MXL USB 006 USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
About this item
- Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz and 48kHz
- 16-bit Delta Sigma A/D Converter with THD+N - 0.01%
- Ideal for broadcasting, narration, field recording, podcasting and more
- No special drivers of software required
- Comes with carrying case, desktop microphone stand/adapter and 10 feet USB cable
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|Item Dimensions||7.01 x 12.01 x 2.99 inches||12.20 x 5.91 x 2.95 inches||4.88 x 2.60 x 7.28 inches||16.50 x 9.61 x 2.99 inches||9.75 x 4.25 x 3.80 inches|
The MXL USB.006 Cardioid Condenser Microphone has an extremely smooth, natural sound typical of what you'd hear on a professionally produced CD or radio show. Completely plug and play, the MXL USB.006 doesn't skimp on quality with a gold-sputtered diaphragm and 20Hz-20kHz frequency response. It even has a 3-position, switchable attenuation pad that makes it easy to configure this mic to just about any sound source. Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
From the Manufacturer
Anyone can record quality music anywhere with the MXL USB.006! Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the MXL USB.006 features a large gold diaphragm that delivers a big, rich sound characteristic of studio and broadcast microphones. Unlike most studio condenser microphones, the MXL.USB006 is a USB (Universal Serial Bus) microphone that connects directly to a computer without the need for external mic preamps. Featuring support for USB 1.1 and 2.0, this exceptionally easy-to-use microphone even includes gain adjustment settings via the built-in three position attenuation switch. As a plug and play device for both Windows and Macintosh, it requires no special drivers whatsoever. Simply connect the microphone’s USB cable to a computer’s USB port, and installation is quick and effortless. In addition to recording instruments or voice for home recording applications, the new MXL USB.006 is the perfect microphone for podcasting, broadcasting or adding dialog to presentations and other multimedia projects.
|Type||Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 25mm diaphragm capsule|
|Frequency Response||30Hz - 20kHz|
|Output Impedance||150 ohms|
|Equivalent noise||16 dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)|
|S/N Ratio||78 dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)|
|Max SPL for 0.5% THD||130 dB|
|Power Requirements||Phantom Power 48V +/-4V|
|Size||50mm x 190mm|
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I scrambled to find a microphone, and found a Blue Microphones Yeti from the Apple Store because I was in a hurry and needed to record something quickly. I paid $149 for the Yeti, got it home, and tried it out. I was extremely disappointed in the quality...it was picking up a hum somewhere, and my voiceover sounded like I was talking in a tunnel. (Also found, of course, that the same microphone was $99 on Amazon!)
So I did a little research later that night, and found a CNET article where a guy reviewed several brands, including the Marshall. He had recorded the same voiceover using five different microphones, and I had it narrowed down to the Marshall and another one. Since I needed it quickly, I bought this microphone and a stand that was recommended by Amazon. I got it about two hours ago, set it up, and recorded a couple of tests. I'm very happy with the sound. I'm even recording in a bedroom that backs up to a noisy street, and was concerned about the road noise. However, I cannot hear it on the recording at all. And there is NO hum.
I'll get my pop filter on Monday...Marshall recommends using one for the clarity of the sound but also to protect the microphone. Of course, my test recording is without one...has a little bit of pop from my "p" sounds...but that's an issue I always have. I can tell that the Marshall is minimizing it, though.
The Yeti is going back to the Apple Store. I feel like I sound like a pro now...perhaps I should embark on my second career as a voiceover artist!
It also captures more voice bass than real life, so you'll need to do some EQ in a program like Audacity to get proper sound. After a white noise removal and EQ you get a nice pristine recording. It's an affordable option for anyone who is interested in podcasting or any sort of amateur voice work.
The noise problems are actually several different sub-problems. First, the mic is very "hot" and hypersensitive, a design better suited to a studio environment than home use -- it takes a lot of work to quiet the mic down in a room that isn't acoustically deadened to studio standards. The dinky included tripod stand provides nearly no acoustic isolation, and picks up huge amounts of desk noise and hum from nearby electronics; the mic itself is not well isolated against handling noise or vibration. It's also very tippy and flimsy, and does a bad job holding the mic in place. This means that if you're using this for podcast recording, e.g., you'll want to get a shockmount and a boom mic stand immediately; and it's not a good choice for portable/field recording both because of this and because of the manufacturer's stern warnings inside the box about how fragile its condenser element apparently is.
And despite its mild cardioid pickup pattern screening out some noise from the back (NB: it's a side-address configuration, which isn't obvious from the product listing), the mic actually picks up tons of background and room noise. Even close-miked for vocals and using the included windscreen/filter, a nearby computer keyboard or paper-shuffling can be heard easily -- you can even hear the speaker fidgeting, shifting in their clothes, and far too much chest noise. Sensitivity is nice, of course, but this mic does a terrible job rejecting unwanted noise and focusing on a single source.
And once you work around all this, there's still a background hum, a self-noise which the mic keeps making under all circumstances rather than ever recording just "silence"/room tone. It's not loud, but it's always there, and it's a deal-breaker for me. Along with a couple other small problems (like the lack of headphone jack for monitoring) this is just too many noise problems for a simple USB mic to have. Although it's built on strong fundamentals, compared to the field recording-friendliness and durability of Audio Technica's USB dynamic mics or the simplicity of the Blue Snowball this MXL model just seems much too fiddly and noisy and finicky to recommend.
My only complaint is that the input volume cannot be controlled via software. There is a switch on the mic itself for Low/Medium/High performance which works fine but I'd rather have complete control.
Overall it's great for quick projects and demos.