Make Better Recordings with the ShurePlus™ MOTIV™ Mobile Recording App

Until recently, it wasn’t possible to make quality mobile recordings without recruiting an expert to wrangle several pieces of gear. The advent of user-friendly digital devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets made it easier for content creators who are not recording engineers to unleash a tsunami of podcast and video content; however, one thing was still lacking: great sound.

Early in 2015, Shure responded with the introduction of three MOTIV™ digital condenser microphones and the MVi single-channel audio interface for mobile plug-and-play audio capture through direct connection to Apple iOS, PC and Android devices. At the same time, Shure debuted the ShurePlus™ MOTIV™ 24-bit/48 WAV recording app that allowed for file sharing through text, email, iTunes, AirDrop, Mail Drop and Dropbox. It also a provided MOTIV hardware users with access to selectable DSP preset modes for gain, equalization and compression.

Now, a new version of the app is available with an expanded feature set to help you get even more out of your MOTIV hardware.


MOTIV Microphone Family Pictures

Introducing the ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording App, Version 2.0

Through Apple App Store and Amazon reviews and at trade shows, we’ve received helpful feedback from users about what they’d like to be able to do with the MOTIV app. Users said they wanted basic editing tools, better playback features, the ability to sprint through the app, and more ways to share content. We had our own list of enhancements, too.

Here’s where we landed with version 2.0.

New Editor

Version 2.0 offers a robust, easy-to-use editing tool, which is a giant step forward from the first generation MOTIV App.

  • The Trim feature lets users redefine the beginning and end points of a recording. Linear and user-defined fades can be added at the same time for polished, professional recordings.
  • The Split feature makes it easy to separate audio files into multiple tracks, which is especially useful when parsing individual sections of a long recording.
  • Fade functionality allows users to add fades at the beginning of a track. The shape of the fade can be controlled with an easy-to-use slider.
  • Timeline Markers define points in a recording where users may want to return to, playback from or define split points in the editing process.

MOTIV App 2.0 Screenshot

Improved User Interface

The streamlined interface features fewer menu selections and pull-down options so that users can move through the MOTIV app more efficiently.

With fewer buttons to press, users have easier access to whatever they want to do, whether it’s adjusting settings, recording, listening to a recording or jumping out to make a movie with a third-party app.

Now, three buttons on the bottom of the new screen layout offer one-touch navigation to anywhere in the app.

Additionally, the new version makes it easier for users to turn on or turn off the headphone jack. We moved the Headphone icon from its prior location in the Settings menu to a position right next to the Mic Gain bar.

MOTIV App Mic Setup

Optimized Metering

Improved metering delivers a jitter-free visual experience. The clip indicator turns the entire metering bar red when clipping, making it easier for the user to identify and respond to the action.

We learned that most users who are recording music rely on the app’s meter instead of listening with their ears, which makes the graphic interface really important. The metering in the first version of the MOTIV app was hyper-responsive to transients, so we smoothed out the meters and reworked the waveform to be less CPU-intensive but just as accurate.

Enhanced Playback Window

The MOTIV app’s updated playback window creates a great listening environment for casual or critical listening to a recording. Playback controls include Play, Pause, Fast-forward and Rewind buttons. Users also have access to a looping feature for continued review of a track, plus the option to add graphics from the iOS Camera Roll to the recording and share the video file there. Like the earlier version, version 2.0 allows files to be shared via email, text, iTunes, AirDrop, Mail Drop and Dropbox.

Expert Advice

One of the attributes that sets Shure apart from most other audio companies is our allegiance to customers. It’s one of several reasons why the company enjoys the kind of brand loyalty it does. That’s why we created a conduit for customer feedback in version 2.0. The About screen in Settings offers users these options: Rate Our App (at the App Store), Report a Problem or Send General Feedback.

We received lots of comments in just the first few weeks following version 2.0’s release and were able to provide step-by-step instructions for one customer who was live streaming. The personal touch that customers receive from a real person here in Niles is something they really appreciate. Plus, it gives us the opportunity to gauge the appeal of features in the current app while we prioritize our list of new features.

MOTIV App 2.0 About Page

Get the MOTIV App

The ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording App offers uncompressed 24-bit/48 WAV recording. While it was created for use with MOTIV microphones, it’s a convenient stand-alone tool for enhanced recording and editing whether or not you’re using a MOTIV microphone with it.

The MOTIV App, version 2.0, is available for free in the Apple App Store.

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Thomas Banks

Thomas Banks

Thomas is a product specialist for wired microphones at Shure. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a BA in Philosophy, he started with Shure in 2005. In his free time, Thomas can be found audio and video recording, photographing, morel hunting, and social media posting.

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  • Nick says:

    I’ve just picked up the MVi and using it alongside my IPad and Blue Yeti Pro using the XLR.

    I’m having problems with the gain… it’s SO high. The only success I have is turning the gain down on the Yeti to zero and then turning the mic input (green dotted lights) to only one light on the MVi device. This allows me to not have a terrible clippy recording. However this only seems to last as long as I am recording, as soon as I jump back to play back mode the Shure MVi levels reset and if I record again I have to manipulate them once more. Certainly not viable for long term workflow.

    Working towards a solution: I downloaded the Motiv audio app and see that there I can adjust the Gain levels for the device. I was hoping that those settings would save within the device but it appears that they don’t?

    Any help greatly appreciated

    • Rebecca Senft Webmaster says:

      Hi, Nick. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. At this time, there is no way to save presets in the MOTIV app. We will pass your feedback on to our engineering team.

  • Douglas says:

    Any chance of remote controlling the recording using AppleWatch?

    • Rebecca Senft Webmaster says:

      Hi, Douglas! Thanks for the question. Because we’re a private company, we can’t disclose upcoming product features. But I’ll pass your interest along to our engineering team.

  • Colin says:

    Can you record directly from the headphones’ live monitoring port while recording to the Shure Motiv?

    • Rebecca Senft Webmaster says:

      Hey, Colin! Thanks for the question. You are able to use an in-line microphone on a headphone on earphone (like on the RMCE-LTG cable) to record using the MOTIV App (though you can’t do it during a phone call.)

      In the top left corner of the app the audio source is identified, like “MV88” or if you’re using the built-in mic, it will say “Built-in Mic”. In this case it would say “External Mic”. If you’d like any additional help, please send us an email at

  • Paul r says:

    How do you unlink the fade in / fade out?

    • Paul r says:

      I have version and the fade controls don’t appear the way yours do. They are linked for some reason. I need separate control

      • Rebecca Senft Webmaster says:

        Hi Paul. Thanks for the question! In a recent update, we linked the fade controls, which is why you’re seeing a different screen. We’ll pass along your feedback about needing them separate to the team, as they are always looking for ways to improve the app. Have a great day.

  • Stefen Clauss says:

    Make better recording with the mv88 means also that shure publishes updates of the products!
    But this doen’t works well
    The iphone 7 is now 6 month available. This means that the monitoring function no longer works. There is no longer a headphone jack.
    Other apps (for example the ferrite app) offers an bluetooth monitoring among other things with the earpods or other bluetooth headsets.
    The ShurePlus Motiv app is good, but i think it is no time to release a version with bluetooth monitoring.
    It is not necessary to produce a new MV88, but a software update is necessary.

    Please get this info to the right department in your company.

    Thank you

    • Rebecca Senft Rebecca Senft says:

      Hi, Stefen. While we can’t discuss our development plans, please know that we’re committed to making products that work with most popular devices. We appreciate the feedback, and will pass it on to our engineering team. Have a great day!


    Which app do you recommend and have tested for Android devices.

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