuit voltage)
-55 dBV/Pa  (1.78 mV), -47 dBFS/Pa  
132 dB SPL 
3.5 mm (1/8″)
Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3
Powered through USB or Lightning connector
All metal construction
5/8-27 thread mount
0.55 kg (1.21 lbs)
 1 Pa=94 dB SPL
 At Minimum Gain, Flat Mode
|Bit Depth||Sampling Rate|
|Slider LED||Color||dB Value|
The MV7 yoke allows a podcaster to be flexible with mic placement. Loosen the yoke knobs and you can adjust the microphone in a variety angles. If the microphone becomes detached from the yoke, these are the steps to put it together in the correct order to ensure that your microphone is secure. Each side uses one thin gray spring washer, one shiny silver brass washer, two black plastic washers and the yoke and threaded yoke knob.
Note: Be sure to keep this side on but loose so that you have room to easily move the yoke and assemble the washers on the opposite side.
|10 foot Micro-B to USB-A cable||95A45110|
|10 foot Micro-B to USB-C cable||95B38076|
|1 m Lightning cable||AMV-LTG|
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer's instruction manual, may cause interference with radio and television reception.
Notice: The FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Shure Incorporated could void your authority to operate this equipment.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Industry Canada ICES-003 Compliance Label: CAN ICES-3 (B)/NMB-3(B)
This microphone for use with any microphone stand with a 5/8" threaded adapter.
Note: Testing is based on the use of supplied and recommended cable types. The use of other than shielded (screened) cable types may degrade EMC performance.
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This product meets the Essential Requirements of all relevant European directives and is eligible for CE marking.
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This equipment is compatible with Android devices that support USB Audio Class 2.0 and USB-C connectivity. Not all Android devices are compatible. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.