MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
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- 3/4" gold-sputtered diaphragm Attractive vintage body style with champagne finish 30Hz-20kHz frequency response 130dB maximum SPL Sensitivity: 15MV/pa Equivalent noise: 20dB (A-weighted) Wired with Mogami cable
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The mic requires phantom power, so I got the Art Tube MP preamp to go with it. That preamp warms up the sound and really helps this mic out compared to the built-in mic pre-amps on my board.
I got this set for Christmas and I really like it. It took a little bit of extra buying in order to get it to work though. I ended up getting
Blue Microphones Icicle, to convert it to my laptop and give it the required 48v of Phantom Power
Musicians friend boom Stand
Nady Pop filter
and some XLR cables from the music store down the street
I knew I needed all of that going into it, so it wasnt a surprise, but if you didnt know, you do several things to start out.
Pop Filter (optional but recommended)
Source of Phantom Power
A way to convert XLR to USB or 3.5mm (If you are recording straight into a computer)
As for the sound quality that it produces, I am thoroughly impressed! It sounds really good and clear and picks up good on my bass voice.
I like using it in order to record piano too.
So far I have not had any problems with it and I really like it. I would recommend this to anyone who is just starting recording and doesnt care to spend thousands of dollars to get the worlds most perfect condensor mic.
If anything bad does happen I will update this, but for now its great
If this is helpful, please hit the helpful button, it would be really appreciated :) Thanks
By and large, Chinese-manufactured mics use condenser capsules copied from classic Neumann designs. Unfortunately, these inexact copies fall short of delivering the magnificent midrange accuracy and smooth, sibilance-free top end Neumann capsules are known for. Most of the copied capsules deliver a sound that is often described as harsh, spitty, "eshy", sibilant or screechy. Poor headbasket acoustics compound the problems created by these capsules.
The MXL 990, like most microphones of its class, uses a multi-layer grille mesh headbasket. These multiple layers of mesh do protect the capsule from spittle and wind blasts - but at a cost. Multiple layer headbaskets have a very small percentage of open area in the grille. This means a great deal of sound is reflected back and forth between the capsule and headbasket. Cup your hands around your mouth or speak into a paper tube to get an exaggerated example of the standing wave artifacts caused by a restrictive headbasket.
What to do?
One of the great benefits of the MXL 990 and other similarly priced mics is low cost. With a very modest investment in the original microphone, it becomes an excellent platform for a microphone modification. The capsule can be upgraded and headbasket opened up.
With a suite of microphone modifications this mic, (as well as many other Chinese manufactured mics) can really become a solid performer that sounds much more like a professional tool.
The sound is perhaps slightly warm for close-up vocal work, so for that you might want to roll back the lows on your eq just a tiny bit. But I find that bit of warmth very pleasant for recording acoustic guitar, dulcimer, flute, etc. If you're miking an acoustic instrument from 3 ft or further away, then the sound is crisp and has enough low end to just be pleasant.
I have microphones that cost more, but for recording this one would be my favorite. Amazingly good sound for the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit rich on the lower octave, which can easily be eq'd out. Otherwise a n amazing value.Published 6 days ago by Faris H.
This mic is cheap for a reason. Because it's really not that great. I don't mean that sarcastically I am telling you this as an experienced voice actor of over 23 years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aaron B
Very good for the price and we use it every Sunday in Church and in our Bluegrass JamsPublished 2 months ago by John
If you're picky or an expert, maybe this is not the mic for you. But for this price, you can't get better sound. Picks up vocals and acoustic instruments crisp and clean. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim
AMAZING Microphone. Upgrading from a Blue Snowball, this microphone offers a clear sound for any vocal and instrument ranges.Published 2 months ago by Jeffry Lawton