New Gear Review: Shure MOTIV Digital Product Line

The easy to use MOTIV products include four new Apple MFi (made for iPhone, iPod, iPad) certified devices, including three condenser microphones and an interface that can connect directly to any iOS device without adapters or connection kits. Perfect for desktop recording projects, podcasts or just recording at home for YouTube, the new line of MOTIV products give you that plug n’ play utility and the great sound from Shure.

My favorite is the MV51 Digital Large- Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (MAP $199 pictured). It’ll connect to any iOS, Mac or PC and has five onboard DSP preset modes plus a touch panel control for quick access to gain, mute and headphone volume settings. There is a one-inch capsule element and you can monitor yourself in real-time through the built-in headphone output.

MOTIV products record studio quality sound at 24-bit/48 kHz in virtually any environment.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com