The Shure MV88+ is a professional quality condenser microphone that plugs directly into a mobile device using a Lightning® or USB-C connector. Two microphone capsules in a Mid-Side configuration provide an adjustable stereo image, suitable for capturing a variety of sources, including music and speech. The Shure MOTIV app allows you to customize your sound with digital signal processing (DSP), preset mode selection, gain adjustment, compression, and stereo width control.
Supports the classic mid-side stereo recording technique. Uses coincident cardioid and bidirectional capsules to adjust the stereo width while providing excellent mono capability.
Compatible with iOS, Android, PC and Mac devices.
Note: See https://www.shure.com/MOTIVcompatibility for information on recommended Android devices.
Lightweight, all-metal construction and small enough to carry anywhere. Like all Shure products, ensures reliability in the field.
The Shure MOTIV recording app controls microphone settings, such as gain, stereo width, and preset modes, and includes the following features:
Note: Use the knob on the back of the phone clamp to keep the cable in place and out of the way of the camera.
Use the MOTIV app to change microphone settings and to record and edit your audio.
Select a preset mode that matches your recording situation. Set mic gain and stereo width to optimize audio recordings. See "Aiming the Microphone" for mic placement information and "The Shure MOTIV App" for information on adjusting compression, equalization, and more.
This allows you to record with no audio interruptions from phone calls or app notifications.
Make a test recording. Listen to playback and adjust your settings as needed. Once you start recording, only mic gain can be adjusted.
The microphone retains settings from the last time you used the Shure MOTIV app.
The MV88+ features two capsules: one capsule has a cardioid pattern and picks up sound directly in front of the microphone. The other is bidirectional and captures sound from the left and right sides.
Rotate the microphone barrel in the mic clip to ensure that your stereo recordings are accurate. Point the front of the microphone toward the sound source. For landscape (horizontal) recording, position the L and R indicators to the right and left. For portrait (vertical) recording, simply rotate the microphone barrel in the mic clip.
Note: The app has a Left-Right Channel Swap to flip the audio channels.
|Green: Mic active, audio flowing||Green: Power is on|
|Flash Amber: Firmware is updating|
|Red: Microphone is muted|
|Flash Red: Audio is clipping|
The following suggestions are for typical use cases. Keep in mind that there are many effective ways to record a source. Experiment to find what works best for you. The MV88+ fits into a standard A25D mic clip. So, you can place it anywhere that you can put a mic stand.
Tip: For correct stereo orientation, ensure that the Shure name is clearly visible on the top of the microphone. If the name is not visible, adjust the microphone accordingly.
Position your recording device so you can monitor the recording. Aim the front of the microphone toward the source, with left and right sides of the microphone barrel facing the appropriate directions.
Aim the front of the microphone toward the source. Ensure that the left and right sides of the microphone barrel are facing the appropriate sides.
Attach the mic clip directly onto the Manfrotto mic stand. Select the MONO BIDIRECTIONAL polar pattern in the Shure MOTIV app. Point one side of the microphone barrel toward the subject and the other toward the interviewer.
The legs collapse to create a portable hand-held stand.
Use the Shure MOTIV app to change microphone settings and to record, edit, and share audio. The device stores the most recently used settings for quick setup each time you record.
Tip: Turn on Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb to prevent interruptions to the recording caused by phone calls, text messages, or alerts.
Tap Mic Setup on the navigation bar to access microphone controls
① Lock Mode Toggle between Locked and Unlocked settings to prevent accidental changes to settings when handling your device during recording. When mic settings are Locked, the setting screen is grayed out.
② Mic/Record Status When the app is recording, a red dot flashes next to the name of the connected microphone. The icons display the effects are in use.
③ Input Meter Displays the strength of the input signal and whether that signal is mono or stereo. The loudest peaks should reach within the target range (indicated by the shaded region between -12 and 0 dB).
④ Microphone Gain/Monitor Mix Button Adjust the mic gain slider to set the volume of the sound source. Tap the button to access monitor mix settings. See "Monitor Mix Blend" on monitor adjustment.
⑤ Preset Modes Set stereo width, equalization, and compression for specific applications. See "Preset Modes" for more information.
⑥ Polar Pattern Selection Swipe to choose your pick-up pattern. Use the handles to adjust the width of the stereo image.
Tip: Consider the location of the microphone and the size of the sound source when adjusting the width. For example, a large orchestra or ensemble recording benefits from a wide stereo image, which increases separation between instruments. Speech benefits from a narrow width, which improves clarity and rejects ambient (room) sound.
⑦ Stereo Width Handles Use the dots to quickly set stereo width.
⑧ Advanced Features Fine tune your audio recording with limiter and compressor controls, high pass filter, left-right swap, and equalization settings.
⑨ Navigation Bar Tap to access Mic Setup, Record, and My Recordings screens.
