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Shure MOTIV Mix Review: A new app for your recordings

Shure MOTIV Mix Review A new app for your recordings
The Shure MOTIV Mix with the Shure MV7 microphone. | © Panos Sakalakis for the TechWise Insider.

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Shure's newest MOTIV Mix app is here to replace both the oldest ShurePlus MOTIV and traditional DAW software that you were using to record your podcasts or streamings. It gives you all the features that you already had, plus a way to record solo or multiple guests and control up to five channels from a single modern interface.

I’ve been using my Shure MV7 microphone for a few years now, and while I was happy with the ShurePlus MOTIV software that comes with it, I couldn’t keep my smile when I saw that the company introduced an updated version that does even more.

If you’re using the ShurePlus MOTIV app with your Shure microphone on your desktop (both Windows and macOS), you’ve probably already seen the notification telling you that the software is going to be retired in favour of the newest, updated, and most modern MOTIV Mix.

This new little app comes with all of your favourite features and it focuses on improving the experience of everyone using the company’s well-known and most trusted microphones. If you haven’t seen it, simply open the app, and you will.

Note: The MOTIV Mix is still in beta, which means it may not be as stable as the ShurePlus MOTIV and you may encounter issues or bugs (which you can report to Shure). I’ll keep updating this review from time to time, adding anything new.

What is the MOTIV Mix Desktop App?

Shure MOTIV Mix

The MOTIV Mix is a free desktop app available for Windows and macOS, and it’s here to replace the oldest ShurePlus MOTIV software that we used all of those years. It comes with a bunch of new options and features, including everything that we used to use in the previous application, and a dark and light theme to make things even easier for the eyes.

Shure MOTIV Mix in Dark Mode

Instead of simply giving you all the options to change your microphone’s settings and improve the quality of your recordings, such as choosing between having the mic close to your mouth or far, compressing the sound, and even changing its EQ settings, the new MOTIV Mix wants to be your next audio workstation.

Shure MOTIV Mix - Shure MV7 Auto Settings

On the left side of the app, you have all of your connected sources, such as the microphone, sound speakers, etc. In the middle of the screen, you get your Mixer, from which you can control the dB, dBFS, mute or monitor your connected devices.

There’s also a “Soundcheck” feature that you can use before starting your recordings, which is a nice addition that helps you avoid any issues afterwards.

Shure MOTIV Mix - Recorder Settings

What makes the MOTIV Mix stand out from its processor is the recording feature, which lets you record through the app. With my MV7 microphone, I can record at up to 32/48 kHz audio resolution (stereo output) and export them in WAV file format. Again, those are pretty nice additions compared to the oldest ShurePlus MOTIV, and you even get a waveform to make sure you’re actually recording.

The Shure MOTIV Mix for streaming and podcasting

Shure MOTIV Mix - Shure MV7 Auto Settings

The MOTIV Mix is perfect for streamers and podcasters who use the company’s microphones for their recordings. If you’re a streamer, you get the option to take control of your mix thanks to having separate monitoring and output levelling. This is crucial if you want to hear more of what’s necessary during the streaming without impacting your audience’s experience.

When it comes to podcasting, this is where things are getting very interesting; You can easily record several guests simultaneously, mix and monitor all of your different connected microphones, and stay away from any other third-party apps. If you used Audacity or Adobe Audition for example, you can now rest with Shure’s MOTIV Mix app, and save more resources while doing so.

Shure MOTIV Mix - Shure MV7 Manual Settings

And yes, you won’t miss any of the “goodies’ that you had with the previous app, as all of the important EQ settings are there, including the compression, limiter, tone adjuster, and sound levels of every device you have connected to your PC. Plus, you can adjust your microphone’s LEDs as you did before, such as the live meters and night mode.

As of this moment of writing, the MOTIV Mix supports the configuration of MV7+, MV7, and MV88+ stereo USB microphones, as much as the MVX2U Digital Audio Interface. Users can also manage up to five different channels for recording, streaming, monitoring, and for watching all of their system’s audio inputs.

My first impressions using the MOTIV Mix with the Shure MV7 microphone

When you open the MOTIV Mix for the first time, Shure provides the best practices for using your microphone, including keeping it at least 6 to 12″ from your mouth, limiting the types of devices used at the same time and applications running in the background.

