Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone

Podcasting from an iOS device is one of those things you don’t see very often since most microphones require a USB port to record through. Thankfully, the number of mobile-friendly mics is always growing, and today I’ll point your attention to the Shure MV5.

This small MFi-certified digital condenser microphone can be directly connected to an iOS device via a micro-USB → Lightning cable. Just plug it in, open the (free) ShurePlus MOTIV app — or any recording app that supports external microphones — and start recording. On the back of the “ball” is a 3.5mm headphone jack for monitoring sound quality while you record, and that same ball can be removed from its stand for ultra-portability.

As for how well the mic works, you needn’t worry. The recorded audio from this mic comes in crisp and clear, and several reviewers have said they get by just fine without even needing a pop filter.

The Shure MV5 is available in gray+black and black+red for $79 each on Amazon.