New gadget makes your XLR microphone work with your computer


This would be less expensive most really nice USB microphones.
This would be less expensive most really nice USB microphones.
Photo: Shure

If you have a high-quality XLR microphone, how do you use it with your computer? Shure made that easier Monday with its new MXV2U USB digital audio interface that turns XLR mics into USB mics.

Using the simple, compact interface, you can adapt any XLR mic to USB and start recording, podcasting, streaming and more.

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Shure MVX2U USB Interface

The new Shure MVX2U USB Interface adds little bulk or weight to your mic setup because it’s not much more than a USB cable with a XLR adapter on the end. One end connects to the XLR microphone and the other end connect via an included USB-C cable to your computer.

The interface offers gain up to 60dB and phantom power up to 48v. That’s enough power and volume for most condenser and other microphones. Shure wants people to use it with its mics, of course, so it noted the adapter is great for the well-regarded Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone.

The ShurePlus MOTIV Desktop app works with the adapter, giving you tools to fine-tune recording and streaming. They include auto-leveling, compression, EQ management and other features.

The adapter receives firmware updates. Those along with in-app updates will help keep you up to date on features.

Shure MVX2U USB Interface specs:

This end connects to USB-C and your headphones.
This end connects to USB-C and your headphones.
Photo: Shure
  • Input: XLR
  • Input impedance: 5.8k
  • Bit depth: 16-bit/24-bit
  • Sampling rate: 48kHz
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Adjustable gain range: 0 to +60dB
  • Maximum input level: 7dBV
  • Powered through USB-C
  • Phantom power: +48VDC
  • Digital noise floor (20 Hz to 20 kHz, A-weighted): -117dBFS
  • LED indicator: green = ready, amber = error, red = mute
  • Housing: metal
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Dimension: 44mm x 140mm x 158mm (H x W x D)
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm, 20 mW @ 32 ohm
  • Cable: 1M USB-C to USB-C cable
And this end connects to an XLR microphone.
And this end connects to an XLR microphone.
Photo: Shure

You can pick up the Shure MVX2U USB Interface for $129.

Where to buy: Amazon

Shure MVX2U XLR-to-USB Digital Interface

Shure's sleek new gadget includes a headphone jack, integrated pre-amp with 60dB gain control, zero-latency monitoring, 48V phantom power, ShurePlus Desktop App and 1m USB-C cable.

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03/03/2024 12:35 am GMT


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