Shure MOTIV Mix

I like the idea of having an app that will eliminate the use of traditional DAW software or even the use of multiple apps. With the ShurePlus MOTIV, I had to run both the app and Adobe Audition to record and connect multiple devices that work simultaneously. Having multiple apps running in the background and doing all the work sometimes takes a lot of resources, and if you’re using older hardware or a low-end laptop, things can get pretty laggy.

While testing it on Windows 11, I couldn’t help but notice in my Task Manager that the MOTIV Mix was only consuming around 260MB of RAM and less than 2% of my CPU. I wasn’t expecting such low numbers, as it already has lots of important features and options that usually consume more than this.

When I started recording with the MOTIV Mix, the CPU usage increased, but it was still not using more than 10% and never hit anything more than 300MB of RAM – which pretty much left me amazed.

Shure MOTIV Mix Running in Windows - RAM and CPU Usage

Once your recording starts, you can pause it or stop it at any time, and the application will automatically save it on your device, inside the “Shure” folder located in the “Documents” folder (that’s for Windows users).

You cannot delete the recording through the application (yet), but after finishing you can locate the files by clicking on the “Show in folder” option that is displayed as a pop-up window every time you stop your recordings.

Shure MOTIV Mix Export Recordings in WAV Format

What I haven’t found as of yet is how to update my microphone’s firmware, which is crucial for everyone owning a device which still gets updated from Shure. Maybe a pop-up window will be displayed whenever a new firmware update is available? I’m not sure, but this is probably one of the most important features the company needs to implement in their newest app – if they haven’t already, that means.

Other than updating your mic’s firmware, the MOTIV Mix worked without any issues or bugs during all my testing in Windows 11, and even when having multiple other sound editing apps open at the same time, including Adobe Audition and Audacity – just for the shake of trying to break the thing, which thankfully I was unable to do.

Comparing the ShurePlus MOTIV with the newest MOTIV Mix

ShurePlus MOTIV - MV7 Microphone

Keeping things minimal and simple is perfect for most people, and Shure has done an amazing job with its oldest ShurePlus MOTIV app. It’s fast, and beginner-friendly, and it has both auto-level and manual settings, depending on your needs. Most options were a click away, which made it perfect for quickly opening it and starting recording without too much hassle. It also supported “Presets”, which I can’t seem to find in the MOTIV Mix app.

The MOTIV Mix is not that minimal though, but the company has kept a similar minimalistic interface which is perfect for an app providing many more features than the older one. Heck, comparing it with other DW software or even with Audacity, the MOTIV Mix is a whole lot easier to use, and its learning curve should only take a few minutes of your time.

Eliminating the need for a third-party app to record multiple devices or your guests is crucial, but that’s only if you’re not looking at using your favourite program anymore. As a more advanced user, in the beginning, I couldn’t see myself using the MOTIV Mix for my recordings, as I found Adobe Audition to be more robust software for that, but in the end, it worked fluently.

I can still use Audition to edit my podcasts and other recordings while keeping the MOTIV Mix as my main app for recording and making all the adjustments it provides for my MV7 microphone, which makes things easier and faster than before. But for a content creator who just started out and only needs high-quality recordings with no editing whatsoever, this is the perfect choice.

Conclusion: The MOTIV Mix is the new king in town

Although I haven’t had any issues with the Shure MV7 and MOTIV Mix working with each other, I did see some reviewers reporting that the software wasn’t actually compatible with the MV7 microphone, which wasn’t the case in my tests. Maybe they’ve fixed it, or maybe it’s a bug affecting some users, but it worked great for this review, and hopefully for my future recordings.

I do wish Shure would make this app available for Linux too, although I find this kind of unlikely to happen, and we’re still to hear any news about supporting Android and iOS devices, which the oldest ShurePlus MOTIV already does (and pretty well to be honest). Sometimes when I travel, I do like taking the Shure MV7 with me and using my Samsung Galaxy A52s to record, and I hope I can still do that in the future.

Have you used the MOTIV Mix? And if so, what’s your experience as of now and did you face any issues during your tests? I’d love to hear all about your personal opinions and how you compare the new app with the oldest one, so make shure (see what I did there?) to drop your comment at the end of this page.

Panos Sakalakis

Meet Panos Sakalakis, a web wizard, blogging buff, podcasting pro, and SEO sorcerer with over 15 years of enchanting experience. When he's not weaving digital spells with his keyboard, you'll likely spot him conquering mountain trails with his trusty Hard-Trail MTB bike, in hot pursuit of the ultimate adrenaline rush and the perfect blog post inspiration.

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