Rhonda and the Rage demonstrate Shure MOTIV

Recently Rhonda Vincent & The Rage teamed up with the Nashville team for Shure to help them demonstrate their new MV88 stereo microphone.

It’s part of their MOTIV line of microphones designed specifically for use with iOS devices for home recording and video use. The four digital microphones cover a variety of audio applications, from live music to speech, along with an audio interface, to allow for both iOS and USB connectivity. All are priced to be accessible to home and hobby recordists.

The MV88 was used in this video to capture the entirety of the audio of Rhonda and her band. They set up at Nashville’s Soundcheck rehearsal facility, and shot the band with the MV88 connected directly to an iPad in a stationary mount. Shure’s Ryan Smith also had his iPhone 6 on a gimbal to grab additional footage.

No… it doesn’t sound as good as Rhonda’s album, but it sounds remarkably well for a $150 mic hooked up to an iPad.

Here’s the video, with Rhonda et al performing her 2005 hit, Kentucky Borderline, which she wrote with our own Terry Herd.

Visit Shure online for more information on the MOTIV line of products.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Herbie Beasley

    Actually, this sounds very good to have been a live recording with any iOS (or Android) device. I used Garage Band on my iPhone to capture ideas all the time – also to lay down my own homemade “backing tracks” to then jam to when I am working out a solo in some key or another…and I can say that most mics for handhelds (tablets, phones), and the iOS built-in mics specifically, are NOWHERE near as solid as this one sounds. Good job Shure.

  • markbyrum

    That’s pretty impressive! Nice post, John.