In this video, we show you how to set up the Shure MV7 Microphone with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. We also show you how this combination sounds (3:16​), plus we do a demonstration with the Scarlett 2i2 Air Button.

Scarlett 2i2 & Shure MV7

Setup Scarlett 2i2 With Shure MV7

Time needed: 5 minutes

How To Connect Shure MV7 to Scarlett 2i2

  1. Connect Scarlett 2i2 to Computer

    Use appropriate USB cable for this connection.

  2. Connect Shure MV7 to Scarlett 2i2

    Using an XLR cable

  3. Turn up the gain until you are getting -18 to -12dB in your recording software

  4. Select Air Mode on Scarlett 2i2 (optional)

  5. Press Record!

Is the Scarlett 2i2 A Good Fit For the Shure MV7?

In our experience, the Scarlett 2i2 is a good fit for the Shure MV7 microphone. It has enough gain to properly power this microphone and the preamps are clean enough to achieve a high quality recording.

With this combination, you have no need for an inline preamp like the Cloudlifter or FetHead.

Related: Audio Interface VS Audio Mixer, What do I need?

Scarlett Air Mode with Shure MV7

Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface

Generally speaking, we find the Air Mode on the Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface to be complementary with the Shure MV7. It brightens up a microphone that is normally pretty dark and makes it a bit easier to listen to.

Scarlett 2i2 & Shure MV7 Monitoring

Since we’re bypassing the USB mode on the Shure MV7, you need to connect your headphones or monitors to the Scarlett 2i2. The headphone output on the Shure MV7 won’t work unless the microphone is powered by it’s USB cable.

Scarlett 2i2 & Shure MV7 Pricing & Specs

Scarlett 2i2 & Shure MV7 Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:34 – Pricing & Specs
  • 1:00 – USB Cable? External Power?
  • 1:18 – Connect Shure MV7 to Scarlett 2i2
  • 1:53 – Mic Positioning
  • 2:17 – Gain Setup
  • 4:33 – Air Mode Demo
  • 5:21 – Final Thoughts