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MXL CR-24 Studio Condenser Kit

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  • Vocal and instrument microphone kit with beautiful black chrome finish
  • Easy to use and ready to record on stage or in studio
  • FET preamp delivers a silky smooth and even response
  • Switch selectable bass roll off and -10dB pad for recording flexibility
  • High SPL handles all recording applications 3-year warranty
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Product Description

A unique addition to the MXL microphone line, the MXL Cr-24 Black Chrome Vocal & Instrument Microphone Kit is destined to become an artist favorite. This stunning vocal and instrument duo is hand-crafted with a finish that dazzles like chrome, but with a black sheen like no other microphone out there. The MXL Cr-24 Kit captures the fine nuances of vocals and instruments and will exceed your wildest expectations on clarity, presence, and detail with its FET preamp, switch selectable bass roll off, -10dB pad, and High SPL handling.

Product Information

Item Weight 7 pounds
Product Dimensions 19 x 15 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight 7 pounds
ASIN B0049SXUY2
Item model number MXL-CR-24-BLACK CHROME
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Best Sellers Rank #109,151 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#938 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Microphones > Condenser Microphones > Multipurpose
Date first available at Amazon.com October 29, 2010

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I do some amateur recording for music and for spoken voice, and after a year of using, I can say this set is a KILLER DEAL!

As mentioned, the CR-24 LD is really an MXL 2003a in chrome covering.... the 2003a is $150 by itself!!! Without the chrome! Read reviews on the 2003a, it is a great mic!!

The CR-24p small diaphragm pencil mic is supposedly a 603... which is almost true. I have a 603, and have recorded side by side with them. They sound very similar, but the chrome one needs a bit more gain. In looking at the specs, indeed, the old 603s had a sensitivity of 15mv/pa, while this chrome CR-24p has a sensitivity of 10mv/pa. So it needs to driven a little harder to get to the same sensitivity response. Still a very good SD mic.

I also have an MXL 990/991 set, and really there is no comparison on the Large Diaphragms, the 2003a is the clear winner. It can go lower, get louder, with MUCH less noise, and has a "true" large diameter diaphragm. The only spot the 990 wins is in the sensitivity, but the preamp gain you need to give the 2003a is not much to get a good signal. The 991 pencil mic is again like the 603, and has the same sensitivity.

The case for the CR-24 set is far superior with shock mounts, windscreens, and glove with microfibers for keeping the chrome shiny. The weakest point of the entire set is the large shock mount... feels cheap, but has held up fine!
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I have had this pair of MXL CR-24 mics for about a year and can't believe there are no Amazon reviews on these mics. The large condenser mic sounds clear, smooth, and professional. Not as good as a $3600 Neumann U87 but for less than $200 pretty darn close, about 80-95% there depending on how good your hearing is. The smaller condenser mic is fine for non-critical vocals or acoustic instruments. I used both for stereo micing an acoustic guitar, some youtube videos, and very happy with the results. Finish on these mics is beautiful. The fact that they include shockmounts, a flight case, windscreens, and even a polish cloth? to keep the finish looking good is unreal. If you are searching for a first pair of recording mics or pod/webcast mics the CR24 should be among your top choices.
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The large diaphragm mic is the MXL 2003a. The small diaphragm, an MXL 603 (I believe).

These are very well-built. And sound very good.

They are especially good for stereo micing an acoustic guitar. I like to place the large condenser about 16 inches in front of the sound port and the small condenser about 12 inches away from the bridge, usually at an angle point up the strings somewhat. It produces a fantastic sound. You get a stereo image where the low-to-mid frequencies are in the left channel and the mid-high frequencies are in the right channel. If you stage your stereo image properly you will get a perfect blend between the channels where you can hear the rich deep tones alongside the bright shimmering ones. In my gain stage I make sure that both mics register the same volume as I play. This results in an even, centered stereo image.
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Works better than the dynamic mic I have. I have this set up in a small home studio. Really seems to do the trick. And the switch on it to keep it from picking up outside noises seems to work well. I haven't tried out thee smaller mic yet. But, I love the other one so far.
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In outfitting a home studio, I initially cheaped out on a USB mic that was OK for podcasts where quality didn't matter, but didn't make the grade for professional voice over use. After a good deal of research, I narrowed my choices to large diaphragm cardioid condensers, then MXL, then the model 2003a as the best bang for my limited buck. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the same mic could be had in shiny black chrome, with a second instrument mic, shockmount and case, for LESS than the MXL 2003a alone. The CR-24 kit is a great deal, and the quality won't disappoint. (Check feedback and reviews on to MXL 2003a for details.)
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