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Shure MV7+: The best USB podcasting microphone just gets better

I was very happy then — even excited — check out Shure’s latest USB microphone. Its predecessor, the MV7, has been my default podcasting mic since its launch in late 2022. I’ve recorded over 100 episodes with it – not to mention using it for meetings, social events and even telemedicine visits.

If you’re looking for a desktop microphone for podcasting or streaming and don’t mind investing a little cash but don’t want to bother with a separate audio interface (note that there’s also an onboard XLR, if that’s what you need), you It’s hard to beat the MV7 – until now.

As the name suggests, Shure’s MV7+ doesn’t represent a huge departure from its predecessor. If you’d asked me to recommend a USB microphone at some point in the past year and a half, I’d probably have recommended its predecessor. If you happen to take my advice during that time, don’t worry. The new hardware does not provide a sufficient starting point to recommend an upgrade at this stage. Most importantly, the MV7+ is an improvement over an industry-leading microphone.

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Frankly, I was a little surprised when Shure offered to provide the new microphone for review. It’s a (relatively) quick follow-up to a well-received product. Of course, this is not to say that the MV7 has no shortcomings. In fact, there is a glaring problem with this product. This is one of the first questions I ask a company when they tell me a new product is coming soon.

Yes, the MV7+ has USB-C. Frankly, it’s strange that a $300-ish device launching in late 2022 doesn’t do this. In everyday use, this oversight is even more annoying. But the longer I used this product as a daily driver, the more obvious this issue became. I am my own podcast producer. This usually doesn’t cause a big problem for the shows I record, but every once in a while something happens to the sound quality and I won’t be able to respond in real time because I’m too focused on the dialogue.

It took me a while to realize why my audio quality suddenly became choppy for a few episodes. Turns out the micro-USB cable was loose. Upon closer inspection, the wire started to crack at the connector. I purchased a longer micro USB-C braided cable to fix this problem, but these incidents have taken their toll. After checking online, it seems I’m not the only one with this problem.

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I haven’t had any accidental unplugging of the MV7+ yet – but, of course, I’ve only had the mic for a few weeks at this point. That said, USB-C cables are generally sturdier and more durable than their predecessors, and are generally better able to withstand the wear and tear of having the cable threaded when attached to something like a rotating microphone arm. Of course, if ruggedness is your only concern, both systems also support XLR cables, for those who want to go the extra mile beyond plug-and-play functionality.

As for the sound, I’m very happy with the MV7+. I accidentally put the microphone to the test last week when producer Don Was appeared on my show. He created some of the greatest music in history, including by Dylan and the Rolling Stones, ran the legendary label Blue Note Records, and got in front of a microphone to create a hit song or two. Of course, the first question he asked me was which microphone I was using. Instead, he asked if it was the SM7B, Shure’s beloved vocal mic that has become the gold standard in the podcasting world.

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The two microphones do look very similar, although the USB version is a bit more compact. That’s not to say the MV7+ competes with the SM7B when connected via USB. A more traditional microphone has a richer, warmer tone – which is why many consider it the best. When connected via XLR, you get even closer to the MV7+. However, the truth is, Shure microphones are not designed to compete with each other.

The MV7+’s real competitors are other USB microphones. That’s where it really shines, as a plug-and-play device that caters to the proliferation of amateur podcasters and streamers. The mic sounds great out of the box, and while it does have EQ settings beyond input volume, you have to dig a little deeper to access them. While this may sound like a knock on the product, the truth is that some of the biggest sound problems in podcasting result from settings that are too easy to access.

Blue Microphone is a great example.There are a lot of recorded sounds on these systems worse Compared to the built-in microphone, due to the adjusted gain and other settings. The Snowballs have multi-directional recording and all that jazz, which is great, but if you’re looking for a desktop mic for remote recording, a unidirectional mic like the MV7+ will work great for you. Once you’ve been using it for a while, you can always take the next step and choose an XLR connector.

To dive into the settings here, you’ll need to download the Shure Motiv Mix software. The interface is quite simple. By default, everything is automatic – including gain, tone (dark to bright) and reverb. You can switch any of them to manual and adjust the sliders accordingly. Also new is a “pop stopper” feature that algorithmically prevents plosives – sounds like “p”s and “b”s, which cause expelled air to hit the microphone’s diaphragm. This feature isn’t perfect, but I found it worked well enough (used with the foam cover) to allow me to ditch the bulky windshield.

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The Motiv Mix can control another new feature: the top LED light, which replaces the MV7’s touch panel. It’s clear that the company is rolling out this feature specifically for streamers, which brings a small, customizable rainbow bar. By default, you can switch between pulse, solid, and real-time, the latter of which pulses based on sound input. There are four default color palettes, as well as the option to create a custom palette. These settings are still stored in the microphone’s firmware after you unplug it.

I stuck with the relatively neutral blue in “Space”. I don’t stream games on Twitch or anywhere else, so I prefer stuff that isn’t eye-catching. However, I do like clicking mute, and its red light is hard to miss (I still manage to forget that I mute myself sometimes, as is the human condition).

Other options include a digital “noise canceller” for removing unwanted sounds, and a “monitor mix” for checking your volume when your headphones are hardwired to a microphone (I should do this more often) .

Shure’s MV7+ is now available in black, priced at $280, which is $30 more expensive than the MV7. It’s pricey compared to other USB microphones, but it’s hard to beat right out of the box.

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