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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 MXL 990 remains one of the industry's most ground-breaking microphones. The first high quality condenser microphone to come into reach of working musicians, the MXL 990 has a FET preamp and a large diaphragm for truly professional sound quality in both digital and analog recordings. This revolutionary condenser microphone continues to astound artists with its silky, high end and tight, solid low and midrange reproduction.
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Make sure you have Phantom Power via XLR connection on your PA or mixer, this mic requires it.
But I can say that for the home recording set up I have (1 or 2 mics into a digital recorder-- acoustic guitar and voice), this is a nice microphone.
Upgrading from a dynamic mic, this takes some learning: for example there is a definite recognizable difference in just a 6 inch variation in instrument direction and I think a pop filter would be useful for voice not only for its obvious purpose but to standardize the distance from the mic, as this also has a noticeable effect with only a few inches difference in distance making quite a difference in the presence. A lot of the post-processing I was doing before is now no longer necessary-particularly the bass end has cleaned up a lot and is no longer muddy and the ability to get the songs to sound good on a wide variety playback equipment is much easier now.
At its usual price around $100 it might be worth sorting through the others in that price range to see how it compares -- at the $49 price they were selling it for in the sale-- it was well worth just buying.
(Update 4-7-2016) I recently noticed the elastic part of the shock mount has completely lost it's shock absorbing ability. The mic is now resting on the frame and is not floating in the mount like it should. The bands have absolutely no elastic quality to them at all, no rebound, just completely dead. I guess I'll have to rig something up with springs or something else that won't fail like these. Sad.
The sound quality is far beyond anything I'm used to, but I must confess that I was one of those poor fools who didn't even know what XLR and "phantom power" was -- I only used mics with a USB connection or the 1/8" stereo plug, and they all sound terrible compared to an XLR microphone with 48v phantom power.
And even the XLR cables themselves are a dream come true! -- I was always getting so angry with the normal 1/8" cables messing up and then you have to lick them and plug 'em back in, then spin them around to get the sound to work right. (Nobody told me there was another option!)
But XLR cables make it impossible for any humming or hissing sounds or disconnections of any kind since they lock in place and never need any toying with. Now I use XLR cables for all my speakers too, and for all the patch connections between my mixers, amps, and musical devices, and it has made creating music so much more enjoyable! Now I don't have to fidget with those crappy 1/8" cables anymore, and there's never any hissing or annoying humming sounds to worry about. And of course I also realized that you can't just plug your music output right in to your computer's sound card and expect to get professional recording that way -- you have to use a box that converts the music to digital and sends it via USB port to the software, and the box should have XLR inputs for mics and 1/4" inputs as well. Only problem is Amazon has so many of those boxes, I can't decide which one to buy. I want the Lexicon since they are masters of high quality sound recording, but some of the bad reviews make me worry. With musical devices, sometimes you just end up with a unit that has manufacturing defects, and unfortunately those people post bad ratings and make it seem like the product itself is to blame.