Five selectable modes optimize settings for gain, stereo width, equalization, and compression. Set the microphone level and try the modes to find which sounds best. Preset modes can affect the strength of the input signal, so adjust the microphone level as needed after changing presets.
|speech||Narrow stereo width to reject background noise, equalization that emphasizes clarity and fullness, and gentle compression.|
|solo or group vocal performances||Medium stereo width with subtle equalization to add richness and clarity for a natural sound.|
|any||An unprocessed signal (no equalization or compression settings used). Adds flexibility when processing the audio after recording.|
|acoustic instruments and quiet music||Medium stereo width with transparent compression to smooth out volume spikes and bring out quiet passages. The equalizer setting emphasizes detail and an overall natural sound.|
|live performance and louder sources||Wide stereo to increase separation between sources. Equalization further improves definition by reducing frequencies that can make the instrumentation sound crowded.|
The following demonstrates microphone capsule pick-up patterns. When operating in a mono mode, stereo width is not adjustable.
Front = On
Sides = On
Front = On
Sides = Off
Front = Off
Sides = On
Front = On
Sides = OnSee "Raw Mid-Side Output" for more information.
For increased post-processing flexibility, use the Raw Mid-Side setting. This records signal a 2-channel signal with a stereo image that can be adjusted even after the tracks have been recorded:
Left: Cardioid (front)
Right: Bidirectional (sides)
Use the Raw Mid-Side setting with audio recording applications that have a mid-side stereo matrix decoder. Or use the manual decoding instructions to adjust the stereo image of the recorded tracks.
If your digital audio workstation software (DAW) has no mid-side decoder, use these steps to adjust and manipulate the stereo image:
|First track||Use the audio signal (front/cardioid) from the left channel only as a mono track, panned to the center.|
|Second track||Use the audio signal (side/bidirectional) from the right channel only as a mono track, panned all the way to the left.|
|Third track||Copy the side/bidirectional signal from the second track. Pan this track all the way to the right and reverse the phase.|
Advanced tip: Using compression with a fast attack setting on the grouped tracks keeps transients (the first part of a sound, such as when a drum stick strikes a cymbal) toward the center of the stereo image and allows them to expand within the stereo field as the sound decays.
Tap the Monitor Mix button to view monitoring controls.
Use the monitor mix slider to determine how much of each input you hear. For best results, start monitoring at the midpoint and adjust.
For stereo recordings, use Left - Right Swap to flip the left and right audio channels to match the stereo image to the video. For example, when using video to record yourself.
Tip: Use the L and R indicators on the microphone barrel. This way you can set Left - Right Swap before you start to record.
Fine tune your equalizer, limiter, and compressor settings. Change the preset modes to hear the DSP changes, and adjust individual settings to dial in your sound.
Note: Equalization within presets will not be displayed. However, the EQ icon in the Mic Setup screen displays user-selected equalization.
EQ persists between preset mode changes.
Choose no compression, or select light, medium, or heavy settings.
A three-position switch on the back of the microphone lets you adjust the low-frequency response. Use the low-frequency filter to reduce wind noise, room noise, or proximity effect.
Flat response. Provides the most natural sound in most applications.
Low frequency cutoff. Provides a 6 dB-per-octave cutoff at 75 Hz. Helps eliminate floor rumble and low-frequency room noise from heating and air conditioning systems. This setting may also be used to compensate for proximity effect or to reduce low frequencies that make an instrument sound dull or muddy.
Low frequency rolloff. Provides a 6 dB-per-octave rolloff filter at 150 Hz. Use this to compensate for proximity effect or to reduce low frequencies that could make an instrument sound dull or muddy.
Demo mode allows you to try out the functionality of all devices in the MOTIV series. Explore their features in the Shure MOTIV app without a microphone plugged in.
Note: Settings in demo mode are for demonstration and are not saved within the app. Demo mode is only available when there is no microphone plugged in to the device.
Tap Record on the navigation bar to access the record button and timeline.
① Connected Device Status
Status displays the MOTIV device or whether audio is received from the built-in microphone. Red flashing dot indicates that recording is in progress.
② Settings Status
Displays the icons for currently enabled advanced settings.
③ Microphone Gain
Adjust the volume of the sound source. Keep levels in the target range (indicated by the shaded region of the input meter).
④ Timeline Display
Displays the waveform of the sound while recording.
⑤ Record Time Remaining
⑥ Bit Depth and Sample Rate
Use the drop-down menu to select your bit depth and sample rate. See "Bit Depth and Sample Rate" for more information.
⑦ Track Information
Displays the name, file type, and size of the current recording.
⑧ Record Control Bar
The Marker button, a Record/Pause button, and the Done check mark button.
