Shure MV51 – Condenser USB microphone review

Shure MV51 is a characteristic-wealthy USB mic with a very good low frequency response. It really works for all platforms, nonetheless solely iOS customers are given the choice to entry the mic’s superior settings, as this requires downloading Shure Motiv™ utility, which is just discovered within the Apple Retailer. Regardless of an array of options, Shure MV51 fails to fulfill the expectations of most customers. The supplied benefits are slim and so they come at a price! Regardless of how clear the low finish is, the higher midrange is clearly washed out, in order that’s the way it sounds. This in fact could be resolved with EQ, however for this worth it’s barely acceptable.

Sound & high quality

Shure MV51 makes use of a comparatively giant capsule, which measures 1-inch in diameter. By studio requirements, it’s not even thought-about an LDC; in comparison with different USB mics nonetheless, this capsule is big, and the dimensions distinction provides it some distinctive sound qualities. You will need to perceive that a larger capsule doesn’t essentially make it sound higher. But it’s actually harder to supply, so this explains the excessive value… What precisely are these distinctive qualities? For essentially the most half the variations are delicate; one vital distinction is about proximity impact, which makes a bigger capsule extra favorable for vocals.

Directional mics have an increase in low-frequency response when used near a sound supply. It’s known as the proximity impact. An SDC tends to roll off extra at low frequencies than an LDC. So the proximity impact emphasizes the mid-lows in an SDC, however emphasizes the deep lows in an LDC. Consequently, an up-shut SDC could have a “puffy” midbass increase – a coloration much less more likely to be heard with an LDC. As a result of its proximity impact tends to sound higher, an LDC is the preferred alternative for micing vocalists within the studio.

Shure MV51 does an important job when shut-miking vocals, so long as the expertise stays on axis. The low finish produced by this mic may be very clear and it extends deeper than that of competing fashions. This even permits us to mike bass cabs and double bass, although a mean shopper in all probability received’t make any use of it. And but there are commerce-offs for having a big capsule. Guess, what occurs if you find yourself farther aback and off axis? – The mic will begin to produce a variety of colour! So, it’s not as versatile as they are saying it’s. For shut miking it’s effective however if you wish to seize each a guitar and vocal let’s say – this won’t work.

Frequency response and noise

There may be yet one more commerce off to utilizing this microphone. Whereas the general frequency response seems to be balanced, the midrange shouldn’t be as steady as we wish it to be. There may be some noticeable shade (even on-axis) and for the worth, it might be higher. Bigger capsules do are typically much less flat, however nonetheless the midrange is the place one would anticipate the least colour. Particularly the higher midrange is washed out and missing. It nonetheless has sufficient presence, so the vocals regardless of getting softened will retain readability. Nonetheless, a voice actor might lose a little bit of intelligibility, and musical devices – some punch and assault.

As compared, a less expensive MV5 does have a greater midrange and fewer shade. The low-finish doesn’t go as deep however neither does it sound skinny or unnatural. To not point out there isn’t a want for a pop-filter. Alternatively, MV51 does require a pop filter – except you don’t thoughts freaking out your viewers with occasional popping. Regardless of having a bigger capsule, MV51 isn’t higher than MV5 by way of noise too. The preamp circles in client audio are anyway shyte so the capsule dimension doesn’t make a lot distinction. The mic is quiet in flat mode, however in case you apply an excessive amount of compression and acquire… you higher plug your ears…


mv51Shure MV51 has loads of options and settings, which might be additional expanded via the app. It gives a three.5mm headphone output for actual-time monitoring. Each the quantity and acquire will be adjusted by contact controls and the LED indicator will mirror the adjustments. When adjusting the acquire LED turns inexperienced, and, for monitor stage – orange. You possibly can change between the 2 by activating headphone selector button. On the left aspect, there’s a very useful mute button. Since it’s contact activated, it received’t make any clicking noise whereas switching. Few different mics provide first rate mute performance like this.

The center button acts because the mode selector. You possibly can change between 5 modes appropriate for various functions: speech, vocal, instrument, music and flat. These DSP’s embody numerous ranges of acquire, compression and EQ aside from the flat mode, which fits out with none processing. Motiv app has entry to the entire above settings and consists of some extra options, particularly compressor, limiter, EQ and wind discount. Wind discount is beneficial if in case you have followers within the room or in case you blow on it, too. The limiter and compressor are approach too primary… and the EQ solely has 5 bands and doesn’t do away with the colour.

Last remarks

Shure MV51 has an excellent construct high quality; it’s strong and weighty for the dimensions. Whereas MV5 was all-plastic, MV51 is all-metallic. However, MV51 can be bulkier and will hardly be known as moveable anymore. To not point out it’s twice costlier too, on the time of scripting this evaluation. There are nonetheless three causes to buy it although. 1) It really works very effectively for shut miking, particularly vocals, offered that you recognize the approach and are prepared to make use of a pop-filter. 2) Podcasting additionally works, it has all of the options like mute and so on. and the one con is a coloured midrange… 3) Excels in recording of bass and deep voice.

Nevertheless, in case you are on the lookout for all-round mic, and count on excessive worth for cash – it’s higher to look elsewhere. I consider having that many options is in a manner deceptive, as a result of one might imagine that Shure MV51, with all its completely different modes, ought to deal with something you throw at it… however this merely isn’t the case. As an illustration, there are way more versatile mics like Blue Yeti and Cyber Acoustics CVL-2004, which each present switchable polar patterns and are usually not restricted to shut miking. However, these particularly in search of a bigger diaphragm mic over USB will in all probability love this mannequin.



  • Loads of options
  • Switchable DSP modes
  • Mute button
  • Headphone monitoring
  • Very clear low finish


  • Coloured midrange
  • Works effectively just for shut-miking

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