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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount

by MXL

Price: CDN$ 201.40
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.3 Kg
Product Dimensions30.2 x 19 x 8.6 cm
Item model numberMXL990
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #1,449 in Musical Instruments, Stage & Studio (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.3 Kg
Date First AvailableMarch 12 2013
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135 of 145 people found the following review helpful
Good for the price but I find it a bit muddy Feb. 28 2005
By BassMan - Published on
It's hard to beat this mic on price. I have one and often use it for home recording projects, demos and such. It's a good inexpensive way to record vocals, but I find the sound a bit muddy, and often come back with eq to turn down some of the low-mid frequencies. Now there are a number of condensers coming out in this low price range, and I've tried a few of them and haven't yet found a cheap one I like any better than this. For finished products, I'd use a better mic if available, but this one will work with a bit of EQ and a careful ear.

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.
57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Great for the price, perfect for podcasting Nov. 15 2005
By Bob Barnacle - Published on
I have two of these because they're SO cheap and use them mainly at home if I have a musical idea. One of the reviewers above mentioned it was a bit muddy which I totally agree with. But it's incredibly cheap and fairly detailed for that amount of money. I'm curious how it will hold up over years of use. Anyway, this is probably the perfect "step-up" mic for podcasts if you are currently recording with your computer's built-in mic or a radio shack dynamic mic. I would choose this over the m-audio mics- it feels slightly more durable.
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
I love it Dec 28 2011
By Drew Larck - Published on
Now I want everyone to understand right away, that I am in no way a professional audio recorder. I am just a guy who likes technology and music and wanted to try his hand at it.

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)
XLR Cables

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
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
More than a year later Jan. 26 2008
By Umbrarium - Published on
Verified Purchase
I bought one of these over a year ago, and it's been in regular almost daily use since. Easily one of my favorite mics for recording voice and acoustic instruments. I have had absolutely no problems with it, it's solid and reliable.

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.
51 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Great Mic For the Price Sept. 14 2004
By latentaudio - Published on
I purchased this mic to record mandolin and acoustic guitar in my PC based home studio and couldn't be happier.

It accurately reproduces my Taylor acoustic guitar. When used in conjunction with an ART tube pre-amp, it actually enhances my low cost mandolin.

No regrets here!