Note: The maximum file size for a recording is 2GB, approximately 2 hours of record time. This limitation maximizes app performance. Continuous recording for more than 2 hours will generate a second file.
Find the Bit Depth and Sample Rate settings in the drop-down menu on the right side of the record window. Select a lower sample rate when it is useful to have a smaller file, for example, when recording speech or a podcast for download. Select a higher sample rate for music and dynamic recordings.
If no alternate is selected, MOTIV will record audio at 24/48 kHz. However, the following bit depths and sample rates are supported.
|Bit Depth||Sampling Rate|
When you plug a MOTIV device into your iOS device, a warning message prompts you to enable Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb mode. It's important to do this to avoid recording interference from phone calls, messages, and various notifications. Tap X to dismiss this warning message.
Note: Leave Airplane Mode off to add geolocation information to your audio file.
When you've tested your audio and have found the levels that you like, turn on Lock mode to prevent accidental adjustment, and ensure that your audio quality remains consistent.
Record in mono to increase your available record time or when recording a single source, like vocals, that would benefit from less ambient noise. Select the Mono Cardioid or Mono Bidirectional polar pattern and audio from all capsules are summed to a single channel. The input meter will indicate mono recording by displaying the top half of the waveform. MOTIV supports third-party microphones with mono recording.
Rotate the MV88+ barrel in the mic clip to accommodate portrait or landscape recording. L and R are labeled to show stereo orientation of the microphone. The stereo image is accurate if the Shure logo is facing upward.
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.
To ensure that you capture the entire sound source, start your recording before the performance starts and edit the recording later to trim any silence.
Note: If your microphone accidentally becomes disconnected during recording, MOTIV will automatically stop the recording. The save file dialog will appear, prompting you to name and save your audio.
To make sure that your recordings sound great, plug headphones directly into the headphone output on your MOTIV device.
Select the Keep Awake While Recording option so you can continuously monitor gain levels during longer recording sessions without the screen going dark.
You can access the Keep Screen Awake option by going to.
Note: Disabling sleep mode will affect battery time while recording.
Keep the MV88+ connected to your mobile device when updating DSP to ensure that there are no update issues.
MOTIV microphones do not require special drivers and are compatible with most Mac or PCs. The MV88+ settings (except for mic gain) cannot be adjusted via computer, however, the microphone does retain its last settings as configured by the MOTIV app.
Note: USB-A cable is not included.
Tap My Recordings on the navigation bar to play and edit your recorded tracks.
① Track List
Displays your list of recorded tracks.
② Select Button
Use the Select button to choose one or multiple recordings to convert, share, or delete.
③ Audio Player Bar
Tap the Edit icon to access the Editor. Play and pause recordings. Tap the three dots to access renaming, sharing, audio conversion or delete options.
Shure MOTIV allows you to convert, share, or delete multiple files at a time. Only WAV files can be converted.
Double-tap the track name in the audio player to access the Playback window.
① 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.
② Track Artwork
Keep the MOTIV artwork. Or customize your artwork with images from the photos in your device. See "Customize Track Artwork".
③ Recording History
Displays the time and date that the track was recorded and the microphone that was used.
④ Playback Timeline
See where you are in the track as it progresses. The time elapsed and time remaining are displayed below the timeline.
⑤ Playback Controls
Edit, Rewind, Play/Pause, Fast-Forward, and Loop your track.
Tap Edit to access editing controls for each track.
The MOTIV Editor allows you to polish your recordings before sharing them with friends or online.
There are two edit mode options:
There are three ways to move around the timeline.
Press Play to begin playback from that selected point.
Pinch two fingers together to zoom out. Pinch apart to zoom in.
Use Landscape mode in the Editor to view more of the waveform.
Create a loop to isolate and repeat a selection of audio.
Markers are audio bookmarks that allow you to return to specific points in your recording. They do not affect playback start and stop points but are useful for reference. When used in Split mode, the marker placement determines the split point for the file. Markers are identified by hour, minute, second, and millisecond (00:00:00:00), however they cannot be placed closer than two seconds apart from one another.
Adding a marker: Tap the Marker button to insert a marker at the playhead location.
The marker list opens with Start and End markers for your audio track.
Playback from a specific point: Tap any marker to begin playback from that marker point.
Adding a marker: Press the plus sign to insert a marker at the playhead location.
Moving a marker: Press and drag an existing marker to a new location on the timeline.
Using the marker list: Tap the marker in the list to move the playhead to that location.
Renaming markers: Press and hold the marker label in the list.
Deleting markers: Swipe left on the marker in the list to reveal the delete option.
① Timeline Display
See your entire timeline. Zoom in for precise editing.
② Trim / Split Select
Select your edit mode.
③ Marker List
All recordings begin with Start and End markers. See "Markers" for more information.
④ Add Markers
Click to add a marker at the playhead position.
