We’re always big geeks when it comes to Zoom Electronics gear, and obviously combined with it being a microphone we just couldn’t say no to a review. In terms of microphones, Zoom likes to make models that are said to be only compatible with their own gear and this is no different. If you own a Zoom H5, H6, or Q8, you’re in luck. You can then record using the superb microphone quality, or if you have a DLSR, attach it on top of that to have one beast of a machine. Although only tailored to a smaller crowd out there, we know there are some Zoom fans like us who wanted some thoughts on the mic before purchasing. Let’s get into the details.
One of our most favorite brands in the market, Blue Microphones, has come out with a brand new small diaphragm condenser microphone for us to enjoy. The biggest facet of Blue mics is probably their overall builds and sound quality — we saw with their Yeti dominate the USB microphone world and for good reason, not to mention their snowball and even Mikey model which made an appearance in our top 10 best iOS microphones article. This particular mic is suited towards pianos, drum overheads and more. Let’s take a look at the Blue Hummingbird Microphone.
One of the best brands in the microphone world, Shure, has come out with a nifty recording solution for iOS smart devices. As a part of their new “MOTIV Digital Microphones” line, the MV88 is a high-quality condenser mic that is powered via Lighting connector and provides up to 24-bit \ 48 kHz audio quality. We’ve seen a rising trend in iOS microphones the past few years, and it looks like it isn’t going to stop anytime soon considering the popularity of iPhones and iPads. Not to mention that the microphones built-in to these things aren’t good at all, and probably won’t be ‘studio quality’ for a very long time. With that being said, we know some people who use their smart devices to record music, podcasts and more. Let’s check out the Shure MV88 iOS Condenser Microphone.
One of our favorite brands of all time, Shure, has come out with the MOTIV Digital Microphones series. Up next in our line of reviews, we take a look at their MV51, a large-diaphragm condenser microphone for USB and iOS devices. At first glance we can see the awesome vintage look they’ve brought us, but the microphone also has some nifty features, such as a detachable built-in kickstand, a touch panel with four DSP preset controls, some gain and headphone volume, and more. It’s a great solution for those looking for a budget-friendly mic that brings some decent sound quality as well. Let’s see what the Shure MV51 Condenser Microphone has to offer in detail.
All new from Shure is a series of microphones labeled the “MOTIV Digital Microphones”, and up first in our series of reviews is the MV5. When it comes to to microphones in general, we’re always excited when Shure announces a new release. Not to sound biased, but they’ve been making quality microphones for decades now — we just can’t help it. This particular mic is a condenser microphone with USB connectivity, stated to be ideal for recording vocals, acoustic instruments, and podcasts, but we can also see it used by merely any activity you may partake in when it comes to needing a USB microphone. The unit itself has a headphone jack built-in, volume control and DSP options as well. Let’s get into the details of the Shure Motiv MV5 Microphone.