Trim mode is used to trim the extra space from the Start and End of your audio track.
Tip: To undo the last action on your iOS device, just shake the device. You will receive a pop-up asking you to Undo the last action or Cancel.
① Timeline Display
See your entire timeline. Zoom in for precise editing.
② Trim / Split Select
Select your edit mode.
③ Playback Controls
Loop, Rewind, Play/Pause, or Add Bookmarks to your track.
④ Marker List Item
Displays name and position in hours, minutes, seconds, and milliseconds.
Use Split Mode when you have a long audio file that you'd like to divide into smaller audio files. Create new edited files while keeping your original file intact.
Note: Double tap on the timeline to zoom in to a location. The closest possible zoom length is two seconds. After you reach the closest zoom, the double-tap will zoom out.
Convert your audio into a video file that can be easily shared to social media from your iOS device Camera Roll.
Note: The first time you save to Camera Roll you will be asked to grant permission for file sharing between apps. If you accidentally dismiss permissions, you can always change access in the iOS device settings. Granting permission creates a MOTIV folder inside the Camera Roll.
You have the option to add an image to your recording.
Save your MOTIV files to Dropbox to store backup copies, free up space on your iOS device, or share to social media.
Note: You may need to grant access between MOTIV and Dropbox. Selecting "Allow" creates a MOTIV folder inside Dropbox and links the apps.
Note: Large files may take longer to upload.
Now that your file is uploaded to Dropbox, you can store backup copies of your recordings or share them on social media.
MOTIV supports the ability to AirDrop WAV files to selected contacts.
Use iTunes to easily transfer audio files between your desktop computer and iOS device.
Note: The most current version of iTunes is recommended.
Note: Large files may take longer to upload.
Now that your files are downloaded to your computer you can add them to the iTunes library or import them into any audio editing program.
Note: Use the add file button to upload audio from your computer to the MOTIV app.
|Microphone is plugged in, but the volume meter does not register a signal.||Edit the privacy setting for your recording device underto give the app permission to use the microphone.|
|Microphone is plugged in, but not detected.||Unplug and reconnect the cable connectors so that the app recognizes the microphone. You'll know that the connection is secure when you see the microphone name visible in the status bar.|
|You hear no audio despite LEDs and the volume meter responding as if audio is present.||Check the Monitor Mix blend to ensure that audio is passing and you can monitor playback. Move the Monitor Mix slider to the center to hear audio that is being currently recorded and previously recorded audio.|
|Audio sounds bad or distant.||To ensure that you are receiving audio from the attached microphone and not a built-in microphone; unplug and reconnect the mic. You'll know that the connection is secure when you see the microphone name visible in the status bar.|
|Audio is distorted||Use the audio meter to ensure that volume peaks are within the target range (the gray area). If the level reaches the red peak indicator of the input meter, turn the gain down.|
|Left/right stereo channels do not match video||Depending on the orientation of the recording device, it may be necessary to engage the Left-Right swap in MOTIV settings. If the audio has already been recorded, you can switch the left and right channels in most audio editing software.|
Note: It may be useful to reset the app to restore functionality. Perform a hard reset by unplugging and re-plugging the microphone.
Firmware is embedded software in each component that controls functionality. Periodically, new versions of firmware are developed to incorporate additional features and enhancements. To take advantage of design improvements, download new versions of the firmware when prompted.
Tip: For best results, before updating the DSP, make sure that the microphone is connected to the mobile device, and that the device battery is fully charged. Do not disconnect until the update is complete.
Will work with any Android device that has:
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
Cardioid (10 mm)/Bidirectional Condenser Cartridge (10 mm)
Adjustable Width Stereo/Mono Bidirectional/Mono Cardioid/Mid-Side
20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
0 to +36 dB
-37 dBFS/Pa at 1 kHz  
120 dB SPL 
Powered through USB or Lightning connector
All metal construction
|Without Windscreen||79.0 g (2.78oz.)|
|With Windscreen||81.5 g (2.87oz.)|
|Without Windscreen||27 x 27 x 77 mm H x W x D|
|With Windscreen||44 x 44 x 93 mm H x W x D|
1 Pa=94 dB SPL
At Minimum Gain, Flat Mode
|Bit Depth||Sampling Rate|
|MV88 Foam Windscreen||AMV88-WS|
|MV88 Carrying Case||AMV88-CC|
|1 15 inch USB-C cable||AMV-USBC15|
|1 15 inch Lightning cable||AMV-LTG15|
|Manfrotto Table Top Tripod||ManfrottoTabletop|
|Mobile Device Threaded Clamp||DeviceClamp|
|MV88 Plus Mic Clip with Camera Shoe||MV88PlusMicClip|
|Rycote Windjammer for MV88||AMV88-FUR|
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